Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book Club: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and s'more fun ideas!

Time for Book Club - one of my third grader's favorite ways to spend time with mom, and of course, a favorite of mine too!  He picks out a book and we both read it.  Sometimes we take turns reading chapters aloud, but usually we just read two to three chapters on our own time, then talk about the plot, the characters, etc...  We like to sit outside on our porch swing, enjoying this beautiful time of year! 

My son keeps a reading journal where he can jot down the names of characters, significant events of the book, questions he has, and favorite moments.  When he was younger he drew pictures and explained them to me.  I like to keep journals fun and not too structured.  When I taught teenagers I told them just to start writing about the book - no rules, just write!!    

After we finish the book, we plan an outing that is symbolic of the book, and we have a "book end" party.  We took a trip to an old fashioned candy store to look at candy in glass jars and behind glass doors, just like Charlie did in the book.  My husband and I had toured the Hershey chocolate factory on our honeymoon, so I showed my son pictures of the factory. 

At our book end party, we talk about our favorite parts of the book, if the ending surprised us, and how we might have changed the ending of the book.  Of course, there are snacks involved that represent the book.  We kicked off the summer with "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"by Roald Dahl, and indulged in peanut butter & Willy Wonka chocolate bar s'mores.


"Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"
Book End party:

Willy Wonka bar peanut butter s'mores

Just like it sounds:
spread peanut butter on graham crackers
melt a marshmallow on top
(or roast one!)
add a Willy Wonka chocolate bar
Mmmmmmm....enjoy!







In true "Espresso Yourself" fashion,
grab a strong cup of coffee:







And some milk!








Some favorite book quotes:
Willy Wonka: [singing] There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be.
Willy Wonka: So shines a good deed in a weary world. 
Willy Wonka: A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Willy Wonka: [making a mysterious formula] Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.
Mrs. Teevee: [as Mr. Wonka drinks the formula] That's 105%!
Mr. Beauregarde: Any good?
Willy Wonka: [smacks his lips, then speaks thinly] Yes.
 
Oompa Loompas: Oompa loompa doompadee doo / I've got another puzzle for you / Oompa loompa doompadee dee / If you are wise you'll listen to me / Who do you blame when your kid is a brat / Pampered and spoiled like a Siamese cat / Blaming the kids is a lie and a shame / You know exactly who's to blame / The mother and the father / Oompa loompa doompadee dah / If you're not spoiled then you will go far / You will live in happiness, too / Like the Oompa Loompa doompadee doo

Other Book End party ideas:
dress in costume as one of the characters
rewrite the ending & share it
play "name that quote"
decorate your livingroom to look like a scene from the book
use outdoor paint/sidewalk chalk & draw a character on sidewalk
act out your favorite scene
make puppets & put on a show
cook a meal that the characters ate in the book
draw a map of the book's setting
write interview quests. & interview a character in the book
Happy reading!
Melanie

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