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Technology and education have formed a rather unique relationship and as technology continues to develop so will it impact learning. Take for example audiobooks, they are becoming widely available at different price points so as to provide affordable options for people.
These portable devices are also making education a unique and individual experience; individual in that audiobooks have become a student’s own personal, interactive educational tool that they can control and over time, with technology advancing so rapidly they may become an ever increasing supplemental educational tool with teachers.
Let’s face it, people have different learning styles and not all students grasp concepts as easily by just sitting at a desk and reading chapters from a book. According to researchers audiobooks will become a vital tool in alternate educational resources. What that means is that students have access to pages and pages of information and it is only a click away.
Audiobooks open up a world of possibilities for kids who are not able to sit still for hours on end engaged in reading a textbook. Reading is merely the mechanical means to an end and what is that end? Listening is just another way to get to the desired end and it does not necessarily have to compromise the growth and advancement of other skills.
Also, it is very important to add that the use of audiobooks can help a child who is more adept at learning through listening. This type of learner is called an auditory learner and they learn best through hearing. They simply grasp knowledge better when they listen to them and audiobooks could be an excellent tool for driving home various concepts. Research even suggests that auditory learners can benefit from watching videos, recording notes after writing them, and using audiotapes. So it stands to reason that audiobooks would be an excellent supplemental educational tool if you have a student or are the parent of a child who leans more toward this learning style.
Audiobooks can be a fun alternative to reading. The process of learning can sometimes be tedious and monotonous because sometimes a child’s faculties are only engaged in one way but when a student’s senses are engaged in such a way that learning becomes fun, well then that benefit alone is worth its weight in gold.
Times have truly changed. Reading isn’t just sitting down and having a printed book right in front of you. Now, you can “read” while on road trips, during commutes to work, while homeschooling, doing different activities, and even while running errands.
Lights out? No problem!
How? With audio books!
Like the good ol’ print books, audio books can be comfort reads and favorites that you can listen to over and over and over again. Here are some of my favorites:
Listen as Greg Proops uses archive, actuality and music as he travels from coast-to-coast exploring the fascinating sport of football. From the early origins of the game from Native Americans to the Washington Redskins to the super stadiums and the game’s growing popularity abroad, you’ll be amazed at how this sports have come so far.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”, Frank Beddor’s “The Looking Glass Wars” shows how the two books written by Lewis Carroll are a distortion of the ‘true story’ portrayed in those novels. Twists and turns featured on the original story include the white rabbit as really being Alyss’s (Alice’s) tutor, Bibwit Harte, and the Mad Hatter as a very agile, somber bodyguard called Hatter Madigan.
Eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen-year-old brother, Daniel, of Portland, Maine found themselves orphaned in 1918 because of the Spanish flu epidemic. They are taken by their uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake. Lydia must grapple with a new world and she must adjust to many changes. With her courageous spirit, joy fills her life again.
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Don’t you just love the holiday season? I sure do! When my “little ones” (they are all graduated now!) were still little, I really enjoyed taking a break from our normal curriculum routine to have some fun with the holidays. Of course, learning never stops, we just incorporate a little Christmas cheer in what we do!
This wonderful Christmas tale, set in the late 1800s, shares the touching story of a young boy named Peter. He sells newspapers to help his family while his father is away at sea, and he’s been saving a bit of his earnings to buy a model schooner in the woodworker’s shop. But after Uncle Jim, the woodworker, tells him the story of St. Nicholas, Peter discovers the meaning behind the hanging and filling of Christmas stockings and learns a heartfelt lesson in kindness and generosity.
It’s Christmas in LEGO® City!
A few crooks are coming up with a plan to steal all the presents at the LEGO City town tree. After several days of hilariously unsuccessful attempts–Christmas Eve has arrived and the crooks make their last attempt to steal all the presents. They creep towards the tree in the dark only to find themselves in the middle of the tree lighting ceremony! The tree is lit, the crooks are carted off to prison, and Christmas is saved!
