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Story Time: Goonight Wishes!

Story Time for Goodnight Wishes! by Leea Baltes includes mouse activities and crafts, language, science, and snacks to go with the award-winning picture book

This completely adorable picture book, which won the Bronze Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, stole my heart the moment I viewed its first pages.  Goodnight Wishes! is about a mouse family who has to relocate when the farmhouse they live in is torn down.  It’s a beautiful story of hope and wishes coming true.

Your littles will completely fall in to Leea Baltes‘ watercolor illustrations which reflect the author’s love of Beatrix Potter.  I can’t put into words how happy the illustrations made me as I read about Mama Mouse and her little babies.  And when you see the craft I have to go with this gem of a book, you’re totally going to swoon.

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How to Use Literature to Teach Writing

How to Use Literature to Teach Writing will show you how to use good books to teach your kids the intricacies of writing

The definition of a wordsmith is a skilled user of words.  One of the reasons Charles Dickens is my Dead-Author Boyfriend is that he was, indeed, a skilled user of words.  Luxurious, meaningful, true words.  The kind that rarely get used in today’s mass market writing world.  The kind that a lot of kids today have replaced with acronyms and misspellings.

But you want your kids to be wordsmiths, don’t you?  Or to at least grasp the concepts that go along with it?
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Using Literature to Enliven Geography

Great list of books for using literature to teach geography

My boys and I have always been fascinated by maps.  In fact, their bedroom is wallpapered with maps of the world and of the U.S.

One of their favorite classes ever was when we learned to read maps–you know, all that latitude, longitude, compass rose, and scale stuff.

(No.  I’m not making that up.  They homeschool, y’all, so of course they’re weird.)

(Just kidding.  They’d be weird even if they didn’t homeschool.  It’s genetic.)

Anyway, maybe your kids aren’t as excited about maps as mine are.  Maybe geography makes them groan.  How can you make it more fun?

Um, books, silly.  Always books. Is there any other answer?
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Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning

Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning include writing prompts for diary entries, letters, essays, and research plus crafts and other lesson ideas for kids

Little House on the Prairie and its companion books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are, perhaps, some of the greatest fiction you can ever read in your homeschool.  With a firsthand account of U.S. pioneer days and descriptions of so many foods and activities to explore, you could literally plan an entire school year around just these books.

Besides all that, it’s a great story and maybe even greater introductory chapter book that can be enjoyed by all ages.  Whether you’re reading it aloud or assigning it for personal reading, Little House is easy to read and understand with plenty of adventure to keep your kids engaged.  Just a few extra learning tools will have your children learning more about pioneer days than they could anywhere else.

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