How do we keep our literature workshops
joyful, real, and creative through a screen?
Our literature workshops are a BLAST! In fact, our creative, three-hour “field trips” through literature have been turning reluctant readers into avid enthusiasts for over a decade. What’s not to love about making, tasting, smelling, inventing, building, re-creating, feeling, imagining, writing, and doing what the characters did?
LitWits Kits are the supplies and other goodies needed for our workshops. For live workshops on Zoom, we ship kits to the kids ahead of time. If you buy an on-demand version of a workshop, we’ll send you all the printables and a list of inexpensive supplies–so you can easily pack up your own LitWits Kit!
But that list doesn’t do our (or your) kits justice! Check out the photographs at right for examples of these fun-packed boxes. The personalized note lets kids know what other basic supplies to have ready, and explains that we’ll open the rest of the box together in a “slow reveal,” as we talk and play our way through the narrative arc.
Register your kids for our live Zoom workshops; we ship LitWits Kits of supplies to each child. These workshops are limited to just 25 kids per session, and they sell out fast.
Create your own LitWitty experiences for 45+ books any time using our Explorer’s Guides–rich, detailed web pages containing our creative teaching ideas and printables. You print the printables yourself, and shop for your own supplies.
The LitWits Kit for My Side of the Mountain, taught in our live Zoom workshop on July 23rd. From far left, packed in woodsy moss: the narrative arc and creative writing worksheets; authentic birch bark and marker for drawing botanical sketches; materials for making falcon jesses (leash is around the bark), the book; BookBites (a story-significant snack of venison, sassafras tea, and “acorn” pancakes and blueberry jam; clay for making jam pots as Bando did; a hawk feather; a slide whistle, and a template for designing a touristy rack card for Sam’s Hemlock Hotel. All straight from the story–or from Sam’s future! Not pictured: personalized note to child. This Zoom workshop was based on The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for My Side of the Mountain, which we created from our pre-Covid, in-person workshop. Our ideas adaptable to ALL situations, venues, ages, and learning styles. 🙂
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. This workshop was based on The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Johnny Tremain, which we created from our pre-Covid, in-person workshop. Our ideas adaptable to ALL situations, venues, ages, and learning styles. 🙂