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A Single Shard Book Hearth Guide


Invite your children to gather around as you explore this adventure story filled with intrigue, danger, and doing what’s right with this Book Hearth Guide for A Single Shard

This Book Hearth Guide gives you creative teaching ideas for a 4-week lesson block based on A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park ~ a beautifully written Newberry award-winning story that’s a compelling read-aloud for all ages. 

Coupling the book with our Book Hearth Guide gives you a simple way to plan a whole month of learning without stress and overwhelm. Choose which themes and connections you want to focus on, get a copy of the book, and begin exploring. 

What is the Book Hearth? The Book Hearth approach is a unique, comprehensive way to bring stories and lessons to your children or students. This approach was created by two homeschool moms to give you lesson plans for a month of learning experiences with children in different grades.

Book Hearth Guides show you the simplicity of centering learning around just one book for one block. You can pick a single book for the whole family and build your main lesson work around that story while delivering the lessons individually to each child. 

Each Book Hearth Guide is built on 5 anchor points: Story, Self, Senses, Strengths, and Sharing. When you intentionally integrate these anchor points into your teaching, your students will gain knowledge, build academic and life skills, and take part in memorable learning experiences.

As parents, you’ll discover the freedom of building multi-age homeschooling blocks around just ONE book. Book Hearth Guides offer you flexible plans to save you time.


  1. Gain knowledge, build academic & life skills
  2. Take part in memorable experiences together as a family
  3. Build a family culture of learning, living, and loving through literature


One 7-page printable full of clear guidance that includes:

    • Overarching themes & connections to Waldorf curriculum topics
    • Suggested reading schedule for a 4-week block with activity suggestions so you can bring the book to life with the lively arts
    • Wonderful Quotes from the story and Poems to go with it
    • Unique learning experiences, Book Hearth Bricks, all related to the story like exploring East Asian forms of poetry, drawing or painting a prunus vase, or making a diorama of Tree-Ear’s home under the bridge ~ over 30 unique ideas!
    • Go-Along Book Basket suggestions so you can discover great go-along books for various ages
    • Conversation Starters
    • And more!

Book Summary of A Single Shard
A Single Shard is the story of an orphan boy in 12th-century Korea who apprentices with a potter. When Tree-Ear breaks a ceramic masterpiece, he works to repay a debt to the gruff potter, Min. Tree-ear dreams of someday making beautiful pots himself and is crushed to learn that while homeless orphans can perform backbreaking labor, they cannot become potters. Still, Tree-ear toils to help Min achieve his dream of receiving a royal commission. And when he undertakes a long and dangerous journey, Tree-ear discovers his own dreams just may be as enduring as a single shard of perfect pottery. 

What grades is A Single Shard recommended for? This book is generally recommended for grades 5-8. Our Book Hearth Guide gives you lots of ideas for including both younger and older learners as well.

Want to read a more complete description of the Book Hearth approach? Click here for An Introduction to the Book Hearth.

Did you know? The A Single Shard Book Hearth Guide is included inside the Grades 5-8 Book Hearth Bundle! If you’re looking for a collection of three guides that will give you months of lesson plans and activity ideas, this bundle is for you!

This is a digital product. Nothing physical will ship. The book is not included, only the Book Hearth Guide.

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