Pete is an adorable, loveable cat with a positive attitude! When trouble happens does he give up–Goodness No!
Pete saves the day for an ailing Santa. Although the task is hard, Pete understands that the spirit of giving your all is what Christmas is about.
It’s a gentle, not in-your-face, reminder to do nice things for others.
From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma comes an equally charming and hilarious holiday offering!
After waiting for days and days and days, it’s finally Christmas Eve. And that’s when you can try to catch Santa. . . .
From Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish, creators of the bestselling HOW TO… series, comes a delightful new offering, written again in a hilarious instructional style. Two sibling narrators give clever tips for “catching” Santa (be crafty! be clever! be gentle!) on Christmas Eve. Filled with humor and holiday warmth, this is a jolly read-aloud for the whole family to enjoy!
Christmas is coming, and our young hero wants to buy his best friend, Dragon, the perfect present. He and Dragon take job after hilarious job, earning enough to buy a deluxe Knight Boy action set—but they eventually realize that the best part of Christmas is sharing what you have with those in need.
In the third book of David Biedrzycki’s series about a boy and his pet dragon, we learn the true meaning of Christmas—and have a great time doing it. This book has it all: holiday cheer, humor, a meaningful message and a ton of heart.
It’s up to the pups of Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol to save Christmas in Adventure Bay! Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will get into the spirit with this hardcover storybook featuring full-color illustrations.
This “I Spy” book uses rhymes and riddles to help children find different Christmas treasures that are hidden on each vibrant page. A photographic puzzle book features rhyming riddles that invite young readers to locate hidden objects — clocks, nickels, pickles, frogs, and others — among double-page spreads filled with holiday delights.
Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and Honey Bear are back in this heartwarming retelling of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas tale. It is the night before Christmas, and all through the tree house . . . the Berenstain Bears are ready to celebrate!
With more than three hundred and seventy-five books published over the past fifty years, the Berenstain Bears continue to be loved by generation after generation of young readers.
Ellis the Elephant is back! In Christmas in America, the fifth in Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis discovers the meaning of Christmas and learns how this special holiday has been celebrated throughout American history.
In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.
Discover the true meaning of the holidays with Santa’s Favorite Story.
Santa falls asleep in the woods and the animals are afraid that he will miss Christmas. When Santa wakes up he tells the animals his favorite Christmas story which is the story of the birth of Jesus.
When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything — from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn’t until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job.
Mercer Mayer’s very popular character stars in a getting-ready-for-Christmas picture book. Little Critter approaches Christmas with the intention of being a good helper. When he makes a mistake, he has a logical explanation. He couldn’t wrap the Christmas package because the tape got too sticky. He couldn’t buy his parents a present because there were too many toys to look at. He couldn’t put up the tree lights because they were just too tangled. Little Critter means well, but every funny illustration shows him as tangled up as the Christmas lights.
This new classic Christmas gift book “brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity.” Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together.
Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .
Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.
Little Teeka’s attempts to train Santa’s reindeer for their Christmas ride meet with disaster until she realizes that she needs to work with the animals in a new way. “Tomorrow,” she says, “no yelling, no screaming, and no bossing, I promise,” and with her patient teaching, on Christmas Eve the “wild reindeer rise up together and carry the sleigh off into the night.”
Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need.
We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. Humphrey has lost his blanket and schemes to acquire a new one. When the party reaches its destination, Humphrey is so drawn to the love surrounding Baby Jesus that he finds himself selflessly giving his new blanket to the Christ child.
Carol Heyer’s rich acrylic paintings showcase the quirkiness of the camel and add humor to the story. Here is a book that both entertains and informs without ever straying from the meaning of the holiday. Ages 4-8.
Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.
The moving, lyrical tale, gloriously illustrated by P.J. Lynch, has been widely hailed as a true Christmas classic. This beautiful anniversary edition includes a new note from the author and an audio narration by James Earl Jones available as a complimentary download.
That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.
