Piglet and Mama

In the tradition of the children’s classic “Are You My Mother?”, this heart warming story by Margaret Wild speaks to every child who has ever been lost.  It is beautifully illustrated by Stephen Michael King and is perfect for a bedtime story…

Poor Piglet has lost her Mama! All the other mother animals offer help, the duck with a cuddle, the sheep with a daisy chain, the dog with a roll in the mud, but nothing will do for Piglet but to find her Mama. OIIIIIINK! she cries finally in despair, and OIIIIIINK! There you are! cries her Mama. Reunited, they cuddle, make a daisy chain, roll in the mud, all the things the other mothers offered, but now, with her Mama, Piglet laughs and joins in!

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

The front cover for Henry and Amy was the inspiration for our activity this week.  We made umbrellas using patty pans and pipe cleaners.  Henry and Amy would be very impressed…

Henry and Amy

Henry always felt out of step with the world around him.  When everyone looked up, he looked down.  If he thought it was going to be a sunny day, it usually rained.  Amy could do everything right, she never tied her shoelaces together, or forgot her umbrella.  Amy showed Henry everything she knew, but deep down she wished she didn’t always have to be so perfect.  So Henry showed Amy how to dress funny and roll down the hills sideways.  Together, they could be serious or silly, right-way-round or upside down.  As long as they were together they could do anything!

This story reminded us of a couple of other books we have read in the library – The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog and Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley.  All of these stories illustrate perfectly the importance and value of friendship no matter how different you are…

We all love using the BEE-BOTS…

This is our fourth week using the Bee-Bots… we are getting very good at programming them. It must be all the practice we are doing in Info Lit. We are working our way through the levels on the Bee Bot app as well. Each level gets harder so we are very proud of our achievements!

The Man Who Loved Boxes…

Once there was a man.  The man had a son.  The son loved the man and the man loved boxes.

The man loves his son deeply, but has trouble telling him. Instead he makes wonderful things for his son from boxes – an airplane, a big castle, a go-cart built for two. This heartwarming story shows the strength of parental love and that it can be communicated in many ways.

 

The grade ones were totally engaged with this story. They loved all the different box creations the man produced and thought it would be wonderful to have such a creative Dad. It was a terrific book for reminding us that love is so much more than those three little words.

Creating ‘SOMETHING’ out of NOTHING…

In the book Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat, Milli becomes brave enough to show her true creative nature. The story encouraged us to be our best creative selves and inspired us to make something out of the bits and bobs we had in our storeroom.  We put our imaginations to work and came up with some wonderful creations.  Here is a sample for you to look at…

 

Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat

Milli is a person who can take a a nothing….and turn it into a Something.  But in her plain old town full of bustling people, all Milli does is make plain, ordinary shoes.  Until a pair of wandering minstrels come to town, Jack and the Dancing Cat.  They teach Milli how to dance the two-step, the three-step and the tricky twisting backward sliding four-step which makes her feel brave and free.  Brave enough to create many wonderful Somethings: musical instruments with sounds never heard before, purple satin slippers with bells and more.  Milli never again makes a plain, ordinary anything.We loved this story (especially Mrs McKee).  It is a wonderful book which teaches us to have the courage to be true to ourselves. King’s brilliant, bright, water-colour illustrations show the creativity and specialness of Milli’s ‘somethings’ – he really is so talented!

Bee-Bot App

We also got to practise programming with the Bee-Bot app (free iTunes)  on the iPads… This proved to be quite a challenge as we had to remember our left from our right and that once we turned the Bee-Bot we then had to move forward or backwards not keep turning the Bee-Bot in circles. We had to get three stars before we could pass a level. Each level got a little more tricky!

Learning to program with the Bee-Bots.

We really enjoyed using the Bee-Bots floor robots today. Today’s challenge was to tell a story with the Bee-Bots using a variety of floor mats. We had to programme the Bee-Bot to move exactly where we wanted it too. Here’s some of us enjoying the Bee-Bots…