Story Time: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

Story Time: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover

I mean, Come On.

When I was a kid, one of those funny singers came to my elementary school for an assembly.  It was the first time I’d ever heard There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and that stuff cracked me up.  Maybe it was his delivery.

Whatever it was, I have been enamored with the song ever since.  So when I saw this book, I was hooked immediately.  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover?!  And ended up with a leprechaun at the end?!

I can’t even.

St Patrick’s Day is coming, y’all, and we have to Story Time this bad boy up.

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11 Sensational Activities for Dr. Seuss Day!

11 craft and literacy ideas for a fun Dr. Seuss DayAh, Seuss.  What would childhood be without you?

A lot less interesting, is all I can say.  You rhyme.  You invent words.  You invent people and places.  You give us your imagination so that we can use ours.

I mean, I can’t even.

If you love Seuss as much as we do, you’re probably looking for ways to celebrate his birthday in grand style.  Well, lovely readers, the Lit Mama has got the goods.

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A Walk in the Forest (WTRW)

Books to take along for a walk in the forest

I mean, it’s my birthday.  So I’m going to make this super quick.

It’s been 7o degrees here in Indiana all week, and I’m stoked because that means for the first time ever it is warm on my birthday.  44 years of cold.  The warmest birthday I ever had was 56 degrees.

I should have known that the birthday that finally made me realize I’m closer to 50 than 25 would be magical somehow.  (And no, I am not complaining about being 45.  I’m not one of those people who would go back.  You couldn’t pay me to be in my 20s again.  I mean, shudder.)

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Choosing Read-Aloud Novels

How to choose the best books to read aloud with your kids

You probably know by now that I plan our entire curriculum myself.  If you’d like to do the same, go grab a copy of How to Homeschool Without Buying a Curriculum.  It’ll walk you through all the steps.

My favorite part of the planning is choosing the novels we read aloud together.  I like to get a general idea of our school year in my head, then pick novels to coincide.  Sometimes I pick novels first and plan our curriculum based on what we’ll be reading.  Literature is the most important part of our homeschool, so it has a heavy influence on everything else we do.

There are reasons for my choices every year.  Some I choose because I’ve known all along the boys would greatly benefit from them and I believe they are now ready to do so.  Some I choose because they go great with whatever science, history, geography, or arts we’re studying that year.  Some of them I pick simply for the story.

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