We are making time this year for Shakespeare study again. It has become our tradition to include a few of his plays each year, choosing plays at random. I know many families start their Shakespeare study with their children when they are quite young but over the years I have come to the conclusion that many of the plays are not really truly meant for children.
Instead of feeling regret that we didn’t start earlier with Shakespeare, I now am enjoying the reaction my children have to the various convoluted plots that would have been far above their comprehension as young ones.
Previous Year’s Lists
2007-2008 Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (I think this was during this year or perhaps the following year.)
2008-2009 Much Ado About Nothing, Tempest, Henry V, King Lear
2009-2010 Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and MacBeth
This year our list is Merchant of Venice, Comedy of Errors, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. If we can fit it in, we are going to also read Julius Caesar.
I have linked to three different Shakespeare series that we have enjoyed using. The boys like No Fear Shakespeare the best.
I know I have said it before but it bears repeating. Save some of the plays for when your children are older so they can enjoy the twists and turns of the plot without knowing what is going to happen. More of my Shakespeare thoughts can be found HERE in this post.