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Lit Looking Glass open

Holy cow, holy cow, holy COW, y’all!  Pinch me, I must be dreaming!

There are lots of changes happening at Lit Mama today, and I hope you’re along for the ride, because I’ve worked long and hard for this and I feel like I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a long tunnel still, but there’s a pinpoint of light up there!  Woot woot!

It’s Launch Day, my lovely readers.  After dreaming of putting up my novel studies for sale for many months, I finally have a few I am proud to offer you.  See that shiny new header in my menu up there? You can check out all I have to offer by clicking that little button–Shop Lit Looking Glass.  Are you excited?!?!?  ‘Cause obviously I am.  I know, I know, there isn’t a Whole Whole Lot yet, but I promise you, I am working hard at perfecting more novel studies to offer.  Also, since I am putting these together for you homeschooling mamas and educators out there, if there is a particular novel you need a study for, please feel free to tell me about it in the comments and I will add it to my list.  Remember, I started all this because I couldn’t find a quality, affordable study for Oliver Twist, so I’ve been to that frustration party.  Just don’t list that one, because I’m working on getting it perfected for you now.  🙂

You may also have noticed my new opt-in boxes.  Beginning this Friday, I will be sending out a newsletter to all my subscribers that includes a weekly wrap-up of the blog and other tidbits available Only To My Subscribers.  I’m stoked about this, because before my only option was for you to get an email every day when I post something new, and I am well aware that one email a day from every blog you subscribe to tends to bog down your inbox.  I don’t wanna be That Girl.  So a newsletter.  To help you keep up with my posts without cringing when you see my name in your inbox.  The only problem is, you may have to go ahead and subscribe again to make sure I don’t miss you–I’m not perfect, and if I missed getting those of you who follow the blog transferred to the newsletter list, I don’t want you to get left behind.  Besides, if you subscribe to the newsletter you Get A Coupon that lands you Lit Looking Glass Novel Study: The Complete Tales of Winnie-the Pooh FOR FREE!!

Um, win!!

See, I figured if you had a chance to look at one and use it, you would get to see the quality of the studies before you spend money on one.  I mean, you’re welcome.

Y’all, I’m so grateful for the support and love you’ve shown me over my months as a blogger and I’m looking so forward to many more years of friendship, encouragement, and commiseration with you.  So stick around, sign up for the newsletter, and be ready for what’s to come.

** Doing  a happy dance **

Love (and perseverance)  wins,


Book-Lovin’ Lit Mama and a New Free download

Finally, Finally, FINALLY, the Lit Mama Homeschool is hitting its stride and finding its rhythm.  This year has been an eye-opener for me–a pleasure while also (at one time) bordering on a travesty.  I had a plan.  It was So Not Working.  I ditched the plan.  I came up with some other stuff.  Somehow, it started working alongside the original plan.  Now we are having fun, pursuing many interests, and I feel like I can relax a little.  If you know me, you know that means I’m still sleeping with one eye open and eating in front of the computer while I figure out our Next Big Thing.

But at least I can eat now.

something wicked

One of the things I really did throw out

(wait for it…)

was my original ideas about literature materials for this year.  I was going to have us read books related to our Asian, African, and Australian unit studies for the year.  Instead, as autumn approached, I got in the mood for some Bradbury.  If you’ve never read Something Wicked This Way Comes, holy cow, read it now in time for Halloween.  This book is spooky and intriguing from the word go (or in this case, the word First).  It’s also told mostly from the POV of two boys who are on the verge of turning 14, so it’s a great read for young boys who like a little mystery in their October.  Or girls.  Or heck, anybody.  And Bradbury… Listen, this guy knew how to form a sentence.  Sentence after sentence that sticks to your soul like honey, sweetening the way you look at the world forever.  Like this description of the two boys taking off running:

The wind flew Jim away.

A similar kite, Will swooped to follow.

Oh. Yeah.

The Littles love this book.  We have read it before.  We have no problem reading it again.  You always get something new the second time around.  The Littles completely humbled me by picking Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for their next book.  You know the Lit Mama is all about the classics, and you know I believe no one is ever too young to be introduced to them.  Since my boys have read the unabridged Robinson Crusoe, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and several other classics, I feel they are more than ready for some spooky Stevenson.  I’m pretty excited about reading it with them.

I could read Bradbury all year long, so I’m thinking it’s time for Fahrenheit 451 after our little dive into Multiple Personality World.

And you know what?  I’m not locking us down on anything.  Sure, I’ll be writing study guides all year, but I Love writing study guides.  Besides, where would I be if I couldn’t complain to all my lovely readers about how busy I am?  (I know, being busy in some other way so I could complain about it. haha)

And since I’ve talked about reading so much in this post, here’s a new free download–October Bookmarks straight from the book-lovin’ Lit Mama to you.

october bookmarksHave a great weekend, my friends.

Love wins,


Psssst… A Lit Mama Surprise and a New Free Download

The Littles think when I wake them this morning they are going to have a normal day of school.  Little do they know…


I promised you back when I did my summer camp post that I would have an autumn camp this year and let you know my ideas.  So stay tuned, because some time between tomorrow and Monday I will post the full itinerary with pics and instructions.  Believe me, it will be worth the wait.  This day is going to be fun Fun FUN!!!!

In the meantime, do this autumn scavenger hunt with us today.  We can pretend we’re all playing and homeschooling together.  autumn scavenger hunt

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Have a frabjous, supercalifragilistic, beautemous Autumn Weekend, my beloved friends.

Love wins,