Monday, September 29, 2014

Fun With Wild West Fairy Tales

Welcome to the September edition of Poppins Book Nook! 

This month's theme was: The Wild West

For this month, I set aside one week to focus on a group of 4 books by the same author, Susan Lowell, all of which are Fairy Tales with a Wild West twist. Each day I read one book and the related classic fairy tale. 

Each day there was a craft that the children made, some sensory tubs or learning trays, and story/theme related food. The older girls also had some copywork of Bible verses to go with the story of the day, plus some extra work. 

First, we read Little Red Cowboy Hat.

They made cards for their grandma, seeing as we couldn't go to visit her and bring her a basket of goodies.

Tabitha and Amelia had to compare the two stories.

I made some activities for the younger two that focused on the color red. Red Bead Counting, a Red Sensory Bin, "AT" word family cards, and a counting tray with red blocks.

For our food, I gave the children a "Little Red Cowboy Hat" Muffin Tin.

Our Memory Verse was, "Watch out for false prophets, they come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves" Matthew 7:15.

Our second book was Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.

I knew I wanted to make some sort of bears, but it wasn't until right before our lesson time that the specific craft popped into my head. In the story, the bears eat beans instead of porridge, so I thought it would be cool to make Bear Bean Mosaics.

I still plan to put a cardboard backing on them and attach a string to hang them up.

I didn't have any extra assignments for the older girls, but thought Bean Sorting would be fun for the younger two.

They had Teddy Grahams for snack and I made them a "Three Sizes Lunch."

Then for our Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen, the children helped me make Crockpot Chili.

Our Memory Verse was, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12

Our third book was The Three Little Javelinas.

The children made craft stick houses.

Included in their lunch was some ham (for the pigs) and pretzel sticks with peanut butter to build houses with.

The Memory Verse was, "He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich." Proverbs 10:4. We also reviewed Diligence.

For our fourth and final book we read The Bootmaker and the Elves.

I added some geography to our lessons. We found the Southwestern States, coloring them in and then coloring the Sonoran Desert.

Then we sewed together cowboy boots. They colored a boot coloring page I had printed out on brown paper. Then they cut out that one, plus another blank boot. We punched holes around the edges and sewed them together.

The older girls had some dictionary work to do, which they haven't quite finished yet. They were to cut out the pictures and the words I printed out of wild west/southwestern objects, then put them in alphabetical order and find the definitions.

Our last Memory Verse was, "My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18

We were supposed to have Fruit Roll-Up boots with Pull Apart Twizzler laces, but I completely forgot. I also didn't get all the learning trays put together that I wanted to last week. I was supposed to have at least 2, maybe 3 or 4 for each story. However, the children had fun, and we learned a little about the wild west and how it differs from what we are used to hear in the east. And it was really fun to read these fairy tales from a Wild West perspective. I loved attempting an accent, especially with Dusty Locks.  

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Wild West Learning Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky cowpoke will strike gold and win a bundle of fun for the theme of the Wild West.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West (Hands-On History) and one Wild West Toob. So mozzy down to the corral for your chance to win today!

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  1. Look like some very good books. Will have to read these with my daughter when I get to our Western theme. I think my favorite activity you did was the bears. I love the idea of a themed muffin tray to go with the book.

  2. I think I like the boot lace-up and the bear mosaics the best. What great fun!

  3. oh that was just neat. Never heard of those books before. My son would have enjoyed them. might still if he's in the right mood. :)
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  4. I love the bears! They are adorable! I love that you read so many books this month!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  5. These are all such fun ideas! I have to admit though that the bean bear mosaics are my favorites. What wonderful, thoughtful lessons.


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