Well, this time we chose the sweet and well written book, “Owl Babies”. Have you read this book?
For this activity, I teamed up again with Ludavia from http://themamaworkshop.com/. See her fabulous mask to use with, “Owl Babies” shown below.
What IS a Book Box?
A book box is a way to help your preschooler retell a familiar story.
What is IN a Book Box?
- Familiar book
- Props to retell the story
WHY Use a Book Box?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:
- With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
No, thank you.
Yes, please! Build up your preschoolers confidence for when they have to meet these rigorous standards.
This is a fun, interactive way to begin practicing this skill with your preschooler.
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Before the Story Retell:
Read the story to your preschooler more than once. Allow them become familiar with the characters, plot, and storyline.
“Owl Babies” is a perfect choice for a story retell.
It has a simple plot that follows a story sequence. It also has a limited amount of characters.
“Owl Babies” has the sweetest message about trust, experiencing the feeling of doubt and the comfort of reassurance.
Allow your preschooler to decorate the owl with feathers and a small paper bag. I attached a popsicle stick to the back with masking tape to make a puppet.
Next fill your Book Box to retell “Owl Babies”:
- “Owl Babies”
- Objects to represent baby owls (we used cotton balls)
- Top of egg carton
Below you will see our, “Owl Babies” book box.
I keep the props simple, and Lu takes on the SUPER creative side. I was blown away! She also adds tutorials to her post, so hop over and check it out. You will NOT be disappointed.
Ready to use your Book Box?
Begin to use owl, baby owls, and book as you reread the story.
YOU MODEL THE FIRST READING.
- AS YOU READ, USE YOUR PROPS TO SHOW WHAT THE OWL AND BABIES DO.
- The owl can hide as the owl babies are wondering where she went.
Keep your items in the book box so your preschooler can reach and use it when they desire to.
Stay tuned for more Book Boxes in the first week of May as I work with Lu again on another Book Box craft!