I just can’t say enough about the amazing time we had this month for our first Homeschool Book Club. Here’s the premise: We, parents, meet once a month to discuss the book we have planned for the book club and come up with party ideas, games, and extension activities to bring the book alive for the kids. It’s truly a village of like-minded moms encouraging the love of reading and learning with their children. All pitch in to create, teach, encourage, and marvel at the book club party.
This first month we read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
“In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.”
These are a few ideas you could try if you are reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon with your class or at home with your own children!
Minli and the happy family both fly kites that reach the Old Man of the Moon. Amanda created kites with all the kids’ names, tied with red string, of course!
Dragon’s friendship means so much to Minli on their journey to see the Old Man of the Moon. Amanda created this amazing Dragon picture to decorate the wall for the party.
Minli’s blanket with all the things she brought for the journey, including the net, rice, rabbit bowl, and copper coin.
We had littles with food allergies, so here are some gluten free Where the Mountain Meets the Moon party foods!
We substituted red bean mochi for mooncakes. The kids gobbled them up!
Minli and Dragon pass through the peach grove and eat their fill, so peaches were a must! Good thing we live in peach country!!
Easy Peasy Peel-able Mandarin Oranges
Steamed rice eaten with chopsticks out of a blue rabbit bowl!
Red Paper Lanterns
Clay Mooncakes with self hardening clay and mooncake press molds.
We made Minli’s compass by rubbing a needle with a magnet and floating the needle on bits of cork and leaves.
Make a Dragon Puppet
They decorated a rice bowl with a blue rabbit.
We practiced our chopstick skills to feed the goldfish.
At home we used some of the lessons from Brave Writer and some others from our Build Your Library curriculum. There are lots of similes to explore, cause and effect relationships, and wonderful, vivid imagery in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.