How and Why to Include Activity in Literature for Elementary Homeschoolers

Here is how and why to include activity in literature for elementary homeschoolers.

How and Why to Include Activity in Literature for Elementary Homeschoolers

How and Why to Include Activity in Literature for Elementary Homeschoolers

Literature Activity Guide for Curious George

Wayne Thorp, homeschool dad and elementary school teacher developed 7Sisters’ fun Elementary Activity Guides for Literature. Here is his explanation of how and why to include activity in literature learning:

Learning is not a passive sport.

The more actively engaged the learner, the more learning takes place. According to Dale’s Cone of Experience  people generally remember just 10% of what they read, but up to 70% of what they say and write and 90% of what they do!

As parents and educators we want our children to do far more than simply define or describe what they’ve read; we want them to retain and be able to analyze and create based on knowledge they’ve obtained through interaction with literature.

Literature Activity Guide for A Tale of Peter Rabbit

Elementary Activity Guides for Literature offer the opportunity to engage your child with literature on their level.

Sure, there are comprehension questions to see if they know what happened in a story, but an author would be disappointed if that’s all they remembered. Why did that character do such a thing? What was the purpose of that response? Do you relate to those feelings?

These Guides also focus on individual skills with the same type of engaging activities, activities which involve physical, as well as mental, actions which are the basis for active learning. Some of these activities are:

  • Roll ‘Em and Read “Em Vocabulary Activities
  • Sorting Activities for Phonics and Grammar

Elementary homeschoolers also learn story elements and early research skills.

7Sisters’ 20 separate Elementary Activity Guides for Literature include favorite titles such as:

  • A New Coat for Anna
  • Corduroy
  • Curious George
  • Beethoven Lives Upstairs
  • Freckle JuiceActivity Guide You Are Special
  • If You Made a Million
  • Miss Rumphious
  • Sunflower House
  • Peter Rabbit
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • A Whale Song

A VERY special treat!

Joey Monster series is 7Sisters own series with characters that kids absolutely love. These sweet stories reinforce reading, thinking and character-building skills.

Meet Joey Monster Book and Activity Guide
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Try out our Activity Guides for Elementary Literature for FREE with the guide to Max Lucado’s You Are Special. Download it today! Download the Complete List of Elementary Literature Activity Guides to help you with your planning!

Why settle for the minimum when what you want is to maximize your child’s learning potential.


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How and Why to Include Activity in Literature for Elementary Homeschoolers

Vicki Tillman

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