Wow! I can't believe it's the last week of camp! I am so excited to share the stories of Africa.
Today both my younger and older readers were delighted to hear the tale of Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. I myself, when I chose the book, was curious to hear about this legend.
This book is told as a chain tale/ cumulative tale. In this type of story an action or dialogue builds up as the story progresses. This of course builds excitement and anticipation and those are definitely the attributes I desire when choosing a book for reading enjoyment.
As expected this story was a hit! I was amazed by how quickly the younger readers got into the rhythm of the tale.
One of my quick younger readers got the idea of the cause and effect so quickly he raised his hand long before the end and said "Miss it's the mosquito's fault!" LOL! The other children weren't quite there yet and they argued a little. The older readers also enjoyed this story and in much the same way they eagerly followed every detail.
So why do mosquitoes buzz in people's ears? Well here it goes:
The mosquito told a lie which annoyed the iguana causing him to put sticks in his ears. The iguana didn't hear when the python told him good morning and therefore didn't answer. The python thought the iguana was mad at him so he ran to hide. He hid in a rabbit hole and the rabbit thought that the python was there to eat him so he ran out of his hole. The crow became startled because the rabbit was running in the middle of the day and he raised an alarm. This caused the monkey to run through the trees where he accidentally broke a branch which fell and killed the owlet. When mother owl discovered her baby was dead she became sad and wouldn't wake the sun so that the day could come. The mosquito, realizing that she caused the death of the owlet had a guilty conscience and to this day "she goes about whining in people's ears Zeeeee! Is everyone still angry at me?"
And there you have it....and well that's not how the story ends. Here is the ending - "When she does that, (buzz in people's ears) she gets an honest answer. KPAO!" (the sound your hand makes when you slap a mosquito buzzing by your ear.) LOL!!!!
I think it's safe to say that EVERYONE enjoyed this African legend!
Here are a few pictures of the children's learning exercises.
We always miss Aunty Joanna's photography when she doesn't join us!
Take a look at the paintings the children completed in their Arty Pants Studio session.