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How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party Outdoors

An Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party is a surefire way to keep your kids interested in reading this summer. Learn how to throw one perfectly and get a free printable!

Alice in Wonderland is a perfect summertime read.  Whimsical and action-packed, it’s a kid-pleaser that won’t feel like they’re ho-humming their way through classic literature.

There’s so much fun to be had with this book, and it’s brilliant for reading together under a shade tree.  If you struggle with Carroll’s poetry or made-up words, keep Google close by to help you translate. Our favorites are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat (because the Hatter is my Alice in Wonderland Boyfriend) and the Lobster Quadrille (because Will you Won’t you?  Will You Won’t You?  Will you join the dance?).

I’m telling you, my friends, this stuff is fun. F.U.N.  And we’re about to make it even funner.

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How to Use Literature to Teach Writing

How to Use Literature to Teach Writing will show you how to use good books to teach your kids the intricacies of writing

The definition of a wordsmith is a skilled user of words.  One of the reasons Charles Dickens is my Dead-Author Boyfriend is that he was, indeed, a skilled user of words.  Luxurious, meaningful, true words.  The kind that rarely get used in today’s mass market writing world.  The kind that a lot of kids today have replaced with acronyms and misspellings.

But you want your kids to be wordsmiths, don’t you?  Or to at least grasp the concepts that go along with it?
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Using Literature to Enliven Geography

Great list of books for using literature to teach geography

My boys and I have always been fascinated by maps.  In fact, their bedroom is wallpapered with maps of the world and of the U.S.

One of their favorite classes ever was when we learned to read maps–you know, all that latitude, longitude, compass rose, and scale stuff.

(No.  I’m not making that up.  They homeschool, y’all, so of course they’re weird.)

(Just kidding.  They’d be weird even if they didn’t homeschool.  It’s genetic.)

Anyway, maybe your kids aren’t as excited about maps as mine are.  Maybe geography makes them groan.  How can you make it more fun?

Um, books, silly.  Always books. Is there any other answer?
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4 Easy Ways to Include Literature in Your Homeschool

Tips for adding literature to your homeschool to engage your kids in their learning experience

Sometimes it seems impossible to achieve all the many things we want to accomplish in our children’s educations.  It’s a daunting process–ensuring you are teaching them the best way, the best topics, the best preparation for the real world.

You know me. I totally believe you can’t go wrong by making literature an important part of your homeschool.
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