Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Book You Have to Read Today & Party Recap

Goodness. Yesterday was a long and busy day for Brickston and I. We started off the day with a fieldtrip to the pumpkin patch with Kinsley's second grade class.
It was the most gorgeous fall day. It was cool enough to need jackets, yet sunny enough to be pleasant. We rode a hayride, picked mini pumpkins, played games, and ate lunch. Brickston was such a trooper through the entire trip. Can I just say how much I love the ring sling? He let me wear him almost the entire time.
We followed the bus back to the school to watch the book character parade. There were so many great costumes! I think my favorite was the vice principal's Cruella de Vil costume. Although, I was  a little partial to my Pete the Cat  and Ms Frizzle.
See how to make the Pete the Cat Costume here.


By this time, Brick's quick car nap wasn't cutting it. He was getting tired of being held and just wanted to crawl. We went to Zaven's class to help with his kindergarten party. I helped a group of kids make this spider web craft. The kids also made foam black cats and played a toilet paper mummy game. While they ate their snack, I read There Was an Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.
Do you see Brick at my feet? He was trying to help. 

Reading to the class brought back lots of memories from teaching preschool. I love a good story. Reading stories with props is even better. Here is what I brought with me to bring the story to life.

In the book, the old lady is walking in the woods. Soon she is followed by a pair of shoes that go "Clomp, Clomp!" The story builds and repeats, as she is followed by more articles of clothing.  In the end, <spoiler alert!> the clothes come together to make a scarecrow.  As I came to each part in the story, I chose a child to hold the article of clothing and act out the  motion. 

At home your child can gather all the pieces and act out the parts. Leave the clothes in a basket for your child to access throughout the day. This will help with recalling the sequence of events. 
Children are more interested and more attentive when props are used during story reading. Children will want to revisit the literature, which will allow for continued exposure to the story elements (setting, characters, plot) and vocabulary that is introduced in the book.

What the research says:

“Book-related pretend play represents a richer method of monitoring students’ understanding of stories, moving beyond the typical questions and simple retellings” (Welsch, 2008, p.145).  Welsch looked at the use of props associated with stories in two preschool classrooms.  She found that the students increased their comprehension. 

Welsch, J. G. (2008).  Playing within and beyond the story: Encouraging book-related pretend play.  The Reading Teacher, 62(2), 138-148.
If you are looking for another way to extend the story, check out this

If you don't have the book yet, you can see a version on YouTube:

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