My love for children's books, mainly what are called picture books, fill my bookshelves. During my short reign as a first-grade teacher, I had the desire to ignite that same passion in my precious little first-graders. Each week, I picked out one author/ illustrator to share with the children by learning about the author's life, along with read-out-loud time from the author's works. The kids became hooked. We would place the author's birth on our timeline, locate the place of their birth and note the personality style of each author, while enjoying their talent.
What I didn't realize, until the last author was studied, was the theme that passed through each author's life. Each had huge obstacles to conquer in order to achieve their dreams. Some came from broken homes, one was diagnosed with dyslexia, and each were told they wouldn't amount to anything. I didn't plan the theme...God did. Each time I read through an author's life, I realized that obstacles didn't stop their gifts from being shared with the world. Many of them didn't live lives that fit in a box. Yet, by not being in a box, they became very creative.
|We visited a garden after our Book Club on Beatrix Potter...can't you just see this in Mr. McGregor's garden?|
Each book we read was packed with life's truths. Now why do we make life's truths so complicated as we age? The kids heard the story one way, I heard it another....all of us heard the truth.
This summer we continued learning. We started a weekly Book Club. We kicked it off with Beatrix Potter and just finished Virginia Lee Burton. Who knows all the authors we will discover before the end of summer? Each mom is taking one author and expanding with the kids.
|Our first Book Club meeting ended with them feeding catfish. Now truly, that is the way to ignite imagination!|