Cost : $55 + $25 Materials
Class Limit: None
Room: Art Room
** This class meets once a month**
Class dates 3/27, 4/17, 5/8, 6/19, 7/17, 8/14, 9/18
We will meet on the dates listed to do crafts, experiments, and games associated with the book of the month. (possible field trips) These are great books for family read aloud especially for children of multiple ages. While the books are at different levels, here are brief “what you should know” about each book listed. Parents can change out any book that they want and still enjoy our meetings. Feel Free to ask Courtney Runchey any questions you have.
3/27 – When life gives you O.J.
For years, 10-year-old Zelly Fried has tried to convince her parents to let her have a dog. After all, practically everyone in Vermont owns a dog, and it sure could go a long way helping Zelly fit in since moving there from Brooklyn. But when her eccentric grandfather Ace hatches a ridiculous plan involving a “practice dog” named O.J., Zelly’s not so sure how far she’s willing to go to win a dog of her own. Is Ace’s plan so crazy it just might work . . . or is it just plain crazy?
For this meeting we will make our own O.J. Dogs, talk about pet ownership, what makes a good pet and what doesn’t, and make a poster of the pet of our dreams.
4/17 – From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Author Konigsburg's tale of a young girl's escape into a search for identity — her own and Angel's — in one of the world's greatest museums was awarded a 1967 Newbery Medal, as well as named an American Library Association Notable Book, and "Best of the Best" by the School Library Journal. Illustrated by Konigsburg's own expressionistic line drawings, the book remains a modern classic.
For this meeting we will be creating our own file of the museums in our local area. We will be looking at what they have to offer and choosing which one they would like to stay at overnight if they had the option and what exhibit they would want to stay in. Possibly arrange a field trip to the museum that was most selected by students, this depends on parent and children’s interest.
5/8 – Book Scavenger
A captivating, engaging mystery set in San Francisco with a 12-year-old girl as protagonist. It includes puzzles, ciphers, and codes, in addition to detective work. A prominent character is shot in the back and spends the majority of the novel unconscious as preteens work to solve the mystery of his attack while also participating in a book scavenger hunt. The novel puts intellectual curiosity, puzzles, and problem-solving front and center while weaving in the true history of Edgar Allan Poe and other authors. A must-read for book and puzzle lovers.
For this meeting we will be working on creating our reading totes. Each student will get to decorate their own canvas tote that is perfect for caring their books and treasures this summer. Along with the totes we will have a scavenger hunt and puzzles to solve.
For the summer books I picked a theme of the “Moon” if any of the following are too much for your students or have themes that you would rather wait to talk to your children about than by all means swap the book for another of your choosing. We had a wide range of ages interested and I wanted to get books that engage a wide age range.
6/19 – Walk Two Moons
This is a complex novel of self-discovery in which a 13-year-old girl explores her cultural and personal heritage, and her country, all at once. This Newbery winner is rich and rewarding on many levels, with three generations of memorable characters, relatable families, and a sensitive portrayal of feelings of loss in a girl just approaching adulthood. The most challenging aspects of Walk Two Moons concern tragic events and intense sadness. Sal relates personal stories about her family and friends -- including one drunk-driving accident -- and some events are described in upsetting, gory detail. There's also a bit of tobacco smoking, and some exploratory 13-year-old kissing.
For this meetup we will create or own Moon Phase cards using glue and watercolors. We will discuss why we see different phases of the moon. Look at start maps of what the night sky will look like from our vantage point over the summer, and make some constellation maps to use with flashlights. Possible field trip to a planetarium if there is interest.
7/17 – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
A charming fantasy with very low violence, making it a great family read-aloud for various ages. Minli's quest not only introduces her to many lessons about greed, but her mother also learns to value what is most important as she anxiously waits for her daughter to return.
For this meeting we will be making lanterns, kites, trying our hands at calligraphy, making dragon puppets, running a three legged race and making a compass like Minli in the book.
8/14 – Girl who Drank the Moon
This is an expertly crafted fantasy with spiritual undertones and it won the 2017 Newbery Medal. It has a strong female protagonist, Luna, described as having curly black hair and amber skin. Luna's taken from her family and saved by a kindhearted witch who lovingly raises her but accidentally imbues her with magical powers. Other members of Luna's adopted family are a frisky young dragon and a wise, poetry-loving bog monster. Multiple storylines come together in a dramatic climax espousing the power of love and nonviolence.
For this meeting we will be enjoying our end to the moon theme in our books. We will be making bookmarks, making some moon sand and making origami birds filled with magic.
9/18 – Wild Robot
About a shipwrecked robot who learns to survive by observing and befriending the animals native to her new island. Set in an indeterminate future when crates of robots are carted on cargo ships and climate change kicks up violent storms, the story mixes artificial intelligence with wilderness survival. Though Roz is a robot and doesn't have emotions, she's thoughtfully observant and programmed to be helpful and kind. With some possibly disturbing scenes with guns, dismemberment of robots, and death in the wild, the story's also filled with lessons about kindness and pluck. The chapters are short and punchy, and the book is dotted with Brown's appealing illustrations.
For this meeting we will be making a shelter, a robot, and learning about surviving in the wilderness. We will talk about the edible plants we have locally.