As an educator I have always wanted to write a book recommending the important books that everyone should read. Now, as a father I am focusing on educating my child and this project has assumed even greater importance. My belief, based on a fair amount of research on education is that the best education for a child involves the following components:
1. Active engagement with others (parents, other kids, etc)
2. Hands-on tactile learning (let them explore, play, and touch)
3. Audio input (talk to your child, read to them, play music for them)
4. Reading (not textbooks but real books, good books, classics)
The Jedi Temple School Curriculum is designed to foster these four components. To use the books in this curriculum and stress their importance to your child you need to read them yourself! Reading them as a family promotes discussing them as a family which is the kind of active engagement in learning that will keep your child interested in learning and make them a successful learner.
The recommended books are organized into classes but I use this term rather loosely. I think children should be encouraged to be curious and pursue those interests where they lead but as the guide for your child's learning your job is to provide the context for their current and future learning. That is what these classes do. It is also a way to provide an organized framework for assessing your child's progress.
Each of the courses on the Curriculum page links to the reading list for that course. But, don't infer from this list that reading every book is required. These are simply a list of useful resources for that subject. Pick and choose which ones you and your child find interesting.