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Book Review: Passing Lincoln

Passing Lincoln is an incredibly unique new piece of Christian fiction that you won't be able to put down.

This book, y’all. If you’re looking for something to uplift you, give you some insight into human nature, and maybe even help you understand God a little better, this is the one.

And it’s such an easy read, your kids will love it, too. In fact, it would make a fantastic read-aloud for the upcoming season.

I’m not a big reader of Christian fiction . In fact, this may well be the only Christian fiction I’ve ever read on purpose. But Passing Lincoln was hands-down my favorite book of the year.

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Story Time: In the Haunted House

Story Time: In the Haunted House activities include a free capitalization printable, a printable unit on bats, a haunted house paper craft, and Pumpkin Ghost Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

Got a little that loves the shivers?  In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting is a perfectly shivery book without being too shivery.

It walks your kids through a haunted house, complete with ghossts, witches, bats, and other ghoulish inhabitants. Then at the end, you see that it’s a fake haunted house.

Even better? The dad is much more scared than the little girl who has just walked through it. Which is pretty funny.

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The Halloween Tree Activities for Learning

The Halloween Tree activities include more than 75 reading comprehension writing prompts plus crafts and other fun ideas

This is the time of year when we like to choose something spooky for our family read-aloud.Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love a good ghost story or something similar to get me in the mood for it.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is the perfect chapter book to read with kids because it’s spooky while still being mostly kid-friendly and it contains a  pretty accurate history of the holiday. Accurate enough to spark some cool history lessons, anyway. I’ve not yet seen the animated film based on it, but it would be fun to read the book and then watch the movie.

This book, y’all. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a little hair-raising for kids. But it’s such a cool look at the history of Halloween and the way humans have always feared death and the dark. There are so many ways you could turn a read-aloud into a history lesson, a geography lesson, a sociology lesson…

You get me. I mean, Bradbury was a genius, after all, and if you don’t appreciate this book simply for his skill with the language, then something is seriously wrong.

No, really, the descriptions in this book reach down deep into your heart and pull out everything you love about autumn and Halloween until you feel all choked up and nostalgic.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off the autumn season.

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How to Teach Reading with Phonics

I cannot live without books.... -Thomas Jefferson

You may not know this about me, but one of the reasons I pulled my boys from public school was my dissatisfaction with the way they’re teaching kids how to read now. I have literally seen it set kids up to be unable to spell or sound out difficult words. Of course, my boys were both already reading when they started kindergarten, but you know that scene in To Kill a Mockingbird where Scout’s teacher has a hissy fit because Scout hasn’t learned to read from the school?

Well, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but the lessons on how to read with sight words and all the other rigamarole confused them, for sure.

Y’all, reading is too important to risk that way.

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