Monday, March 12, 2012

Dragon Day! (Babble)

Just a quick post for anyone who is curious about how the dragons at book club came out.
I thought it was interesting that Mona was the only kid who decided to make her dragon look like the one in the book.  She is annoyed that the paint job isn’t cleaner, but she gets impatient and doesn’t want to wait long enough for something to dry before trying to correct it, so I promised her we could do touch up this week and get it the way she wants it.
She’s also the only kid who chose to leave the weight off the bottom of the dragon so that she could use it as a puppet instead of a mobile.

The others got creative in different ways.
Here are some more dragons from book club:
We talked about the book while we painted and ate Fig Newtons and tangerines and I think it went very well.  I love hearing kids talk excitedly about books!

The one question I had for the kids was about the narrator (after discussing what a narrator was).  The book is called “My Father’s Dragon” and tells the story of Elmer Elevator and his adventures rescuing and befriending a baby dragon.  The story is about Elmer, but obviously told by Elmer’s child.  All of us jumped to the conclusion that the narrator was a boy, but I pointed out that it’s never stated.  It could be told by Elmer’s daughter.  But I think because the protagonist is male, we hear the narrator’s voice as male, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Just because it’s a children’s book club doesn’t mean there aren’t always interesting things for adults to ponder about the reading too!

In any case, if you are looking for some kind of activity to do with your child and other parents and kids as well, book clubs are fun.  You can make it what you want.  I’m craft heavy and discussion heavy, but other parents put more effort into the food, or something else.  It’s nice to read with your children and stories are a good way to get them talking about something other than what they had for snack at school.  I’m already planning a book club for Quinn.  We’re just waiting for him to have more friends who can, you know, read.

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