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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Book Hearth Guide


The Witch of Blackbird Pond Book Hearth Guide offers you a flexible plan and saves you time as you explore this story of a young girl who navigates the harsh world of Puritan New England with courage.

This Book Hearth Guide gives you creative teaching ideas for a 5-week lesson block based on The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare ~ a beautifully written work of historical fiction 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 5-page printable full of clear guidance that includes:

    • Overarching themes & connections to Waldorf curriculum topics
    • Suggested reading schedule for a 5-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 drawing a map of Barbados and Kit’s route to New England, researching merchant ships of the time period, creating models of the homes in the story ~ over unique 50 ideas!
    • Go-Along Book Basket suggestions so you can discover great go-along books for various ages
    • Conversation Starters
    • And more!

Book Summary of The Witch of Blackbird Pond
After young Kit is orphaned, she leaves behind her home in the Caribbean island of Barbados to go live with her relatives in the stern Puritan community of the Connecticut Colony. She feels trapped and lonely until she discovers the Meadows and meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion and is accused of witchcraft herself. 

What grades is The Witch of Blackbird Pond 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 Witch of Blackbird Pond 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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