I have never quite understood why people dread Mondays. It's just another day right? LOL! Today Murphy tried his best to change my outlook on Magnificent Monday but he didn't! How could he when all my campers showed up eager to hear all about The Wonderful Wizard of OZ!
As you all know, The Wonderful Wizard of OZ is quite a lengthy story especially for a bunch of excited campers ready to JUMP IN and explore all the props in the room. To tell the story I used two books; The Story of The Wizard of OZ and The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum - adapted by Daisy Alberto.
Why two books? Well The first did a great job of summarizing the story but in doing so left out 2 key things; Glinda the good witch and the fact that the Wizard of OZ was no wizard at all!
The children seemed to absolutely enjoy the part of the story where Dorothy throws a bucket of water on the witch and she melts! They were also very good and remembering the sequence in which she met the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion.
After we read the story we went into my favourite part JUMP IN! All the key elements in the story of the story were propped and the children were allowed to explore. We walked the pages from Kansas to OZ and down the yellow brick road to the Emerald Castle where the Wizard resides.
After the excitement of JUMP IN we took a break for lunch and then it was on to painting our yellow brick roads! Everyone's yellow brick road is wonderfully different. Tomorrow we will improve on it by adding bricks and definition. Later in the afternoon the children crafted some smaller pieces for their storyboards/game boards and got to use GLITTER! (sorry not sorry! lol)
Tomorrow we will craft Dorothy and the Scarecrow and continue to build our storyboards/ game boards!
When I asked Aunty Joanna to capture our indoor play, where the children got to go on stage and continue to explore, she was a bit skeptical. I wanted this to be captured because I heard the children telling their own stories while playing and I enjoyed seeing them run down the yellow brick road and talk to the characters. They were immersed in the story and using their imagination! What a wonderful thing!
WE BRING BOOKS TO LIFE!