This past week we had our book club get together to discuss The Hobbit. The general plan was to have the kids dress up if they wanted, have each child prepare a project based on their favorite part of the book, have each child tell everyone their favorite quote, and then move on to a Hobbit tea and discussion of the literary elements of the book.
First we had to set the stage. A quick quote on the chalkboard by the front door, excuse the sloppy writing, and The Hobbit soundtrack on Pandora.
Jack did some perler bead projects. Bilbo's sword, the dragon's eye, Smaug, and a hobbit door. He also made a hobbit sign which I didn't get a picture of.
Here is sampling of projects from a few of the other kids.
A sample of the food for tea. There was a lot more than this and like true hobbits they ate it all.
For our last book club, we introduced a simple plot map, for this one we introduced the hero's journey and talked about how it correlated with the plot map. I know, why would we introduce the hero's journey to kids so young? Because it's awesome and we think they can understand it if it is explained and we take the time to make sure they understand it. And I think they all did learn something from it, even if it was only "without the trials and tests the book would have been boring and Bilbo wouldn't have changed" which was what they said when I asked them about taking out the middle part of the hero's journey.
After the discussion, the boy who made dragon's head also brought a bow and arrow to shoot it with, so they all took turns with that.
As everyone left, I gave them a small little treat bag with a ring pop, gold coins and a blue glow stick.
The outside of the treat bags. The kids all loved the treats.
We also took a vote to decide our next book. The Black Stallion won. I wonder what activities we will think up for that one.