I started this post over a week ago. Since then the world has changed. First my oldest started driving and somehow I couldn’t think of anything else for an entire week. (He’s a great driver, but I do not trust the other people on the road.)
Now suddenly the whole world is homeschooling to practice social distancing. And you know what? I’m re-writing my review because this book is even more relevant than before.
But they’ve also got some great resources to incorporate into your new homeschool curriculum. Their most recent book, Quest for the Crystal Crown, is a great way to combine literature with creative writing. Not only was this story inspired by the original concept of a real kid, but the end of the book has almost 100 pages of ideas and structure to support children in creating their own stories.
Ten year old me would have been all over this, especially the Fantasy Creation Zone in the back of the book. Let’s be honest, forty-one year old me is still pretty excited about this. Check it out – your kids might like it too!
An extension for this: use Little Bird Tales for the storytelling. Then your children can incorporate their own artwork and voicing to the activity.
Reading class: check
Language arts: check
Drama (in the form of voice over work): check
That sounds like a pretty great lesson plan to me! If your children come up with a fantastic story idea, they can share it with Story Pirates who just might collaborate with your child to get it published. How cool is that?
Happy homeschooling, friends!