Explorer’s Guides: Literature Teaching Ideas
Explorer’s Guides help you teach great books to kids in fun, hands-on, meaningful ways.
Since 2010, the two of us have been holding immersive literature workshops in Santa Cruz. Kids arrive having already read a particular classic book, and for three hours we “do what the characters did,” connecting each experience to key teaching points. This helps kids learn valuable lessons in firsthand ways—and want to read more!
To share our literary joy with you and your kids, we’ve created a LitWits Explorer’s Guide for each book we’ve workshopped. It’s a web page packed with our unique activity ideas and downloads, along with teaching points and academic printables. You get instant access at checkout, and there’s a PDF version included for easy printing.
It’s a rich, detailed collection of all you need to immerse kids in a great book (and teach great things), all in one place. For the books on our current teaching schedule, we even sell LitWits Kits (boxes of supplies)–check the schedule here! No more surfing and patching together your lesson plans!
Each Explorer’s Guide resource for a particular book includes everything below:
How to use our Explorer’s Guides in your home or classroom
Just pull the parts that work for you and your kids! Even in a single activity or BookBites snack, we’ve given you lots to talk about. (Don’t feel you have to hold a half-day workshop like we did — good grief, who has time for that? That’s why homeschool parents in Santa Cruz have been sending their kids to us since 2010!)