Literacy Musing Mondays

Literacy Musing Mondays: Reading Historical Fiction

January 10

Welcome back to Literacy Musing Mondays, where we link up our favorite posts about books and literacy. As a working mom who desires to be home more and eventually homeschool her youngest child, I am blessed to find so many great resources via Literacy Musing Mondays. Not only do I find potential learning resources for my little guy, I add to my ever-growing and overflowing bookshelves.

What more could a mother ask for than children to pass her great love for books on to? 🙂

This week we hear from Kate Motaung. Before you read her guest post and link up with us, please let me share a few with you from last week that grabbed my attention (and hopefully yours).

My Favorite Post from Last Week’s Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup

Counting Books + Activities: Developing Early Math Skills

Oh, so many great posts to choose from! My favorite post this week is Counting Books + Activities: Developing Early Math Skills {}.

Why? Because I love math! My first two kiddos dislike math with a passion! Maybe, just maybe, these books will encourage my little guy to love math {and books} as much as I do!

Be sure to visit each host, as they each share their favorite post, which could be yours!

What was your favorite post from last week? Leave a comment below.

The Most Clicked Post from Last Week’s Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup

2016 Blog Hop - Final Feature Button

You and your fellow Literacy Musing Mondays readers found 2016 Blog Hop – Share Your One Word, New Year Goals And Resolutions {Create With Joy} to be the most interesting post from last week, as it received the most clicks. I’m sure it has something to do with the new year and everyone making resolutions, goals or other commitments. My one word for 2016 is HOME. I encourage you to read her post, especially if you haven’t decided on a focus word for 2016. I personally find a word or phrase focus results in progress much more so than resolutions.

Guest Post: Why I Have Grown to Love Historical Fiction by Kate Motaung

Kate Motaung

Confession: I’m not a history lover. I’m terrible with remembering dates and details and who fits where.

I don’t love history, but I’ve grown to love historical fiction.

Why? It makes history come alive. It picks me up and plonks me down in the middle of a different era, and gives me eyes to see.

Rather than viewing historical events as an outsider looking in, historical fiction invites me to step into the scene and become part of it. It paints color into an otherwise black and white page.

Writers of historical fiction hold tremendous power. They possess the ability to carry me back in time and make the past come alive. The otherwise flat records are rounded out and given new dimension with the portrayal of warring emotions, complex conflicts and imperfect resolutions.

Best of all, historical fiction helps me remember. It sews details together and wraps me in the finished garment.

As a homeschooler, I love the way historical fiction draws my kids in. They learn so much and refer back to books time and time again as reference points relating to certain historical periods and events.

I’m so grateful to the authors who work so hard to research and animate history for the benefit of readers like me.

To read the rest of her great post along with her list of must read historical fiction book head on over to her blog now!

Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African and together they have three children. Kate is the author of the e-book, Letters to Grief, hosts the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, and has contributed to several other online publications. She blogs at Heading Home and can be found on Twitter @k8motaung or on Facebook.

Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing your thoughts on historical fiction with us!

Oh, I love historical fiction myself! My all-time favorite series is by Liz Curtis Higgs. The books are Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Light. It’s a wonderful and tearful series about a woman’s devotion to her less than perfect husband. Oh, I want to read it again now that I’m telling you about it!

Let’s Linkup: Literacy Musing Mondays

We couldn’t have a successful linkup without a collaboration of contributors like yourself. Nor would it be successful without our hosts.

Meet Your Hosts

Ashley @ Circling the Story
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Be sure to visit each host, as they each share their favorite post, which could be yours!

Want to be the next to be featured? Just link up a post and if yours is the most read post, it’ll become the next featured post. It includes a link back to your post!

Also, please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We return the favor by by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin your posts to our Pinterest Board!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.

It’s your turn to link up to Literacy Musing Mondays! You will have until Saturday at 12 noon to link up! So come back often.

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Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome anything with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the post next to yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. I know as a blogger, you know how it feels not receive comments, right. Spread the comment love this holiday season. 🙂 Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too. We’d love for you to use the hashtag #LMMLinkup

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! I love, love, love books. How about you?


  • Reply
    Kate Motaung
    January 10 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks so much for having me, Tami! I love joining the Literacy Musing Mondays linkup, and am thrilled to be here this week. Thanks again.

  • Reply
    Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage
    January 10 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Tami! Don’t give up on that dream of being home and homeschooling. Eat those rice and beans, beans and rice! You can do it. God’s made it possible to homeschool my kids and be home with them for 25 years now. It’s been hard at times, but God is faithful. Seek Him first. He loves you and your family.

    I just linked up An Endless Christmas by C. Ruchti. I loved it! It’s how I want our Christmases to be when my kids grow up!

    Thanks for “talking back” at Harvest Lane Cottage about Here Burns My Candle. Do you know that your comments come through to my email as a “no reply blogger”? If you’d like to get direct responses to your comments more often, you might like to know how to change that. I wrote about it in this blog post.

    If you’re like me, you don’t have time to go back and check on other blogs to see if you’ve gotten a response to your comment. I sometimes can take time to track down commenters, but I’m usually short on time.

    Harvest Lane Cottage

  • Reply
    Eva/ Kid Minds
    January 11 at 2:52 pm

    Tami! Thank you so much for featuring my post! You made my day!!!

  • Reply
    January 11 at 4:36 pm

    It’s so fun to see what the other hosts pick as their favorite posts. I’m thankful for what a great linkup we have!

  • Reply
    Mrs. AOK
    January 13 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for the invite, I love the party! I invited my friends (tweeted). 🙂
    Not it’s time to mingle.

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