Every month, we receive a book from Mother Goose Time (MGT) to supplement the curriculum. This is often one of the student's favorites for the month. This book was a variation on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, except with a sad, lonely wolf, instead of a big, bad wolf.
We each created our own "granny" glasses with gems for some glam to add some character to retell the story. They all wanted to model for me!
We also created a paper basket like Little Red's and went on a nature walk to pick items for our basket to give to our grannies or our mothers. The most prized item found was the roses from our rose bushes. My rose bushes very rarely have any blooms on them, as we are always using them for preschool or to take to neighbors. Better to use than to let wilt, I guess!
A few days after reading the story, we set up the story telling pieces provided in our curriculum kit. However, the students were not quite satisfied and asked if they could act it out instead. A little hesitant at first because it was picture day and we were on a tight schedule, I eventually said yes! And oh boy, am I glad I did!
We had them line up their chairs in our own "Fairy Tale Theatre" for an audience and let each group present to us the story they created. Some followed the book very closely, while others branched off to have two wolves: one that was big and bad, and one that was nice and helpful, (who ended up saving Granny!)
The wolf happens to be talking to Red outside the cottage window.
Red and Granny come home to find the wolf in Granny's bed.
Granny leaves the cottage to go to the grocery store.
Two Little Red Riding Hood's come home to find a very quiet wolf in their Granny's bed.
Here the big, bad wolf is huffing and puffing at Granny.
Often times, letting the children direct the activities is the best choice. They come up with some of the most creative experiences, which always amaze me. When we allow ourselves to let go, we see how the students naturally learn through play and through imagination. That form of learning is far more effective than a structured lesson plan.
P.S. We are in love with the new sturdy puzzles we receive each month to replace the old paper puzzles. The art work for the puzzles is an excerpt from the story book, which creates even more interest for our students!
P.S.S. One of our littles just so happened to wear a Little Rid Riding Hood outfit the day we introduced the theme! How adorable!