Note: This guide is included in BCTB: Book Guide Bundle – Vol. 2!
What’s included in the Freedom Train– Book Guide
⭐️ Learning Ideas: Explore geography, history, culture, and add depth and understanding to the story.
Meaningful Discussion: Connect with your kids as you discuss thought-provoking questions.
Hands-on Activities & Projects: Add a memory peg with fun, story-related activities and projects.
Related Reading Booklist: Delight even more in the story with our exclusive list of related books and poems.
⭐️ Week-to-Week Plan: Enjoy peace of mind with an open-and-go format that walks you step-by-step through the guide.
Story Celebration Plan: Wrap up the story with a fun, interactive party.
⭐️ BONUS: Literature-based Language Arts! A Simple, Charlotte Mason-Inspired Plan for adding language arts.
Follow this 4-week guide to engage deeply with Freedom Train and the valuable lessons it teaches about resilience and perseverance.
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How the Guide Works
The Freedom Train Book Guide is a 4-week, literature-based learning guide that walks you through the story with these weekly sections:
- Read & Explore
- Weekly chapters to read
- Story-related learning topics (history, locale, culture, etc.)
- Expand & Discuss
- Related reading ideas (poem and picture books)
- Hands-on activities & project ideas
- Meaningful discussion questions & prompts
- Story Celebration Plan
- Book party ideas for the final week
- Step-by-step Story Celebration plan
How we choose books for this series
Each book highlighted in the Building Character Through Books series has been thoughtfully chosen based on the following requirements:
- Does the story compel readers to connect with characters and their struggles?
- Does the storytelling allow for meaningful discussions?
- Does the story inspire readers to desire stronger character?
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