My girlies love reading books in The Magic Treehouse series. After they finish reading one, the girlies are excited to talk about what they’ve read. When I discovered The Magic Treehouse Book Club over at CurrClick, my interest was piqued and I was eager to learn more about this FREE online book club.
Sweet Pea and Sugar Plum had attended and enjoyed book clubs at our local library, but an online book club was a new concept for us all. Because they’d never experienced an online book club I had several questions. How would the girlies talk to the instructor? How would they interact with other children in the club? Would an online book club hold their attention?
I was pleased to learn that the experts at CurrClick have it all figured out and offer a fabulous book club. Each month, members of The Magic Treehouse Book Club read and discuss one of the books. The club presents the book series in order and my girlies are loving it!
If you’re interested in having your child participate in Currclick’s Magic Treehouse Book Club, here’s what you need to do.
- Go to CurrClick and create an account. If you already have an account, just log in.
- Once logged in, click the link titled Free Clubs. The link is located under Quick Links on the left side of the page.
- Scroll down until you find Magic Tree Clubhouse.
- Add the product to your shopping cart. (It’s free, but you still must add it to your cart.)
- On the specified date, log in to join in on the activities.
When it was time for the club to meet, Sugar Plum logged in and entered the room using a unique link provided by CurrClick. (If you’re having trouble entering the room, watch the YouTube video below.) Once inside the room, Sugar Plum could see the instructor on the upper left hand portion of the screen. Under the instructor was a chatbox the students could use to talk to the instructor. Sugar Plum only needed to type her comments and/or questions into the box and the instructor would offer a verbal response. The remaining portion of the screen was used to display slides and videos relevant to the reading.
The pleasant instructor led the children through each chapter of the book. She began each chapter review with a multiple choice question. Children responded to the question by typing into the chat box or by checking the letter of their response. After giving children time to respond, she went over the correct answer and expounded upon the chapter’s contents.
What really makes The Magic Treehouse Book Club interesting is the videos the instructor includes. The last book, Earthquake Early in the Morning, focused on the Great San Francisco Earthquake, so videos on the topic were featured. Videos included actual footage of the quake’s aftermath, a short presentation about earthquake safety, and a video tour of the city of San Francisco. Sugar Plum learned quite a bit.
The only issue we encountered was due to Sugar Plum’s typing ability. She’s still learning the keyboard, so her typing is slow. I sat beside her, listened to her responses and comments, and typed for her. This helped ensure Sugar Plum was able to communicate with the instructor in a timely manner.
Here are some important things to note about the club:
- The book club is free. There is no cost to join.
- You can jump into the book club at any time. You don’t have to worry if you’ve missed previous books in the series. Each book is a separate adventure and no knowledge of past books is necessary.
- You don’t need fancy computer equipment to participate in the club. You will, however, need to download Adobe Connect, a special web conferencing software.
- You can access the class from a laptop, iPad, or smartphone.
- The club covers the same book weekly for an entire month. The club meets at the same day and time for the remainder of the month, so you can attend on the week that’s most convenient for you.
Currclick is a popular resource for homeschooling families, but you do not need to be a homeschooler in order to join the book club. The club would make a great activity for all children. We highly recommend it!
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