What are *Slice of Pie* Library Packets?
*Slice of Pie* booklists and library packets offer a concept of *quarterly storytime* for parents and children.
These wonderful picture books will take the busy parent/educator no more than 15-minute increments to sit with the child and
read. Some books may be longer but they can be read in intervals of 15-20 minute periods. This is not a new concept to parents
who use the Charlotte Mason *twaddle-free* method. This concept is a big part of *Slice of Pie* because it works for
busy parents who find they don't have time for lengthy chapter books.
How Does it Work?
The parent and child are supplied with:
Cover Sheet /Instruction Sheet /One pie-shaped child bookmark /One colorful
sheet of theme labels/ One Sectioned Pie Chart (cardstock)/ Parent-Friendly Library Checklist/ Order Sheet
These are great to use with unit studies, book studies, author
studies, or if your child is interested in a subject and wants to read books pertaining to that subject. It saves
the parent time (and money) because everything is already at the parent's disposal and all the books are found in the library.
The child is left with the reward of a colorful pie chart booklist to insert in his/her library binder to enjoy and show the
fruits of the great books he/she has read.
The parent is supplied with a library checklist of all the books
listed in the Slice of Pie library packet. The checklist includes blanks for the parent to note the library code number
and to check-off the book when it has been read.
The pie chart is divided into six section (on both front and back of cardstock).
As the child reads a book, he/she takes the designated label and places it in a section of the pie chart. When the child has
read twelve of the designated books, both sides of the cardstock pie chart will be full and the *pie* is complete.
Parents will notice that there are generally more than twelve books listed
on the label sheet and parent checklist. That is because not every library will have all the books on their shelves. If you
cannot find some of the books, there are other books listed that can be found. We have also included some extra labels incase
the child reads a theme-book that is not found on the supplied list. The title of the book can be written on the label and
inserted in a pie wedge.
Another thing parents will note is that the Slice of Pie booklists
are primarily picture book selections. Why is this? House of Literatures on-going vision is to help parents and educators
see the value and purpose in good quality picture books. Picture books are the first thing of beauty a child sees from his
mothers lap. If looked upon closely, these books are masterpieces and works of art worth learning from and enjoying repeatedly.
For parents, educators, and older children they are treasures worth returning to and re- exploring.
*Slice of Pie* booklists are a chance for parents
and their children to enjoy great books/enjoyable authors/masterful illustrators together and still cover several educational
themes in a year's time. It takes only a small amount of time each day.
*Slice of Pie* was named as such because that's what it is...a
slice...a morsel. You are NOT required to eat the whole pie...just a savory wedge!
The concept behind the *Slice of Pie* pie charts are
to give children the exposure to some very great authors and illustrators. This exposure is, hopefully, something better than
the *twaddle* that contemporary publishing houses offer our youth today.
House of Literature developed these theme-pie charts to familiarize
your child with those names they arent familiar with...Patricia MacLachlan, Allen Say, Audrey Wood, Charlotte Zolotow, Paul
Galdone, etc. These names should be the Rembrandts, Picassos, and Monets in every home. These are the authors who tempt your
appetite as a child for good wholesome literature later in life.
This is primarily a picture book study for the early years (PK-6th),
but I have found my junior high aged children listening and enjoying the books just as much. If nothing else, the older students
can get a great study in art work, even if they think the books are too juvenile.
It's a habit worth forming...a habit worthy of the classical
method of observing short lessons during the primary years. *Slice
of Pie* is a SOPping-up or absorbing of good literature.
Some families read gobs of books...they read endlessly.
That's great! They've learned the joy of eating the whole pie. These theme-booklists will help families who have difficulty
finding the time to read. For other families, these booklists will give you readily available booklists for the rabbit trails
your child is eager to follow and explore.
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