Clarissa really enjoyed the Paddington Bear movies, so we were excited to review a literature study on the picture book of Paddington Bear by Branch Out World. In this literature study, you read the same book for five days in a row, but focus on a different subject with activities each day.
The study says that it is for students aged 5-10. Clarissa will turn 5 next week so I thought it might be a good fit for us. While Clarissa definitely was ready to enjoy the story, the literature study was written for older kids. I was able to adapt several activities for us, but I think I will have to try these particular activities again when she is more like 8.
After our reading on the first day, we talked about geography. Paddington is originally from Peru and moves to England. The literature study includes some great resources about both England and Peru, but Clarissa wasn’t ready for them. We found some videos online about life in England and Peru that she really enjoyed and colored the simple flags of England and Peru included in the study.
Day two was supposed to be about dictionary skills and grammar, neither of which are super important to us in kindergarten. We did focus on the theme of helping others and the narration, which led to some great discussions. Clarissa actually has great recall when I read to her. She remembers and understands more than I realized.
Day three was about art and architecture. One of the activities was to look a certain page of the book for two minutes. Then, we were to close the book and see which details that we could remember. Clarissa enjoyed this activity so much that we did it four times! We also did some of the study about the different architectural elements on the page before she lost interest.
Day four was all about science. Clarissa really enjoyed feeling the difference between shaving cream and soap. Since Paddington used shaving cream to make a map of Peru, Clarissa wanted to draw a map of South Korea. We also had fun playing with condensation. I am glad that we have watched and read a lot of Magic School Bus so she understood the science of it.
Day five was all about math. Clarissa enjoyed looking for numbers in the illustrations of the book and then putting them in order. Then we tried some marmalade on toast to be like Paddington. She was not a fan of the marmalade so I was glad I bought a jar instead of trying to make it with the recipe included in the study. We did however make the strawberry tarts included in the study. Tim and I thought they were great. Clarissa enjoyed the cream and the tart but refused to try the strawberries. We may try again another time.
We enjoyed what parts of the Paddington Bear study that we completed from Branch Out World. I do recommend it to families, just not the age it specified. I think that if you want to do all of the activities as they are written, it is better for children ages 8-10. Branch Out World has other studies you can check out as well.