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  1. Trying to introduce some Celtic (or Celtic-style) read-alouds to go along with our SOTW Middle Ages history readings, but I keep getting stuck on the awful unpronounceable consonant and vowel patterns in the names! Are there any guidelines anywhere for pronouncing some of the more common names? Any websites with audio so I can get a good listen? Also, since I'm curious... why am I finding these so hard when I have dealt with all manner of strange pronunciations before now, including German, French, Arabic, Chinese and more...? Does anyone else have this problem?
  2. The last three books I've picked have not worked for one reason or another. We read a lot so most of the usual books have been read like Charlotte's Web, Trumpet of the Swan etc. etc. Can you recommend a read aloud that your kids LOVED that isn't in most of the read aloud lists on WTM forums? THANKS! Alley
  3. I searched high and low for online resources about this great read-aloud book. There wasn't much, so I came up with a unit study of my own and wanted to share. This forum's been great inspiration to me in the past, and hopefully this will inspire some good Strawberry Girl read-aloud memories in other families. :) Chapter 1: Begin a Comparison/Contrast Chart Yankee | Cracker Boyer | Slater Birdie | Shoestring farming (strawberries/oranges) | Cattle-herding/hunting) feed their cows | eat off the land comb hair | leave it tangled “biggety†| “uncultured†(these contrasts came from throughout the book, as it’s the main theme throughout) Shoestring’s full name is Jefferson Davis Slater. Look up the history of Jefferson Davis. Is Jefferson Davis a good man? If not, why would someone choose to name their child after Jefferson Davis? [This would get into the discussion of Yankee/Cracker culture differences] Florida Geography (The Boyers came from the Carolinas, and lived in Marion County before moving two or three counties south to Polk County next door to the Slaters. Their horse is named Osceola (a nearby county), and their second mule will be named Kissimmee (a city in Osceola). Both Osceola and Kissimmee are Indian names. If you happen to be using a Florida County Map, perhaps point out that Dixie and Jefferson are also characters who are also county names. Note: This would be a good time to talk about the name of your family’s county and do some research on how the county or city got its name. Chapter 2: Stawberry Girl Vocabulary. Online there was a list of the vocab words for this book. The list included words like piney, wiry, genial, that I felt were not relevant to the overall story. When I read the book, I felt like it was the Farming Terms that were most important for a child to understand. Here's my list from the book. Farm Words orange trees, geraniums, amaryllis, palmetto, sweet potatoes, peanuts, sugar cane (for making molasses), cypress trees, mule (hybrid!), horse, cowboy, blacksnake, gopher tortoise, alligator, razorbacks, fodder, bream (a type of fish). Also, strawberries & peaches. (For visuals, maybe tie in states/colleges that use these as symbols – Florida Gators, Arizona Razorbacks, South Carolina’s flag has a Palmetto, “Florida Orangesâ€) Either this chapter or later: Marking Brands for Cows – the Slaters put a big S inside a circle, while Pa Boyer puts a BB, and Bunny will start using a B in a diamond. The Slaters’ hog mark is “a round hole by the ear.†With mature kids, discuss the ethical implications of burning an animal. Birdie expresses in the book that she doesn't like it. Chapter 3: “Strawberry Schools†(discussion before reading the chapter) Look up: when is the harvest time for most plants? When is the harvest time for strawberries? Most schools in the Northern Hemisphere run from August to May or September to June, dismissing for the summer months. This is due to the harvest calendar. Parents needed their children home to help with the harvest. If strawberries were harvested in January through March, when do you think the children would be in school and be on break? [They’re off in the winter time] These special-calendar Florida schools were nicknamed “Stawberry Schools.†Picture Analysis of a Cracker Home There’s a Florida website that has pictures of the Whedon house, an example of Florida Cracker architecture. Have your child analyze the pictures. There’s one picture of an outhouse (what a great reminder that bathrooms didn’t always exist!), and there’s a lot of photos of fences and farming mills. Do these photos look like they would belong more to Mr. Boyer or Mr. Slater? [The kids will figure out that Mr. Boyer loves fencing and farming advancements, whereas Mr. Slater is distrustful of them] Chapter 4 Discussion: Robert Frost once said “Good fences make good neighbors.†Do you agree or disagree? (At this point, children are likely to agree. They might change their mind in a few chapters!) Keeping A List: "Methods the Boyers Use to Keep the Animals Away" This will be an ongoing list of different attempts the Boyers make to keep the Slaters’ cows from trampling on the strawberries and eating the orange tree bark. Barbed wire fences, flour as a pretend “poisonâ€, etc. Conflict Management: Brainstorming A Solution By this point in the novel, the argument between the Boyers and Slaters has already been established. Have your child brainstorm: What are all the possible outcomes of this dispute? (Allow them to be silly/dramatic, like one neighbor shooting another, or burning their house down… oh wait, that last one did happen in the real story. J) Once they’ve generated a nice long list, ask them: -Which outcomes are worst? -Which outcome is the best? -For the outcome you selected as best, do you think both families would find it fair? [The child is probably thinking in a pro-Boyer perspective, so this question will help them realize that Mr. Slater will probably need convincing to follow the best solution] Chapter 5: The Boyers go shopping, the Slaters leave the town empty-handed because Mr. Slater spent all his money on alcohol and gambling. Materialism – A Matter of Perspective What do the Boyers buy in town? (a new stove, a hat for Birdie and mom) How are these items luxuries? (Shoestring’s mom’s never owned a hat, and you can cook over a fire) Are these purchases extravagant? (No, they have the money to buy them, and they’re only buying one thing a person) Health Lesson/Web Chart: The Negative Effects of Alcoholism -> In the story: (Shoestring can’t get his overalls, the family has no money to buy things, they’re embarrassed, Mr. Slater is drunk) -> In Real Life: (have child go on a medical website like WebMD and research the effects of alcoholism, with things like cirrhosis, DUIs, etc.) Chapter 6: Science Lessons how well water, artesian wells, & sinkholes work… “ice cold tooth ache†pg. 69 – Why do teeth hurt when they’re cold? locusts (black grasshoppers) Dental Care in Rural Communities (I’ve seen several good news articles in the past about how rural folks wait in long lines to get their teeth looked after, because they can’t afford dentistry)
  4. I have two daughter who will be in K and 2nd Grade this coming fall. I need to make up a reading aloud list that is appropriate for both girls. Nothing too scary they are not ready for Narnia or Redwall...yet. So far we have read Mr. Poppers Penguins Mary Poppins next up Charlotte's Web The Wind in the Willows after that I need suggestions...
  5. My ds and I just finished reading Peter Pan. As a reward, Friday we are going to watch the Peter Pan movie dressed as pirates of course :D Which Peter Pan movie is the best? I know about the old disney version...but I think some other versions like Neverland are out. Help :bigear:
  6. I'm looking to do more read alouds this year. My girls love being read to. But I find us reading things like Dora books, Clifford, Scooby Doo, etc. They love those books, but I'm looking for something a little....deeper, I guess. We tried out the Little House books, but honestly, they go into so much detail about how they do certain things, that the girls lost interest. Is there a reading list anywhere of good things to read for a first grader? My 3 year old also loves to be read to, so she'll probably listen in as well....so I'd love for them to be entertaining to her as well. We've read one or two Magic Treehouse books. Is that a good series to read? Any other suggestions would be great as well!
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