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How to Host a Kid’s Literature Circle

Instructions and free printables to help you hold a kid's literature circle in your classroom or homeschool group with any novel

I love finding new ways to get kids excited about reading.  Don’t you?

This week has been full of reading activities–Holding an Outdoor Book Tasting, Story Time, Activities for Learning, Creating a Novel Brochure…  Let’s keep the fun going with literature circles for kids.

Literature circles are very like book clubs for kids, but with a little more structure.  If you’re a homeschooler, there are instructions for pulling things together here.  Once you have a group set up, you can plan your literature circle.
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How to Create a Novel Brochure Book Report

Free tutorial and printables for your homeschool or classroom to create an in-depth novel brochure book report on any novel

I get it.  Getting kids to write book reports can be difficult.  And oh, the ink and lead it can waste.  (I mean, don’t you want to save the pencils?)

There are lots of fun ways to change it up, though, and this one may just be so fun that your kiddos actually look forward to it.

I’m not making that up.

Instead of pushing your kids to write a 5-10 page paper about a book (especially if they’re not even in high school yet), make a project out of a Novel Brochure.  Projects are ever so much more fun than papers.  You can use them as an introduction to book reports or as a fun break from writing papers.

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Story Time: Rocky Hill Fireman–Fire!

4 free firefighting printables for Story Time: Rocky Hill, Fireman - Fire! for homeschool or classroom

Welcome to 10 Days of Summer Reading Activities!  Today kicks off 10 straight weekdays (come on, guys, I need my weekends!) of reading activities from your very own Lit Mama.  And you gotta love it, because this series is part of the even larger 10 Days of Tips for Homeschool Moms series that includes tips from 16 other bloggers!  So if you’re getting ready for the upcoming school year and you want to be in the know, make sure you check out all the amazing blogs at the bottom of this post and start the year off right.  Also,  scroll down to enter the $110 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Now.  To kick things off.

I know you know it, but my favorite thing ever is discovering new books and authors to introduce to you.

Last month, I told you about Katie Spivey Brewster and her wonderful picture book, Aunt Louise Comes to Visit.

This month I want to tell you about Katie’s husband, James Burd Brewster, the main guy at J2B Publishing and writer/creator of the Glad to Do It series of picture books.

Because they rock. Hard.

I’m not making that up.

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Book Talk: Encourage Family Reading

Having a weekly family book talk is a great way to encourage your children to read and keep them interested in reading for life

If you’re like me, there is nothing more joyful than having real conversations with your littles.

There are lots of ways to accomplish that, from carving out special time to having family meals together without technology to implementing a family game night.  But have you ever considered family book talks?

Gathering together once a week to talk about what your kids are reading can spark some interesting, lively conversations.  Hearing the stories that intrigue your littles, their reactions to different events within their books, can give real insight into what they’re thinking and feeling.

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