The Boy in the Alamo

This month’s Poppins Book Nook theme is “The Wild West.”  So, in the spirit of the wild west, we learned about Texas and the Alamo this month.  We used the history curriculum that we’ve been using in recent days from Veritas Press as a source for most of our information about the Alamo and then really connected with the people and the events of the Alamo using the chapter book, The Boy in the Alamo.

The Boy in the Alamo is a the tale of a young man (who is really still a boy) who follows his older brother into the service of Davy Crockett in the Texas Revolution.  Billy finds adventure and matures into a man as he lives through the events of the Alamo and becomes one of the only survivors to be taken prisoner by Santa Anna’s men.  After his release by them, he goes and continues to fight with Texas for the rest of the revolution.

Boy in the Alamo

The older children were both glued to the story and begged for more each time we finished a chapter.  Of course, at one point, I was so touched by the human element of the men of the Alamo saying a final farewell to their wives during the beginning of the battle and the tragedy that occurred there that I began to cry.  My hard-hearted children reminded me that I knew before we started the book that everyone at the Alamo died, so get on with it already!!  (Read alouds with a nine and seven year old!)

We decided that it would be great fun to try and make a model of the Alamo for pretend play…and to make it edible so that we could eat it after we played.  After much deliberation, we found a chocolate chip cookie Alamo model on Pinterest that we decided to make.  I didn’t have any pre-made dough on hand, so Owlet and I mixed some dough up together.

Owlet is rarely my kitchen helper, so I was so enchanted to hear her tell me how much she “loves cooking” and “how much fun it is.”  I made a mental note to include her in the kitchen more after this project.  We baked our dough just a little bit more than we normally would for a chocolate chip cookie cake.

I knew we had a problem when I went to get the cookies off the pan.  They were completely squishy, and gooey, and delicious!!  They buckled trying to take them out of the pan, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get them to hold up for the Alamo’s walls.  Instead, we had a chocolate chip cookie feast to commemorate the winning of the Texas Revolution that afternoon!

We vowed to make another Alamo model, preferably out of wood, but we’ve moved on in our history curriculum and interest in making an Alamo has tapered off, so who knows when we’ll actually get to that project.

Don’t forget to visit the other co-hosts and see what cool things they’ve done to explore the wild west theme.  The kids and I are hoping to find some cool cowboy ideas to put away for the future!

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Wild West Learning Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky cowpoke will strike gold and win a bundle of fun for the theme of the Wild West.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West (Hands-On History) and one Wild West Toob. So mozzy down to the corral for your chance to win today!

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Now’s your chance to link-up your own Wild West themed posts!


Don’t forget to to start thinking ahead to next month’s Poppins Book Nook where the theme is Beyond Our Planet!  Hopefully I’ll be able to choose a book where our activity actually turns out next month!!!  How does Pinterest work out for you guys?  Awesome successes or terrible flops?

*Clip art by Melon Headz


5 thoughts on “The Boy in the Alamo

    1. It is a special story, and I didn’t know what I was in for when we chose this project!! We had another cooking project go awry yesterday!! 🙂

  1. I like the idea of making a cookie fort… but I like the thought of eating the cookie bars even more! 😉

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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