When I was a children’s librarian, my favorite part of the job each week was Story Time. I loved putting together activities to help all those littles enjoy books. I would pick one book and come up with crafts, activities, and snacks to go with it. It was so. much. fun.
Little did I know I was pretty much making unit studies. Until I left the workforce to become a homeschooling mama, I didn’t even know what a unit study was. And it took me a year of blogging to realize I could create Story Times for you, my beautiful readers, to use in your own homeschools, libraries, or classrooms. In fact, when I started Story Time, it was just supposed to be a series to celebrate October and all the wonderful books available for that time of year.
But I crush too hard on this Story Time stuff. And I love helping you out. So I did one or two in November. Then December. And a regular thing was born.
Unit studies are marvelous things.
We have used them in our homeschool since we began. I love pulling from one subject to teach a variety of lessons. You might already know that we do that with geography. When we study a continent, we study the history, art, music, gardens, and current events along with learning where each country is located. But my favorite type of unit study is always going to be the ones I create from picture books.
There’s something magical about a picture book. They are the first books we come in real contact with, and some of them stay with us our whole lives. Your littles, whether they can read for themselves or not, get great joy from sitting with you among a collection of picture books, listening to you read to them, and poring over the illustrations. It is the beginning of imagining a story come to life. It’s the way they learn more and more about the world they live in.
Using a Story Time to engage your little adds to the magic. Because it involves the whole concept of reading together, it doesn’t even seem like learning. Your little can enjoy crafting, eating funny food, and even science experiments or deeper understanding from the printables provided. There’s an entire school day in a Story Time if you work it right. If you have your little help you prepare the snack, you’re adding math and domestic learning. And that in itself is amazing. Nearly every subject is covered. If you haven’t tried one yet with your little, I’m cool enough to put links here to every Story Time I’ve ever created. All of the printables are still available in my subscriber freebies.
So have a ball. Create some magic. Let’s do this thing.
The Big List of Story Times
- Story Time: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
- Story Time: Gus Was a Friendly Ghost
- Story Time: Leaf Man
- Leaf Man Unit Study at The Proverbial Homemaker (a more in-depth unit study with some extra cool stuff and a 17-page printable)
- Story Time: Hello, Harvest Moon
- Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
- Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Story Time: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Story Time: The Mitten
- Story Time: Owl Moon
- Story Time: Hildilid’s Night
- Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses
- Story Time: Little Bear’s Valentine
- Story Time: Guess How Much I Love You
- Story Time: Horton Hears a Who
- Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham
- Story Time: The Lorax
- Story Time: The Easter Egg
- Story Time: Peter Rabbit
- Story Time: Frog and Toad
- Story Time: Big Red Barn
- Story Time: Spoonbill Swamp
- Story Time: The Giving Tree
- Story Time: Miss Rumphius
- Story Time: Mother’s Day Mice
- Story Time: Yertle the Turtle
- Story Time: Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
- Story Time: Just Me and My Dad
- Story Time: The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
- Story Time: Jake Johnson-The Story of a Mule
- Story Time: Water Dance
- Story Time: Where the Wild Things Are
- Story Time: Make Way for Ducklings
- Story Time: Sunflower House
- Story Time: Our Apple Tree
- Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin
- Story Time: Twilight Comes Twice
- Story Time: Goodnight Goon
- Story Time: Room on the Broom
- Story Time: In November
- Story Time: Cranberry Thanksgiving
- Story Time: Snowmen at Christmas
- Story Time: Gingerbread Friends
- Story Time: How Santa Got His Job
- Story Time: The Night Before Hanukkah
- Story Time: The Valentine Bears
- Story Time: The Snowy Day
- Story Time: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
- Story Time: Because of an Acorn
- Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit
- Story Time: Aunt Louise Comes to Visit
- Story Time: Rocky Hill, Fireman-Fire!
- Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater
And come back next Monday, because there will be a Story Time for Room on the Broom.
And if you don’t love that book, you’re not my friend.
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