Emerald City of Oz

Oh dear. I’ve created a monster! I’ve introduced the children to the idea of the Rigmaroles, from the book Emerald City of Oz. The Rigmaroles speak in rigmaroles, that is, they speak in long drawn out nonsensical sentences and my children find the very idea fantastic. My children don’t really need the invitation to try to talk and monopolize conversation, but they accepted the invitation anyway; my seven year old delighted in having a rigmarole contest with his grandfather yesterday. By the time he announced he had won, his grandfather still hadn’t had a chance to say anything. Anyone want Continue reading

Questions for studying the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The following are some of my notes about the Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum. I wrote these up in a notebook as I was preparing the game about Oz, and I’m recording them here in case there’s other homeschooling parents or teachers who might find them useful. What are the rules of oz? Why does the scarecrow talk, but not the fence? Are the witches powerful? In what ways are they? In what ways are they not? Where does magic come from? Are there different types of magic? Is the scarecrow magic? Can he do magic? Do the Continue reading

Questions and Themes from Ozma of Oz

We have been reading several of the Oz books (and doing Oz-themed activites) and while I will eventually write up more of my notes about the Wizard of Oz,  today I’ve taken the time to write up some notes on Ozma of Oz. In a strange way I like Ozma of Oz better than the Wizard of Oz, perhaps because the plot is less well known and was more of a surprise to me. Ozma of Oz is the third book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. I suspect few school children get the opportunity to study it in school, Continue reading

A Game for Making Your Own Wizard of Oz Story

This is a game I worked out to try to get a group of four children to talk about the story the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. All four children had read the book before hand. The idea in the game is that the children would collectively make up a story about a new adventure in the land of Oz. The cards were written out to allow as much flexibility as I could. I invited the children to create their own characters, but the game would work with the standard Oz characters as well. When writing the cards I set them Continue reading