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Using Picture Books for a Spring Animal Study

Using picture books is a great way to start an animal study with your kids for spring. Find out how and get lots of free printables to supplement your lessons.

Spring is the perfect time to do an animal study with your kids.   The increase in activity after the winter months provides opportunities to see more animals in nature than at any other time of year.

What better way to begin an animal study than picture books?  Sure, picture books tend to personify animals, but good ones also provide insight into where animals live, what they like, and what behaviors we can expect from them.

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Using Dystopian Lit to Teach American Government

You can use good Dystopian lit to teach U.S. government to your kids in a way that will keep them interested and help them remember what they've learned

Government can be tricky to teach.  It fascinates me and my boys, but I’ve known plenty of people of all ages who find learning about how it works to be boring.

It’s not boring.  It’s awesome.

I digress.

If you’re looking for  a fun and engaging way to teach government to your littles, look no further than the closest good Dystopian novel.
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12 Months of Literary Activities: Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist Activities include reading extensions for history, geography, science, and more, plus a fun DIY Cemetery craft for kids to create while they read.

You knew I was saving the best for last.  But you can’t blame me.  It’s not my fault Dickens did his first U.S. public reading in December and gave me an excuse to highlight one of his many brilliant books.

That’s totally on him.

Oliver Twist wasn’t the first Dickens the boys and I read together, but it was one of the most enjoyable.  Maybe because it was about a young boy and they could relate to it.  Maybe because it showcases such a clear delineation between good and bad and proves that those labels have nothing to do with class.

Maybe because we did so many fun activities while we read.
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