We’ve reached an exciting new milestone in our house: the start of chapter books! Gwenda loves reading and can retain a story’s details for a long time and make predictions about what might happen next, so I decided she was ready to move on to chapter books. I was not sure at first how she’d feel about waiting a few days to complete a storyline, but she loved it! We had a great time talking about the characters and what was going to happen to them over the period of a few days while we read the book.
We started with The Magic Tree House because we heard it was popular with the kindergarten set. We borrowed book # 1, “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” from our local library and it did not disappoint. The story was full of action that was easy to follow and each chapter included at least one illustration, which made reading fun and helped complement the descriptions of the dinosaurs.
We read two chapters a night and finished the entire book in under one week. We started each nightly reading session by reviewing what had already happened in the story line and what we thought might happen next. After reading our two chapters, we discussed the kids’ decisions and what we might have done differently or done the same and then made predictions about what we’d discover when we resumed reading the next night.
To celebrate the completion of our very first chapter book, I made Gwenda a Magic Tree House bento to eat in the car on her way to Musical Theater last night.
I made her a PB&J tree house, using bread crust for trim, a pretzel rod for the tree trunk, and lettuce leaves. I attempted to make a cheese stegosaurus and a cheese T-Rex, but you can imagine for yourself how those turned out! I set some blueberry dinosaur eggs at the base of the tree. Her fruit compartment has kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes. I packed the small compartment with carrots, sugar snap peas, and a hello kitty hard boiled egg.
Gwenda was very excited to see this bento dinner and it definitely helped her re-energize herself after a full day of summer camp to make it through her Musical Theater evening dance class. She loved all the fruits with their pretty colors and she discovered that she could hold the tree house by the pretzel trunk and eat it like a “sandwich lollipop,” which made her giddy.
Have you read the Magic Tree House books? The library does not have book #2 in stock, but they do have #3. Does it make any difference if we skip around? I can see there is something about collecting medallions that leads me to believe the order may be important, but I may be wrong. If you have advice on this, please post a comment. No spoilers!!!
If you have not read the books, click here to learn more about this fun children’s series, which chronicles the adventures of a brother and sister who visit a magic tree house stocked with books and travel to historical times and places, kind of like a kiddie version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Party On, Dudes!!!! Have a fun and safe 4th of July, everyone!