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Lighting the Literary Fire Review by Stacy Rocha

By Sean David Burke

Lighting the Literary Fire is an e-book available for immediate download at lulu for $19.95. The book's 374 pages are divided into three parts. Within each of these parts are topics relating to the main theme and then a practicum for implementing the ideas.

Part 1 covers Readiness, part 2 Teaching, and part 3 Learning Together. Mr. Burke is particularly interested in how the development of the senses can affect a child's ability to learn. He goes beyond mere academics and leads you to ask yourself if your children are truly ready to learn or if you are being pressured by society into teaching your children before they are ready. There is a lot of information in this book. Some of the practicums are easy to carry out while others are a little more involved. Even if you are unable to implement the practicums, the wealth of information in this book is invaluable.

Lighting the Literary Fire is not a list of books that you must read to your child that will ignite the flame of reading. Instead it is a book about how children learn, the best ways to teach them, how children need to be ready developmentally before they can learn certain things, and how the rhythm of life needs to be in balance before everything else can fall into place.

Product review by Stacy Rocha, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2011