Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wright on Time - Arizona

The Wright on Time series is a growing collection of books featuring the Wright family - Mom and Dad along with Nadia (age 11) and Aidan (age 7). They are a homeschooling (or roadschooling) family that has taken to the highway in their new RV for a few years of adventure. Their first stop is Arizona.

The series is recommended for ages 5-12 which is very appropriate. Younger children can be read aloud to while older elementary students can read independently. The writing style is not difficult to read but there is challenging vocabulary (ie: satiated) to keep bright minds thinking. Kids will feel comfortable with contemporary language such as 'freaky cool' and 'freaky awesome".

In Book 1 Arizona, the Wright family explores a cave. Students are exposed to a great deal of vocabulary related to cave formations, gems and minerals as well as bats. I can easily see how a parent could use this series to lead into multiple Science lessons and even field trips. In some ways the series reminds me of The Magic School Bus and the Magic Tree House series - although my guess is there won't be magic in this series.

Aidan discovers a mysterious object while digging in the cave and at the end of Book 1 the mystery is not solved. The author has left me wanting to know more so I'm going to have to find Book 2 Utah to continue the quest with the Wright family.

Be sure to stop by Wright on Time to learn more about upcoming books in the series.
A thank you to Lisa Cottrell-Bentley for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book to read and review. I now know what my 9 and 11 year olds will be reading next week.

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