Everything you need to understand or teach An American Childhood by Annie Dillard.
Anne Dillard, now a middle-aged woman, recalls her childhood, from the time she was five all the way through high school. Over these years, she provides her own childhood as a model for happiness in adulthood. Adult needs not leave behind the spirit that causes children to stand in perpetual awe of the world; rather, to be truly happy, one must resist the world's attempt to stamp that spirit out.
An American Childhood Lesson Plans contain 126 pages of teaching material, including: