What a lively bunch of children attending camp this term.
The first question I asked, after introductions, was how many children had ever heard the story Alice in Wonderland. Not many raised their hands but a few indicated that they had seen the movie.
I knew today would be challenging because my audience was young and even the abridged version of this story is quite lengthy. As we read I paused intermittently to ensure my young readers were still engaged. Alice followed a rabbit got smaller, bigger, incy wincy and was drowning in her tears! Then we met the caterpillar sitting on a mushroom smoking a pipe. Alice then went into that crazy house with the cat that was smiling and then there was a tea party with the "Mad Man" ....( to quote a few children who could not remember his name ) and finally we met the Queen of Hearts! Thank God it was all just a dream!
The purpose of reading the entire story today was for the children to be able to grasp the concept of the sequence of events or at the very least the sequence of the characters. I believe this was accomplished as most of my readers were able to tell me the order in which Alice met the characters and most importantly that the story was all about things that happened to Alice!
I made the learning exercise fun by using stickers for the children to sequence the characters. At craft time we made finger puppets. I had the children match the picture of the character to their names to make very simple oval shaped finger puppets. Here are some of the pictures I managed to capture! Tomorrow we focus on the Cheshire Cat! :)