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Teaching Plot Structure: 3 Types of Story

Understanding the 3 baskic approaches to story can help kids understand plot structure

Reading with kids and encouraging kids to read is the  most important thing we can do for their education.

The end.

Just kidding.

But you don’t want them to just read, do you?  Because as amazing as that is, you also want them to be able to understand what they’re reading and prepare them for college, when reading (let’s face it) is not so simple anymore.
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Dinner and a Movie: The Little Prince

Dinner and a Movie: The Little Prince includes recipes for Cinnamon Pancakes, Baked Bacon, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, and Apple Cinnamon Popcorn

Oh me. Oh my.  Have you seen the Netflix production of The Little Prince yet?  Because it’s my new favorite.

Of course the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is amazeballs, too, so I wouldn’t expect any less.

And the film is oh, so perfect for a family movie night.  I’m not kidding, I belly laughed at Jeff Bridges’ Aviator and cried alligator tears at the end.  I think you will, too.

Because what could be better than a story about a story?
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Story Time: Leaf Jumpers

Watch the leaves turn while doing fun math, science, language and craft activities to supplement Carole Berger's picture book Leaf Jumpers

With simple vocabulary and lush illustrations, Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber will have your littles pumped about autumn.  Maybe even as excited as I am.

Maybe not.  But it could happen.

I can’t help that all my favorite-ist things happen in autumn.  The world turns a billion shades of red and gold.  Leaves fall en masse (my favorite is when I’m driving and they fall in front of my car).  Pumpkins ripen.  Indian corn abounds.  Apple cider is available.  Pumpkin Pie or Homemade Maple Cream coffee creamer (I only take creamer in autumn.  The rest of the year I drink my coffee black).   Also, you probably need my recipe for that yummy Maple Creamer, so scroll down and I’ll add it in here.

I’m cool like that.

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Because of Winn-Dixie Activities for Learning

Activities for Learning has more than 75 activities for reading comprehension and fun for Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is one of the best books ever.  Isn’t it?

A quick, easy read that manages to be full of heart, this tale of a dog helping a family find their way is one of my all-time favorites.  Being a dog lover helps, but this story is also about childhood and loss and healing.  Even if you’re kiddos are cat people, they will love this book.
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