If you’re a parent or guardian who homeschools your children, you probably have a lot on your plate. Thankfully for busy parents, incorporating The Happy Hollisters series into a homeschooling curriculum can save time and create educational opportunities, all while fostering a lifelong love of reading.

Here are a few reasons why The Happy Hollisters series is a swell choice for homeschooling families!

Plan Your Lessons for Months with a Series

Lesson planning can be extremely time-consuming for parents or guardians who homeschool their children,. Since The Happy Hollisters series includes 33 exciting mysteries, the adventures of Pete, Pam, Holly, Ricky, and Sue Hollister give homeschooling parents plenty of material to use throughout the entire school year. Several of the books revolve around specific holidays, like Christmas, Mardi Gras, and Halloween, which make them perfect tie-ins for lessons with holiday or seasonal themes.

Educational Tie-ins Galore

The variety of stories in The Happy Hollister series also gives homeschooling parents myriad opportunities for educational tie-ins. For example, The Happy Hollisters and the Secret Fort concerns the location of a Revolutionary War stockade and could help build excitement around an American history lesson. From coin collecting to reading braille, the Hollister children learn many new skills throughout the series, making the books the perfect tool for leading into lessons on history, geography, or science. Parent educators might also introduce lessons in Spanish, German, or Italian with the vocabulary introduced in various Happy Hollisters books.

Opportunities for Teaching Moments

The Happy Hollisters books are full of teaching moments and not only in the educational sense! Throughout the series, The Hollister children try to exhibit kindness and compassion for all—even toward Joey Brill, the local ne’er-do-well! The books demonstrate the values of a loving, tightknit family, which makes them an ideal choice for many homeschooling families. The books also occasionally deal with challenging situations, like standing up to a bully or choosing whether or not to tell the truth. Parents can use the fictional situations and characters in the books as an accessible way to communicate important life lessons to their homeschooled children. Originally published between 1953 and 1970, these stories have not been modernized and offer many opportunities for family discussions about changes in vocabulary, grammar, customs, and societal norms.

Spark a love of reading

Finally, including The Happy Hollister series in homeschool lessons is a way for parents and guardians to help even the most reluctant readers develop a lifelong love of books. With fast-paced plots, cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, and personable characters that children of all ages can relate to, The Happy Hollisters keep kids turning the pages to find out what happens next. By giving their homeschooled students books they actually enjoy reading, parents and guardians can teach kids that reading is fun!

With learning opportunities aplenty, and stories that will keep kids engaged, The Happy Hollisters are a perfect choice for homeschooling families!

By Libby Svenson Kennedy