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12 Months of Literary Activities: Little House on the Prairie

Building a craft stick log cabin with your kids is just one of the fun Little House on the Prairie activities you can do while you read the children's book.

This book. Right, y’all?  The Little House series is a homeschooler’s dream.  There’s no better look at the States’ pioneer days and it’s even better that they’re written for kids.

If you’re stressing about just how to use literature to teach all the things, Little House is the place to start.  It practically hands you lessons on a pewter platter.  So many of the things we teach are included.  History.  Character.  Sociology.  Cooking.

Cooking, my friends.  One of the funnest ways ever to teach math.
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Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Story Time: Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving activities include history, language, science, crafts and more for the Dav Pilkey picture book

There are lots and lots of really great books about Thanksgiving out there, but one of my favorites is ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.

One of the reasons I love this book is because it’s based on the classic Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, and it has always been part of our Christmas tradition to read that poem on Christmas Eve.  Pilkey has given us a Thanksgiving tradition with this adorable story about a group of school kids who take the bus on a field trip to a turkey farm and end up saving the day and discombobulating Farmer Mack Nuggett in a big way.  It’s cutesy, yeah, but it’s also fun and if your household is vegetarian or vegan, a great way to celebrate that lifestyle while still being grateful for Thanksgiving.

There are so many activity options that can go with this book, but I’ll keep it to a few really good ones.
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Story Time: Uncle Rocky, Fireman-Sparky’s Rescue

Story Time: Rocky Hill, Fireman-Sparky's Rescue includes free printables and tutorials for dalmatian activities and crafts

Y’all, I’m having so much fun introducing you to James Burd Brewster’s wonderful Glad to Do It! Series.  This month, I’m featuring Uncle Rocky the Fireman again, only this time he’s looking for a firehouse dog.  And you know what that means…

Dalmatians!

I was already in love with this series, but now that I’ve gotten my hands on this one I’m feeling a little obsessed.  Sparky’s Rescue is not only super informative about dalmatians, it’s an homage to adopting pets who need good homes.  Every time I read one of Mr. Brewster’s books I am completely floored by how much information he can pack into a fun picture book.  These stories not only entertain, they teach.

That, my friends, is the stuff.  So let’s hop right to some fun activities that will help your kiddos learn even more.  Because yeah yeah.

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