Need a quick and easy summer craft?
This summer watermelon craft is a great way to get the kids painting along with hitting essential skills for Kindergarten.
Here is another Book Box (a book and a resource to retell the story) just like the others we have done for:
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What IS a Book Box?
A book box is a way to help your preschooler retell a familiar story. It has supplies that can act as props for story retells.
What is IN a Book Box?
Props to retell the story
WHY Use a Book Box?
By Kindergarten, children may 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.
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.
“The Watermelon Seed” is a perfect choice for a story retell.
It is a fun, colorful story that preschoolers love.
The storyline is simple, and engaging.
Who doesn’t love watermelon and it’s bright colors?
Cut your watermelon from cardboard and paint pink using red and white. (hello, color exploration)
Attach velcro circles and pom poms to your painted watermelon. Your preschooler will be able to take the “watermelon seeds” on and off and put into the crockadile’s mouth.
Next fill your Book Box to retell “The Watermelon Seed”:
Ready to use your Book Box?
YOU MODEL THE FIRST READING.
AS YOU READ, USE YOUR PROPS TO SHOW the crocodile interactions with the watermelon seeds.
The seeds are velcro! This is perfect for fine motor muscles.
Allow your preschooler to take out the props as you read or retell the story.
Add the black pom poms to represent the seeds eaten by the crocodile as it is read in the story.
Keep your items in the book box so your preschooler can reach and use it to retell when they desire to.
Stay tuned for more Book Boxes in the first week of August as I work with Lu again on another Book Box craft!