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Need Novel Studies for Your Homeschool or Classroom?


My friends, I have had a full week.  And not necessarily in a good way.  But a couple of hours with my bestest friend last night eased it all for me, and I am ready to face the coming days.  Isn’t it nice to have someone you can count on to just listen when you’re feeling low?  Whoever that person is for you, thank him or her today.  Because I have even more full days coming up and thanks to my Abby I can focus now and get all this work done.

What work? you may ask.

If you have been reading my blog for very long, then you know I started this thing with the goal of selling novel studies to other homeschoolers that were thorough and affordable while being high-quality.

May I have your attention, please?

May I have your attention, please?

This week I got 3 finished.  It has been a long road for me, mostly because schooling my Littles is my first priority and doing all the blog work involved in being successful–posting, networking, contacting affiliates and companies for reviews and…  if you blog, you get me–is time-consuming.  I’ve had a little trouble finding the time to get enough novel studies perfected to make me feel comfortable opening a shop.

I feel like there should be a drumroll here, but the spin cycle on the washer will have to do (I swear, it’s thumping away right now.  I should go balance that load).

I am announcing today that next Wednesday, May 25, will be the Grand Opening of my eshop, where I will sell my Lit Looking Glass Novel Studies and larger unit studies.  I will have 3 novel studies and 1 unit study available on Wednesday, and I will be adding to that number as I get more completed.  If you’re considering any of these books for summer reading or next school year, these novel studies have 3 sections for each chapter.

  1. Vocabulary–I’ve pulled words from each chapter that kids might struggle with and put them into a worksheet where littles can match them with the definition.  This can be used before the chapter, during the chapter, or after the chapter, however you wish.
  2. Study Questions–For each chapter there is a list of questions for your Little to answer.  Reading comprehension, who-what-where-when, and critical thinking questions are included.
  3. Activities–For each chapter, there are 1-3 activities to help your littles remember what they’ve read.  These can be crafts, experiments, food, writing activities… really, just about anything fun and related to the chapter

And never fear, mama, there are answer keys. 🙂

Lit Looking Glass Novel Studies are kind of like my Story Times on steroids.  I try to write them so they can be used by all ages–one of the reasons I had this idea to begin with was that I got aggravated that all of the Oliver Twist studies I could find were either waaay expensive or aimed at college students.  We read it when the Littles were in 4th & 6th ‘grades,’ and I needed a study they could relate to.  (Also, do not worry… I did write that novel study, and it will be available to you for cheap and for your littles in the near future.)

I. am. so. freaking. excited about this.  Here are the books the first few novel studies are for:

complete tales of winnie

Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne


tuck everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt



rabbit hill

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson


china unit study pic

And don’t forget that a unit study for China will be available, too.  It includes geography, history, religion, and animal science with lots of activities to do to help your littles study that incredible country.

I hope you’re all as pumped about this as I am.  I’m so glad to finally feel like I’m at a point where I can offer them.  Spread the word, dear readers, if you will.  I promise you with all my heart my novel studies will be quality additions to any homeschool or classroom.

Celebrate with me?  And don’t forget to stop by next Wednesday and check out the shop!

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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.
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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.
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  1. I’m not finding the link to your shop. Help.
    Lisa Nelson recently posted…Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood: An Interactive Musical App for your HomeschoolMy Profile

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      Lisa, it’s in the menu at the top: Shop Lit Looking Glass. Please let me know if there is a further problem. 🙂

  2. We really need this, so thank you! I am going to take a look.

    I really like that you have used good quality books. I am all about fun and such, but I think it’s so important for kids to read books of quality. It makes a huge difference.

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      I agree wholeheartedly. I let my littles read what they choose for fun, but we always read quality in school. And they Always appreciate it, shockingly enough. No groans or nothin’! lol

  3. I’m so excited for you! (And for me to get to use them!) Thanks for sharing with us at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
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  4. Can’t wait to visit your store. It is time-consuming to create our own novel study. I think I have to take a look at yours. Thank you very much for sharing at Talk It up Thursday!

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      Boy, do I know it, Michelle! I figure if I do it, it’ll save the rest of you some much-needed time. 🙂

  5. Wonderful ideas and books! Thanks so much for sharing at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

  6. Good luck with your eshop, hope it goes well.
    Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsBeKids
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  7. Congratulations on this! I can completely relate to keeping the kids and their educations front and center while trying to build a blog and community. It is hard work-yet so worth it!
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    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      Absolutely, Heather! I’m so glad I started doing this–I feel like everything in my life has led up to it, and I’ve made so many wonderful friends.

  8. This is so exciting! Wishing you all the best for your Grand Opening next week! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again next week 🙂
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  9. Great ideas! We love Winnie The Pooh. Thank you for joining the Family Joy link party. 🙂
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  10. I love this idea! Reading comprehension seems to be something that’s slipped off the radar at many schools. I know I’m a writer and all, but that was also my favorite thing – to learn new works, answer questions about what I’ve read, and talk about it. I’ve linked this post to my LinkedIn feed, in case any contacts there are interested. Glad I found you through the Literary Musings linkup.

    • ktbrison@gmail.com

      I’m also glad you found me! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 I couldn’t agree more–learning (Really Learning) a new book is one of the greatest joys ever.

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