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
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.