When Wilma decides her garden needs a new beginning, she gathers string, scissors, shovels, sixty-two dozen balsam seedlings, and Parker, her five-year-old neighbor. Year after year, Wilma and Parker nurture their trees, keeping careful count of how many they plant, how many perish, and how many grow to become fine, full Christmas trees. A cozy, holiday read-aloud and a lyrical way to usher in the month of December.
The Armistice has been declared, but still there is no sign of Ruthie’s father in their little Appalachian town. So, in accordance with the traditions of Pine Grove, it falls to Ruthie and her mother to bring home the perfect Christmas tree to donate to the town. Ruthie had accompanied her father to the rocky cliff where he marked a tree in the spring, so she and her mother set out to find it again, and haul it home.
Their trip becomes the basis of a new town legend; Ruthie, chosen for the role of the heavenly angel in the the church Christmas play, finds herself outfitted in a madeover wedding dress of the finest silkanother “miracle” wrought by her hardworking mother. An accomplished, fluid telling garnishes this simple story, as do Cooney’s moonlit paintings of wintry evenings and the welcoming glow of fire and lanterns. Ruthie is more or less an observer; her mother is the real heroine. But the way they work together to keep their family’s duty is rendered in a harmonious blending of text and pictures.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and Clayton and Desmond feel the chill in the air. The cool weather makes them think of Christmas . . . and Christmas makes them think of Christmas trees! Who’ll find the biggest one?
In the newest installment of this beloved, bestselling series, Clayton the town mouse and Desmond the country mouse team up to bring the spirit of Christmas to Mouseville-in a BIG way.
nowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now’s your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way!
This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle.Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.
This playful picture book answers the age-old question: Just how does Santa shimmy up and down chimneys? Not very easily sometimes! When the rotund fellow with a sweet tooth overdoes it on the snacks, he gets stuck inside a chimney. The reindeer on the roof try pulling him out, to no avail. A dog, a cat, and some kittens try pushing from below, with no luck. It takes a tiny, ingenious mouse to come up with the way to POP! Santa out so that Christmas can go on. Good show—ho, ho, ho!
It’s Christmas Eve and Spark Elf has the very important job of keeping Santa Claus on schedule as he travels the globe in 24 hours delivering presents. Small in stature with pointy ears and stopwatch in hand, Spark lets Santa know it’s time to go. He programs the GPS while the other elves secure the toy bag and check the Nice list. Little known fact: We don’t even bring the Naughty list with us.
Six hours into the trip Santa, sleigh and crew begin to fall behind–so many cuddly doggies to pet and extra cookies to eat. The jolly group makes up time in Brazil and soon find themselves back at the North Pole. Their work is done. But wait, there’s something left in the bag–but it isn’t a present at all–it’s a family dog! Well known fact: Santa gives things away. He does not take things! Momma Claus comes to the rescue with a plan to get the dog back to his family. Can Santa return the family’s beloved pooch in time to keep their Christmas merry?
Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker–or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there’s her annual “business trip,” right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus’s mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!
Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical retelling of “The Night Before Christmas!” On a ship of mischievous brigands—who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads—you wouldn’t expect a visit from jolly St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. But even buccaneers can catch the holiday spirit …
Otis the tractor returns in a Christmas story of courage and friendship set during a terrible snowstorm at the farm. When the mare’s labor becomes difficult on Christmas Eve, a vet is needed—but the truck is stuck in a snowdrift. Otis makes a brave decision: he’ll get Doc. Plowing through the woods on a rescue mission, he finds himself on a difficult path. Long’s text conveys not just the danger, treacherous, slippery, but also Otis’ effort, putt puff puttedy chuff. But how will he wake Doc in the middle of the night?
The farmer’s Christmas gift, a shiny new horn, will do the trick. The illustrations wonderfully enhance the story, from the joy of the animals prancing around the Christmas tree to Otis’ expressive response to the events around him: pride in his gift, concern for his friend, determination to arrive at his destination. Highlighting the always changing perspective, aerial scenes give readers a sense of the big, snowy picture, and close-ups show the farmer’s concern. Long’s palette reflects the coldness and heaviness of the snow, and then lightness as the farmer prays for a miracle.
