Little Elms Blog: Inspired by Stories

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22nd May 2019 | Early Years

Little Elms Blog: Inspired by Stories

Stories are such big part of what we do in Little Elms. I read to the boys twice a day as a minimum and base a lot of activities around their favourite stories.

When choosing a topic, I always try to find books that help the boys discover more about a subject or concept. For the last two week of this half term, we are exploring the topic of minibeasts. Fortunately for me, there are lots of favourite stories that involve creepy crawlies. Some of our favourites are 'Doug the Bug that went BOING', 'Christopher Nibbles Caterpillars', 'Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell' and 'The very Hungry Caterpillar'.

Last week, in our Discovery Afternoon I read 'Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell' for the second time that day and we talked about the difference between a slug and a snail. We then talked about what Norman could use to make a shell. The boys came up with some very imaginative ideas. I then used this excitement about making shells, to get them engaged in cooking our pastry shells. The boys were all focused and remained on task during the activity. The end product smelled and tasted delicious!

Watch our short video, below:

This week we are focusing the whole week of activities around 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. The boys are loving the independent challenges and adult led activities. Books inspire us in so many ways.

- Mrs Skinner

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