See How Easily Your Kids Can Learn About . . . (insert theme here)

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Unlike most people, I’m dreading the Olympics. Only because I think I should invent some elaborate creative backyard challenge and blog about it. Or at the very least, have my kids learn about the history, the sports, and England.

Sigh. Except I’m tired. I don’t feel like it. I just want to read my own books and take naps. You know what I mean?

Luckily, I found the coolest website, Start with a Book, where I can pick and choose from books, apps, websites, hands-on activities, writing, and interviews all about the Olympics.

For the Olympics, here’s a screen shot of the theme and related content.

Notice my orange arrows pointing out the features?

Isn’t this such a gold-mine of ideas!? Now I don’t have to reinvent the wheel to learn about the Olympics — I will use the Start with a Book suggestions. So can you.

But, it gets better. Sports and the Olympics is only 1 of 24 themes. Other themes include:

Art and Artists
Bugs, Birds and Animals
Builders and Buildings
Detectives and Explorers
Families and Communities
Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths
Heroes and Superheros
Homes and Habitats

Wait. There’s more! You’ll also find:

–> a sign-up for reading tips texted to you 3-4 times per week for the ENTIRE summer. I just signed up. (NO COST except your cell service rates.) You can also sign up with the form below.

–> a reading tip of the day; here’s today’s tip:

Summer scrapbook [Jun 26, 2012]
Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook. Tape in souvenirs of your family’s summer activities — postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them aloud as you look at the book together.

–> reading aloud tips, articles, stories, and videos.
–> book suggestions.
–> and ideas for literacy fun. (Right up my alley!!!)
Start with a Book comes from the always amazing, Reading Rockets and the Park Foundation. I encourage you to check it out and let me know what you think.
What do you think?
And which theme will you do first?
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  1. That website about the Olympics is super cool! The Olympic trials for Track and Field are in my town (Eugene, Oregon) and I am planning a blog post about visiting there with my son. I am thinking of purchasing one of the books from the website, to go along with our activity. thank you!