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4 Simple Steps to Teaching Literary Theme

These 4 steps will have you teaching literary theme like a boss and your kids finally understanding how to find the theme of any novel.

Theme.  It’s probably the one word that terrifies readers and students more than any other.

Which is funny, because it’s pretty easy to spot.

I mean, every time we read a book, we know at the end what big lesson was learned by the protagonist, even if we can’t put it into words.

It’s more a feeling. That’s kinda the point.
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Nature’s Storybooks–11 Ideas for Using Literature for Nature Study

The Secret Garden and 10 other books that add literature to nature study

One of the best ways to introduce science to your kids is doing nature studies.  In fact, nature study was our entire science curriculum the first year we homeschooled.

We did a 7-week science study the summer before as a test to see if the boys could learn from me, treat me like a teacher, and do this homeschool thing right.  Obviously, they passed.

Since we had done science already, nature study seemed like a good addition to our first year curriculum.  Over the years, we’ve continued to incorporate it into our classes.

And yeah, we used literature to supplement.  Because I’m the Lit Mama.

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Why I Hate Twaddle

Dismissing their favorite books as twaddle and insisting they read something more 'worthwhile' is a quick way to make your kids hate reading

Brace yourself.  You’re probably going to disagree with me.

If the internet is any indication, I am in the minority here.  S’ok, I can be pretty minor.

I don’t hate twaddle.  I hate the word ‘twaddle’ and all it stands for.
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Reading with Purpose

Even if you read aloud in your homeschool or classroom, don't get so caught up in the story that you forget to read with purpose.

Do you read with purpose?  Do you make sure your young students are reading with purpose?

Even if your littles are reading a book or a chapter every day, even if you’re reading aloud together, sometimes we get caught up in the story or a time crunch and forget to read with purpose.

Reading with purpose is easy to do, and it’s important for comprehension and memory retention.  And even though sometimes reading should be for the pure, glorious fun of it, sometimes we need to buckle down and pay close attention.
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