What could be fancier than Christmas?
Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.
Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.
“The Pajama Elves” is a delightful, creatively presented holiday tale that shares a family tradition of giving children magic pajamas secretly tailored by Santa’s sewing elves, so they can sleep snug in their beds on Christmas Eve. Hayden Edwards is a special pseudonym for author/illustrator Julie Szabo, combining the names of her two sons and husband.
Told in verse narrative and creatively illustrated with combination photos/prints in color, “The Pajama Elves” is all about keeping the magic of Christmas alive for young children. The author describes it as follows: “‘The Pajama Elves’ allows people to adopt and personalize the tradition in many ways, and it can be shared with family members who live far apart from one another.” Sensitively done, “The Pajama Elves” is an ideal contemporary response to unique challenges faced by parents of young children today.
Turkey needs Santa’s help so he won’t be eaten for Christmas dinner.
Turkey is in trouble. Again. He made it through Thanksgiving without becoming a turkey dinner, but now it’s almost Christmas, and guess what’s on the menu? Turkey decides the only thing to do is to ask Santa for help. He sets off for the North Pole, but getting in to see Santa at Christmastime isn’t as easy as Turkey expected. It’s going to take all his ideas—and his clever disguises—to find a way into Santa’s house. After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise, and Santa has the perfect solution!
“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. No holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville, in this heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.
The Littlest Christmas Tree wants to find a home for Christmas in this companion to the bestselling favorite The Littlest Pumpkin.
There are only five days until Christmas, and the Littlest Christmas Tree is still waiting for a home. All it wants is for a family to take it home, decorate it, and sing its favorite song, “Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches…”
But as Christmas nears, and one by one the other trees find homes, the Littlest Christmas Tree begins to think that no one will ever take it home. And then, on Christmas Eve, its wish comes true when the man who runs the Christmas tree stand takes it home to his family.
Poor Bear! He’s never seen a Christmas because of his hibernation habit.
This year, his forest friends vow to wake him up and keep him up for their Christmas celebration.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . until a sound awakens Olaf. Read along as Olaf has the adventure of a lifetime with a mysterious stranger in red. This beautifully illustrated 32-page paper-over-board picture book comes with a read-along CD featuring audio narration by Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf! Fans of all generations will delight in Olaf’s innocent and humorous account of “The Night Before Christmas.”
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is so close! If you want to incorporate some Thanksgiving flare to your homeschool curriculum but worry about having the time to pull it all together, don’t worry–we have a lot right here at Modern Homeschool Family. Just do a simple search (see that box up there on the right?) for “Thanksgiving” for “Autumn” and you’ll find everything from printable worksheets to crafts and more!
Add a few of the books and you’ve got a unit study ready to go!
Little Critter® has charmed readers for over forty years.
Now he is going to have a Thanksgiving he’ll never forget! From the school play to a surprise dinner for all of Critterville, celebrate along with Little Critter and his family as they give thanks this holiday. Starring Mercer Mayer’s classic, loveable character, this brand-new 8×8 storybook is perfect for story time and includes a sheet of stickers!
Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!
Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan.
The Berenstain cubs act out the first Thanksgiving complete with costumes, props, and a full Thanksgiving feast. But will Sister Bear’s pet turkey play the part of dinner? The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks teaches how God provided for the pilgrims and reminds children of God’s many blessings.
Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they- and YOU-can be thankful for…including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s.
Everyone’s favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday is almost here! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and everyone gathers around the table, all with an extra helping of holiday fun.
Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic to the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, all the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims’ first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.
In this festive Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, Alice Dalgiesh brings to life the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday for readers of all ages.
