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Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater

Free River Printables for homeschool and classroom in Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater

When kids think of police officers, they often think of sirens, chases, and arrests.  It’s exciting stuff, but it’s not all the police do.

Lucky for us, we have James Burd Brewster and his Glad to Do It series to teach our kids about another side of police work–the real hero stuff.

Officer Jack Underwater introduces Officer Jack and his partner, Officer Kate, and follows them as they save a woman trapped in a car that is slowly sinking into the river.  The officers use brilliant team work to get the woman out of the car. Brewster uses sparse language to take the scary out of the story and build up the heroism in a non-frightening way.
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Animal Farm Activities for Learning (with printables)

Animal Farm Activities for Learning includes over 50 prompts and ideas for reading comprehension and story enjoyment

Getting your young readers hooked on a good story doesn’t have to be too difficult, but sometimes comprehending the story isn’t enough.  Sometimes comprehending the meaning behind the story requires us to think on a deeper level.  For me, those are the best kinds of books.

One of my favorites in that respect is Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Basically a political treatise disguised as a children’s fable, Animal Farm has all the things.  And since it does, it might take a little work to get your readers thinking about it and understanding it the way they should.

Don’t worry.  I got you.  But first let’s talk about some of the key strategies for reading comprehension that you should implement no matter what you’re reading.

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Story Time: The Valentine Bears

Story Time: The Valentine Bears - Crafts and activities to go with the picture book

You know I love the Bunting.  And this book… Oh my, I have always loved it.  Because of course bears should get to celebrate Valentine’s Day, too.  They love each other, don’t they?

Well, Mr. and Mrs. Bear do, very much, and this fun book with its beautiful illustrations by Jan Brett (Are you kidding me?  Both of them together?!) is sure to get your littles in the mood for a little V Day action.  The kind that involves glue, glitter, and sugar cookies.  Yeah yeah.

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Story Time: Sunflower House

Story Time: Sunflower House

It was super easy to come up with a book for this week’s Story Time.  You can’t beat Eve Bunting at picture books, and Sunflower House is no different from all her other brilliant works.  With rhythmic rhymes, Bunting and illustrator Kathryn Hewitt lead your littles through the life cycle of a sunflower from seed to flower to seed as well as giving you the brilliant idea to plant a circle of sunflowers in which to play.  I want a sunflower house myself!

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