Magic Monday — Beautiful Books

Look at that smiling face!
This adorable student just got our curriculum and all the books that go with it! She can’t wait to jump into these beautiful picture books.

Magic Monday: Rainbow Crow

Rainbow Crow is one of the most beautiful books featured in our American History program: Indigenous People of North America and Hawai’i. In this Lenape legend, Crow goes to the sun and brings fire back to Earth to save all the animals from a bitter winter. As a go-along for this story, making Rainbow Crow as scratch art felt like the perfect pairing.

Magic Monday: Cahokia

Do you live near St. Louis? If so, there is an amazing field trip you can take to see the Mounds of Cahokia.

Why Teaching history through picture books works.

Starting with literature When I started writing the lessons that became the Orange Level curriculum, I thought that I could create lessons based on great picture books. I could have those lessons teach all the subjects! Social Studies, Science, History, Art, and Language Arts. Even Math. Along the way, I threw in lots of other…

American History – Indigenous People of North America and Hawai‘i — Level: Yellow

The first unit available in the Level Yellow: American History program is a 14-lesson journey through the eyes of the indigenous people of North American and Hawai‘i. Using picture books, you and your child will explore the myths, legends, and ways of life of Native Americans, learn about real Native Americans and important historical events from the point of view of the people who lived through them. Each weekly lesson includes hands-on, age-appropriate activities to do with your child that cover a wide range of topics in a child-friendly manner.

Annoucing our first GREEN Level Unit Study

I am excited to announce our first ever chapter book based unit study! This unit is for the book Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac.  The book is about a brother and sister growing up in the Mohawk tribe, in what will eventually become New York State. This book made the PERFECT first book for our Green level for ages 8-12 for several reasons.  Let me tell you some of the things I love about this book and the unit based on it.