Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2016 is Feb. 14-20.
We will be doing some Kindness Projects. Please keep a look out of notes being sent home.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Marker Doesn't Have a Lid by Dustin

This had to be the most unique title I've ever heard of.  Dustin's book is a series of pictures. He didn't dictate a story for me to write down. It wasn't until I was taking the pictures that I realized he hadn't shared his story with me. I think I can make out the word 'markers' on the last page. I would guess this story changes each time he 'reads' it.  Love the creativity!  

The Potato Monster Runs Away by Hudson

This is a cute story. Hudson drew the pictures and then dictated to me what was happening in the story. Towards the end I'm not sure if he ran out of ideas or if he was just ready to  move on to something else.  Either way he created a great story! 

Kitty Princess is Mean to Pete the Cat by Ava

Here is the first of the Authors and Illustrators books the children worked on today.  Ava is an awesome artist. I think I need to frame some of her art work!  Her story is just as impressive!

Authors and Illustrators

It's a cold cold Tuesday. Normally we go to the local Library on Tuesdays but with staff out sick and the cold Temps we chose to stay put.
After talking about where the library gets their books we thought about WHO makes the books to begin with.
We already know that Authors write the words and Illustrators draw the pictures. Today it was our turn to be Authors and Illustrators.  After choosing the paper they wanted, the preschoolers quickly got to work. Surprisingly everyone had a unique idea for a story.
Everyone chose a title (name) for their story. Some children drew all the pictures first then dictated their story page by page. Others dictated each page and then drew the pictures to go with it.
No matter how they did it, the all ended up with great stories! I normally put pictures of such activities on Facebook but these were so neat I felt the whole stories should be shared.
I wrote what the children dictated to me with very little prompting. I asked leading questions to help them along such as "What happened next?"   I helped one little boy in drawing his picture but he was very specific about how he wanted it drawn.

I will post each child's book as a separate blog so you can easily access each one. If you look on the right hand side of the page you should see links to the other stories.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  I kind of wondered if I should have made copies of these stories in  case one of them becomes a world famous author someday and I can say "I knew him/her at the very beginning of his/her career!"