Have you read the Pete the Cat books? I know, who hasn't right? They are so cute and simple and the kids adore them! The kids learned the song quickly and I so enjoyed hearing them sing as I read them the book. Too cute! After reading the book, we chose words that we found interesting to put around our own Pete the Cat.
Such a cute book inspires great writing- bonus! The kindergartners first wrote about Pete and what he stepped in. Take a look!
Pete stepped in strawberries. Pete loves red shoes.
Pete stepped in blueberries. He loves his blue shoes.
Pete has different colors of shoes. His shoes are red.
After all that fun, we then talked about what if we put ourselves in Pete's shoes, so to speak. Some got a little creative with their drawings of themselves, but their writing was so good!
I love my pink shoes. I stepped in bubblegum. My shoes are beautiful.
My shoes are blue. I stepped in blue paint.
My shoes are light brown. I stepped in mud.
I am so happy with how far some of these students have come. The student who wrote about Pete stepping in strawberries and then herself stepping in bubblegum has a huge speech problem. She came to us in preschool not being able to say the beginning or ending sounds of words when she spoke. Flip flops would come out at iii ooos. We can now understand her so much better and she can hear and stretch on her own so many more words and sounds! Yay, yay, yay for her and the other students everywhere who have come so far!
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