FAQ about LitWits Kits

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What age range do your workshops and kits target?

We believe you know best, as a teacher or parent, what your kids are ready for and interested in. Having said that, we find that 8-12-year-olds are consistently “ready to LitWit.”  Generally speaking, their reading level is high enough to take on the vocabulary and syntax of literature, and they’ve acquired enough knowledge to grasp new ideas.  Yet they’re still full of wonder, and are highly responsive to the “check this out!” nature of sensory immersion. However, we often serve mature kids of 5-7 and sometimes fun-loving kids of 13-14.

As a homeschooling parent, how do I adapt the kits to my family’s needs?

Homeschoolers love our kits for the array of subjects that are covered in such fun, hands-on ways!  And we only create LitWits Kits for books we’ve actually workshopped again and again, so we know that “everything works.”  Still, you’ll want to consider the ages and interests of your kids, adjust the length of certain activities, follow your own agenda, decide which handouts to use, and add breaks where needed.  Each book generates a unique experience — and of course, each child and family are unique.   Use what you like, in the way it works best for you.

As a teacher, how can I use a LitWits Kit in the classroom?

A LitWits Kit offers hands-on ways to supplement your lessons, making them even more memorable. Each kit is based on a four-hour workshop we’ve done, a workshop that could easily have been stretched into several more hours.  If you want to supplement your in-class reading or assignments, you might want to pull a single project, use selected handouts, or start conversations from our takeaway topics or, in the expanded editions, discussion guides.  Your students can contribute to the sensory prop collection that will grow as you read the book together; they love keeping an eye out for odd things in the story that a grandparent might have, for instance.  Kids enjoy having the chance to contribute a “real thing” from the story and explain its origins to their classmates.

If you’re reading a book over a few weeks, you can easily break the  sensory-enhanced discussions, activities, art and craft projects into one- or two-hour segments.  Kids see live experiences as incentives for reading, and are motivated by the prospect of a project, activity, or interesting story item to make the story real as they read.

And yes – every kit aligns, at the bare minimum, with these Common Core State Standards:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Because each workshop is unique, each kit addresses many other standards as well. But you can count on those listed above in every kit.

Can I make copies?

Of course you can, for your noncommercial use; that is, for your family or classroom.  We ask that you please not forward your LitWits Kit or make copies for people who haven’t paid for it, out of courtesy and per our official Terms and Conditions.

I’m a creative person, and there’s lots of free stuff on the Internet – can’t I just pull this together myself? 

Absolutely!  But it can take hours to peruse and collect the materials you want, and to make sure they’re all consistent with your approach. Most of the parents and teachers who come to us are looking for a one-stop solution to their need for enrichment curriculum.  We’ve already spent at least 80 hours pulling each workshop together, making sure it “works,” and creating handouts that mesh academically with our sensory approach.

Our creative, talented customers tell us that our all-in-one kits save them many hours of pondering, searching, choosing, collecting, organizing, and shopping – and that the price of a kit  is worth even one hour of their time.

Do you offer a guarantee? 

LitWits Workshops is dedicated to the satisfaction of our customers – we want your experience with our company and products to be supportive and beneficial in every way. If you don’t believe you got your money’s worth out of a kit you paid for, just let us know within thirty days and we’ll refund your money.  We heartily welcome feedback to learn how we can improve your experience.

What exactly comes in a LitWits Kit?

Each downloadable kit includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions
  • project and activity ideas
  • any templates used for projects
  • prompts and other activity aids
  • takeaway topics and questions
  • original handouts for creative writing, plot pointing,vocabulary and more, with keys

Expanded Edition Kits also include:

  • overview of the book and author
  • more extensive discussion guides than regular kits
  • detailed directions and supply lists, with suggested resources
  • workshop planning and set-up tips, with a suggested agenda

What are some other ways to use a LitWits Kit?

 Whether you’re a classroom teacher, homeschooler, an after-school care coordinator, a nanny, or just a fun parent, you can use our kits in multiple ways.  Here are just a few:

  • Share half-day workshops with a book club or homeschool group.
  • Break workshops into one-hour segments for in-class enrichment.
  • Use handouts for academic support.
  • Spend a weekend immersing as a family.
  • Get ideas for book-themed parties.
  • Pull projects, activities, and handouts as needed to stimulate interest, reinforce a concept, or take a break from reading.
  • Use a suggested prop to trigger a conversation. Ask your kids if they know what the item is, and why it’s significant in the story. You might discover a theme together!
  • Casually bring up a question from a handout at recess or over dinner, and let the discussion grow from there. Take advantage of tangential learning opportunities!
  • Do the projects and activities as the book is being read, or after as a reward.
  • Use one or more prop ideas to support specific learning goals, such as spelling or social studies.
  • Have your kids research a particular prop in more depth – learn its history and usage, and write a report.
  • Enjoy the arts and crafts projects as a family, or in an after-care group.
  • Set up the book display in the classroom or living room, and invite your kids to contribute their own story-related items each day.

Decide what works best for your classroom or family! Your quest is to make great books fun and memorable for kids – so they’ll want to read more!

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