As I mentioned before, we are reading a plethora of Eric Carle books at our home right now. I think you could cover an entire preschool curriculum just using Carle’s books.
One book that we’ve especially loved is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this story, a hungry caterpillar eats his way through a week of food becoming a huge fat caterpillar. After his belly is full, he cocoons himself and in a few weeks turns into a beautiful butterfly.
After we read this book, Logan always says, “I wish I could do that. I wish I could turn into a butterfly.” And so I hold him in my arms and let him “nibble” his way out of his mommy cocoon. Then he spreads his wings and “flies” around the room. It’s become tradition at the end of this story!
Cocooning with my boy not only sneaks in a hug, it also reminds me of the ways we can help a child comprehend a story. Sometimes all we need to do is reinact a bit of the story.
There are other ways of retelling a story too.
Paper and pencil graphic organizers can be great for helping a child retell the main parts of a story.
Graphic organizers can be completed online. There are great interactive organizers at readwritething.org
Another fancinating way to retell a story is by creating a podcast. This is still relatively new to me. Check out this podcast of The Very Hungry Caterpillar that was created by First Grade Students.
Isn’t that cool? I would love to explore this with Logan when he gets a bit older. I found a great handout to explain how to create a podcast- either just an audio retelling of the story or incorporating video like this one.
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