2nd Grade Curriculum, Homeschool, Read Alouds, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set Review

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I was growing up I read several of the Boxcar Children’s Chapter books and I enjoyed reading all about their many adventures. Albert Whitman & Company has published The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set which is intended for ages 6-8 these books are a brief introduction to the The Boxcar Children Series written by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set are level 2 readers and intended for readers who still need support reading. Each book is vibrant in color with pictures on every page. The print is big and bold just enough words on the page to hold the young readers interest. The story lines are simple and easy to comprehend. What I like most like about these books is that it gives young readers a look into the classic Boxcar Children series.

We received all 4 for of the new early readers for us to review. Now I know what your thinking why are we reading level 2 readers when clearly my son is beyond level 2 reading level. We read the books during our morning time and at bedtime for a quick read aloud or bedtime story. A few months ago I tried to introduce the original The Boxcar Children to my son and he didn’t seem very interested in the story line but after book one of The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set titled the The Boxcar Children he wants chapter books.

In the The Boxcar Children book you meet the 4 Alden children and learn a little about their circumstance and how they come to meet Grandfather Alden. Children start to instantly get the sense of adventure from the first few pages. One thing I noticed my son showed real empathy for the children, he was very concern about them and was very happy at the end of the book.

The second book in the set is Surprise Island the Alden children have settled in with Grandfather Alden and life is good. Its the summertime and Grandfather has given them a great adventure of spending the summer on the families island. Alden children are loving their new freedom and enjoying the summer exploring and meeting a new close friend. The kids also get a little bit of a history lesson while on the island. I love how in this book the Alden children are enjoying nature and letting their imaginations run wild.

The Alden children are back at in The Yellow House Mystery another grand adventure to be had now with their cousin Joe. The kids, Joe and Grandfather are back on Surprise Island this time to solve a mystery of the disappearance of a good friend of Grandfather Alden. With hiking, camping and meeting new friends along the way the kids and their cousin solve a mystery for their Grandfather and reunite the good friends.

Mystery Ranch is the final book in The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set its summer time and the Alden children are headed to Wyoming to meet and visit a relative. The kids get settled in on the ranch and lend a helping hand to get the ranch in shape. While picnicking one day they come across a strange shelter and they begin to wonder who is living on their relatives land and why are they there, so they enlist the help of a friend and get to the bottom of this mystery!

The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set are listed as paperback books on Albert Whitman & Company website. At the time of this review we received hardcover books and they retail for $14.99. While reading these books children will see the following character traits: kindness, friendship, helpfulness and togetherness. I was very pleased with these books and now we are reading the first classic chapter book. If you are looking for a gentle way to introduce The Boxcar children series to your early readers I recommend Albert Whitman & Company published The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set .

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Until the Next Time


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2nd Grade Curriculum, 3rd Grade Curriculum, Education, Language Arts, Read Alouds, Writing

LitWits Kits Review!

I love reading aloud to my son, this has been one of my favorite things to do with him since birth. There have been some great books that I would have loved to develop into unit studies or just dig deeper into and make the words come alive for us. I am always on the lookout for ideas on how to get the most out of books we read so I jumped at the chance to checkout LitWit Kits from LitWits. We choose to use the LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of our families favorite books and we always reread it every year around the Fall time. The LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory comes complete with everything you need to provide a fun filled literary fun.

LitWit Kits includes:

  • Overview
  • Tips
  • Hands On Fun
  • Recipe Ideas (There was no actual recipe included in Chocolate Factory Kit just idea)
  • Take Aways ( Leaving impression on your student)
  • Awesome Pinterest Board

What I really enjoyed about the LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is that kit included academic handouts and common core standards for grades 3-5th grade. The academic handouts made it possible for me check of some standards for my son. We explored Narrative Arc ( story action) , Vocabulary words, Characterization and Creative Writing. The best part of the academic handouts all it was about the book which made my son eager to do the lessons.

LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory also included author background information and other resources if you wanted to do more historical research.

My son really enjoyed the candy invention project that was included in the LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. We also decided to make some homemade soup one night for dinner and we ate it over the next few days. We didn’t make cabbage and potato soup, but we did make a vegetable soup and cornbread. I decided to stretch it over a few days because I wanted to drive home how fortunate we are that we can eat variety of foods when some families are limited to what they are able to afford. The LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory spark conversations about poverty and gratitude. As a family we made some decisions about how would like to give back to the community during this holiday season and keep gift giving to minimal this year. The way we did the LitWits Kit for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is we did it 1-2 activities a week over a course of month along side reading the book.

LitWit Kits Kits are $18 and they have a total of 45 complete kits and 1 mini kit the can be used at home or in the classroom. The company offers a free sample kit you can review and there is also option to purchase project and activities from the complete kits or just the worksheets. I highly recommend you purchase a complete kit to really get the benefits of the lessons. I look forward to using the other LitWit Kits that the company allowed to us to select. The other kits we selected are:

LitWit Kits are a great way to have fun with books and give your child a more hands on experience of their read aloud and academics at the same time.

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Until the Next Time,

Mom and J

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Secrets of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone Book 5 and The Lions Roar Book 6 Review from WorthyKids Books

We were extremely excited to review Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6) from WorthyKids Books. You may have recall earlier this year the crew reviewed Book 3 and 4, the books were such a huge hit in our house that my son was eagerly excited to jump into the next two books in the 7 part series.

I was super thrilled that this time around my son grabbed the books off the table and ran into his room and started reading them without me. While I was little sad at the fact that he started without me this time around I was also really happy. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that they are clean literature and age appropriate for 6- 8 year olds.

In Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) our favorite characters Peter and Mary whisked away Bethlehem where they met David. The Shepard Stone is based on the Bibles accounts of David and Goliath. Peter, Mary and David set off on adventure to bring food to his brothers in the battlefield. Along the way the children encounter obstacles and test their faith. This book is such a great way to teach about faith and courage. The book also open the door for discussions about bullies.

Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6) the children begin their adventures in Babylon and they meet Hannah and she introduces Mary and Peter to Daniel who has been appointed one the new governors of Babylon. The three young children uncover a plot to have Daniel overthrown and that’s when the adventure begins. In this books children will also learn about standing firm in their faith.

Along with having clean literature the books are well written and easy for young readers to follow. The illustrations are detailed and there are just enough in each chapter where the children can immerse themselves into the story without being overly distracted. The text of the books are a great size and the paper quality is strong. The paperback cover is thick and sturdy with nice glossy cover.

We really enjoy this series and this time around my son read one book independently and the second one we took turns reading it. My son really enjoys the characters and likes that the book mentions actual countries that we can find out more about. Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion’s Roar (Book 6) 14 chapters long with 120 pages.

I highly recommend these books if you are looking for clean literature. I also recommend these for those chapter readers ages 6-8 years as independent reading. These would great as a family read along side religious study.

I have great news if you want to try out the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls WorthyKids Books is hosting a giveaway of all 7 books and will choose three winners to get signed copies of the entire series so far. Click the below banner to enter….Good Luck!!

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Until the Next Time,

M and J

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