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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.

Using Literature to Enliven Geography

Great list of books for using literature to teach geography

My boys and I have always been fascinated by maps.  In fact, their bedroom is wallpapered with maps of the world and of the U.S.

One of their favorite classes ever was when we learned to read maps–you know, all that latitude, longitude, compass rose, and scale stuff.

(No.  I’m not making that up.  They homeschool, y’all, so of course they’re weird.)

(Just kidding.  They’d be weird even if they didn’t homeschool.  It’s genetic.)

Anyway, maybe your kids aren’t as excited about maps as mine are.  Maybe geography makes them groan.  How can you make it more fun?

Um, books, silly.  Always books. Is there any other answer?
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Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning

Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning include writing prompts for diary entries, letters, essays, and research plus crafts and other lesson ideas for kids

Little House on the Prairie and its companion books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are, perhaps, some of the greatest fiction you can ever read in your homeschool.  With a firsthand account of U.S. pioneer days and descriptions of so many foods and activities to explore, you could literally plan an entire school year around just these books.

Besides all that, it’s a great story and maybe even greater introductory chapter book that can be enjoyed by all ages.  Whether you’re reading it aloud or assigning it for personal reading, Little House is easy to read and understand with plenty of adventure to keep your kids engaged.  Just a few extra learning tools will have your children learning more about pioneer days than they could anywhere else.

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4 Easy Ways to Include Literature in Your Homeschool

Tips for adding literature to your homeschool to engage your kids in their learning experience

Sometimes it seems impossible to achieve all the many things we want to accomplish in our children’s educations.  It’s a daunting process–ensuring you are teaching them the best way, the best topics, the best preparation for the real world.

You know me. I totally believe you can’t go wrong by making literature an important part of your homeschool.
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Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Picnic

Story Time has picnic activities for kids that include language, science, and craft activities to go with the picture book Uncle Rocky, Fireman: Picnic by James Brewster

James Brewster is at it again.  Maybe I should say Uncle Rocky and his brave nephews are saving the day again.  Picnic from the Glad to Do It! series is another winner that will have your kids celebrating everyday heroes even more than usual.

Because every little boy wants to be a firefighter. And Mr. Brewster knows how to make it exciting.
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