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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

Rainy Day DIY Table Games for Kids

Foosball, Tic Tac Toe, and Memory are fun and easy DIY Table Games for Kids to keep your little ones occupied on a rainy day

Guest blogger Mark Cop loves to expound on his principle love – foosball. Because of that, he hangs out in the Foosball Zone where he helps people new to foosball by giving them information about the numerous tables available.  To see his work, visit Mini Foosball Table | Foosball Zone

Rainy days are perfect days for a blanket and a movie for an adult, but what about kids? It is hard to stay inside when you know that outside you can jump, run and play.  Having to spend the entire day inside can cause boredom and no parent wants that. I want to share with you some great DIY projects for you and your kids to have fun making and playing!
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Story Time: Officer Jack-Stolen Puppy

Lesson ideas, free printables, crafts for kids, and a fun recipe to accompany a picture book about police officers and their daily heroism. Great for teaching homeschool.My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding.  I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.

Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker.  In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects.  And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick.  I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.

 

So. Good.

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12 Months of Literary Activities: Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist Activities include reading extensions for history, geography, science, and more, plus a fun DIY Cemetery craft for kids to create while they read.

You knew I was saving the best for last.  But you can’t blame me.  It’s not my fault Dickens did his first U.S. public reading in December and gave me an excuse to highlight one of his many brilliant books.

That’s totally on him.

Oliver Twist wasn’t the first Dickens the boys and I read together, but it was one of the most enjoyable.  Maybe because it was about a young boy and they could relate to it.  Maybe because it showcases such a clear delineation between good and bad and proves that those labels have nothing to do with class.

Maybe because we did so many fun activities while we read.
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12 Months of Literary Activities: Treasure Island

Treasure Island activities include reading extensions for history, geography, and science and a craft tutorial and template for a treasure map

Pirates.  Ships.  Treasure.  Mutiny. Danger.

Treasure Island has all the things to inspire a kid’s imagination.  The story of Jim Hawkins and his quest for treasure has enchanted children for almost 150 years.  I know my boys absolutely adored the story, even during the cringe-worthy scarier parts.

Stevenson’s adventure is a perfect introduction to classic literature for younger kids and is still action-packed enough to engage older kids.  And you know me, if it offers ways to teach other subjects, I’m All In.

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