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Story Time: In November

Story Time: In November Crafts and activities for the picture book by Cynthia Rylant 

In November is one of those lyrical, gorgeous picture books you want to read over and over again and hope your littles will, too.  That way you have an excuse.  But you don’t need one.  Read whatever you want to.  You’re a grown up.  You finally make the rules.

Sidetracked.  (Imagine that.)

Anyway, I thought this would be a good book to lead us into the next month and all the changes it brings.  Because October is when the world lights up and November is… well, it’s kinda when the lights go out.  Which is cool in its own way, as Ms. Rylant shows us in the brilliant pages of her book.  Between her words and Jill Kastner’s sweet illustrations, November starts to feel pretty cozy.  If you have a little who hates the onset of winter, this one may help her appreciate the coming months a little more.

So let’s do some of my favorite leaf activities as a final hurrah to the best of autumn and a nod hello to bare-boned, stick-figure trees.  While we still can.
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I’ve Had Better

Lit Mama's opinion about 6 movies based on books and whether or not you should watch them

Get your mind out of the gutter!  I’m talking about movies here, my friends.

You know, the ones that are based on our favorite books.  The ones that so often disappoint.

If your family is more movie buff than bookworm, let me tell you the reasons to change your ways.  I’m an expert, because I am both.  So I have to know a little something, right?

I’m going to give you the rundown of family films I could have done without and films I loved even if they were slightly different from the books.  And always, always, I’m going to tell you to read the book anyway.

Because books.

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Journaling to Understand Fiction

20 journal prompts to help kids think more deeply about the fiction they're reading

If you’ve never used journaling to help your littles understand the fiction they’re reading, you are missing out.

We all want our littles to walk away from a book feeling like they learned something.  And I don’t mean how poverty-stricken the London Streets were in Oliver Twist, but a better understanding of what that poverty meant to the characters and whether there could have been good ways to solve the problem.

We want them to have a deeper understanding.  Because understanding fiction well is a path to understanding life well.  The reason stories resonate with us and are such an integral part of our ives is that even the most fantastical is based in the human experience.  And we want our littles well-armed to face the experiences to come.
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How Literature Can Save Your Homeschool Day

How homeschooling with literature can save your day

We all know that it’s important to teach our kids to love reading.  There’s no denying the research that shows they myriad benefits of encouraging our littles to be readers.  But I don’t just want you to encourage them to read on their own; I want you to use literature as a major part of your homeschool day.


Because it helps cement the Love of Story in your littles.  And it can be a lifesaver when homeschooling becomes complicated.


Oh, let me count the ways.
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