In second grade Spencer was having difficulty reading. Books didn’t interest him and he didn’t want to expend the energy to get past the one-word-at-a-time phase that was holding him back.
I knew of Tony Abbott’s fantasy series The Secrets of Droon and came up with an activity for Spencer and his best friend. I bought a yard of canvas, hemmed the edges, folded it in half, rolled it into a tube and tied it with a leather lace. Presenting it to Spencer with a copy of the first book, I proposed that as the boys read the series they could use permanent markers to create a map of Droon on the canvas.
Each boy would add a portion of the map then bring it to school for the other to take home and add another section the next day. As they read and the map grew into a magical representation of the adventures they were experiencing, turning both boys into avid readers.
Middle Earth, Oz, Hogwarts, Mount Olympus, Narnia, Prydain—there are plenty of worlds to be explored. The only problem is deciding who gets to keep the map in the end.
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