- The star of the book is Emma Jean Payne. As most of you know, Emma’s a name favorite around here and the short version of my own sweet Emmalee. We actively seek out books using her name for her to read, so she was pretty excited to receive this one.
- Emma Jean, otherwise known as EJ, lives in a super small town – the town of Spooner in Wisconsin. Population 2500. The town I grew up in, where my own Emma was born and lived the first years of her life, has a population of 2465. Georgetown, South Carolina, where we currently live, has a slightly bigger population of 9092. Still a small town in my book.
- EJ plays an angel in the Christmas pageant somewhat reluctantly, as did my Emma, joyously when she was a little girl. Their age is a bit different but my Emma enjoyed this shared fact.
- EJ has a Cockapoo Mix dog named Matthew Cuthbert T-Rex Payne and Poodles are a favorite of my Emma’s. Emma’s dog is a black lab named Hunter.
- Emma LOVES to journal in her diary and so does EJ. Reading EJ’s journal has actually helped Emma fine tune hers and helped her to create better entries when writing. She is always jotting things down and now she’s doing so even more, including clippings, drawings and so many extra’s that she never did before.
I personally used this curriculum to learn more about using the classics in our daily education. I try to use classics with my children because I feel they are rich in educational content and truly heartwarming books. I want my children to learn to enjoy classical books as much as I do. Teaching the Classics has helped me to provide a better education of the classics for my children in working as a reminder of the important elements I need to teach through the process of teaching them about the classics. This program would be excellent for an advance middle school or a high school student to work through on their own. It’s also excellent for a parent, like me, who needs that little extra reminder of these important elements in writing.