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Heartwood Hotel Book Hearth Guide


Immerse your whole family in this charming story about a mouse named Mona who finds a way to help all the animals of the forest with the Heartwood Hotel Book Hearth Guide. 

This Book Hearth Guide gives you creative teaching ideas for a 4-week lesson block based on The Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George ~ an enchanted story of moss-covered beds, acorn cups of honey tea, and walnut-shell lanterns that’s a sweet 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 5-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 acting out the scene where Mona “pledges her paw,” drawing a map of the hotel, or writing a family motto following the model of the animals at the Heartwood Hotel ~ over 40 unique ideas!
  • Go-Along Book Basket suggestions so you can discover great go-along books for various ages
  • And more!

Book Summary of Heartwood Hotel
When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffle and soft moss-lined beds . . . Mona must deal with each new challenge the seasons bring, from wolves to thieves, all the while learning how to be more than a good maid, but a good friend too. (Source: book jacket) 

What grades is Heartwood Hotel: A True Home recommended for? This book is generally recommended for grades 1-5. 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 Heartwood Hotel Book Hearth Guide is included inside the Grades 1-4 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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