Once upon a time, in a place not far from where I am now, there were many Cohorts at our table learning every day. As the big Cohorts uncovered new learning, the little Cohorts and the Underling wanted in on the action. It didn’t much matter what activities I had mapped out for the little Cohorts, if the big Cohorts weren’t doing something like it too, it would fail to launch most times. I soon learned to align their topics with adjusted reading and activities for each age group. If you are teaching multiple ages, you may notice a similar situation at your homeschool. You are not alone. Recently a homeschool mom asked me if I could provide her with a Thomas Edison reading list that included kindergarten through high school reading choices. The list is below and is by no means exhaustive, however it does have something for multiple age groups. The links below are affiliate links.  You can read my disclosure policy here.

Elementary (ages 5 to 11)

 Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta

 Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford by Suzanne Slade

 National Geographic Thomas Edison by Barbara Kramer

 Thomas Edison: Inventor with a Lot of Bright Ideas by Mike Venezia

 Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? by Margaret Frith

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL (ages 11-14)

 

 Thomas A. Edison Childhood of Famous Americans

 Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities by Laurie Carlson

 Thomas Edison and the Light Bulb by National Geographic Learning (graphic novel)

 

HIGH SCHOOL (ages 14-18)

 

 The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall Stross

 Empires of Light by Jill Jones is written for adult audiences, but is a fantastic book for mature readers. It is about Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse. Add this to a physics or American history reading list.

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