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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.

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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12 Months of Literary Activities: Peter Pan

Peter Pan activities include this Croc Clock Puppet craft for kids plus reading extensions for history, science, and more

Peter Pan.  Little boys who never grow up.  Fairies. Pirates. Magic.

There is nothing in Peter Pan not to love.  I mean, it’s not cool that pretty much all the grownups are pirates, but I can rest easy knowing that I only grew up as much as I had to, and I’m definitely not a pirate.

This story is timeless because it sparks the imaginations of young and old alike.  It’s full of wonder and fun.  And awesome things to learn about.
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