Lesson 11 for Mother Goose Time was about Penguins! We loved learning about penguins. But the best part of the lesson for us was the Penguin Dictation sheet. We made our Penguins during art time. While there is a picture of the art project I do not tell the children to make their project look like the pictures. This makes it so that they are able to make their art their own. They are able to have fun expressing themselves.
Later on I had the children have free time so that I could work one on one with each of them on their story.
Working on stories with children takes a lot of tongue biting from the teacher and parent. You end up wanting to help them form a complete story that is not so outrageous, but that is not a good idea. You end up making the story what you want and not what they want. You want children to feel comfortable with telling stories and speaking with you. I can not tell you how many stories I have heard the children tell each other about pooping.
And the girls are the ones who do that the most.
Another thing I want to stress is that there are children who will have a problem coming up with a story. You can give them a prompt and everything but they may just not be the type of person who can come up with a story. In this case you ask them to tell you a story about something that has happened to them. It may not match up with the prompt, but it will be something that they said. Writing down their thoughts is not just a way for children to see their words in writing, it's a special memory for parents to hold on too. It is a way to show their parents their personalities.
Writing with children is super fun. I love the stories. I love the questions and I love that it is a window into their amazing imaginations. I encourage teachers and parents to write with their children more often.
And now here are the penguin stories!
Live long and keep teaching!