Smarty's homework book for the first week was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault – one of her favorites when she was younger. You might find it strange, but I had no idea there is a song for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom until I found this animated movie on YouTube. Then I also found out an original song version, so I learned a lot more about Chicka Chicka than I knew before :). Smarty's homework questions were mostly about identifying rhymes and making up her own rhymes for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She is also supposed to illustrate the story in her book journal.
While looking on YouTube for coconut-related video I stumbled on a short and simple video tutorial on how to draw a coconut tree. Both of us watched it together and then got our pencils and crayons. Smarty was pretty proud with her coconut picture – she decided to add a “coconut picker” and a pond. I think her picture is definitely more involved than mine :)
We also discussed where the coconuts grow. Smarty'correctly stated that they grow “in hot places, maybe in India”, but she also remembered that she has a favorite climbing palm tree in the neighborhood, and she didn’t climb it in a while, so we got dressed and headed out to hug a real palm tree. It was much more interesting for her than any printables from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom pages on Making Learning Fun, but perhaps kids who love printables might enjoy them with the book.