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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…

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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…

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Halloween can be hard on a mama. How do you decide what’s safe to do and how to celebrate with your kids in a wholesome, fun way without doing background checks on all your neighbors? Because Halloween should be magical for kids. They get to dress up and for a…

The post 9 Fun Halloween Printables and Activities for Celebrating appeared first on Lit Mama.

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“Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of you just exactly the way you are?” What a brilliant message for kids. Heck, when Oprah pronounced those words to Meg, it made me shiver and be…

The post Dinner and a Movie: A Wrinkle in Time appeared first on Lit Mama.

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This book, y’all. If you’re looking for something to uplift you, give you some insight into human nature, and maybe even help you understand God a little better, this is the one. And it’s such an easy read, your kids will love it, too. In fact, it would make a…

The post Book Review: Passing Lincoln appeared first on Lit Mama.

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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…

The post Story Time: In the Haunted House appeared first on Lit Mama.

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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…

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You may not know this about me, but one of the reasons I pulled my boys from public school was my dissatisfaction with the way they’re teaching kids how to read now. I have literally seen it set kids up to be unable to spell or sound out difficult words.…

The post How to Teach Reading with Phonics appeared first on Lit Mama.

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If you want to see me laugh in childish delight over and over again, put in Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit and watch me go. From the tongue-in-cheek opening song sequence to Peter’s antics and the hilarity of watching McGregor squirm, I am hooked. The great thing about this film is…

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Having a literature-based homeschool is the most important thing in my life. There’s a reason college is lit-heavy. Literature expands your thinking and introduces you to subjects and events you might otherwise never experience. It helps you think about life in new ways and moves you outside the zone of…

The post 10 Benefits of a Literature-Based Homeschool appeared first on Lit Mama.

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