Thanksgiving with a Literacy Side

Yeah! The kids are home. The schedule is “between seasons,” so the kids need something to do. Why not let them help you get ready for Thanksgiving? You may not be ready to hand over an apron, but there are other ways they can help. Here are some ideas that will keep them busy and use materials that you already have around the house. Who knows, they might even become new Thanksgiving traditions. Thanksgiving Place Cards We started using place cards when my daughter was learning to read. One year we wrote out the names for her on a piece of paper, and she wrote them on her foam-cutout leaves. Another year we lined them all up and would read … Read more

Literacy Ideas for a Snowy Day

Happy Read Across America Day! Every day is a day to celebrate reading and literacy, so we’re going to pull some tried-and-true suggestions from the Literacy Lalapalooza archive. All of them perfectly suitable for having fun on yet another snow day. Literacy Ideas: Easy as 1, 2, 3 1. Basketball is most definitely on our minds here in Hooville! and March Madness is just around the corner. H-O-R-S-E can be played outdoors or indoors with a paper-wad and a trash can! Use any word you want for the game – let the kids pick (and of course spell their choice). 2. Today is National Anthem Day. If you had a “personal anthem” what would that be – a song, a … Read more

12 Days of Christmas – A Literacy Feast

The 12 Days of Christmas begin today. We are “off the grid” for the rest of the year. Like you we are enjoying time with family and friends. Our gift to you is a collection of 12 Days of Christmas. Literacy style. Enjoy some of our favorite literacy finds this year. Our 12 Days offers some new research,  creative literacy ideas, and a few book list suggestions. This is the only 12 Days of Christmas that give you the guilt-free answer to “I’m bored” during Winter Break. Grab a cup of eggnog (or your favorite holiday beverage), sit back, and enjoy the feast! 12 Days of Christmas for Literacy Curators Create ONE own family cookbook – Read it or Scoop.it from … Read more