Continuing our inquiry into stories, we have been exploring music as a storytelling medium. Last week in music, we worked with Ms. Marnie to tell our own version of Little Red Riding Hood using music. Ms. Marnie and Ms. Alison noticed that this was a challenging idea for the children. They seemed to prefer other methods like using props and acting. When instruments were used it seemed more random than intentional.
This week in our main classroom we tried telling a story with music again - this time in a different way. After reading a big book version of The Three Little Pigs , we each selected an instrument. We wondered: which instrument sound might connect with which characters and events in the story? We then turned through the pages of the story again. This time instead of reading, we played our instruments to represent the storyline!
In our Library session, Mrs. Grant read us a story - or did she? This story wasn't read with any words, we could only see the pictures!
In our main classroom, Ms. Alison asked us: "Can you tell a story?" We could use any of the materials in our classroom to help us!
In our Art class, Ms. Caz asked us the same question: "Can you tell a story?" - this time using visual art materials. Three stories were started in small groups. Two of them have continued in our classroom this week, including a story told with play dough about ninjas and zombies and a story told with drawings and words in book format about nightmares.
In the coming weeks, we will continue with our stories in progress and explored how stories can be told in different ways.