Thursday, June 14, 2012

Make More of Magic Tree House Books

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

***Sorry my Wednesday Website suggestion is posting on Thursday – I have been lucky enough to have my aunt and uncle visiting us in Morocco this week, and so I have been spending time with them and have missed some time blogging.  Back to regular schedule next week!  ***

 When my oldest son was just getting good at reading, we discovered and fell in love with the Magic Tree House book series.  We read almost every book, both the fiction adventures and the non-fiction fact guides, and we even were lucky enough to meet the author, Mary Pope Osborne, in person on my son’s 6th birthday.  One of his favorite things to do beside read the books, was to visit the Magic Tree House Website, and so he suggested it to me for this week’s website suggestion.

Magic Tree House Books Interactive Website for Kids

The website is very good and interactive, and far beyond a simple sales site.  There are “adventures” the kids can go on, answering questions about the books and solving word puzzles, and a passport that the kids can fill in by answer 3-4 questions about each of the books.  Kids can sign up for free and save their Magic Tree House Books Interactive Website for Kidspassport stamps, or they can print out each passport stamp and put them in their own little notebook.

Best of all, for teachers and parents – there are teaching resources to go with each and every book!  There is even a program that donates free Magic Tree House books to low income schools in the United Magic Tree House Books Teacher Resource CenterStates.  So, if you love Magic Tree House books (or Jack and Annie books, as the kids call them) as much as my son and I do, this website is definitely worth a look!

 

What is your favorite series of books to read with kids?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources