Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pete the Cat Literacy Event

Friday was Family Literacy Day 
but all week our school district and local community 
have been offering literacy events.
Our school offered an afternoon event for families
to join in the StrongStart and Kindergarten classes
to have fun with Pete the Cat.  
This book is very popular in our school.  
If you've read previous posts then you know we have been 
having adventures with Pete.
But this event brought in a real live Pete to act out his 
"I Love My White Shoes" story.
Thanks to Beyond the Book Storytimes for the idea.
Here's little Pete and big Pete.
One of the teachers read the story while big Pete acted it out.
 Ready to start the story.
 Boxes represented the coloured piles,
example; red strawberries, blue blueberries, brown mud
 and in the boxes were slippers to match the colour.
 Started with white slippers, then red, then blue, brown
and back to white shoes.
Big Pete didn't cry once.
Because no matter what you step in, it's all good.

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Untitled from Maureen Wagner on Vimeo.

Here are the activities we did after the story.
Some of them were found at MakingLearningFun.
 Build a word. A coloured card has the word written on it.
Coloured snap blocks have letters written on each.
The children sort and build the word to match the card.
 Roll and colour page.
Roll the die, count the dots or recognize the numeral then colour that spot on the page.
An emergent reader for Pete the Cat that can be coloured according 
to what is happening on each page.
Listening centre.
 Making patterns using potato stamps.
Explaining which pattern he chose - ababab.

We think Pete is great!