Family Matters: Mother-Son Book Clubs
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The first rule of Mother-Son Bookclub...
We came up with a few loose rules, to get started.
1. Mothers and sons read the books.
2. Each boy takes a turn selecting the book. (We drew number order at the first meeting.)
3. Meet monthly, rotating houses from 5:30-7:30 PM. Each meeting includes dinner, activity, book discussion.
4. Host parent buys the pizza, host child (with help from parent) plans the project / activity / discussion.
5. Host boy selects the next book.
The boys were heading into 4th grade when we started the club. Here’s a list below of our Mother-Son Bookclub reads and the activity that we did to accompany each book .
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Activity: Make a Shrinky Dink dragon.
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
Activity: Play marbles and other simple games.
Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
Activity: Make a book club book journal.
War Horse by Michael Murporgo
Activity: Watch Youtube video of WW1 treatment of horses. Play the game Stratego.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Activity: Make your own granola.
The Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Activity: Math and word games.
By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
Activity: Sift for gold. (Gold rocks hidden in sand.)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Activity: Scavenger Hunt. Watch “The 20,000 Pyramid” on Youtube and play our own version of the game.
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
Activity: Cartoon drawing. Hunt for your own amulet.
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Activity: Make up dollar words. Count grass. Role playing – bullying, conflict situations.
Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket
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