Sunday, December 4, 2011

Once Upon A Time In Pre-K


We just completed our fairy tale unit this week. We studied a variety of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales and learned quite a lot about the story structure of fairy tales.

By far, our two favorite stories are "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf" by Jon Scieszka and "The Three Little Wolves and the Big, Bad Pig" by Eugene Trivizas. The kids asked every day to hear them again.

I love to introduce the "Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch. It is such a wonderful story and has an underlying message about the strength and empowerment of women. I dress as Princess Elizabeth to share the story.

After reading a variety of stories and discussing the story elements, we decided to write our own fairy tale using what we'd learned. Here's the finished tale:
 A Frog and The Princess: A Story of Friendship
  Once upon a time, a beautiful princess lived in a castle far away. The princess was named Ariel. One day, a frog came to visit the castle. The frog and the princess were special friends. Princess Ariel made the frog a promise. The king told Ariel to keep her promise to the frog. Cinderella came to visit in the wagon with a  bunch of stuff like: a pumpkin, a bookbag, and a napkin. They had a big party. The frog ate cake. All the friends lived happily ever after in the castle.
The End
I found these fun little fairy tale shapes that expand in the water. I get these often (other brands) and the kids usually have a lot of fun predicting how big they will get and playing with them once they have swelled.

This particular type was a bust and turned to thin paper-like mush in the water within a few minutes. There was no discernible shape.

Our culminating activity was a storybook parade. We dressed as our favorite storybook characters and paraded around the school.

....And we all lived in Pre-K, happily ever after! 


  1. Those are the same "Three pigs" books we read last year when we did fairy tales!! We did 3 different 3 pigs stories and then compared them to see what was the same and what was different in each story (fun!).

    We also did a storybook character parade too - also fun!

    I'll have to check out the Paperbag princess story .. that sounds good ... love how you get into it Ayn ... makes it come to life for the children!

  2. Thanks, Laura! Your post about the storybook parade reminded me of how fun it was when I'd done it in the past, so I HAD to have one this year! Thanks for the inspiration! You'll LOVE the Paper Bag Princess, too!


Thank you for visiting little illuminations. I'd love you to share your thoughts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Popular Posts