Every child knows and loves the timeless tale of Cinderella. Almost every continent has a Cinderella Story. So today, both age groups listened and learned about the Chinese Cinderella Story; Yeh-Shen - retold by Ai-Ling Louie.
Each week the children will create passports which will contain important information about the countries they visit. The passports will also serve to capture all the learning exercises completed in relation to the stories told.
All my readers were very eager to learn about Yeh - Shen. I used this story to teach an important lesson in literature; comparing and contrasting.
Does this sound beyond their years? Well, my readers were able to list almost every similarity and difference between Cinderella and Yeh-Shen.
Here are the elements we focused on in our learning exercise:
Glass Slippers Golden Shoes
Fairy God Mother Old Ragged Man
Two Step Sisters One Step Sister
Befriended mice Befriended a fish
Both were raised by an unkind stepmother
Both were extremely poor and lonely
Both were very beautiful
This Chinese Cinderella Story, - Yeh-Shen, ended VERY dramatically. Yeh-Shen moved into the palace and her step-mother and step sister were "crushed to death in a shower of flying stones". Of course, this ending was met with raised eyebrows and some exclamations of "OH LORD!"
This presented the perfect opportunity to discuss a little bit about Chinese culture. Aunty Joanna (my assistant) even taught the older children how to say Hello and Good-bye in Chinese.
Take a look at the keepsakes, from China, created by the children during their session with Aunty Natalia at Arty Pants Studio TT.
Tomorrow we are off to INDIA!
Here are some pictures captured today by Aunty Joanna: