In our homeschooling post, I wrote about how I love integrating literature and using a story to connect to other subject areas. Well, Chronicle Books sent over a stack of books and the book, Little Red Writing, was a perfect bounce-off story that we were able to use to make many different connections with. We’re deep into nouns, pronouns, and verbs right now and this story allowed us to talked about those parts in depth even more. Then, we got into story plot, and then summarizing, and the list can go on and on.
The wonderful thing about Chronicles Books’ site, is that besides the great story, Chronicle Books has downloadable discussion guides to accompany (most) their books (and they’re FREE folks!). These guides meet Common Core standards and help give more depth to the learning that come out of these stories. I’m all about this! Actually, I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but Ben works two jobs and besides being a health educator at a local hospital, his other one is working for a local school district creating lesson plans that teach nutrition. These lesson plans meet California Content Standards, include children literature, and have various ideas to show how nutrition can be connected to other subjects learned in school. These guides totally remind me of the lessons Ben creates!
Anyway, as we discussed the story, I used the tips and suggestions in the guide. We did a compare and contrast chart with the original Little Red Riding Hood versus Little Red Writing. The girls laughed at the fun facts I shared from the worksheets. Did you know March 30th is National Pencil Day?!! It’s such a good resource for any teacher or parent who wants some sort of guide that will help further their child’s ability to make connections and practice reading comprehension.
We took the Little Red Writing story even further to create our own characters…
Each girl created her own character with a pencil. Brave’s was Pencil Spidey (you know her love for Spider-Man) and True’s was Pencil She-rah (this is her favorite super hero). The directions are simple just wrap and draw, but be sure not to wrap the tape all the way to the bottom, that way you can still sharpen your pencil. After they created their characters, they did some free-writing and created a story using their characters.
Many of Chronicle’s traditional books have the discussion guide/activity kits to accompany it. We have a nice stash of books they sent over, so we will definitely be using the guides as we go through these too.Chronicle Books wants to set one of you up with a nice little stash of books… all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your all time favorite book and you could be entered to win $100 of Chronicle Kids books as a prize! If you wanted to check out some of their discussion guides/activity kit, check it out here, here, or here. Not only are there guides for discussing books, but there are kits that give you resources to have a party centered around a book! This one on Ivy & Bean is pretty neat. Giveaway will end next Wednesday, September 25th at 8am PST. The winner will be announced at the bottom of this post.
Chronicle also has a Pinterest account called Chronicle Classroom and there you can even get more resources for reading and learning activities, and there it’s broken down nicely by grade (Love everything in this section for my girls!). As a homeschooling mama, I definitely appreciate good resources like this that are easy to navigate and are engaging (and eye catching) for the kids. Look at how great this simple math card is!
*This post is sponsored by Chronicle Books. Thank you for continuous support of this space and my sponsors! I appreciate you all very much!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post so you can win your own stash of books to add to your library!
The winner of the $100 prize of books is…Congratulations Lindsey P. and I will send you an email shortly! Thank you everyone who entered! I added so many other books to my must-check-out list!!! Thank you!!!