Let’s retell Mouse Count!
Retelling Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh is a favorite! This classic book for preschoolers never gets old.
What makes this even more fun is gathering a few props to help retell the story. A paper tube, lacing beads, and our favorite board book is just about all we need!
I put everything in a book box for my children to retell together and on thier own.
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What is a book box?
A book box is a way to help your preschooler retell a familiar story. It contains props to help retell familiar stories.
What is in a book box?
- Familiar book
- Props to retell the story
Why use a book box?
By Kindergarten, children using the Common Core will be asked to:
- Retell familiar stories, including key details with prompting and support.
- With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
- Identify characters, settings, and major events in a story with prompting and support.
Master now? No, thank you.
Expose now? Yes, please!
Build up your preschooler’s confidence for when they have to meet these rigorous standards.
Here is a fun, interactive way to retell Mouse Count
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Before retelling Mouse Count
Read the story to your preschooler more than once. Allow them to become familiar with the plot and storyline.
Mouse Count is a perfect choice for your first story retell. It has a simple plot that follows a story sequence.
Decorate your mouse using a paper towel roll, paint, and button eyes. If you are starting to paint with kids, I’ve got you covered!
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Next, fill your book box to retell Mouse Count.
- Mouse Count board book
- Snake – painted paper towel roll.
- Objects to represent mice – we used wooden lacing beads.
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Ready to use your Book Box as you retell Mouse Count
Begin to use snake, mice, and jar as you read the story.
- First, model using the props as you read the story.
- As you read Mouse Count together, use your props to show what the snake and mice do within the story.
- The mice can slide through the paper towel roll into the jar.
Keep your items in the book box so your preschooler can reach and use them when they desire to.
We love retelling familiar stories! It helps preschoolers better understand story sequence and details.