RWM: Mysterious Benedict Society
I have so enjoyed reading aloud in some of my children’s classes over the years. Previously, I have read picture books, short stories, story excerpts, and poetry. This year it has been particularly fun to go in and read a story over a series of weeks or even months. The way we do it is I read one day a week for about 25-30 minutes, and the rest of the days, the teacher plays an audio recording of the book. (I wish I could read every day; alas! I can’t.)
The first book I read this year was Miracles on Maple Hill, and we all REALLY loved it. That book has so much potential for related learning: connections to nature, geography, history, emotional development. Wonderful stuff.
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a completely different feel from Miracles, yet it also has great potential for connecting ideas (history, education, government, orphanages, social/emotional learning, even Morse Code). It is a delightful journey into a children’s lives and minds. (Visit the website and you will find more background and plot summary about the book.)
All of our family (who has read it) has loved this story!