Welcome to the eighth installment of the Popping Book Nook! This wonderful FREE book club includes a lot of your favorite bloggers and takes a themed monthly topic and select a book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the last Monday of the month, we all present our books and something that ties in with the books and present a fun hands on learning opportunity such as a craft, project, diagram, report, collage, etc. directly related to the book on our blogs through the Poppins Book Nook. These will not be planned out, or mapped, or set items that you need to create, it is simply up to the participant to reach into their bag of tricks and secrets and share something themed related to the book that they selected to inspire those around them to have some book fun of their own! The age range of each project will also be selected by the participant so it can range from Pre-K to 12th, the sky is the limit. Please make sure to follow along with the Poppins Book Nook on Facebook or on Pinterest!
I hope that you and your children have fun learning about what all the other participants are doing with the theme of seasons this month. Last month was school, so this month’s fantastic new theme is anything related to the glorious seasons around us! I immediately knew which storybook that we were going to read for this topic because it has been a favorite of mine personally ever since I started homeschooling our children: The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons. I personally love this science driven book because you can read it to a child as young as preschool age and all the way through upper elementary and still have every child can take away a new tidbit of information about seasons.
After reading the book to Beck and Elizabeth I handed them a 4 scene diorama that was already labeled for each season. I gave them the task to work as a team to accurately show each season in the scene (which covered the art aspect of this lesson and made Elizabeth happy) and to then work together to write a paragraph of information that they learned about each season that would be taped to the diorama.
The first step was for the kids to create the trees. Beck hand drew the tree template and then cut out 3 identical trees for a total of 4 trees. Living rural in the mountains we are surrounded by trees so our children are very familiar with the different textures that you can find on different trees. While looking through one of my cabinets in my kitchen this week I found 4 K-Cups for our Keurig coffee machine that were expired. The children and I decided to use these expired coffee grinds to help create the texture of the bark on the tree (plus it smelled great in the house for days!):
Then Beck and Elizabeth worked together for several hours to put together this diorama showcasing the season’s right down to the detail on the little planet Earths where Beck drew in carefully the axis for each season. Here is their completed diorama:
Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the October Poppins Book Nook:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – 3 Dinosaurs – Monsters Ed – Chestnut Grove Academy – Growing in God’s Grace – Royal Little Lambs – Life with Moore Babies – Teach Beside Me – The Usual Mayhem – Mum Central – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Kathys Cluttered Mind – Toddler Approved – Growing Book by Book – Adventures in Mommydom – B-Inspired Mama – Edventures with Kids – Learning & Growing the Piwi way – A Gluten Free Journey – Preschool Powol Packets – To The Moon and Back – Our Craft ~N~ Things – Fresh Farm Adventures – Are We There Yet? – Afterschool for Smarty Pants
Clip art by: Melon Headz
Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky winner will win a copy of Four Seasons Make a Year! The winner must reside within the United States. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: