This is the explanation page which will come with the e-books, explaining each section. You may
find that you don't even use many of these suggestions. Your children might just want to enjoy the stories.
These activities etc. are just suggestions and I hope that you will always remember that the whole point is to instill a
love of true stories and in turn a love of history, and love of learning that will follow them as they grow.
Author: It's always good to search the web for other books the author has written.
Illustrator: Likewise the illustrator!
Type of Illustration: I will mention what type of art is used. I noticed that in our co-op class some
of the students really wanted to know about this and would in time be able to recognize for themselves
what type of art was used. There will usually be an art activity suggestion also.
Time Line: You can make a time-line for the whole family or each child can have their own. I like to
use unlined index cards and tape from top to bottom. Add an index card for each book by taping them
together and doing an accordion fold. It's easy to cut the tape and add cards in as needed, just re-tape
and fold it up. Some folks like to make a long time-line and hang it in their hallway adding to it through
the years of homeschooling. After reading the book you can put the year or years that it took place on a
card with the name of the book and/or a picture of something from the story. This helps them mark the
date and story in their minds.
Active game or activity: It's great to have something active planned to go with the story. With younger
kids in our co-op I would usually alternate still and active projects.
Map it: I highly recommend a globe; you can even get a blow up one from the dollar store, doesn't
have to be fancy. Also those American or world map place mats that can be used with dry erase markers
are great for marking where the story takes place or using a large USA or world map and letting the
kids mark it with a little picture from each story is fun. And of course there's good old Google Maps
Math: I try to find something in each book that will stretch the math muscle a bit.
Search and Find: This is a list of items to find/count in the storybook; a fun way to review the story
and get some counting in, especially for younger ones.
Question Suggestions: I believe that one of the best things we can do for our children is help develop
their intellectual curiosity. It's something they're born with, that's why they ask fifty million questions
as soon as they become verbal and why it behooves us to answer as many as we can possibly tolerate,
even the ones they ask over and over and over again. As they get older those questions slow a bit and at
that point I believe it's good to remember to ask them questions to help fan the flames of that curiosity
that will hopefully help them grow into learners for life. Other than simply asking the children the
questions you can make a game of it and write them down ahead of time on little strips of paper, taking
turns pulling and answering them. Don't forget to take a turn yourself! You can pass the book around or
make it more challenging without using it. Announcing you're going to play a game makes this more
fun!You can also mix in the Search and Find items with the questions and do both of these activities as
the same game.
Science Study: I’m always on the lookout to find every possible learning opportunity from each book
so when I can find something for this category I'll add it. I bet some of you will have some good ideas
that I've never even thought of!
Further Study/Activities: I wanted to include resources for elementary children of all ages so these
will be listed beginning with suggestions for younger children, progressing to more in depth ideas.
Treasure Box: For our co-op class, on the last day of the semester each child would get a box that
looked like a book, available from the craft store. I would present a trinket that would represent each
book and have the students guess what book it was from, then pass out one to each of them. It was a
great way to review our stories. Using this as a family the children could be given a trinket for their
treasure box after reading each book. I heard from one of my students years after he was in my class
and he told me he still had his treasure box. We also discussed some of his favorite stories. That made
me very happy! I put a picture below of my youngest son, Caleb's treasure box.
Web links: Places to go to find out more about the story or aspects of the story.
Related books for further reading: You may find more than me as I haven't spent much time searching
Disclaimer::::: These activities and question suggestions are only to be used if they are considered fun
by the children. :o)
Students who use dictation for writing may enjoy using their favorite part of the story as their dictation,
likewise portions could be used to practice punctuation or grammar.
I am also working on using easy readers in this same fashion, so stay tuned if you think this may
interest your independent readers. My plan is to make this something they can do on their own.
When you peruse the book before reading it to your child/ren think about how you will read it. Your
excitement about the story will be infectious. Reading with inflection will help share the emotion in
the story. Also, some topics in these books may require some discernment on your part as they
may contain subjects such as death, a reality of life but at the same time something you may
want to be aware of ahead of time.
Look out for words to look up! I'm not including a list of vocabulary words because you are the one
who will know what words your child may not have heard, or heard often. I always liked to challenge
my kids when we'd come across a word that they didn't know. I would read the whole sentence again
and ask if they wanted to guess what it meant, then we'd look it up if we still needed to.