Wright on Time – Arizona, a Homeschool Chapter Book

Wright on Time: Arizona is a chapter book about an RV-living, homeschooling family of four. It is the first book of a great series for any kid. They are full of big words- I underlined at least one or two per page- and it’s definitely not talking down to anyone. These characters were well-developed and respectful of each other and eager to learn more about the world around them.

The writing was clear and descriptive, and the adventures were exciting but not scary. I really liked how the author, a homeschool mom of two named Lisa Cotrell-Bentley, created an enjoyable but realistic family dynamic. The kids have things in common with their parents, and the kids are their own people, but they are a family unit. The book treats being together as a family, cohesive and content, as a normal thing to be. No child in this book is sitting on a rock, focused inward on his iTunes, casting condescending looks at a parent who is cajoling him to participate in the family trip.

It was surely an educational lesson on caving and geology. I was initially expecting the family to have multiple little adventures in the course of the book, especially after seeing the word RV in the description, and opening the book to see a beautiful, hand-drawn map of Arizona, complete with state bird and flower. However, the RV wasn’t mentioned until the very end, and the entire book was about one caving adventure. I initially thought as I closed the book that a lot of loose ends were left dangling- then I saw the logo on the cover. Without trying to ruin anything for anyone, it appears to me that each new state’s adventure will have trailings of prior adventures. The teaser sentence for the second book, set in Utah, asks if they will learn about “the mysterious device” they found in Arizona.

Additionally on the website we are reassured that each book can stand alone, and the author envisions homeschoolers using the books as resources for their own travels or state studies, or in the case of Wright on Time: Arizona, a unit study on caves.


Teresa Dear is a homeschooling mother of four. She and her husband do not worry about socialization. You can follow the blog exploration of Classical Christian Education in general and their homeschool lifestyle in particular . Teresa divides her time between education, the home, shopping for curriculum, and stocking her Etsy storefront where you can find handmade cards and vintage photos.

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Teresa Dear is a prior Russian linguist in the Air Force turned stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of four. Teresa spends her time checking out curriculum, educating her children, creating a comfortable home, and studying God's word. You can read more about the Classical Education Method in general and her homeschool lifestyle in particular at http://mama4x.blogspot.com Find out her choices for curriculum and everything else homeschool.


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