Turning reading into tactile fun with notebooking: How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate!
We recently have had to take a Harry Potter break.
The vocabulary words are amazing, beyond a 4th grade reading level. I purchased a HP vocabulary resource so the boy could look them up. He didn’t. And leaving it up to him to “figure it out” in context every other page isn’t really working.
We needed to find a new fun series fast.
Something exciting, all boy challenging adventure, but not as intense as HP!
Notebooking, How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate.
Right now we’re focusing on my favorite pages from The Notebooking Fairy: Character Sketches, Timeline, and Postcards. (pointing out character & virtues has been big for an almost 10yr old boy who seems to struggle with how he feels and what he knows he should do).
Hiccup is not a magical hero like Harry Potter. He is a scrawny boy, unsure of himself, seeking to be great at something but just awkward right now! He isn’t a hero (yet), he isn’t popular — he is like my son.
- create your own dragon (from play doh)
- write a “character sketch” for your newly created dragon
- build your Viking ship (from legos)
- make a shield (cardboard)
Have you read the series How to Train Your Dragon? I’d love to know if you added any projects to the reading!
A note for moms, it’s great to find something our children like and enjoy … but we need to be careful we’re not helping our children to have idols. I am learning this the hard way. I am Aaron crafting the golden cow for my son.
I pumped Thomas the Tank Engine down my son’s throat. Then Batman. Then Star Wars. Then Harry Potter. I was the one in control of what we bought (books, toys, clothes, etc.) I was so excited he wanted to read I was blind to protecting his heart.
When it came to a point that my son was overly jealous of a friend’s things, what he was doing, where he was going, and all wrapping around Harry Potter … I can see how I failed my son. There was no healthy balance. If our children are unable to put something down and walk away, we need to talk about it and reevaluate our loves!
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