Friday, May 17, 2019

Literature Fair and Before Five in a Row: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

When my 4 year old wanted to participate in the Literature Fair at our homeschool co-op, because her big siblings were, I decided we would do something simple with a fun Before Five in a Row book!

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We chose We're Going on a Bear Hunt because I had seen a cute idea on Pinterest that would be easy to implement with her.  It just required a little cutting, minimal painting and some glue, and we were able to take our own miniature bear hunt!   She loved it!


For the family, I googled something along the lines of "We're going on a bear hunt coloring page" and found a coloring page of the siblings, reduced the image, and printed it.  She worked pretty closely at making their clothes match the colors in the book.

She also colored another bear and watched the video Michael Rosen performing We're Going on a Bear Hunt.  It was all very simple, but at barely four years old, that is my desire!


Picking up her project after a busy day at co-op!





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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Literature Fair & FIAR: The Giraffe that Walked to Paris

When I asked the older kids if they wanted to do participate in the co-op literature fair, a certain little Kindergartner chimed in that she wanted to participate!  So when we started planning for the Literature Fair, I knew I wanted to do a Five in a Row book.

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The Giraffe that Walked to Paris is a great book, but it is a long picture book, and not exactly fun to read five days in a row.  I decided that made it perfect for this project.  One or two readings would get us enough information for a small project.

I wanted something simple and attainable for a Kindergartner, and also something she could manage on her own for the fair.  I know trifold boards are the default, but I was relieved when our co-op director shared links for ideas that included lapbooks, small posters, cereal box reports, dioramas and other ideas.

We settled on a simple file folder.  Basically, she did a cute giraffe craft, painted outlines of Egypt and France, colored their flags, and gave me a "retelling" of the story. The retelling was, I think, more CM friendly than the dissection of "characters" and "plot" and such, especially at her age..  We also included a map of the giraffe's journey.  It was simple, but totally appropriate and fun for her age.



She also informally covered several of the topics found in the FIAR manual, even though we didn't "row" in the traditional sense.  She covered social studies through geography, science was giraffes (she watched a video on the Disney junior app about giraffes), and math was a by-the-way discussion about giraffe heights.  She also did this cute Crayola Giraffe Craft, and we printed the cover of this free lapbook for the cover of her folder.




Simple and "plain jane" but that's how we roll around here!


She's looking a little rough here, after gym class, but we were picking up her project at the end of the day.





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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Literature Fair: D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

Our co-op director announced there would be a Literature Fair, and I knew at least one of my kids would be interested.


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Emory chose D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths, as that is his current interest.  He knew he wanted to represent the origins and the setting through the Nine Worlds and the tree.  He knew he wanted it to be 3D.  I showed him an idea with a trifold board, but it wasn't quite what he had in mind.  Trifold boards seem to be the default for literature fairs, but I didn't require it because it wasn't required for our co-op.  Our director shared links to a variety of project types-lapbooks, dioramas, etc and said the projects could be as simple or elaborate as desired.  Emory ended up being somewhere in between.

He and his dad shaved down a cone-shaped piece of styrofoam to be thinner and more tree-shaped, and they put tree branches in it, and covered it in clay.  Then he painted wooden discs to represent each world. We used thin gold wire to attach a few of the disks to the tree, hot glue for just one, and some of them we just laid flat.  The roots were just a thin twine that was in a box of craft supplies.


Since he wasn't doing a traditional project with plot/theme/character analysis, I did ask him to narrate something about the project or why he chose it.  He ended up talking about the creation of the tree and the norse gods, and we typed that up -- that is what is in the little "card" in the box.  (I feel this is more CM than dissecting the book, and it worked out for a book that is more short-story in nature anyway.)

Overall, he had fun and was proud of his project.  Here he is picking it up after a day at co-op and gym class!








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