I shared last week about some of the books we’re using so that my eight year old and three year old can learn together, even though obviously they’re on very different academic levels. Here are a few more pairings we’re going to be using this spring!
The Gullywasher & A Rainbow of My Own: As thunderstorm season approaches we’ll be using these books to talk about weather and how it affects us. While the stories are very different, kids of all ages could work together on different weather experiments. Also, don’t forget to check out the Weather Connections page on HSS!
The Cats in Krasinski Square & Officer Buckle and Gloria: At first glance, a story about World War II doesn’t seem to have much in common with a performing dog, but we’re going to bring these two books together by discussing how animals can help people. HSS has a Pets Connections page that has lots of ideas if you want to branch out!
Arabella & My Blue Boat: This pairing is on my wish list–as soon as I can find an affordable copy of My Blue Boat I would love to pair it with Arabella! Perhaps if we are able to do these books after a big rain we could make boats and sail them in the creek–or if it stays as dry as it has been around here, we’ll settle for the water table! Even though your older kids have probably done sink/float experiments before, this might be a fun time to add in some weather conditions. What happens if there is wind or lots of waves? If your kids are like mine, make sure you have lots of towels nearby!
The Pumpkin Runner & Katy No-Pocket: When we read The Pumpkin Runner and Katy No-Pocket both kids learned about Australian animals–and since we used these books in the fall, my three year old enjoyed the pumpkins, too! If your kids want to learn about the land down under in depth, check out the Australia lapbook at HSS.
I hope these ideas have been helpful to you and have given you some opportunities to bring some fun things into your homeschooling plans that is relevant to what all of your kids are learning about. What are some of your favorite books for different ages that go together well? We’d love to hear more ideas!