We started Charlie Club off on the porch with a snack, before heading inside. If you are keeping track: this week Layla – who is now 7(!) was the line leader, Emilia was the caboose, and Jonah held the door.
We sang the hat song again. Then Tara introduced a great new song, “Sticky Bubble Gum” which had lots of fun actions included. The kids loved it.
Everyone was ready for chapter 16: The Oompa-Loompas. Before Tara read anything, we reviewed what we knew, or thought we knew about Oompa-Loompas:
- They eat cocoa nibs
- They have crazy hair
- They have green hair (not everyone was so sure about this one)
- They are not human
- They sing
- They have orange faces (this was also somewhat disputed)
- They dance like this! (I wish I took a picture of that 1!)
- They are small, just as high as your knees.
- They are the shadow workers
As Tara read the chapter, she encouraged the kids to raise a quiet hand so we could add more to our list.
We are now experts on Oompa-Loompas. We confirmed that they love to sing, and to dance. And that they love cacao beans, which is what cocoa beans are called in South America. We also learned that:
- They lived in the jungle, a place called Loompa-Land.
- They lived in the trees, in tree-houses.
- They eat green caterpillars and bugs like red beetles.
- They are mischieveous
- The men wear animal skins, the women wear leaves, and the kids are all naked in their birthday suits! Which means they are naked!
- They were hunted by ferocious beasts like hornswogglers, snozzwangers, and whangdoodles.
When we finished the chapter we looked at our list again. We realized that some of the things we thought we knew – like their green hair and orange faces, aren’t actually part of the book, but they were in a movie some of us saw. We talked about how they loved cacao beans, which really are how chocolate is made, and really are harvested in the jungle.
We saw Cacao being harvested, roasted, and dried in the jungle when Tara showed us this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_dzALxmb1g and then Tara gave everyone some cacao beans to explore or even taste if they wanted to.
They did not taste very nice!
Then everyone got a clipboard and invited to draw pictures of Oompa Loompas or any of the creatures that hunt Oompa Loompas, or just whatever you want to draw.
In the middle of all this hard work, the kids learned a hand clapping song (A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea).
When everyone was done,we went outside. See the fantastical creatures and pictures made here.
This week’s treat was crazy delicious amazing cookies that Delia and Leah made. Who would have ever thought those super gross cacao beans could be turned into anything so yummy? There was a huge plate full of cookies, but sometimes I get carried away before I take a picture, and I may have gone back for seconds before Tara reminded me I might like to remember them in pictures too.
Looking forward to next week, when Augustus Gloop and a big pipe meet each other.