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Echo Mountain Book Hearth Guide


Celebrate finding your own path with the Echo Mountain Book Hearth Guide ~ a flexible block plan for multiple ages that saves you time.

This Book Hearth Guide gives you creative teaching ideas for a 5-week lesson block based on Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk ~ a beautiful story that’s a warm, thoughtful, and inspiring read-aloud for all ages. 

When you couple the book with our Book Hearth Guide, you’ll have a simple way to plan a whole month of learning without stress and overwhelm. Choose which of the 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. 


  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 6-page printable full of clear guidance that includes:

  • Overarching themes & connections to Waldorf curriculum topics
  • Suggested reading schedule & sample lesson plan for a 4-5 week block with activity suggestions so you can bring the book to life with the lively arts
  • Wonderful quotes from the book & poems to learn and recite
  • Unique learning experiences, Book Hearth Bricks, all related to the story like woodcarving, making healing salves, and researching the power of music to heal ~ 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 Echo Mountain
After losing everything during the Great Depression, Ellie’s family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed wilderness of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. A family accident sends Ellie in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag.” But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal.

What grades is Echo Mountain 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 Echo Mountain 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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