Thursday, February 27, 2014

Andrew Henry's Meadow

This is yet another blog post I've been meaning to make for a while, our most recent meeting of our Book Club, with my friend, Anna, hosting.  She read to us Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn, a favorite from her childhood.  This read is a classic, about Andrew Henry, who has two younger brothers who are always together, and two older sisters who are always together.  But Andrew Henry is in the middle, and he's always with himself.  He doesn't mind this very much, because he's an inventor, but when Andrew Henry's family doesn't appreciate him or his inventions, he decides it's time to run away.  Many children in the neighborhood feel the same way and follow him to his meadow, where he builds each of his friends a unique house of their very own.  But in town the families miss their children and do everything they can to find them. And the kids realize that it feels a little lonely out in the meadow without their parents.  The kids enjoyed this book a lot.
Here is our group, listening to the story.
During the reading, Anna had each of the kids place one of the children's names from the book on this chart, along with that child's hobby, and a picture of the house that was built for him/her.
Once the book was read and the fist chart complete, Anna then had the kids write their own names on one card, their hobbies on another, and what they would imagine their hobby houses would look like.
These went on the second chart.
Cute!
Then, it was time to really construct some houses!  Anna provided the kids with wooden bases, wood glue, Popsicle sticks, wood rounds, stones, moss, and other various natural treasures.
(This was her house she made, to serve as an example to spark the kids' imagination.)
They were really excited to get started!
A masterpiece!
For a snack, Anna gave the kids yummy Rice Krispy squares (with M&Ms!) and pretzel sticks, to look like building materials!  So cute!
We had so much fun!
 Thanks, Anna, for another great hosting!

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