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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.

9 Reasons Literature is Important in Your Homeschool

9 reasons to reconsider the importance of literature in your homeschool include how to use lit to supplement other lessons

Books.  They hold a special place in our hearts.  As young children, we discover the world between their pages–animals we have never seen in real life, other kids and families that we haven’t experienced, and possibilities like school, parties, and holiday celebrations.

As we grow, books take on new meaning.  Characters we can relate to, places we’ve never been, experiences we might never have.

Books inspire us and make us think, they help us escape and remind us of home.

Reading for pleasure does all of those things.  It can be easy to forget that reading also has a place in education, but I can’t stress the importance of literature in your homeschool enough.

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Using Picture Books for a Spring Animal Study

Using picture books is a great way to start an animal study with your kids for spring. Find out how and get lots of free printables to supplement your lessons.

Spring is the perfect time to do an animal study with your kids.   The increase in activity after the winter months provides opportunities to see more animals in nature than at any other time of year.

What better way to begin an animal study than picture books?  Sure, picture books tend to personify animals, but good ones also provide insight into where animals live, what they like, and what behaviors we can expect from them.

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Using Dystopian Lit to Teach American Government

You can use good Dystopian lit to teach U.S. government to your kids in a way that will keep them interested and help them remember what they've learned

Government can be tricky to teach.  It fascinates me and my boys, but I’ve known plenty of people of all ages who find learning about how it works to be boring.

It’s not boring.  It’s awesome.

I digress.

If you’re looking for  a fun and engaging way to teach government to your littles, look no further than the closest good Dystopian novel.
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Teaching History with Literature

Learn how to use fiction to make history come alive for kids and help them remember their lessons even better

If you ask me what historical periods I am most acquainted with, it would be a toss-up between Victorian England and the Dark Ages.  I know things about these time periods that on a daily basis look like just worthless trivia, but they enrich my life and my perceptions in more ways than I can list.

Why do I know so much about those eras?  Well, I’ve mentioned before that Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite author.  (So, yeah, I’m even up on the French Revolution.) And my dirty little secret is that I seriously own more than 100 books about the Arthurian legends.

Seriously.  Yes, I have read them all.
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