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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities for Learning

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities for Learning has over 125 ideas for getting deeper into the novel by Elizabeth Geroge Speare and includes a free printable

Since it’s mid-September and I saw orange leaves today while I was out, what could be more fitting than a witchy story?

Halloween is coming, my friends, and the Lit Mama is all in.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is a beautiful story about friendship and staying true to oneself set in 1687 Connecticut.  When 16-year-old Kit is orphaned, she has to travel to America to live with relatives she’s never met.  Suspicious and unfriendly, the Puritan community in which she finds herself soon begin to whisper ‘witch.’  And when Kit finds a friend in Hannah Tupper, a widow known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, things become downright dangerous.

There are so many lessons to learn from this book.  And it’s incredibly absorbing.   Plus, autumn.  Did I say that already?

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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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Story Time: Leaf Jumpers

Watch the leaves turn while doing fun math, science, language and craft activities to supplement Carole Berger's picture book Leaf Jumpers

With simple vocabulary and lush illustrations, Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber will have your littles pumped about autumn.  Maybe even as excited as I am.

Maybe not.  But it could happen.

I can’t help that all my favorite-ist things happen in autumn.  The world turns a billion shades of red and gold.  Leaves fall en masse (my favorite is when I’m driving and they fall in front of my car).  Pumpkins ripen.  Indian corn abounds.  Apple cider is available.  Pumpkin Pie or Homemade Maple Cream coffee creamer (I only take creamer in autumn.  The rest of the year I drink my coffee black).   Also, you probably need my recipe for that yummy Maple Creamer, so scroll down and I’ll add it in here.

I’m cool like that.

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Because of Winn-Dixie Activities for Learning

Activities for Learning has more than 75 activities for reading comprehension and fun for Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is one of the best books ever.  Isn’t it?

A quick, easy read that manages to be full of heart, this tale of a dog helping a family find their way is one of my all-time favorites.  Being a dog lover helps, but this story is also about childhood and loss and healing.  Even if you’re kiddos are cat people, they will love this book.
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