Let’s go old school on the Story Time today with Gus Was a Friendly Ghost by Jane Thayer, a gem from my childhood. For me, if you’re going ghost story, nothing quite compares with this warm-hearted story of friendship and the simple but imaginative illustrations by Seymour Fleischman.
You guys. I’m the one wiggling with excitement right now. One reason is simply that it’s October and October is everything wonderful. We took a walk in our woods last evening and a crisp breeze cooled us and brought that spicy, cinnamon scent of decaying leaves (ever noticed how leaves are the only things that smell good when they die?) wafting into the valleys. We made a family effort to collect the most beautiful leaves from the forest’s carpet. Then, as we headed back to the house, the sun was setting over the field and it looked like someone had lit a jack-o-lantern candle behind the trees. It was gorgeous.
The other thing I’m excited about is the new series I’m starting today. Story Time is going to concentrate on one picture book per post and will be full of suggestions for lessons you can add into your homeschool day. Or your fun Saturday with your Littles. My favorite part of being a children’s librarian was planning and conducting Story Time every week, especially when my dear friend Abby and I got to work on it together. I miss it. So there’s no good reason why I can’t keep doing it, right? The planning part, anyway. I’ll let you guys play with your own kids.
If you haven’t read this book with your littles yet, I have to assume you’ve been living under a rock.
Just kidding. But it is a very popular book for a very good reason. It’s one of those books that encourages courage and kindness while getting your littles up and moving. Do Not Read This Book Sitting Still.
When the boots go clomp, clomp, stomp your feet. When the pants go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your whole body. When the gloves go clap, clap, clap your hands. When we first started reading this book years ago, I was the one doing all the movements, and my Littles cackled every time, especially when I sang out, “WIGGLE WIGGGGGLLLLEEE!” In a very short time, they were joining in the fun. So that is your first activity. Read this book With Feeling.
Ever had one of those days when homeschool feels like torture? You’re down, your kids aren’t feeling it, or life is just overtaking you like a bobsledder?
Yeah, I’ve had those days. To pull us out of our funk, I scrap the day’s lesson plan and try something fun. Because fun. And because some days homeschool feels like one of the impossible things. I still believe in it, but only in theory. You get me.
Usually, one day of lesson-scrapping pulls us together and refreshes us to get back on track the next day. Sometimes it’s board games. Sometimes it’s Netflix. Sometimes?
Oh. Yeah. They’re the best times. Mad Tea Party, anyone?