Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Children’s Books Crafts & Activities

October 27th, 2021

Can Teach: Kids’ Novel & Picture Book Activities!


Grades K-7, with parental supervision

Can Teach is an education website with lots of curricula resources designed for use in the classroom – although most can be tweaked for homeschoolers.

When you get to this page of the site, you will find a free selection of fun activities that are based on popular children’s novels and picture books.

For example, here is what you will find by clicking on the following titles:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White — directions for how to make a spider.
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw — an activity designed around squiggle drawings.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl — a recipe for making chocolate treats.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett — an activity to help students understand character development in a story.

When you are through exploring this section of the site, click on Elementary Resources>English Language Arts on the menu at the top of the screen. You’ll find information and activities to teach:

  • Beginning Reading and Writing
  • Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Writing Prompts & Journal Topics
  • ~And More!

The Life & Poetry of Emily Dickinson

October 20th, 2021

Emily Dickinson Museum: Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons


All grades, with parental supervision

Thanks to ClickScholar Theresa for mentioning this Emily Dickinson Museum website that offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured events and news, as well as the “Poem of the Day.” 

Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including:

  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems.
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry. Take a virtual video tour of the landscaped grounds.
  • Education – Click on “Resources for Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. You’ll also find “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, provide starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities.

Audiobooks for Kids

October 6th, 2021

My Audio School: Audio Literature


The creator of this website is a homeschooling mom of 4 boys. She originally created My Audio School for her dyslexic son, but had such a tremendous response from it that her family had spent a summer quadrupling the content and putting together a professional, user-friendly website. My Audio School is great for children with print disabilities, but all kids can use and enjoy it.

My Audio School is an audio site for children’s educational content. It is set up in such a way that parents can easily find the content they need on educational topics for their kids, and kids can easily use the site.

It is a “freebie” in the sense that over 25% of the content (over 200 full-length audiobook resources and almost 250 additional audio resources) are available for free.

Click this link to access everything that is currently offered for free:

My Audio School offers a wide array of educational audio content in a beautiful, easy to navigate format:

*Unabridged books, organized by title

*Additional materials (poetry selections, kids records, podcasts, video clips, radio theater, etc)

My Audio School puts hundreds of educational audio resources at a parent’s fingertips.

My Audio School was originally created to give dyslexic children access to high-quality literature, but children of all ages and abilities can benefit from the site.

There is a subscription for just ($14.99) that unlocks the full site, which has almost 200 full length, unabridged classic audio books and over 250 additional audio materials. Enter the full site here:

Whether you are homeschooling a special needs child, or just looking to add classic audiobooks to your homeschool curriculum, My Audio School offers something for every home educator.

Book Reviews for Kids!

July 14th, 2021



Grades 3-8, with parental supervision

Two women book publishers (with a great sense of humor and love of children’s books) created this website with activities, videos, and reviews designed to introduce kids to quality books to encourage reading for sheer pleasure in a non-academic mode.

When you get to the site you’ll find a menu that offers:

  • Reviews by You(th) – Read kid-submitted book reviews, with peer comments and ratings. Submit your own review!
  • Recommended Reads – Enjoy a series of blog posts with long lists of great books to read in a variety of topic/subject categories.
  • Videos & Podcasts – Enjoy listening to kid-friendly chats and watch clever video clips featuring book recommendations.
  • Themes – Get recommendations and reviews for books about boys, series starring girls, poetry, mythology, biographies, foreign lands, and more.

This site offers a clever way to engage kids in the joy of reading for fun and pleasure! Be sure to bookmark it so you can return to see the latest posts, podcasts, videos, and reviews.

Lessons and Literature thru American History

June 24th, 2021

What So Proudly We Hail


Grades 9-12, with parental supervision 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.

When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently, there are four curricula to choose from:

  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provide an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.

While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.

When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Language Arts Lesson Snips

June 23rd, 2021

Language Arts & Multi-Subject Lesson Snips


Grades 2-8, which parental supervision

I am continuously AMAZED by the educational material available for free on the Net. While this is not a multi-media site, it does offer free, multi-subject lessons and worksheets for teachers in downloadable and printable pdfs. The lessons can be tweaked for homeschool use.

Description: For the purpose of today’s review, I’m focusing on the Language Arts portion of the site – but you’ll be happy to know there are “Lesson Snips” for Math, Science, and Social Sciences as well.

When you get to the Language Arts page, you’ll see a menu of the available lessons covering topics such as:

  • Parts of Speech – including individual lessons on verbs, irregular verbs, nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, personal pronouns, intensive and reflexive pronouns, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, infinitives, gerunds, participles, direct and indirect objects, interjections and more.
  • Reading – including identifying vowel sounds and sounds in word families, reading comprehension, sequencing, understanding plot, identifying the problem and solution, framing questions (who, what, where, when, how, and why), understanding narrative poetry, rhyming, and more.
  • Spelling, Writing, and Vocabulary – including basic sentence structure, capitalization, synonyms and antonyms, homonyms, using similes and metaphors, using the right tense, etc.

Click on any lesson and a new page opens with a lesson summary, the objectives, and the suggested grade range. Click on the “Get Lesson” button to download and print out the lesson and associated worksheets.

While there is a “schoolish” quality to these lessons, many of the suggested activities or the subjects covered would interest a vast array of learners and, with just a tweak, can accommodate a variety of learning styles.

If nothing else, review the menus in each subject category – you’re sure to find inspiration for introducing new ideas and topics to your kids.