Homeschooling, Literature

Mysterious Benedict Society Book Club, Part II

Mysterious Benedict Society Book Club

This afternoon my daughter and a few of her friends gathered for our book club. This month’s selection was, “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart.

I didn’t find a lot of ideas online about the book, but I found plenty of ideas when I began searching for brain games and secret agent parties. After a little big of digging around, I was inspired and I put together our book club plan!

A few days before the bookclub, a few special invitations were mailed:

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Upon entering the room, each girl discovered a Top Secret folder waiting for them and “Kate Weatherall’s red bucket” filled with supplies for our book club.

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The girls began by solving Rebus Puzzles in their folder while waiting for their friends.  Then we played around with solving them as a group.

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Next it was time for some “brain food”.  I have to admit.  I was a at a loss when planning food and snacks for this book club.  There wasn’t a whole lot of food in the plot of the book, other than Constance wanting candy for breakfast.  HA!  I started to look up food that was good for the brain and memory.  Inspired by these, “12 Superfoods to Boost your Brainpower,” I created a little buffet.

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Blueberry muffins (blueberries), Guacamole and chips (avocado), walnuts, dark chocolate chips, and bread with dipping oil (olive oil).  Yum!

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During our snack, we discussed the book.  We shared our favorite moments, biggest surprises, and the characters we would most like to have as a friend.  Inspired by the information on this site, we talked about the significance of character names.  Then we headed back to our buckets and folders.

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Our next task was to make a secret decoder so we could send our partners in crime a hidden message.  Red cellophane is the perfect tool if a secret message is covered in red marker or crayon cross hatches.  I based our simple decoder on this tutorial for a decoder card.  After making them, the girls experimented with red markers and red crayons to hide their blue words.

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The girls had a sheet of shapes in their folder to write secret messages in blue and cross hatch them with red.

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Now, Kate’s red bucket would not be complete without a sling shot.  Ours wasn’t the traditional sling shot, but more of a marshmallow shooter.  The instructions were simple and we had a fun time trying to shoot the marshmallows into our red buckets.

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Finally, we used our pen lights to send one another messages in morse code.  Each girl had a sheet of morse code in their Top Secret folder.  We used them to send simple words and phrases to one another.

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We never had time to get to my “if there is time left” codes, but I did find more fun codes online for anyone else planning a book club.

In the end, we had a fantastic time and memorable book club.  I hope each of the girls encountered this book on a more personal level that they won’t soon forget.

If you missed my periscope as I planned the night before book club, you can find it on this post.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Amanda - Raising da Vinci August 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    This is awesome! We just read this book, I wish I had seen this before we finished it! We might have to re-read it! 🙂 Thanks for all your creativity!

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com August 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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