In this post, Squires offers some tradebook tips for classroom teachers.
Using The Time Seekers in the Classroom
It is my hope that teachers will primarily use The Time Seekers in their classrooms as the ‘reward’ at the end of a long day.
I remember this well—the teacher reading aloud a chapter book at the end of the day, or asking a student to read aloud.
And I will never forget one day when I was substitute teaching and the chapter titled, ‘The Schoolroom,’ was bookmarked as the next chapter to be read in Stuart Little at the end of the day.
I knew the students were all thinking—why couldn’t Mrs. Squires have been a mouse?
Now THAT would have been a fun day.
Topics in the Book for Further Study
Aside from reading for pleasure, which I am big advocate of—instilling in young children the love of reading—there are some topics that could be used for instructional purposes:
• History of the Salem Witch Trials
• Theory of time travel/relation to astrophysics (and for creative writing: what time in the past would you want to time travel to and why)
• Introduction of French language: learning to speak some words and phrases, meaning and proper usage, spelling and punctuation, etc.
The behavior of the characters is, of course, both good and bad, leading to various outcomes and emotional reactions—punishment, forgiveness, redemption, jealousy, anger, self-reliance, courage, loyalty, never giving up.
Discussion about these aspects of the story would center upon morality, values, and character traits—very much worthy of classroom time in my view.
And at the very heart of the story is love . . . love of family, friends, and pets.
In today’s world, I think more time should be devoted to reflection about this transcendent emotion in classroom discussion and creative writing—it is perhaps what makes us most human and without question, it is what preserves our humanity.
Get the links to all the stops on this tour here.