Welcome to this month’s Poppins Book Nook post! This month’s theme is “Beyond Our Planet.” So, there are so many ways to have an idea to go with this theme, especially since space and space exploration are fascinating topics for children. So, of course, since we were reading the Bunnicula books when this theme was coming up, I found that the book Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6! very handily fit our theme.
In this book, the main character and narrator, Howie is learning about cliffhangers, literary license and adjectives while writing a book about a terrifying alien invasion. The aliens from Asteroid 6! come in and take over minds. They swap minds with several of the main characters, and only the talented, brave, and humble Howie the wire-haired dachshund is able to solve the dilemma that they’re in. It’s a good thing he’s able to solve it too. After all, he’s author!!
This is a book that made me laugh out loud, sometimes with things that my children didn’t even get!! What my children did get from this book is a great understanding of what adjectives and cliffhangers are, and a funny adventure story. I had planned on making squirrel puppets as a story activity, but my children vetoed it. They just weren’t into the idea of a craft. They didn’t feel a need to add on to this story with their own crafts.
It did get my daughter talking about the planets though. We spent several hours looking up the planets in our solar system, finding out what they looked like and spelling their names for a solar system picture that she drew. Rose was not interested in finding out the scale or order of the planets, so they’re out of order, even though her brother kept leaning over her shoulder and trying to “educate” her. I’m pretty happy with the results of her time spent working and drawing.
This isn’t the first time our learning activities have visited our solar system. You can also check out these posts I’ve written about our outer space learning explorations.
- Pizza Planets–It’s pizzas decorated and measured to look like planets! How can you go wrong with that?
- Rice Krispies Treat Earths–A classic take on recreating our own planet
- Earth Day Cupcakes–A Pinterest project celebrating our Earth
- Rotate/Revolve–Making a model of how the earth, sun and moon interact
- Star Chronicles–A review of a great Christian curriculum to help you study constellations
- Shadow and Sun Experiment–This is a fun and visual way to help your child understand how much the sun moves in one day
This post is part of this month’s Poppins Book Nook post. If you’re looking for more outer space fun, you should visit one of our co-hosts to discover some more great book related activities!!
The wonderful bloggers that participate in the Poppins Book Nook are:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ Simple Living Mama
And now, for this month’s giveaway, which includes one of my favorite books 🙂
Beyond Our Planet 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 entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet. This bundle will include a copy of the storybook The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space & Astronauts Bucket Playset.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
Now, it’s time for you to link up your own outer space themed posts! If you have a book and an activity, feel free to join in!!
That’s about it for this month’s post. Don’t forget to visit the main Poppins Book Nook Page at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom to take a look at past and upcoming themes as well as to download your free lapbook additions for this book club!
*Clip Art by Melon Headz