As the summer comes to a close we have been looking back at our experiences with the Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids. What a great time we have had. The Mo Willems inspired collage art we created back in June was great fun. In July, we tried illustrating words, which was really interesting. So, when we learned that this month’s author was going to be Kevin Henkes we were excited to dive into his books. After doing a little research we decided to read and work with the book “Goodbye Curtis”.
“Goodbye Curtis” is a story about an elderly, letter carrier named Curtis. Curtis is retiring and on his very last day of work all of the houses on his route leave him special treats in their mailboxes. At the end of the book the neighbourhood people surprise Curtis with a party. This story is all about gratitude and expressing ones appreciation for people in our lives.
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3. To make the lid for the mailbox, write the word “mail”, or your child’s name, on one end of a sheet of construction paper.
5. Wrap the paper over the top, pressing to make an operable lid…with the word “mail” facing outward.
They loved their notes and they loved the idea. The look of surprise was priceless. While I will often leave them little notes in their lunches and on their pillows, this mailbox made receiving the notes special. In fact, they both ran off and made their own gifts and notes for each other’s mailboxes.
The best part of this activity was how I was able to lead by example. If I had simply asked my girls to make each other thank you notes, then they wouldn’t have really understood the impact of the thank you note. The bonus was that I got to express my appreciation and love for my girls.
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