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Saturday, January 8, 2011

January Events

January is here and it's big month. This month is National Book Month. (My favorite month of the year!!) Will you make a reading goal for the year? We're using http://www.bookadventure.com/ to keep us honest with our goals! My older kids have set their goals at 50 books for the year. I've gone a bit higher with 100. 

This week we are starting off with James and the Giant Peach, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Runaway Ralph.   

While we are on the subject of books, sometimes it's difficult to find just the right titles at just the right reading levels. Never fear!! Scholastic has launched a new widget to fix that! The Book Wizard will take the guess work out of finding great reading material for your kids. Just put in your favorite authors or titles and let it do the rest! 

Jan. 15th is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Scholastic offers a great reference for everything Martin Luther King Jr.! They have free printables, lesson plans, and worksheets for your homeschoolers. Younger kids might enjoy the video gallery of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life at National Geographic. They also offer videos to watch of his life.

January is also brimming with loads of great children's authors celebrating their birthdays too! You can scroll through a list of author birthdays (and get great ideas for literature extensions too) here: AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS.

Make it a great month!!

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