Activity Ideas for In New York by Marc Brown

We are happy to join the team of co-hosts for the Poppins Book Nook virtual book club for kids! This month’s theme is Where in the World? For more information on Poppins Book Nook, check out Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s page with all the details. I chose the book In New York by Marc Brown for […]

Diary of a Real Payne Go-Along (a Hands-On Activity)

Diary of a Real Payne: A True Story is such a fun book. My 5th grader loved it, and she often begged for more time so she could continue reading. It’s not sassy or rude like other “diary” books we’ve seen. It’s about a spunky ten-year old girl, EJ, who is an avid daydreamer. Each chapter […]

Hands-On Activity for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Buzz, buzz, krik, kirk…these are the sounds you will hear in Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale, retold by Verna Aardema. Our Book Club recently read this beautiful story and it quickly became a favorite with all of the children (ages 7–14). We used this book as an example of folktales. […]

7 Activities for Your Child to Do During Read Alouds

My preschoolers are just getting to the ages where they are loving read alouds. They’ve always loved reading (I’m so thankful and I know that’s an undeserved gift), including sitting down to “read” their own books before they knew any sight words. They’ve also listened to me (and my husband and other family members) read to them […]

The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood Activity

  Over the years my family has enjoyed reading a variety of “great flood” tales from our local Blount County Library. This month found us enjoying the Creek Indian version called, The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood by Gerald Hausman and beautifully illustrated by Ramon Shiloh. In this version, spotted frog announces […]