The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Our Five in a Row (FIAR) time this week was sweet and simple. The boys were already familiar with The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter because we listen to many of her stories from Lit2Go on a regular basis. I’ve been saving the print version until this week, however, so they really enjoyed getting to see the illustrations. I love Potter’s original pictures best, but I actually have 4 different versions. It was fun looking at the differences. We also got a lot of giggles out of the Peter Rabbit-Pop Out! Android app on my Kindle Fire (it was free at Easter time this year). Just for a little change, we also listened to a different version of the audiobook from Tales from the Forest, along with The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. (Because these stories are in the public domain, there are several different readings available for free. Ian can be rather particular about the readers, so we’ve tried a few. He likes these best, but we usually do the ones from Lit2Go because we can get many other Beatrix Potter stories all by the same reader.)
We planted onions and spent the week water and watching, but it will be a while before there’s much to see. The only other thing we did related to this story was listen to a Karen & Kids podcast on “Obeying Your Parents.” It’s always an important topic of conversation in our house, as I’m sure it is in most of yours! This book led to some great discussions on why God calls children to obey. I liked having the story as a tool so I wasn’t just throwing Bible verses out.
Many of the activities in the Five in a Row manual (Vol. 2) will be better when my kids get a little older, so I know we’ll come back to this book. We didn’t do a lot of extras, just rowed this one “conversationally.” I love that FIAR can be so simple and yet so rich!
P.S. Just for fun, you might enjoy this little video clip from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! I didn’t show it to my kids because we have trouble with the word “stupid” getting thrown around a little too carelessly, but it’s fun for Mom and Dad!