The Preschool children have been enjoying a Favorite Tales and Nursery Rhyme Unit. Last week, they started working with Goldilocks and The Three Bears. “We have watched the children move from the ability to identify basic facts from the story such as, “Who was the largest bear?” or “Why did the bears go a walk?”,” said Mrs. Guenthner. They also worked on the ability to analyze the story and to identify what was real or pretend, and to even evaluate the story. “The children identified it was unkind of Goldilocks to make a mess of the Bear’s house. They expressed it would be wrong of the Bears to go to Goldilocks’ house and break her things because that is not loving,” said Mrs. Guenthner. “We were amazed to hear the children compare the story not only to some of our religion lessons but to their own little personal experiences in our classroom.”
The children enjoyed listening to several versions of Goldilocks and Three Bears. They worked hard to identify the similarities and differences of each story. And even enjoyed cross-curricular learning with Spanish when one of the students shared Rubia and The Three Osos. The children were excited, as they had just learned the Spanish word for bear from Senora! “They loved listening to the story using prior knowledge and picture clues to guess key Spanish vocabulary words such as sopa – soup,” said Mrs. Guenthner. “They enjoyed identifying that the Three Osos ate soup rather than porridge.”
This week the students will finish up with Goldilocks and Just One Bear and Goldilocks Has Chicken Pox.