Lately, I've seen a lot of questions on the boards about HOD's Drawn Into the Heart of Reading (DITHOR), so I thought I'd try to document how we used it as written for one genre. We started out the year with it, but I found that I hadn't really done enough work to figure out how the program works. We continued to read the DITHOR book packs, and discussed the books, but had dropped working through the program. When we moved, it fell by the wayside, but I wanted to pick it back up.
DITHOR is HOD's literature program. It works through 9 genres of literature:
- Historical Fiction
- Realistic Fiction
- Folk Tale
We were just about to hit the Folk Tale genre when I starting hearing chatter on the HOD Facebook pages about this program, and it got me thinking I better pick it back up and take another look.
Silas is reading the level 2 readers, and I chose to have him read In Grandma's Attic. Aedan's Folk Tale selection was Buffalo Bill.
For each new genre there is a genre "kickoff." First I explained what a folk tale was. Silas' book is more of a collection of fables, while Aedan's was a legend.
One of the suggestions was to choose different types of folk tales to read to your kids. I picked up some trickster tales, porquoi tales, and read a few fairy tales and legends to the kids. They really enjoyed these books. They always think Anansi is so funny :)
There are quite a few ideas for how to kickoff your genre.
For our kickoff activity we chose to perform a dramatization of the folk tale Anansi and the Talking Melon. My kids love acting things out. They missed the part about why the king was so upset at the talking melon. My boys forgot that the talking melon kept insulting everyone, but they still had a lot of fun.
I had the binding of their student workbooks cut off, and 3 hole punched.
This was one of the day's sheets for Aedan. The level 4/5 student book has more sheets per genre, but they are easy to complete.
Here is one of Silas' pages for the level 2/3 book. DITHOR is written for 15 days of reading, and 5 days for completing a book project.
We didn't buy the book project books at first. I didn't know if they'd be worth it. I had read that some people really enjoyed them, so I thought I'd give them a shot. We just got them this week. Some folks don't like projects, but my kids love them. I thought it was worth checking these out. DITHOR gives you a full 5 days to complete a project. We got our books late this week, and completed ours in one day.
We chose to do a character mobile. We got these books late in the week, so I decided to let them both do a project out of Silas' book. They loved making these :)
The boys played all afternoon with their characters. I could here them acting out stories in their room with these paper people. They kept them in character too, so it was fun to hear :)
Each genre focuses on a Godly Character trait. In Folk Tales we focused on Virtue. I found these printable on the HOD yahoo group.
I also found these godly character trait bookmarks. I made one for each of us because we are often referring to a these traits in our lessons.
I thought it was pretty easy to work through the activities. One criticism I've read about DITHOR is that often the activities don't work well with the book your child is reading. I did find that to be true when we read Concord Cunningham Scripture Sleuth. Because each chapter had its own mystery, they workbook just didn't work that time. The books we chose to work through this time lined up nicely. We're going to try to go through our next genre as DITHOR as well. I'll let you know if I still like it after that :) I'm still figuring out myself, but am happy to answer any questions you have.