Schedule for Adding Bill Martin Jr.’s Big Book of Poetry from Sonlight’s HBL A to HBL K: With Art Projects and Activities

By Veronica Soto

This schedule is my own, and does not reflect what Sonlight has scheduled in HBL A. 

Poems are scheduled 2-3 days per week, and activities 1-2 times a week. 

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Week 1

Day 3: p. 11

Day 5: pp. 13-16 

    Day 5 Activity: Using scraps of construction paper, torn paper, foam, or whatever supplies you desire, have your child use small bits to shape and create a picture, similar to those shown on these pages in the book. Here is an example. 

Week 2

Day 1: p. 17

Day 3: pp. 18-19

    Day 3 Activity: Using fingerpaints, or any type of paint, have your child draw lines or shapes.  Wait for these to dry, then, using a marker or crayon, see if they can turn these lines and shapes into an animal figure or other designs, using the book for examples. Or, draw a picture and then use fingerpaints to decorate

Week 3 

Day 1:  pp. 20-22

    Day 1 Activity: Try a chick craft

Day 3 p. 23

Day 5: pp 24-25

Week 4

Day 1: pp 26-29

Day 3: p 30

    Day 3 Activity: Go outside if you can, and look at the clouds. Look for shapes in the clouds.  Then come in, and draw your own cloud shapes

Day 5: p 31

Week 5

Day 3: pp 32-33

    Day 3 Activity: Using mud (either outdoors on the sidewalk/driveway, or inside on paper with a small cup of mud or brown paint), and a stick or paintbrush, and make art

Day 5: p. 34

Week 6

Day 1: p. 35

    Day 1 Activity: Choose a rainbow craft to make. Here are some ideas. 

Day 3: pp. 36-37

    Day 3 Activity: Paint or draw a picture that uses all of the colors mentioned in the poem

Day 5: p. 38

Week 7

Day 1: pp. 39-40

    Day 1 Activity: Create a collage using real or fake flowers and plants.

    Day 1 Alternative Activity: Try to draw plants or flowers, if you have none in your area, look up videos online to see how to draw different flowers

Day 3: p 41

Day 5: p 42

Week 8

Day 3: pp. 43-44

Day 5: p. 45

    Day 5 Activity: Try to find household items you can use to build a crazy cabin.

Week 9

Day 1: p. 46

Day 3: p. 47

Day 5: pp. 48-49

    Day 5 Activity: Take a Nature Walk. Pick 1-2 items and draw/color what you see. Or bring in some nature to decorate (rock painting will be in a later week, as will leaf rubbings)

Week 10

Day 1: pp 51-53

Day 3: p. 54

    Day 3 Activity: Try creating unique animals.  We have played a game similar to this in the past, only we called ours “The Silly Surprise Animals Game,” where we draw animal parts on each one, so each animal is made up of 3 different animals.  

Day 5: pp: 55-56

Week 11

Day 1: p. 57

    Day 1 Activity: Try to draw/paint like the picture in the book. This picture is nicely done so it should be fairly easy for children to try.  

Day 5: p. 58

Week 12

Day 3: p 59

    Day 3 Activity: Leaf Rubbings

Day 5: pp. 60-61

Week 13

Day 1: p. 62

Day 3: p. 63-64

    Day 3 Activity: Make a Dreidel with your children. 

Day 5: p. 65

Week 14

Day 1: pp. 67-69

Day 3: pp. 70-71

    Day 3 Activity: Use Boxes or Household Items to build a skyscraper

Week 15

Day 3: p. 72

    Day 3 Activity: Practice drawing from perspective.  Find a place your child can see outside from up high.  A second story window, a tree, the roof (assuming you can go on yours safely).  Have your child draw a picture of what they can see up high. Then, have them go to the ground and draw a picture of the same area from that perspective.  Compare and spot the differences. 

Day 5: pp. 73-74

Week 16

Day 1: p. 75

Day 3: p. 76

    Day 3 Activity: Draw or write a letter or piece of mail, and mail to a family member. 

Day 5: p. 77

Week 17

Day 3: pp. 78-79

Day 5: p. 80

    Day 5 Activity: Help your child to draw or write their own story. If your children aren’t sure they can do it, consider teaching them Draw and Tell Stories

Week 18

Day 1: pp. 81-85

Day 3: pp. 86-97

    Day 3 Activity: Have your children make a hidden picture.  Have them hide the numbers 0-9 in a drawing they make, and see if a family member can find them all. 

Week 19

Day 1: pp. 88-89

Day 5: pp. 90-94

    Day 5 Activity: Using foam or construction paper, have your child try to create their own versions of the pictures on these pages, such as a caterpillar, flower, or butterfly. 

Week 20

Day 1: p. 95

Day 3: p. 96

    Day 3 Activity: *** Look up or use a microscope to view slides.  Have your child pick their favorite and draw what they see. 

Day 5: p. 97

Week 21

Day 1: pp. 99-101

Day 3: p. 102

Day 5: pp. 103-106

    Day 5 Activity: 

Week 22

Day 1: p. 105

Day 3: pp. 106-107

    Day 3 Activity: Create Silhouettes or Shadow Drawings ***

Day 5: p. 108

Week 23

Day 1: p. 109

Day 3: p. 110

    Day 3 Activity: Create a picture of an imaginary pet you would like someday. 

Day 5: p. 111

Week 24

Day 1: p. 112

    Day 1 Activity: Rock paintings 

Day 5: pp. 113

Week 25

Day 3: pp. 115-116

Day 5: p. 117

    Day 5 Activity: 

Week 26

Day 1: pp. 118-119

Day 3: pp. 120-123

Day 5: pp. 124-125

    Day 5 Activity: Draw a picture of you and your mom/dad/family

Week 27

Day 1: pp. 126-127

    Day 1 Activity: use food to create paintings or projects.  We always just used things like pudding or yogurt, but there are a lot of great ideas out there. 

Day 3: pp. 128

Day 5: pp. 129

Week 28

Day 3: pp. 131-132

    Day 3 Activity: Using green (to imitate peas) play-doh or clay (or even real peas) to create a sculpture.

Day 5: p. 133

Week 29

Day 1: pp. 134-135

    Day 1 Activity: Using Construction paper, foam, or any other assorted items, have your child try to make a pretend pizza, adding “toppings” of their choice.  You can make a real pizza if you’d like as well. Here are some ideas from someone way better at crafts than I am. 

Day  3: pp. 136

Day 5: pp. 137

    Day 5 Activity: Noodle Art ***

Week 30

Day 1: p. 138

    Day 1 Activity: Make slime. Use the slime to act out Herbert. 

Day 3: pp. 139-141

Week 31

Day 1: pp. 143-145

Day 3: p. 146

Day 5: p. 147

    Day 5 Activity: Using household items, try to build a house you can carry with you.  Alternatively, draw a picture of yourself carrying a house on your back. 

Week 32

Day 3: p. 148

    Day 3 Activity: Bubble Art

Day 5: pp. 149-150

Week 33

Day 3: pp. 151-153

Day 5: pp. 154-155

    Day 5 Activity: Mirror Art

Week 34

Day 1: pp. 157-159

Day 3: p. 160

Day 5: pp. 161-162

    Day 5 Activity: Candle Art

Week 35

Day 3: pp. 163-165

Day 5: pp. 166-167

    Day 5 Activity: Sheep project.  This was a fun project with sheep we did last year. 

Week 36

Day 1: p. 168

    Day 1 Activity: *** Fish art

Day 3: p. 169

Day 5: pp 170-171

COMPLETE!

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