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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How to use a Wordless Book in your Homeschool


We recently got the opportunity to review a wordless book.  When I signed up, I was thinking how great it would be to tell the story of Noah to Hannah and Katie.


And that's very true, of course.  But the homeschooler in me got to thinking...


What about using a wordless book to have your older children narrate a story to you?


What about giving them a writing assignment to "add words" (not IN the book of course!) to the story, or for a particular 2 page spread?  Or to imagine they're a character in that wordless book, and write about their experience?


This particular wordless book, Noah, is a beautiful retelling of a story we all know, so it was great for checking their comprehension of the details, such as, "And how long did Noah and his sons work building the ark?"  Or asking vocabulary questions like, "What is that pile of rocks called after they got off the boat?"


We really enjoyed this book, and had good discussions while looking over the beautiful illustrations by author Mark Ludy.  The story of Noah's Ark is such rich fodder for the imagination!  You can ask your kids what logistical problems they think Noah might have encountered, and how they could be resolved.


One of the cute features of this book is that Squeakers the Mouse is on each page, so you can make a game out of finding him with your child.  I couldn't find them at first; I had to ask the kids to help me.  Sam and Eli got into it, and Eli found the first few mice.


Are you ready to win your very own copy of Noah?  Just comment below telling me your favorite animal that was on the ark, or who you would share this richly illustrated storybook with.  Giveaway is closed.


This beautiful hardback 64 page book is also available on Amazon, if you just can't wait.  (affiliate link)


This really is a lovely resource to bring the story to life for my children.


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44 comments:

  1. I would share this with my three kiddos! My toddler would love the illustrations, and my older boys would love narrating the book!

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  2. That's really cool and I'd use ASL with it:) I may have to order some. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to sign about Jesus and all the Bible to my son right now.

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    1. Oh, that's a brilliant idea! Sam is taking ASL, I'll have to see if I can get him to sign it to us.

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  3. What a great idea to do narrations for the older kids!

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    1. It was a good review for us, as we covered the story of the Ark last school year.

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  4. I would love to "read" this with my grandkids who I'm babysitting for a week :-)

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    1. That sounds like fun! I'll have my grandson here Tuesday. :)

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  5. This is such a great idea. I am beginning to become a huge fan of wordless books lately because it opens the doors to so many opportunities like you pointed out.

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    1. Have you seen the Carl books? Those are also lovely, wordless books. :)

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    1. AUDRA! You're my winner! Please contact me with your address, so we can get your prize to you!

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  7. I would share this with my son who would love the pictures.
    junerlisle at gmail dot com

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  8. I would share this with my son's. Our favorite animal is the giraffe.

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    1. Giraffes are great! I love that they have purple tongues. :)

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  9. My kids would all love this! Monkeys would be my fav!

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    1. Can you imagine monkeys swinging from the rafters in the ark? Oh my!

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  10. I'd share with my daycare kids as well as my own!

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  11. I'd share it with a family at my church! Great giveaway!

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  12. I guess since all of the animals were on the ark I'll just go with puppies as my favorite because I love puppies!! I'd really love to have a copy of this book. My daughter is just getting to the age where she can start learning the Bible stories and I think that this picture book would be a great starting point. Thank you for doing this awesome giveaway!!

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    1. Puppies are darling! ...until they turn into dogs, lol! Kind of like babies, except teens still have some redeeming qualities. ;)

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  13. I would share this story with my daughters. :)

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  14. I would share this with my son. His favorite animal would be the elephants.

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  15. my favorite animal were probably the wolves and I would share this with my grandchildren when they come to visit

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    1. Eli has a wolf shirt that I just love. :)

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  16. We are looking forward to sharing this with our sweet nephews who are new Christians. Are budget is strapped this month so we are looking forward to getting them awesome free gifts to love!

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    1. He certainly goes with the story, doesn't he? :) Most people know there was a dove, but few remember the raven.

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  18. I have three punks at home. I think we'd really enjoy it. And I get a silly fun feeling when I think about the unicorns (aka single horned rhinos) on the ark. :)

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    1. Have you read the Shel Silverstein poem about the Unicorn and the Ark? :D

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  19. I would love to win this for my niece darby!
    Thanks!
    dawoodall at hotmail dot com

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    1. It would make a sweet auntie/niece bonding moment. :)

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  20. I would love to give this to my 5 girls to share, they love story picture books and all the kids could read it since it is only pictures.

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  21. I would share this story with my two (homeschooled) children. :)

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    1. Oops - my email lisabrowndesign at yahoo.com

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