My recent post on Goodnight Moon, a classic book and certainly a staple in my classroom, was well received.
Fellow blogger Beth I didn’t have my glasses on… has her school’s Spanish teacher read the book aloud to her Pre-K children in Spanish. What a wonderful thing to do… and of course my wheels began turning. In March we begin to prepare for our annual Art Show for the community. This year we will be studying France, their great artists, and styles of painting.
I can read Goodnight Moon to the children in French!
I am so excited! I already have this planned out. My fellow teacher will have the book in English, and I will have this book in French. We’ll be side-by-side in front of the children. She will read the cover in English, and I will read the cover in French. That alone will take ‘forever’ in a huge conversation with children. Oh yes, ‘forever’ in the best of ways. I have no idea what will happen, but I know it will be wonderful. Then, she will read the first page in English, and I will read it in French. And so on, throughout the book.
Fellow blogger Pete Pete Springer asked me why I hadn’t included his favorite video of ‘Rapper Jennie’ reciting Goodnight Moon. I thought about that, but I didn’t want to steal Harry’s thunder in his wonderful video reciting the book to Gloria.
And then I was reminded the rapper video is more than fun; it is music, beats, rhyming and rhythm. It’s pretty much what children love and need. The backstory of this rapper video is a good one:
It’s April, 2020. School has been closed and doing fully remote learning for a month. I had immediately started a YouTube channel for children to hear me read aloud every day. I had to keep that constant going.
By April, we were pulling out our hair as to how to keep children engaged with Zooms. I was on a Zoom with my fellow teachers, and we talked about Goodnight Moon because it was so important to the children.
“Wait! I have our African djembe at home. I could do the beats to the story.”
“Jennie, I have a better idea. You could do the beats like a rapper.”
“Me, a rapper? Well, I’m game for anything. I have sunglasses. I need a hat.”
At this point we were all beyond excited. I found my sunglasses. Then, I tried on different hats. This was not a pretty picture. We never laughed so hard! At last I grabbed my husband’s snow blowing hat. Somehow it worked.
And that is the story behind me, flying by the seat of my pants, and somehow doing a rapper version of Goodnight Moon.
I will always champion for books and the many ways we can read them to children.