Explorer’s Guides are packed with everything we’ve done in our literature workshops that can be put on a screen or a page. We make it easy and fun for you to do what we do, in whole or in part.
Our straight-from-the-story activities connect to key teaching points. So while your kids are having fun doing something a character did, they’re learning what that character learned. That might be a survival tip, a gymnastics trick, a writing skill, a history lesson, or any of ten thousand things that are good to know. But most importantly, with your guidance, they’ll learn what they have to know:
That person got through something hard, and so can I.
Experience is the best teacher, second only to you. When you take kids through great books in hands-on ways, you’re teaching them for life.
Each Explorer’s Guide includes everything below:
- sensory prop ideas: see, hear, smell, and feel what the characters did
- bookbites ideas: taste what the characters ate
- creative project ideas & instructions/templates: make what a character made
- kinetic activity ideas & instructions/prompts: do what a character did (or might/should have!)
- academic handouts: learn the story’s narrative arc, vocabulary, setting, and more
- creative writing handouts: write what a character wrote or felt
- takeaway topics: know what the characters knew
- learning links: learn more about what the characters’ world was like
- audiovisual links: see and hear what the characters’ world looked and sounded like
- CCSS alignment: check off lots of boxes!
Here are some tips for using our guides. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ, or get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!