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The Halloween Tree Activities for Learning

The Halloween Tree activities include more than 75 reading comprehension writing prompts plus crafts and other fun ideas

This is the time of year when we like to choose something spooky for our family read-aloud.Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love a good ghost story or something similar to get me in the mood for it.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is the perfect chapter book to read with kids because it’s spooky while still being mostly kid-friendly and it contains a  pretty accurate history of the holiday. Accurate enough to spark some cool history lessons, anyway. I’ve not yet seen the animated film based on it, but it would be fun to read the book and then watch the movie.

This book, y’all. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a little hair-raising for kids. But it’s such a cool look at the history of Halloween and the way humans have always feared death and the dark. There are so many ways you could turn a read-aloud into a history lesson, a geography lesson, a sociology lesson…

You get me. I mean, Bradbury was a genius, after all, and if you don’t appreciate this book simply for his skill with the language, then something is seriously wrong.

No, really, the descriptions in this book reach down deep into your heart and pull out everything you love about autumn and Halloween until you feel all choked up and nostalgic.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off the autumn season.

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Story Time: Uncle Rocky-Sparky Protects

Fireman activities include language printable, Mentos and Cola science experiment, Fire engine craft, and double chocolate chip cookies to go with the picture book Uncle Rocky: Sparky Protects

I love Uncle Rocky books, and Sparky Protects is no exception. I’ve said it many times, but James Brewster’s amazing picture books about everyday heroes are perfect for kiddos who dream of crime-fighting, firefighting, and saving lives.

We’ve met Sparky before when Uncle Rocky rescued him to be a firehouse dog. In Sparky Protects, we get to see Sparky in action and find out if he has what it takes to be a fire dog.

With plenty of action and detailed descriptions, Sparky Protects will have your kids cheering for firefighters and appreciating the work a fire dog does.

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Trumpet of the Swan Pond Study

Prepare some fun outdoor learning activities with a Trumpet of the Swan Pond study filled with activities to get your kids outside

Getting your kids outside this summer can be as easy as choosing the right book to read with them.

The Trumpet of the Swan is one of E.B. White’s best stories.  It also happens to be my middle boy’s favorite children’s book.  Seriously, you can’t mention this book without him lighting up.

You can  make it a favorite of your kids, too.  Read it aloud with them this summer (because reading aloud rocks) and incorporate a pond study into it.
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Explore Your Neighborhood with Because of Winn-Dixie

This Because of Winn-Dixie outdoor activity shows you how to explore your neighborhood while enjoying the classic children's book (includes free printable)

I’ve spent the last few days giving you great ideas for getting you and your kids out in your yard or the local park. But maybe you’re a family who likes to take drives and listens to audiobooks.

Hey, I can dig it.

But you need the perfect book.

Because of Winn-Dixie is rooted in a small-town neighborhood, and provides you with plenty of educational opportunities to get out and explore your own neighborhood and learn a bit more about where you live.
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