Our son’s school has a project during second grade called “Spotlight on Fiction.” Each of the students selects a book and creates a storyboard. On the day of their presentations, they dress up like the main character and explain why you should want to read their book.
For his book, my son chose Christmas Catastrophe by Geronimo Stilton. The story is told by a mouse (Geronimo Stilton) about his family’s adventure to the mountains for a ski trip.
Fortunately, the characters all wear clothing so we didn’t have to come up with a mouse costume. We agreed upon Geronimo’s standard outfit featured in most of the series – a white button down shirt, red tie, and green suit.
Creating it was a team effort. We already owned the white button down shirt. I used a free online pattern and fabric from my stash to make his vest. The tie my mom purchased and I found the green pants the weekend before at the Kids Everywear Consignment Sale (talk about a lucky find!). Finally, Trent had the good idea to pop lenses out of one of his old pairs of glasses. Instant, easy “spectacles” and our costume was complete.
The teacher’s instructions for the storyboard said parents and students were to “collaborate” in creating it. I tried to keep my help to a minimum though and let him lead the way. He made the decision to paint the presentation board light blue and add snowflakes to represent the day skiing.
We used my Silhouette to cut the title out of red cardstock and to cut out all of the information boxes. The characters in the center were from a printable I found online and my son spent time coloring by hand. He decided on the placement of each piece and I helped him glue them on.
The presentations took place on a day I normally work so Trent and I dropped off our daughter at daycare before heading to the school. As much as she enjoys visiting and her brother enjoys having her, sometime it’s nice to be able to give one child our full focus.
Supplies: Big Shot Album by Lynn Grieveson (template 4 altered); Roam kit by One Little Bird; I Like Big Books kit by Kristin Aagard; The When Daters by Sara Gleason.
Naturally I made sure to get photos of both of us with our son at the end of the presentations and made a scrapbook page for his album. We were so proud of how hard he worked. It really paid off.
If you have kids, have they had to do a similar presentation?
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