My husband and I are starting our 17th year of homeschooling this year and reading has been a big part of our schooling. It is something we have all enjoyed. My book for this month is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is a very entertaining read that inspires your imagination to go wild. It was written by British author Roald Dahl in 1964. It is set in a candy factory and involves 4 children and their parent/grandparents. It shows gluttony, greed, deceit and dishonesty but it also shows love, honesty and true kindness.
Mr. Dahl wrote a sequel Charlie and Chocolate Factory titled Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. He also wrote James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda.
I recommend you first read any book you are going to have your children read. I did and sometimes would underline words to start a vocabulary list. When they came to a word I had underlined, they would write the word down in a notebook, look up the word and write the meaning down.
Activities for a book club or for a small group or even a single child:
Make Homemade Tootsie Rolls (recipe below)
Have a Bubble Gum blowing contest
Have each child write a report, making up their own candy or candy making invention
Make and serve cabbage soup
Make a house similar to a gingerbread house but using Hershey candy bars
Watch one or both of the Willy Wonka movies.
Projects can be done with one child or with several. Being set in a candy factory Homemade Tootsie Rolls was the perfect activity. The dough can be made ahead of time, the students can roll it out themselves. They can make any shape.
3 cups powered sugar
3/4 cup powered milk
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 squares melted chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla
Form into rolls and cut in to sections for Tootsie Rolls
I will be posting this to Foodie Friday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday and Gold Star Wednesdays.