Thursday, August 13, 2009

Read Aloud Thursday ... sort of :)


Some time back I reviewed The Story of Little Babaji for a Five Minutes for Books Kids Pick. I'm highlighting it again this week because we are focusing on it as part of kindergarten school work. Hmm? How does that fit into your school plans you ask? I thought you were doing mostly American History?

Well, I shifted gears. :) After two weeks, it was more than obvious that what I was working towards with N1 in terms of social studies was a little ambitious. (I blame most of that on the fact that once-upon-a-time I was a social studies teacher ... for secondary education! I guess I still am at heart!) Instead, Plan B, we'll be taking books (a la Five in a Row) and visiting different cultures around the world and rolling with that for the next few months.

India is going to be our first stop on this route! We had recently re-checked out The Story of Little Babaji from the library because my girls LOVE this book so much. The story of a little boy who meets up with some hungry tigers and manages to bargain with them to not eat him by giving them some of his clothing. We were able to use our book yesterday to talk about India - we found it on the wall map the globe, and talked about how it was part of Asia. That led to a conversation about continents and how they related to countries, states and towns. So fun. :) Homeschool Share has a study of this book which will be a huge help to me in planning and suggested things we can talk about.

Now, that I have realized the error of my ways in my first draft of planning (hopefully I'm not the only mom that has done this!) I'm thinking of books that we can use to jaunt casually around the world this next year. I would imagine that some of them will show up as a Read Aloud Thursday post!

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  1. AH! I LOVE it that you are adapting to suit your child's needs and interest. WHat a great teacher! What a great MOM!

    This book looks really cool. The cover art makes me smile. There's just something cute and funny about it. Thanks for re-sharing about it!

  2. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Two things:

    1. I used to teach history, too, in high school! I did not know that about you. I like you more and more every day. :-)

    2. I'm CONSTANTLY switching gears. We haven't even started school and already my plans are obsolete. Flexibility is going to be my mantra this year.

    I'm so glad you played!

  3. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Hi, I dropped by from Read Aloud Thursday. This looks like a fun book! I admire your flexibility.

    My third grader will be doing 5 in a Row at the homeschool co-op this year. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works.

    (Forgive me if this comment posts twice... I tried once before but it appears to be lost in the process of logging into my global ID.)

    Janet @ Across the Page


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