We just started using Rabbit Trails Through Literature as an elementary language arts supplement, and it’s so fun! My youngest daughter and I had a ball with it this week. As soon as we get more books that are on hold at the library, we’ll do more of these during afternoon tea time!
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Rabbit Trails Through Literature
What is the Rabbit Trails Through Literature curriculum?
It’s a unit study approach centered around a single book. Then, “rabbit trails” extend the learning out from there, such as through crafts and copywork:
There are 16 books that the original rabbit trail curriculum come from, and I had one at home already so we started with that one.
Our Blueberries for Sal Rabbit Trail
We used the book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
After reading the book, my 8-year-old daughter and I talked about the literary technique of onomatopoeia that is used in Blueberries for Sal.
She did some copywork that was suggested in the curriculum, and then we ate blueberry muffins and painted a picture using blueberry juice! My daughter chose an illustration from the book, and then we used the leftover juice (after draining the blueberries in the muffin mix box) to paint on watercolor paper. It was a lot of fun!
I have other books on hold at the library so we can continue doing Rabbit Trails every week or so!
Rabbit Trails Through Literature 2
Update: The second volume Rabbit Trails Through Literature 2 is now available!
- 16 lessons
- do each lesson for 2 weeks
- video links
Rabbit Trails Through Science
Check out this brand new version of Rabbit Trails called . . .
If you’re having a tough time with your present science curriculum, you might want to take a look at this fun unit study approach. I bet you and your kids will both love it!
Read books, watch videos, do nature drawings. What a wonderful and gentle way to do science in your homeschool with your elementary kids.
Rabbit Trails Through Thanksgiving
And, now there are Rabbit Trails Through the Holidays!
Take your holiday studies down a rabbit trail with Rabbit Trails through Thanksgiving! Learn about the Squanto and Thanksgiving with the book The Thanksgiving Story, incorporate copy work, get hands-on, and read some amazing Thanksgiving books this season! (books not included)
Rabbit Trails Through Christmas
The lesson includes questions to ask after reading the story and learning about the stars/constellations. There is copywork from Scripture, and a craft of the three kings that you see in the picture here:
Other Rabbit Trails take you down the path to reading more suggested books, watching a YouTube video about the three wise men, watching a suggested Christmas movie, baking cookies, singing a song, and other things to read!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Take your holiday studies down a rabbit trail and learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, incorporate copy work, get hands-on with a project, and read some amazing books!
This is one lesson that is meant to be used over 1-2 weeks.
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Let me know what Rabbit Trails you’ve gone on lately! Please leave a comment below.
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