So here's the project for this year, to be completed in Feb and March and presented at the Author's Fair in May:
Our Big Backyard
The theme of this book will be God's grand creation. The world is our classroom! And it is also our big backyard, so your child can write about anything at all in nature--with one caveat: the child must be able to engage with that thing with his or her senses. So, this means your child probably should not choose to write about the Sahara desert. . . but of course he could write about Death Valley if he's been there recently and can remember it well. And exotic animals like Golden Lion Tamarins would not be the best topic. . . unless your family gets to observe them at a zoo. The best topics will be those that your children can experience as fully as possible, with as many of their senses as possible--tide pools, or banana slugs, or erosion, or mushrooms, or Salinas valley farms, or babies, or weather. . . you have so much room here to be creative with your topic, and choose a subject that fits your child's interests and experiences and your family's recent homeschool studies.
You can choose something you want to learn about with your kids for this project, or you can piggy-back this project with something you are already studying. Make the project fit with whatever works for your family and your homeschool schedule.
This year we will not do the art all together, so you and your child can decide what medium best suits his/her topic.
I'll write more on the specifics of the project later--this was just the heads up to get you all thinking about possible topics for your child's page.
But in the meantime, here are the important deadlines for the project, so you can figure those into your planning:
April 22, noon - 2:30: All pages complete, bring to Old School Monday gathering for binding party
May 4 : Author's Fair at Capitola Mall