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Wrapping Up 2016: The 12 Months of Lit Mama

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The Top 20 Posts of 2016 from Lit Mama Homeschool

Wow, this has been an eventful, productive, fun year.  Which means it went by?  Really.  Really. Quickly.  It just feels like there’s no way 12 months have passed since I wrapped up 2015.

This is the last year I don’t have a homeschooler in high school.  It’s the year my youngest entered that prepubescent stage that means he no longer wants to cuddle.  The year both Littles outgrew me.  By miles. Check this out:

And then they both outgrew me. It only took 11 years.

I’m feeling pretty short these days.  They smile indulgently when I threaten them with any form of punishment, too…  Good thing they are miraculously good kids and my threats are all jokes anyway.  Cuz these monsters?  Yeah, they are so not afraid of me anymore.

Lit Mama’s Top 20 Posts of 2016

I’ve had so much fun with you this year, lovely readers.  Getting to know your likes and dislikes and making sure I’m offering yummy good stuff you can truly use.  It has been a humbling and superb experience.  Thank you so much for hanging with me and allowing me the opportunity to do this thing I love.

Hands down, your favorite post type has been Story Time.  It could be all those delicious freebies, or the yummy craft tutorials, or the delectable snack recipes and science experiments.  Whatever brings you to Story Time, I’m always glad you came, and I intend to offer up lots more good stuff in 2017.  The most popular Story Times?  Heck, in case you missed it, here are the Most Popular Everythings from Lit Mama Homeschool for 2016.

Story Time

I love that you didn’t just pick one season for your favorites.  It truly made me happy that the top 5 included Story Times from each season.  There are so many great ideas and activities in these Story Times so if you missed any of them, here’s your chance to catch up.

Story Time: Hello, Harvest Moon

Learn about the moon with 3 free printables, 2 craft tutorials, and a moon pierecipe in Story Time: Hello, Harvest MoonI totally get why you loved this one best.  Two really cool moon crafts and fun printables that help your littles learn about the moon and practice figurative language.

But seriously.  Moon Pies.  That’s the real reason, isn’t it?

Story Time:  Snowmen at Christmas

Story Time: Snowmen at Christmas - Crafts and activities to go with the picture bookOh. Yeah.  I had trouble deciding which was my favorite Christmas Story Time, but you didn’t.  This one by a long shot.  Snow in a jar?   I can’t even.

Story Time: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Story Time: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - Crafts and activities to go with the picture bookSince this is probably my favorite picture book Ever, it makes me smile that its Story Time made the top 5.  Because Of Course we have that in common!  We’re cool like that.

Story Time: Make Way for Ducklings

Story Time: Make Way for Ducklings - Crafts and activities to go with the picture book

This super precious book that is a favorite from my own childhood must resonate with lots of mamas.  And just look at how freaking cute that craft is!

Story Time: Miss Rumphius

Story Time: Miss Rumphius - Crafts and activities to go with the picute book

What’s not to love about this lovely book?  And seedcakes?  And that gorgeous free printable for your little to write all about how he or she would make the world more beautiful?  I mean, come on.

But you didn’t just love Story Times, now did you?  Want to know the top 5 YA Book Reviews from 2016?  You may have missed one of them and we can’t. have. that.  Because you should read all the books.

YA Book Reviews

YA Book Review: Golden

Lit Mama's YA Book Review of Golden by Jessi Kirby

YA Book Review: A Quarrel Called

YA Book Review: Going Over Home

YA Book Review: Going Over Home

YA Book Review: Enter Title Here

YA Book Review: A Calling of Quarrels

  These were some of my favorites, too,  but you have to know the Wendtland turned out to be my favorite author this year.  Not only does she write a kick-butt, take-no-prisoners story, she’s a funny and genuine person I enjoyed getting to know very much.  Keep your eyes peeled for the 3rd book in the series.  And your fingers crossed I get to beta read, because the Stewards of the Plane series is My Jam.

Spoiler:  The 3rd book is called A Quiver in Time.  I. Am. So. Excited!!!

Using Literature for Education

It’s hard to pick my favorite type of post to write, because sharing books and ways to use them to educate your littles is so. much. fun.  But coming up with ways to deepen understanding of  a book is darn close to the top.  Here were your favorites:

Little Women: Activities for Learning

Little Women: Activities for Learning - a list of ideas for deepening understanding of the novel

10 Rocking Advantages of Reading Aloud

10 Rocking Advantages of Reading Aloud with Your Littles

The Outsiders: Activities for Learning

The Outsiders: Activities for Learning

A Year Down Yonder: Activities for Learning

How to Choose Reading Material for Your Homeschool

How to Choose Reading Material for Your Homeschool

When I wrote those Activities for Learning posts for the 31 Days of Bringing Lit to Your Littles series in October, I had no idea you were going to like them so much.  Now I know, so you can be sure there will be more of those in the coming year.  Because I love ya.

Homeschool Goods

When it came to straight homeschool stuff, your interests were as diverse as my posts.  But the most popular?  Yeah yeah, it was all about the free stuff.

14 Fabulous Sites for Free Homeschooling

14 Fabulous Sites for Free Homeschooling

This post has links to most of my favorite go-to blogs for free homeschool material.

6 Homeschool Organization Hacks

6 Hacks to Keep Your Homeschool Curriculum Organized All Year

Take a look at the tricks I use in my own classroom to keep us organized year-round.

14 Ways to Take Your Homeschool Outside

14 Ways to take your homeschool outside and use nature as your teacher

Like you need an excuse when the weather is nice, but this list of ways to make outside your homeschool classroom will give you some anyway.

When Your Homeschool Plan Collapses

What to do when your homeschool plan collapsesIf you’ve ever watched while your amazing homeschool plan collapsed around you, you need to read this one.

10 Steps to Help You Prepare to Homeschool

10 steps to help you prepare to homeschool

If you’re new to homeschooling (or just looking to press the reset button), these steps will help you get going.

2016 was an amazing year for the Lit Mama Homeschool.  You, my lovely readers, made it better than I could have dreamed.  So here’s to another year, a better year, a 2017 full of yummy good stuff that will help you on your homeschool journey.

And give you new books to read.

Because yeah yeah.

Books.

Love wins,

KT

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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4 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for linking this post up with us on the Hip Homeschool Hop! You’ve got so many great articles listed here, and I can’t wait to read them all! 🙂 Even after homeschooling for 19 years, I still love getting new ideas and information from other homeschoolers.

  2. So much packed into one post! Getting ready to check out “Little Women: Activities for Learning” and “When Your Homeschool Plan Collapses,” since it just basically collapsed over the Christmas break. So glad I found your yearly wrap up! Visiting from #LMMLinkup

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