Literature in the Classroom
body of reading at NHE Schools has a primary purpose:
To bring children in contact with authors whose ideas
can offer mental and spiritual expansion.
Through books we can touch the mind of nearly anyone
who has ever committed their thoughts to words! We
therefore think of reading as a way of magically "keeping
company" with people separated from us by distance
or by time. We need to choose carefully the type of
"company" that young children are keeping
through literature. Therefore, our philosophy is that
what children read should take precedence over how
much they read. Having students come in contact with
minds dyed in the rich colors of lofty ideals is one
of the best ways to educate them.
Books should teach values, uplift, inspire, expand
horizons, challenge our thinking, clarify our thoughts,
and review our actions. When you reach a child in
this profound way through literature, they will also
develop a love of reading and the requisite skills.
While truly important, these last two goals are subservient
to our primary goal. Ironically, as time goes by children
reading good literature tend to read more fluently
and with better comprehension than children from programs
that stress the very skills.
short, it is our philosophy that reading as an activity
in school should
- be primarily concerned with great and uplifting content
- be secondarily concerned with developing habit
- and finally be concerned with skills development
Sample of themes addressed through literature in
- How should I use my words
- Is it ever okay to lie? What is a child to do
when adults or authorities are telling them to do
- What do I believe about life and death?
do I think about good and evil?
- What are some ways people seek to understand the
Supreme Being, Great Spirit, or God?
- How does racism develop and how can I overcome
- How are many cultures of the world alike and different?
- What causes one to steal and what are the consequences?
- What is our place in the balance of nature; how
do we stand in relation to the animals of the world?
- Why and how is love so important to our healthy