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Guest Post – Happy Happy Halloween by Andrea

guestblogger_iconAndrea, who reviewed our Focus on Fiction Seasonal Reading Passages last year has shared her experience using another one of our products with her students – our Happy, Happy Halloween pack!


happyhappyhalloweenI used the Happy, Happy Halloween packet with my second graders who need help with comprehension strategies.

Since the passage in the packet was easy to read, we were able to work on comprehension strategies and not on decoding. We talked about the dialogue and how it works with the story. After reading the story, we worked on answering the comprehension questions by highlighting where we found our answers in the passage. The students also put the events of the story in order. Instead of just writing the numbers in the blanks, we cut the events out and put them in the correct order to help them make sure they were correct. The students also practiced alphabetical order with the page from the packet.

I did not use all parts of the packet with the students because we were not working on those specific skills, but I love that it included other parts like quotation marks, inferences, and writing prompts. Students also have the opportunity to be creative and create jack-o-lanterns, which I will do with my students over the course of this week.

Thanks again for sharing with us, Andrea!

Guest Post – The Star Lady by Kacey

guestblogger_iconKacey is our guest today to share her experience using our The Star Lady package with her 5th grade students. The Star Lady is a story by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey published in 1917. It tells the story of a girl named Tabitha who meets Betsy Ross and George Washington.


LRS_TheStarLady_ColorBefore we started The Star Lady, we read a non-fiction selection called “Flags” out of our student reader from the reading program “Good Habits, Great Readers”. Betsy Ross and the origin of the American flag was included in that selection, so The Star Lady was a great transition piece to conclude my unit.

We began reading the letter from Tabitha as a class, which was very exciting for the students because she was 10 years old, just like them. We talked about the different phrases and the way they spoke back then and compared it to our way of communicating today. After each page, the students independently completed the comprehension questions. Then, we would come back together as a class to discuss our findings. I was very impressed with how well the students were comprehending the selection even though the language is very different from ours today! Each day, we read a new page of the letter and dissected the information to put it all together. The students were always bummed that we had to pause to change classes; they kept wanting to read more!

The supplemental activities provided in this product were very helpful in keeping the students’ interest and reinforcing the skills that good readers possess. In describing the characters, I had the students list three character traits for each, and they had to explain why they chose that character trait based on evidence from the text. They enjoyed sharing their answers in a whole class discussion; I actually had to have them turn to a partner to tell them the rest, because there were so many hands up wanting to share. That says to me that they were confident with their knowledge of the characters and proud of their ability to successfully describe them!

We moved on to the Venn Diagram, and I allowed the students to work in pairs to come up with a few similarities and differences. Then, we also shared these findings in a whole-class discussion. To supplement, I found pictures of the Betsy Ross house, and an online video tour to show the students what the house might have looked like while Betsy was living and working there. At the conclusion of the unit, I had the students take The Star Lady quiz and they performed great at it!! Most finished their quiz within 10-15 minutes, and all of the students passed with either an A or a B!

This product was great for keeping the students engaged and interested in what they were reading. It was a unique approach to have the selection be a letter that connected to a real-life event. The students loved reading from the perspective of a child their age.

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Kacey!

Guest Post – Reading Royalty Comprehension Pack by Dinah

guestblogger_iconDinah is a homeschooler who lives in Panama. She’s used our Reading Royalty Comprehension package with her kiddies and shared her thoughts with us!



As a homeschool teacher I am always on the look out for easy to use products that I can incorporate into our classroom. With a busy schedule and different age groups to teach, I can genuinely appreciate a product that can be used with minimal explanation. This frees up some valuable time that I can use teaching other subjects! Little Red’s Schoolhouse has some great items that do just that.

This last week our classroom was able to use Little Red’s Reading Comprehension packet. This packet has over 80 pages of great learning materials. There are worksheets AND fun activities included!

I found this packet simple to use. First I selected worksheets that we would use during the upcoming week. I then printed them out as booklets. After folding each booklet, they were ready to use! (Some of the kids used brads or raffia to beautify their booklets:)

This product is geared for grades 3-5. I used it for my 2nd – 8th graders! My 2nd grader used it to learn about new language topics, while my 8th grader used it as a review!

This packet has easy references so you can use each page for before reading, during reading, or after reading. The attractive layout and cute graphics were an added bonus to these worksheets. There are definitions and simple explanations on each page.

This worked great for our classroom! Even though all my kids are reading at different levels, they were all able to use these to learn and reinforce important language concepts.

Everyone here has been learning a bunch this past week! We will be using the other reading activities this next week along with the cute Reading Royalty Achievement Certificates and Badges when we are finished!

Thanks for sharing with us, Dinah! Visit Dinah at her blog, The Travelling Classroom!

Guest Post – Autumn Story Pockets by Jennifer

guestblogger_iconToday Jennifer, a home-schooling mom of a six-year-old and an eleven-year-old, has shared her experience using our Autumn Stories Story Pockets graphical story starters!


autumnstorypocketsI decided to use the mini binder for our story pockets. Putting the binder together was a breeze and my kids were happy to help cut out the story picture cards. I did have to reduce the pocket labels to 85% to fit the envelopes I had at home. 4 1/8″ x 9 1/2″. This was only because I had these here and didn’t want to make a trip to the local Office Depot. I just cut the length down to fit in the binder. It worked perfectly. I keep the story cut outs tucked neatly inside by using a small paper clip on the top. I printed the cut outs on regular printer paper, but I would recommend printing them on heavier card stock or laminating them. I will definitely be laminating mine, as these will be used several times.

Using the story cut outs to come up with imaginative stories was so much fun! The added adjectives on the labels were a huge help for my 6 year old who struggles a bit finding descriptive words on her own. I let the kids, ages 6 and 11, choose which story pocket they wanted to use. Yes, my 11 year old LOVED these story pockets! He was so happy to be included. They grabbed their pocket out of the binder and dumped their cut outs on the table. I could see my 6 year old’s brain go to work. She was giggling the entire time and wanted to use every single cut out. She wasn’t just going to write a small story. She had every intention of writing her first novel. My 11 year old got right to work writing his. He was lost in his own little world, and even he was giggling as his story progressed. I helped my youngest put her story in order and she got to work writing. I started her off on the primary lines, but they were a bit larger than what she was used to using, so she struggled to make the letters neat. She was getting aggravated, so I switched her to the regular lines, and she did much better. The bigger lines certainly were not a problem, she just preferred not to use them.

storypocketsreview2Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the Autumn Story Pockets. These are great for younger and middle aged students. It gave my 11 year old a break from his typical bigger writing assignments and just let him relax and have fun. My 6 year old, of course, was one happy little girl. It definitely sparked her creativity. She came up with some amazing stories about bats, ghosts, bus rides to see a pony, and haunted houses. She is even asking to do the story pockets when she starts to get a bit bored. She sits down, without my help, and just writes. Thank you, and I am definitely looking forward to a winter story pocket!

Thanks for sharing with us, Jennifer!

winterstorypockets We’ve just released a story pockets set for winter! Featuring snow monsters, snowmen, skates, polar bears, penguins and trolls! Click on the cover image to see it in the shop.