Poppins Book Nook The Reasons for Seasons Storybook Fun







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Posted on Oct 28 2013 - 1:00am by Jill
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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.

Poppins Book Nook The Reasons for Seasons Storybook Fun

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!):

Poppins Book Nook The Reasons for Seasons Storybook Fun

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:

Poppins Book Nook The Reasons for Seasons Storybook Fun

To also expand on this topic I found several free videos HERE and HERE that the kids and I really enjoyed to bring this lesson full circle!

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Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the October Poppins Book Nook:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom3 DinosaursMonsters EdChestnut Grove AcademyGrowing in God’s GraceRoyal Little LambsLife with Moore BabiesTeach Beside MeThe Usual MayhemMum CentralFantastic Fun and LearningKathys Cluttered MindToddler ApprovedGrowing Book by BookAdventures in MommydomB-Inspired MamaEdventures with KidsLearning & Growing the Piwi wayA Gluten Free JourneyPreschool Powol PacketsTo The Moon and Back Our Craft ~N~ ThingsFresh Farm AdventuresAre We There Yet?Afterschool for Smarty Pants

Clip art by: Melon Headz

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Poppins Book Nook The Reasons for Seasons Storybook Fun

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:

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  • Looks like a great books, and what a cute project!

  • My kids would really enjoy a diorama. BTW, I like the new site design! 🙂

  • teachingyoungchildren

    We also really like this book by Gail Gibbons. I love the project you chose and a coffee grind touch! Thanks for hosting Book Nook and for sharing with Afterschool!

    • I love the Afterschool link up 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  • Love the cool 3D Diorama! The coffee grounds must make for a really cool texture!

    • Thank you Laura! It did make a super fun texture (plus it smelled wonderful in our house for days which was an added plus). Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  • annageig

    What an awesome, creative project! Love it! Thanks for sharing at After School.

  • Thanks for sharing on our After School LInky Party this week! This is one of my favorite books and I love the activity you've shared. Can't wait to try it out with my girls.

  • Your 3-D model of the seasons looks like a great way to illustrate the differences between each. I love this! I'm featuring the activity tomorrow on my blog at the After School Linky Party. Stop by to check it out and keep sharing!

  • CraftyMomsShare

    I love your diorama!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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