I made all the children write book reports today. They were short. The kids had about 40 minutes to complete them. I just want them writing, writing, writing, so we do little writing projects every day. Most days its a journal entry. Today they wrote about a book they had been reading for school.
“I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” Book Project
My two youngest are 5 and 7 years old. So for them this assignment was done with lots of help from Mom. First they chose a book, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont.
Good choice. The book has adorable artwork and a chanting rhythm. It also encourages kids to finish the rhyme at the end of the line before you turn the page to see what that rascally kid has painted next.
See what I mean by adorable artwork? Love it!
So Garrett and Harrison had the book read to them again by me and then they told back the story in their own words. Ta da! A book report.
Here is Garrett’s, which he dictated to me while I did the actual writing:
I read, “I Ain’t gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont. This story was about a little kid who painted the floors, the walls, and the ceiling in the house. His mom was mad. She put the paints away and gave him a bath. At least that’s what she thought. But he got them down and started painting again. He painted on his body and the house. His mom caught him again and gave him a bath again and got rid of the paint. He said, “I ain’t gonna paint no more.”
Harrison is younger and not used to narration so I had to drag the story out of him line by line by asking simple questions.
All of this did not take anywhere near 40 minutes. So to keep them busy for the next twenty-five, I got out the paints and let them paint a picture, which we let dry and placed in their binders with the book report. Boring book report turned into fun book project!
You can find lots more book projects at Layers of Learning for all ages of kids.