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Thursday, March 3

Homeschool: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

We read the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom after I grabbed it on a whim from the local library.  I'd seen it raved about for years, but thought to myself "what's the big deal about an alphabet book???".


We read the book once and STILL didn't get it.  So, I took to the internet to try and wrap my brain around the buzz.  A Scholastic video popped up on Youtube... and it all made sense from there.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one darn catchy tune.  Papa J wanders the house singing it. If Beyonce had sung this, it would have been a chart topper. 

I am still learning how to build up curriculum.  I know that I want a theme for each week.  However, when I hop on Pinterest to see whats out there... I see one awesome craft and then another and another.  So, pretty soon I have fourteen crafts, seven snack recipes, and zero true academic content.   I often have to scale back the glue and glitter and purposefully seek out math or reading skills.  ::shrug::  I'll get there.

For Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Adventure Girl and I ended up practicing the letters of her name in any medium she wanted (paint, chalk, markers, stickers... whatever).

We made a Coconut Tree Name Slider.  I saw many items like this on Pinterest, but they weren't quite right for us or you had to pay too much.  So, in the end I made my own pattern.  Click our link to get the template for FREE.

Her most beloved project was the construction of a Cardboard Tube Coconut Tree for her foam letter alphabet (a gift from Table for Eight) to climb.  We reenacted the book over and over and over.

Other projects that we thought were groovy, but didn't have time to try out:

Cupcake Liner Coconut Tree from I Heart Crafty Things.

Edible Coconut Tree snack plates from Pre-K Pages.

Exploring a Coconut by Parent Teach Play.

Chicka Chicka Magnet Board by Little Page Turners.

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  1. I loved this book as a child and when my daughter read it in school, she sang the song for months. I wish we could homeschool, but unfortunately it isn't in the cards for us right now.

    1. I truly believe that public school is a good fit for some children. Our eldest, Doodle Bug, does best in a public school setting. So don't feel bad about that one tiny bit.