It is time for us to share all the details for the March Family Dinner Book Club! This month we are featuring the book, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. We hope that you’ve been enjoying reading the book with your family. If you haven’t started to read or are just learning about Family Dinner Book Club, you still have plenty of time to participate!
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Just to review a bit… Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for your family. On the first of each month, we share the title of the book that is being featured. Then, on the 15th of each month we share all the details for your special club dinner. Jill from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom shares art and craft ideas for decorating your dinner table. Sarah from Daisy at Home shares a special menu to compliment the book. And, I will share conversation starters for your special family dinner. We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page. Now, on to preparing for book club this month!
Family Dinner Book Club
I’m pleased to share six conversation starters to get your book club rolling. Just click on this link (Charlotte’s Web printable conversation starters) for a one page PDF file that you can print and then cut apart. Use the cards on your chosen dinner night. You of course don’t have to use all of them or you may even have some other discussion points that developed while you were reading. These are just meant to be a guide. Happy talking!
- Charlotte tries to help her friend Wilbur in the story. Tell about a time when you’ve tried to help a friend.
- What qualities do you think are important in a good friend?
- Does Templeton remind you of anyone that you know?
- If Charlotte were to write words about you in her web, what words would best describe you?
- How did Wilbur and Charlotte’s friendship change throughout the story? Why do friendships change?
- What was your favorite part in the story? Why?
Adapting for Different Ages
Though Family Dinner Book Club works very well for children ages 4-8, you can adapt the club for younger and older children. Younger children may enjoy other picture book stories of friendship including Bear’s New Friend and Nathan and Nicholas Alexander. Older children may prefer to read chapters of the book on their own and then discuss together as a family.
For lots of table decoration ideas, head over to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom for her Charlotte’s Web Inspired Storybook Decorations for Your Family Dinner Table. Jill shares ideas for table decorations for you special dinner.
For your yummy Charlotte’s Web Menu, head over to Daisy at Home.
As a special treat this month, watch the 1973 animated movie version of Charlotte’s Web. Compare the story and movie. Talk about how they are alike and different.
And please snap a picture and share with us on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page. We will also be talking about the book and how the club is going on the page too. We’d love for you to join us!
Check back on April 1st to see which book we will be featuring for the new month!
Is there a book you would like to see us feature this year? Please share your ideas below in the comments or on our Facebook page.