Exploring Shakespeare With Children: How to Play with the Bard in your Homeschool

Shakespeare with Children How to easily teach Shakespeare to kids. Homeschooling Shakespeare. Getting Started with Shakespeare.

How do you introduce students to Shakespeare? Can you easily include Shakespeare in your homeschool curriculum? Really? Shakespeare for kids? Surely that’s a crazy idea!

Let me reassure you: exploring Shakespeare with your children can be fun and easy!

Don’t believe me?  Watch my free “Getting Started with Shakespeare” workshop, explore the resources I’ve rounded up, and then just start enjoying Shakespeare’s masterpieces with your kids of all ages.

Experiencing the wit and beauty of Shakespeare (whether in reading, reciting, or memorizing) is one of my favorite things to do with my children in our homeschool.  I hope this post encourages you to incorporate some Shakespearean delight in your own home!

How to easily teach Shakespeare to kids. Homeschooling Shakespeare. Getting Started with Shakespeare.

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How to teach Shakespeare in your homeschool

My philosophy of how to teach Shakespeare in our homeschool (to a wide range of ages) includes 3 simple steps, as explained in my free “Getting Started With Shakespeare” workshop:

  1. Read a well-crafted children’s story version of the Shakespeare play. Our favorite is Tales From Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb; you’re never too old to start with an excellent children’s version! (Head here to find these and other of our favorite Shakespeare resources.)
  2. Watch excellent clips or full theatrical versions of the play (curated clips are usually the way to go if you have little kids, but can even be a good option for teens.).
  3. Recite/memorize a few key passages and a handful of famous quotes from your Shakespeare play of choice.

I also had the privilege of chatting with Lara on the Cultivating Grace podcast about how to love Shakespeare so your kids will, too!

Gentle Introductions to Shakespeare for Kids

Shakespeare with Children
How to easily teach Shakespeare to kids. Homeschooling Shakespeare. Getting Started with Shakespeare.

Watching and Listening to Shakespeare

Be sure to check out all my Comparative Shakespeare Clips Playlists on YouTube:

Much Ado About Nothing Playlist

Shylock {Merchant of Venice} Playlist

To Be or Not To Be {Hamlet} Playlist

Julius Caesar Playlist

Playing with Shakespeare

Great Shakespearean Deaths Card Game {Watch my Facebook Live about this fun game here}

A few other Shakespeare resources

Shakespeare with Children
How to easily teach Shakespeare to kids. Homeschooling Shakespeare. Getting Started with Shakespeare.

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

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