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To Kill a Mockingbird Activities for Learning

Learn about prejudice and why it's wrong with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books I’ve probably read 10 times. I love everything about the story, from Scout’s childhood to the trial to Atticus as a father and a lawyer to the mystery of Boo Radley. I love the message inherent in the story. I love the history in its words. I love that my boys enjoyed reading it as much as I do. And as I read back through it to create these activities for your kiddos, I cried more times than I can tell you–for the sweetness of childhood, good parenting, and basic human rights.

You really can’t ask more from a single book.

There’s a lot to digest in roughly 280 pages, though, and some grownup stuff that your kids might need help understanding or dealing with. Scout and Jem’s childhood antics, their fascination with the local recluse, Boo Radley, and the trial that shakes their small southern town (defended by their own father), can be pretty heavy stuff.  But there is such an incredible array of very real characters in the novel, so many opportunities to laugh, and maybe even more opportunities to study ourselves and human nature, that this one is a can’t-miss.

So, assign To Kill a Mockingbird for personal reading if you want to, but if you read it aloud together, you get to relive the story, too. Or (and what is wrong with you?!) for the first time.

I’m kidding.  There’s nothing wrong with you. You just seriously need to read this book.

You want your kids to glean as much from this story as possible. There’s a lot of history, sociology, and human wickedness and kindness in the novel. So let’s get your kiddos reading To Kill a Mockingbird like pros. Because we want them to get it.

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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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How to Create an Outdoor Poetry Walk for Kids

Get your kids outside this summer and encourage an appreciation of poetry with an Outdoor Poetry Walk for kids and a nature discussion

Getting kids stoked about poetry can be hard.  The language is often elusive, the meanings not immediately clear–the whole enterprise is enough to cause groans and eyerolls heard ’round the world.

What’s a homeschooling mama to do?

Read poetry during the summer with poetry walks.  Get them outside and active and relate the poems to what they’re doing.  Create an atmosphere of fun around the reading of poetry.

And maybe, just maybe, the groans will turn into gasps of excitement.
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