Given the chance we like to incorporate a bit o schoolwork into any given dote day. Some times tables, a bit of reading, a little experiment…
When handed a week of dote time we dream big. BFG big.
Camp Dote had a schedule to keep. One novel, one week. Each chapter to be summarized and compiled so that by the end of our week we could have our very own version of the BFG to show off to parents and aunties.
Lil D barely flinched as I described how I saw the project going. 5 chapters a day, 5 index cards to fill. At the end of the week if we had achieved our goal we would go to the cinema to watch the movie.
To set Lil D up for success we came to an agreement. A couple of chapters after breakfast, another with lunch and a couple in the afternoon – as long as they were sandwiched between other makes, bakes and park time. Challenge accepted!
And didn’t she do well. Listening to her observations during the movie was a delight. “Oh! I expected Sophie to have long hair”, “I thought Sophie wore glasses”, “I didn’t expect her to be that mean”. She really took it in. Especially the whizzpopping (^-^)
She now basks in the glow of our pride and praise and the knowledge that no other P.4 would be reading a whole book like this in a week. How whoopsey-splunkers!