A literacy kit is designed to enhance children’s literacy skills and appreciation for literature, and to encourage parent involvement in this effort. The kits are checked out by schools or organizations to students, much like a library book. The student takes the kit home to read the book and do the activities with his or her parents. The books selected as the basis for the Learning Connections literacy kits are all great, award-winning children’s literature.
Eighteen of the 23 literacy kits contain both an English and a Spanish copy of the book, a literacy guide written in both English and Spanish, an educational activity, and a Response Journal for parents to communicate with the teacher. (Five of the literacy kits are available only in English because the books are not published in Spanish.) The first page of the guide suggests questions for parents to ask their child as they are reading the book together, as well as discussion questions after they have finished. The second page describes in detail how to do the activity that is included in the kit; the third page offers an additional activity for parents to do at home with their child; and the last page is a bibliography of related books to look for on their next visit to the library. The hands-on activity is always educational and can be used at the level of the child. All of these items are housed in a colorful, durable children’s backpack.
Learning Connections literacy kits provide unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities for children pre-school through third grade.
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- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Literacy Kit
“I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair… and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” So begin the trials and tribulations of Alexander. People of all ages have terrible, horrible days, and Alexander offers us a humorous [...]
- Being Active Literacy Kit (Bilingual)
Being Active is designed to get kids and families moving. With the obesity rate at an all time high, this book and literacy guide give families many ideas on how to get and stay active. The literacy guide also provides good information for helping to maintain an active lifestyle, discusses the importance of being fit, [...]
- Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food Literacy Kit
Mama Bear lays down the law when she notices that Papa and the cubs are getting too chubby. With the help of Dr. Grizzly’s slide show on how the body works, the Bear family makes a healthy adjustment in both their diet and fitness habits. This is a most enjoyable introduction to good nutrition and [...]
- Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV Literacy Kit
In Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV, Mama Bear decides her family spends too much time in front of the TV, so she bans it for a week. The Bear family discovers lots of other ways to have fun and keep busy, and find they watch less TV when it is allowed again–and don’t even [...]
- Bullying Why Would You Do That Literacy Kit
Why Would You Want To Do That? How many times have you asked a child that question? This book is designed for third, fourth, and fifth graders to discuss a variety of social situations that children deal with daily. By presenting different situations with contemporary, edgy illustrations in vibrant colors, the children may recognize themselves [...]
- Charlotte’s Web Literacy Kit
An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful character, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny planned for him. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads “Some Pig,” convincing the farmer and surrounding community [...]
- Chrysanthemum Literacy Kit
She was a perfect baby and her parents chose a name to match–Chrysanthemum. She thought her name was “absolutely perfect” until the first day of kindergarten when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe. That would not have been so bad except for mean-spirited [...]
- Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Literacy Kit
In this hilarious picture book, the cows find an old typewriter in the barn and begin typing out demands for Farmer Brown. The first letter asks for electric blankets and notes keep going back and forth until the cows go on strike. The duck acts as an impartial party to help work out a compromise [...]
- Corduroy Literacy Kit
Corduroy is a small stuffed bear who has been on the department store shelf for a long time waiting for a home. As soon as Lisa sees him she knows he’s the bear she has always wanted. Her mother refuses to buy him as she has spent too much money that day and that he [...]
- Green Eggs and Ham Literacy Kit
Dr. Seuss turns 50 simple words into magic in this time-honored classic. Sam-I-am won’t give up. He keeps trying to get the grumpy grown-up in the story to taste green eggs and ham. No matter how Sam-I-am presents the green eggs and ham (in a box, with a fox, in the rain, on a train), [...]