Friday, April 27, 2012

Little Pigs, Little Pigs!

If your child is huffing and puffing at home, don't worry!  We have spent the week reading many variations of the Three Little Pigs. Check out  for the book list.  After each book, we asked several questions.  Were there three little pigs?  Was there a big bad wolf?  Was there house of straw, a house of sticks and a house of bricks?  There are many similarities and differences with each book.  Ask your child if they can retell the story to you.  Retelling a story helps your child with reading comprehension.  Which story did they like the best?

We have a house of straw, sticks and bricks for play.  We have been creating this piece for several years.  The children helped add some more straw and sticks.  We added blue for sky and will add more next year!  I am not a great artist but add a young child's imagination and that's all it takes. Nothing fancy--cardboard, glue, construction paper, paint.   I like the cardboard because it folds flat and stores easily (and no cost!) We have a firetruck, a castle, a rocket, Santa's sleigh and a pizza oven.  Check out the Dramatic Play label for ideas.
Today we made our Three Little Pigs snack.  It's yummy and easy.  Add straw (1 can potato sticks), sticks (1 bag pretzels sticks---we broke in half for easy eating) and bricks (1 bag chocolate chunks and probably  could use 2 bags).  Each child took home a bag to share with their family. 

We will be finishing up this unit next week.  We will be writing our own versions of the Gingerbread Man and Three Little Pigs.  This will be a group activity.  After we finish the dictation, I will type up and send home.

Have a great weekend!