Today was the second meeting of the Homeschool Book Club. I need to come up with a catchier title. I had meant to blog after the first meeting, but life got in the way.
We’re meeting once a month at our fabulous library. The original plan was a Writer’s Workshop that met on the second Monday and a Book Club that met on the fourth. I don’t think the writing club is going to work out, but the Book Club is a hit!
We planned the following for this quarter:
September: Because of Winn Dixie
October: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
November: Sarah Plain and Tall
December: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
I do need to get better at planning because we either don’t get to everything I hope to, or we run out of stuff to do.
Today we started out with a discussion. Some of the questions were:
Do you think each of the Golden Ticket winners deserved to win the tour of the factory? Why or why not?
Do you think the five children were changed by their experiences inside the chocolate factory? (Alas, the readers didn’t feel anyone but Charlie had changed. There was hope that some of the parents would change, however, and thus effect a change in their children.)
Have you ever been tempted to eat something you shouldn’t? (This was particularly amusing as a baby in attendance had just attempted to eat her shoe.)
How did greed come into play with each character?
I also read some passages from Roald Dahl’s autobiography, Boy, which really showed how important sweets and chocolates were to him as a child. At his boarding school, the scholars actually tested chocolates for the Cadbury factory! “Sweets were our lifeblood,” wrote Dahl. The readers all seemed to understand the sentiment.
Afterwards, we created our own candy bars and decorated candy bar wrappers which we then slipped over chocolate bars brought from home. We made a few for the library staff as well, because the surest way to be sure we’re unvited back to the library is to feed the library ladies chocolate.
I also found a few worksheets online that I copied for parents to take home.
What I wish we had time for:
I had paper and would have loved for the children to make replicas of Whangdoodles, Oompa Loompas, Snozzwangers. and Hornswogglers. It would have been fun to make a mobile out of them and ask if it could be displayed.
Another fun idea would have been to write a newspaper article about an event from the book: a review of a new candy bar, an interview with a Golden Ticket winner (both before and after!), an advertisement for a new kind of candy.
It also would have been fun to do a real cooking project, melting down some chocolate and adding different toppings.
Other books you might enjoy:
Alas, this is something else I had no time for. Here is a list of other books along the same vein:
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Boy by Roald Dahl
The Story of Chocolate by Caryn Polin
Revolting Recipes and Even More Revolting Recipes by Raold Dahl