Giles, Constance and Damaris Hopkins are all passengers aboard the crowded Mayflower, journeying to the New World to start a new life. Things get a little more cramped when their baby brother Oceanus is born during the passage. However, when they arrive, there are even worse challenges to face as the Pilgrims are subjected to hunger, cold, and sickness that put their small colony in great danger. With the help of the Native Americans though, they might just be able to survive their first year in this strange land—and have a November harvest to celebrate for generations!
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!
Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette’s beautiful and striking illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and Pinkalicious and Peter decide to be Thanksgiving helpers!
The Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving lasted three whole days. Ann McGovern’s simple text introduces children to the struggles of the Pilgrims during their first year at Plymouth Colony and the events leading to the historic occasion we celebrate today.
Grandmother certainly didn’t want to ask Mr. Whiskers for Thanksgiving dinner! She was very angry when Maggie asked him. She was even more angry when SOMEONE stole her favorite, secret recipe for cranberry bread! Was Mr. Whiskers the thief?
In this fourth and final book in Karel Hayes’s acclaimed Visitors series, the beloved family of bears gets in another round of adventures as they experience the full enjoyment of a New England autumn. First up the country fair–the bears sneak onto the midway after hours to play the games and be thrilled by the rides.
Next comes Halloween, for which the bears all cleverly disguise themselves to gather a load of trick-or-treat candy. And finally there’s a big Thanksgiving feast for all the friends of the forest. As always, the bears manage to have all their fun while carefully avoiding detection.
In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive. When a good harvest was gathered, the people feasted together–a tradition that continues almost four hundred years later.
The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm.
They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home, and all their Thanksgiving dinners become vegetarian this year. The turkeys’ lives are saved!
Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. In colonial Plymouth, the young Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag children dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally, it’s time for the meal.
Turkey, cornbread, cranberry stuffing, pumpkin, and Indian pudding are all on the menu-yum! First, everyone gives thanks, and then it’s time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children.
When Amelia Bedelia helps out with the school Thanksgiving play, she causes quite a scene. Let’s all give thanks for another funny new Amelia Bedelia story!
Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn’t realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.
This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever!
There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count.
Join Nancy and her entire family as they celebrate Thanksgiving in this brand-new storybook, complete with more than thirty swanky stickers.
Young readers will experience the joys of fall in Bear Country with this brand-new Berenstain Bears storybook. A lift-the-flap format invites children to discover fall foliage, red apples, round pumpkins, and of course, a fine turkey alongside the beloved Bear family. In this exciting addition to the classic New York Times bestselling Berenstain property, Thanksgiving really is all around!
A Thanksgiving search-and-find I Spy reader!
All new, easy-to-read riddles by Jean Marzollo are paired with Walter Wick’s fun photographs culled from previously published I Spy books to create this I Spy easy reader that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!
Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don’t jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist’s model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn’t fall for the trap.
A sweet story about the importance of family, being thankful, and love–as told by a family of turkeys, with a hilarious surprise at the end!
“It’s late in November, the blue sky is clear,
and Thanksgiving Day is finally here.
So many hugs and so many kisses.
So many ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ wishes.”
A family gathers to celebrate all that they’re grateful for. But wait, there’s a twist! This funny, rhyming read-aloud story features turkeys who celebrate Thanksgiving! The Turkey clan arrives from all over the world, excited for their annual feast. But what will they eat?
It turns out everyone is thankful . . . for Thanksgiving corn!
It’s time for turkey! The parade is about to start. The pumpkin pie is in the oven. The whole family is gathered around the table. And everybody wants to pull the wishbone! From Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky comes a scrumptious helping of twelve Thanksgiving poems to enjoy every day of the year!
Arthur has been picked to direct his school’s Thanksgiving play-and cast the roles. But all his friends want to be star, and no one wants to play the Turkey! What will Arthur do?
Thanksgiving is only a day away. Can Turkey find a place to hide from the farmer searching for a plump bird for his feast? If the farmer doesn’t fall for his tricks, there’s only one think left to do . . . run, Turkey, run!
