This is the first time that both my kids participated in a Reading Fair. It was so worth it that I am going to host it again next year. There is so much learning involved in creating story board and getting deep into your favorite book. We had just 8 kids (with youngest being only 3). We had 2 teachers who listened to every kid and gave them a detailed feedback. My kids have been very proud of their feedback and I couldn’t have imagined how precious it is to them.
Kabir chose The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba. I gave this book to Kabir in LA Airport before we were going to take a flight back to Memphis after Christmas. As soon as he started reading it, he was hooked to it and couldn’t stop reading. I expected him to pause when we had taken off as we had a personal TV in the plane. He looks forward to a personal TV in the plane. Even a movie in the plane couldn’t distract him. All 3 of us (Amit, Arjun and me) were watching a movie in the plane while Kabir was hooked to this book. He knew this is his favorite book at the time and his eyes were sparkling. That’s when we decided that he should work on this book for his reading fair. We didn’t realize that nonfiction story board is so much more hard than a fiction but it was worth it as we learned a lot. Amit helped him to make a small windmill that can generate electricity. I think this was his favorite part of the project. I think the most difficult part of the project for him was to draw the windmill on the story board.
Arjun chose Night of the Ninjas – Magic Tree House #5 by Mary Pope Osborne. He loves to make things from the cardboard and wood. So, he made a tree house and he added some handmade books in them and also inscribed it with “M”. He made a Peanut with clay and put him inside a sock and he found a white stone which he believes wholeheartedly that it is a moonstone. Arjun did all the cutting and gluing on this board. He drew a ninja and samurai. At this stage we realized that we don’t really know much about ninjas and samurais and so we ordered the fact tracker and learnt from it. So, he had to go back and fix the description of ninjas and samurais. He did most of the writing on the computer and I had to just fix spelling and other errors.