E loves animals, just like always! When I ask her what kind of book she’d like to read, she answers, one about animals! Yesterday we read La vida bajo la tierra (Life Underground) by María Ruís and Josep María Parramón. It’s a simple book that introduces what is below the grass we walk on, following a family of rabbits.
After reading, she wanted to do a project. She decided that she wanted to make the rabbit’s den out of felt. We went to check our supplies, and found posterboard, felt in various colors, and glue. We started with the grass; then we added the soil layer; then we added the rock layer. I cut out the pieces and she glued them onto the posterboard. We also added the tree trunk and roots, and a tulip. We used the drawings in the book to decide what to add. We didn’t have blue felt, so she colored in the sky with crayon.
We decided to add in a carrot, some potatoes, and another flower, too. We talked about how we eat the roots of some plants, and how some of the vegetables we eat grow underground. She wants to grow these next year so she can dig them up!
Then we added the tunnel the rabbits dug, with the “living room”, the den, at one end. We saw how they had to dig in between the roots to make it, and how animals underground could eat flower bulbs or vegetables.
And finally we added the rabbits. Mommy Bunny, Daddy Bunny, and Baby Bunny are all happily gathered in their den. It doesn’t bother us that they don’t fit perfectly in the tunnel. 🙂
Here’s the drawing that guided us through our project.
We glued on the grass, soil, rocks, tree, and tulip, but didn’t glue any of the other pieces. This way she can put it together and take it apart whenever she likes, and continue learning while she plays. And sometimes that rabbit steals the carrot and takes it to its den, because it’s VERY hungry. 🙂
Allowing E to formulate her own idea of how to process the content of the book was essential to developing a high level of understanding of its content. I didn’t have to prep “comprehension questions” to do after the book, doing the project together was great relationship building time, and she retained the information very well after processing it in this way!
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