Telling and re-telling stories are about sharing your ideas and thoughts through oral language which, as a side benefit, builds and strengthens relationships. Our girls are filled with stories to tell. Story telling deepens the connections children make with stories…real or imaginary. Story telling also builds deeper relationships between literacy, the arts, and play. At times we use a collection of interesting and carefully combined materials to engage our girls to think outside the box and be creative. Tony Wagner’s book, The Global Achievement Gap, lists the fifth survival skill that all students need in the 21st century…effective oral and written communication. So …we continue to encourage our girls to share their thoughts and ideas with others.
The Animal Hospital
These animals have broken legs. I made the idea in my head when Mama had a baby in her tummy and she got sick. Those are the people looking into the hospital and the rocks are for decoration. I was helping make the walls. I was helping with the animals and houses. Now we need medicine, food, bandages, beds, and toys.
Our Rock Family
These are the walls...Alani thought of a great idea and put the castle pieces in-between. We put the rocks in last and they are mom and dad dancing. They were taking dancing classes.
I was walking through the maple syrup forest with mommy. We found a pattern and we skipped and walked away to our home. We splashed in the puddles since it was raining. We jumped and splashed. We then were sitting on a bench and we were eating some bubble gum. We were playing in the yard and I kissed my mom. We sang, Lela Lela…We found a new friend named Mimi. We danced and played. We kept playing and playing. We liked to dance. We sat on a bench and decided go home and take a rest. We woke up in the morning and sang.
Ms Prewitt and Ms Grinder
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy