Welcome to our first Poppins Book Nook Book Club Adventure of 2014! We are so excited to be apart of such an amazing virtual book club, with an amazing group of Co-Hosts! This past months theme was “Where in the World?” and I have to admit that I was a bit stumped. What book could I choose that would fit the theme, but the girls would also enjoy at the same time. Well.. after much research and thinking, I finally realized that the perfect book for us was right under our noses! It is one of our favorite books to read and is written by one of MY favorite actresses… Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery written by Jamie Lee Curtis and Illustrated by Laura Cornell.
Where Do Balloons Go? is about how a little boys imagination takes him on a mystery journey of the places where he believes balloons go when they fly away into the air. I love the way Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell make the story so colorful and animated as they use everyday life events to describe what balloons might do or where they might visit in the world.
Usually when we read a new book the girls are given the book to explore through a picture walk. Even though we have read the book many times before, the girls love looking through the pictures and coming up with their own stories.
Geography Activity Materials:
- A map of the world
- Construction paper cut into small balloons
- iPad, computer, or encyclopedia
For our Geography activity we decided to make small balloons out of construction paper and using the locations where the balloons in the book visited, we would find them on a map and tape down our balloon on that location. Throughout the weeks we used our iPad to search about each country and learn a little bit about them. I would also ask questions like “Why do you think the balloon visited that country? or Would you like to visit and Why?”
We also added an extra balloon to our map, our balloon stopped in Florida of course!
Art Activity Materials:
- Photo paper
- White construction paper
- Black marker
- Crayons, marker, coloring pencils, or water colors
For our Art activity I took full pictures of the girls, print them out individually, cut them out and glued on a piece of white construction paper. I then let the girls use paint to make finger prints all around the top area of their picture. Then using a black marker I drew thin lines from the finger prints to their hands to make it seem like they were holding a bunch of balloons! Kaelyn then wanted to draw the sky and clouds to make it seem like she was flying.
The girls really wanted to get some balloons and release them into the air, but releasing balloons in not environmentally friendly so I did not allow it. Then that began a new discussion for this weeks topic 🙂 Our Earth and Earth Day!
I also incorporated some more technology into our lesson by using the amazing App available for a small fee, to go with the book Where Do Balloons Go? The girls really enjoyed the interactive reading on my iPad. Their favorite part was being able to create their own balloons and then record their own story line with them. Check out Jamie Lee Curtis in the video above sharing information about the App.
Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of Where in the World! The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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Check out below some other great “Where in the World” books to read!
Did you join us this month for our “Where in the World” theme? Make sure to link up your post below so that we can all check them out!
I hope you all enjoyed our journey this month with Poppins Book Nook and our theme of “Where in the World?”. Make sure to visit the rest of the gang to check out what books they all picked out this month and what amazing ideas they all came up with! See you next month for our Planes, Trains, and Automobiles theme!
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama
Did you join us this month? What book did you choose?