In this Franklin Classic Storybook, our young hero likes everything about Thanksgiving, from eating pumpkin-fly pie to making cornucopias. But what he likes best is having his Grandma and Grandpa share the holiday with him and his family. This year, however, his grandparents are traveling abroad. Thanksgiving just won’t be the same without guests around the table, so Franklin decides to invite some friends for dinner.
What a nice surprise it will be for his parents. Only Franklin’s mother and father have the same idea, and on Thanksgiving Day all their friends show up for the festivities! With no more room in the house, where will the holiday meal take place?
As soon as Maggie’s grandma and grandpa get the turkey in the oven, bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the guests arrive and the commotion begins: glamorous aunts, crying babies, acrobatic cousins, strange dogs, mysterious gifts, romance, friendships, “yackety-yak”ing and, of course, lots of wonderful food and fun.
It’s the grooviest Thanksgiving ever with Scooby and the gang!
Happy Thanksgiving Scooby-Doo!
Scooby and the gang are at it again in this Thanksgiving thriller. When a float in the Coolsville Parade comes to life, it’s up to the Mystery, Inc. to catch the culprit. Will they be able to before they get stuffed?
Pedro’s and JoJo’s families are on their way to Katie’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. But they get stuck in a snowstorm, and the Woos’ oven suddenly breaks. Katie wonders what kind of Thanksgiving it will be without sweet potatoes, pie, and most of all, friends.
Disclosure: I received the homeschooling guide and workbook in exchange for this post and giveaway.
“Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook” was created by Rachel Garlinghouse.
The getting-started guide and workbook is “for parents and caregivers who wish to give their children an education that fosters creativity, self-confidence, attachment, and balance.”
What is included?
About the author:
Rachel Garlinghouse is mothering young, Black children and is the author of four books, including “Black Girls Can: An Empowering Story of Yesterdays and Todays.” Her experience and education has been featured in many places, including MSNBC, NPR, Huffington Post Live, abcnews.com, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Adoptive Families, The Good Men Project, My Brown Baby, and many more. Rachel is a former college writing teacher turned stay-at-home-mom.
“I wanted my children to be educated on their history and culture as Black people, as well as develop a healthy racial identity.”
If you would like to connect with Rachel and learn more about her adventures you can follow her on Twitter @whitebrownsugar and on Facebook.
You can also visit her blog at White Sugar Brown Sugar. “The sweet life of our transracial, adoptive family.”
In celebration of this resource, we are giving away one copy of “Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook.”
Just fill out the form below, leave a comment, and complete other entries to build-up points by September 9th.
One winner will be picked randomly after the giveaway has ended. If you are the winner, you will have 2 business days to respond or another winner will be randomly chosen.
If you are interested in purchasing one right away, you can do so on Amazon.
I had one goal when I was homeschooling my children and that was that by the time they left my home they could read and would love to read. My philosophy is that if they loved reading, they could learn anything they wanted to.
In today’s world of electronic devices, getting kids to settle down with a book (even if it is on your Kindle!) can be difficult. I found it’s helpful to give them a special place dedicated to reading. It doesn’t need to be very expensive or take up a lot of room. It could be in the corner of your family room, some unused space under the stairs or anywhere you have a little room.
Here are some great ideas from other families. Which one do you like the best?
Literature was always one of my favorite subjects to teach with my girls. There’s just so much you can dig into!
Finding a great book and using that as a platform to learn other things was one of the best things we did. Not only did it keep my children interested but we were all able to learn together!
Sometimes, we’d just pick up a book and look for opportunities to explore more and others, I used traditional teacher resources like the ones below.
This is a teaching literature unit based on the popular children’s story “How to Eat Fried Worms”. This includes sample lesson plans, pre-reading activities, biographical sketch and picture of the author, book summary, vocabulary lists and vocabulary activity ideas, quizzes, hands-on projects, cooperative learning activities, cross-curricular activities, post-reading activities, book report ideas, research ideas, culminating activities, unit test options, and answer keys.
