Mama Mouse and her adorable babies are back in Leea Baltes’ wonderful picture book, A Christmas Star.
This is cuteness overload with a message, y’all.
Little Jack Mouse makes a shiny foil star that is perfect for a Christmas tree, but the family has to visit Nana before they get their tree. Nana is sick and needs some soup, so the Mouse family bundle up and try to get to her before the snow comes. Jack ties a string to his Christmas star and takes it outside to see it sparkle in the sunlight, but the snow storm is moving in, and a fierce wind blows it into the branches of the the Mouses’ tree home.
Your child will thrill over how Jack’s Christmas star helps the family find their way home in the storm. And believe me, Christmas stars will have to be made.
Don’t worry. I got you.
We don’t have to wait for college to start expanding our children’s minds–we’re homeschoolers!
Great literature should not only be a large part of your child’s high school years, it can even walk him through history. Which helps with teaching that stuff.
Connecting stories to lessons is my favorite. Creating a lit curriculum that coincides with my boys’ history lessons is easy and helps them visualize the things they’re learning about.
It also gives us plenty of opportunities to discuss important matters throughout history and how they affect where we are today.
Got a little that loves the shivers? In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting is a perfectly shivery book without being too shivery.
It walks your kids through a haunted house, complete with ghossts, witches, bats, and other ghoulish inhabitants. Then at the end, you see that it’s a fake haunted house.
Even better? The dad is much more scared than the little girl who has just walked through it. Which is pretty funny.
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.