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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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Campfire Reading with Tom Sawyer

Engage your kids in reading this summer with a fun Tom Sawyer Campfire Reading and grab a free printable to help you get started

You know how summer is such a great time to light a fire in your fire pit or at your campsite and just hang out and tell stories?

Ever considered adding good literature to that mix?  Because you totally should.

Everybody loves to sit and be mesmerized by a merrily burning flame, which makes it a great time to whip out a classic book and let your kids get lost in Story.

No, I’m not making that up.  Seriously.
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