Reblogged from A Teacher’s Reflections:
This week began with National Fairy Tale Day and ended with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I was in my glory. So were the children.
We voted on our favorite fairy tale. The Three Billy Goats Gruff won, hands-down. This was a bit of a surprise to me, as Jack and the Beanstalk usually wins. Never a dull moment with children. Always a delightful surprise.
This is my version of the book, well worn from decades of reading aloud. After two days of reading, the children were not ready to let it go. That speaks volumes for fairy tales, in general. By the second reading, children had memorized key phrases like “I’m going to gobble you up.” They delighted in reciting the words of the troll, “Be off with you”, in unison. This was accompanied by fifteen dramatic, sweeping arms pointing to the billy goats. So much fun!
By the next day, I sensed the children both wanted and needed more. What better than an impromptu play performance! Thirty minutes of picking parts, arranging the classroom, and practicing was all we needed. After all, they practically knew the story by heart. I rushed down to the Pre-K class and invited them to be our audience. Many of those children were in my class last year.
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