Use a Lima Bear Book as a Resource For a Homeschooling or Anytime Lesson | Ages 4 to 8

Cave Monster_front coverOne of our reviewers, Sara at Classically Homeschooling, is such a fan of the Lima Bear Series that she details how to use the Lima Bear Book, The Cave Monster as a resource for lessons that last can an entire week!  This clever, thoughtful “lesson plan” is great to use for non-homeschooling parents and caregivers as well.

Below is an excerpt from Classically Homeschooling‘s blog post.  You can read the entire post here.

Sara says,

The Cave Monster is an awesome book for a unit study.


Discuss what caves are.
Read The Cave Monster
Color a coloring sheet on caves, stalactites, and stalagmites
Begin a science experiment creating stalactites and stalagmites

Discuss monsters and creatures that live in caves
Read The Cave Monster
Talk about how the friends worked together to defeat the monster
Chat about ways to work with friends to achieve goals
Create a monster project following the directions in the activity section of The Cave Monster

Talk about big, bigger, and biggest and small, smaller, and smallest
Read The Cave Monster
Discuss the sizes of the Cave Monster
Count the number of friends who came to rescue L. Joe Bean
Draw a picture a favorite scene and count the characters in the picture


Introduce the term homonym to your children
Read The Cave Monster
Count how many homonyms you found
Copy them onto a sheet of paper
Check and see how your science experiment is going

Introduce the concept of plot to your children
Read The Cave Monster
Discuss the plot
Act out the climax with a sponge ball target practice by following the directions in the activity section of The Cave Monster
Did you create a stalagmite or stalactite?

Classically Homeschooling does such a great job with her lessons ideas.  You can use her example to create a “lesson plan” for any of your own children’s favorite books, too.  If you have come up with a similar “lesson plan” for any of the Lima Bear Series, let us know, we would love to share your ideas with our fans. Use our “extended the learning” pages at the back of each book for a jump start on your own lesson plan.


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