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Since 2010, our creative, three-hour “field trips” through literature have turned thousands of reluctant readers into avid enthusiasts. After all, what’s not to love about making, tasting, smelling, inventing, building, re-creating, feeling, imagining, writing, and doing what the characters did? And what better way to learn what they learned than by DOING what they did? We offer three options for exploring great books in hands-on, memorable ways:
Each LitWits Kit includes these items for one child:
Each order includes these aids for you, delivered digitally:
To order, click the link in our schedule below, and choose Option 2. LitWits Kits are only available for the books we’re teaching, and must be ordered by the deadlines shown.
Click to register your child/ren for our workshop (Option 1) or order LitWits Kits (Option 2). Whether we teach that great book or you TIY, it’s a win-win for you and your kids.! Please note the deadline is the same either way–we need time to order supplies, pack them up in special ways, and get them shipped two weeks prior to our workshop.
Whether you buy LitWits Kits or not, you’re welcome to sign up for our Workshop Review session on Zoom, the day after each workshop–we’ll be walking you through “what we did,” sharing what worked, passing along teacher tips, and answering questions. It will make more sense if you’ve ordered a kit, but please feel free to join us regardless.
The LitWits Kit for Johnny Tremain, taught in our workshop on June 25, 2020. Clockwise from lower right: the book; a story-significant snack wrapped in The Boston Observer (with the pig ad!), a ground linseed poultice in a muslin bag; spices and citrus in a secretly coded bag, plus Patriot Punch mix, for making what Rab and Johnny concoted for the Sons of Liberty; a welcome note with instructions for the child; glue, watercolor paint set, template, paper, cardstock, and tea bag of textures for the Old Boston Map project (teaching geography, conflict, turning point, and lots more); in the center, silver wax, a tiny crucible, a candle, flagpoles (British and American) for designing and carving a maker’s mark (while we learned the history of marks, and the art of silversmithing), with an optional “part 2” to be done with a parent later; not pictured: narrative arc and creative writing handouts. Also included: The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Johnny Tremain and an eight-page agenda, fine-tuned after our workshop.