Our family had the opportunity to review LitWits Kits from LitWits. Because we love literature-based curricula and because the LitWits Kits are digital products that we can download and use when ready, I thought it would be a perfect fit for us.
What Are LitWits Kits?
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with LitWits Kits. I knew that it was not a boxed kit with everything already in it. That initially made me nervous. Even though I don’t want to limit my kids’ creativity, it can be difficult (and sometimes costlier) finding certain materials outside of the United States. So, I was very happy to see that they had a free sample kit to give me an idea of what the Kits were all about.
What I discovered is that a LitWits Kit is a web page. On this web page are activity ideas and downloads, teaching points and academic printables. As a solo parent, it was a great time saver for me. Although there was no SET lesson plan, I found I didn’t have to surf the web to find ideas.
Each LitWits Kit page includes:
- sensory prop ideas: see, hear, smell, and feel what the characters did
- bookbites ideas: taste what the characters ate
- creative project ideas & instructions/templates: make what a character made
- kinetic activity ideas & instructions/prompts: do what a character did (or might/should have!)
- academic handouts: learn the story’s narrative arc, vocabulary, setting, and more
- creative writing handouts: write what a character wrote or felt
- takeaway topics: know what the characters knew
- learning links: learn more about what the characters’ world was like
- audiovisual links: see and hear what the characters’ world looked and sounded like
- CCSS alignment: if you adhere to Common Core Standards, you can check off lots of boxes!
But, it is not a requirement to use every single download, activity or printable. That’s a LOT! Only use what works for you (hello, single or solo parent!) and for your unique kids.
Our Chosen Kits
We were able to choose up to four LitWits Kits for the review. Well, that was a difficult choice because there are so many great books that the creators have “LitWit”. We narrowed our options down to five kits.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Charlotte’s Web
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
We selected our four kits. Then, we got so excited about the possibilities of how we could include the readings and activities in our weekly tea time, we went ahead and purchased the fifth kit.
It was decided that the easiest story to start with for our tea time would be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
How We Began
As I mentioned earlier, there is a LOT to choose from in a single LitWits Kit.
The first place we started (and the place I suggest as the most practical) is the Welcome Section. In that section is a link to Prep Tips for using the Kits. From there, I decided that – for my family – choosing a Takeaway Topic first was most important. It would guide the direction of what we did and how we consumed the story.
With Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we chose to tackle the Growing Up topic. I had one child who just had a birthday the previous month and one who was preparing for her birthday the next month. And both were definitely feeling that their bodies were undergoing some changes. We also talked about being our authentic selves and not what others projected onto us.
We chose to incorporate Alice’s story in as many aspects of “regular” life as we could. So, my oldest chose the Mad Hatter as a Halloween costume. She even got her dad to join the activity and he created his March Hare hat and makeup.
We are looking forward to the activities and projects in the other LitWits Kits that we have. This time, for my sake, I think we will take a much more relaxed pace.
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