Most frequently asked question at our table…”What do you think?”
Most frequent comment…”Let’s look that up.”
Our go to…every single day, several times a day…are the encyclopedias. They are the most direct route to concise information and a guide to gathering further information. Often, something we look up, we just read a paragraph about. Sometimes I skim an article to find the relevant information on a topic. Sometimes we read the article, it’s complementary articles on related topics, the recommended reading. Encyclopedias give us an opportunity to take an interest as far as is desired or necessary.
And to share and discuss our varied interests. Best reads ever are the ones where there are half a dozen encyclopedias scattered on the table, and everyone is looking at what the others have discovered. There are some other resources we have found incredibly helpful when studying history as a Catholic family.
The Pocket Catholic Dictionary by Father John Hardon is also a resource book we would never be without. It has dictionary entries of all things Catholic, so that words or ideas can be instantly accessed to aid discussion and also to help with the context of the story.