Help your kids explore and easily navigate all atlases, almanacs, dictionaries, and more with this engaging collection of activities. Encourage your kid’s critical thinking skills. Let this resource serve as a springboard to other activities in your curriculum!
Make great use of your kid’s fascination with I Spy books! From activities that reinforce spelling skills to those that strengthen math and science concepts, you’ll be amazed at the may ways I Spy books can be used to support curriculum. Help kids in sharpening their skills when it comes to problem-solving and more!
One lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader will have a chance to win this complete set of teaching resources! Entering is easy, just leave a comment below (required!!) telling us which which book has been your favorite to teach with so far (or the one that you’re looking forward to teaching with the most, if you haven’t started homeschooling yet), then fill out the form (yes, you have to do this too). You can get extra entries for social sharing (sharing on Twitter or Facebook) and other things.
Just remember, this is only open to adults (18 year of age or older!) in the U.S.. You have until midnight on August 18, 2015 to enter. The winner will be picked at random and notified via email.
Modern Homeschool Family Teaching Literature Resources Giveaway
In Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids, Eric Franklin has assembled a wealth of wisdom he learned from his parents, extended family and other influencers that has stuck with him — like peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth! 🙂
Franklin’s simple concepts can prove to have lasting power to develop young leaders, including:
“Peanut Butter Principles” by Eric Franklin is a very insightful and encouraging book. Mr. Franklin touches on some very good points on how to encourage children and others to reach their full potential. As the author points out, our journey to reach our full potential and to make our lives a success is not easy, but with hard work and perseverance it is possible. Mr. Franklin speaks about how to build up the child’s self esteem when helping them. He mentions that they should think for themselves as opposed to giving the child the answers or completing a task for them. Mr. Franklin tells us the importance of persevering in our endeavors and not giving up so easily.”
“Eric Franklin has opened my eyes to the power of leadership lessons. As a father of three and a businessman, it’s hard to find books that apply to both aspects of my life. Peanut Butter Principles does that and more. The 47 leadership lessons will teach you basic human truths: take responsibility for yourself, what a goal truly is, wisdom for your journey, and many more. When we apply the principles in this book, we don’t just change our lives, we change the lives of the people we love and have influence over.”
Eric Franklin’s Peanut Butter Principles is simply outstanding! With its succinct focus, process-oriented style, and easily applicable lessons, I highly recommend this book for ANYONE who has ever been, is being, and will ever be a parent and/or guardian. Furthermore, I STRONGLY recommend this as required reading for a yearlong PLC (Professional Learning Community discussion in any K-12 and post-secondary environment. Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Facilitators, Professional Development Coaches, Superintendents etc., use this book with your staff!!!!!! My husband serves as a high school assistant principal, and I am a former high school principal and current college instructor. Given our careers, coupled with our honorable title as parents of children at various stages of their lives, I am eternally grateful for the captivating wealth of information Mr. Franklin has chosen to share with the world through these easily relatable, and candid messages that some parents may not have even been aware – including us!! What makes the reading even more relatable is the homage Mr. Franklin pays to both his parents and his own family. He takes pages out of his own playbook!!! You won’t regret this reference tool!!!”
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Finding books for first graders isn’t difficult at all. There are plenty of options for every age group and grade level. It’s finding books your child will love that’s typically the hard part.
Fortunately, we have you covered with a list of books worth your child’s time, and yours. Some your child may read alone, others you may have to read to him.
Best of the Best: The books in this section are award winners.
Old Favorites: Some books stand the test of time. Here are two of them.
Nature Books: These books explore the natural world, sometimes in a realistic manner, sometimes using fantasy.
Sleuth Stories: These books focus on the fun of solving mysteries.
Funny Books: There’s nothing like a little humor to make any day better. These books ensure smiles and giggles.
Give these books a try, and let us know how you and your child liked them.
Have some great books in mind?
We want to know!
Share your favorite books for first graders in the comments.