So today was one of those days where I predicted I would not be popular and I indeed wasn't lol!
Read to me is GREAT! Write for me somehow never goes across very well! lol. Today I challenged my older readers to write their own story based on the Gregory Rogers picture book, The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard!
I started them off by showing them a short biography on Shakespeare. I then showed the the pictures in the book instructing them as to which pages they would be writing their story about. Of course this is camp, so I practically summarized every page of pictures. "Miss is this a test?" " All those pictures!" "I hate to write!" Those were just a few of the objections. Responses " It's not a test you all can help each other. " There are many pictures but all the pictures on one page can be summarized in two or three sentences." " I know you hate writing but every picture has a story and every story can be told with pictures!...You must do this to be able to do your art later on. It's directly related. "
I'm not sure how many of my answers sufficed BUT most of them proceeded to give it their best shot. Others did it just to say it was completed and unfortunately a few gave up before they even tried. Tough crowd! LOL! I was quite prepared for it all and hopefully tomorrow I am back in their good graces. We will be sharing some of the stories later in the week as Aunty Natalia (Arty Pants Studio) had them create puppets and they will put on a puppet show! :)
The younger readers are eager about EVERYTHING! So that boosted my moral! LOL!
We did our usual interactive read aloud of Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline and the other 11 orphans go to London for Pepito's Birthday Party. Pepito is the son of the Spanish Ambassador. He used to live next to the orphanage until his father was reassigned to England. Realizing that they did not bring a gift for Pepito, Madeline suggests they get him a horse. The adventure through London begins as he horse runs off with Madeline and Pepito on his back and the other orphans run off in search of them. Aunty Natalia had the children paint a map of London and they were able to identify most of the popular places and things of interest they saw in the book. Their passport entry consisted of colouring Madeline and identifying some words that could be used to describe her.
I don't have any pictures today as Aunty Joanna was under the weather and didn't join us. :( Hopefully she will be back out tomorrow.
Take a look at the puppets and maps done during the Arty Pants Studio sessions.