In Part 4, I talked about adventure stories. A cliffhanger ending holds the attention in children, and that means more language and words are pouring into their minds. Teacher bonding is an added bonus. I told a Jennie Story with plenty of adventure, “The Raccoon Story.”
The thrill of adventure stories continue. Children are now connecting words and scenes with other stories we read aloud. For example, when Wilbur the pig was frozen with fear in Charlotte’s Web, a child asked, “Like Steve?” Yes! (You will understand after reading the story below.) Making connections with stories across multiple avenues means critical, divergent thinking is developing. Wonderful!
The Spider Story
“It happened like this.” When I was first married we lived in Virginia, which is pretty far south. The farther south you go, the bigger the bugs are. Bugs are so much bigger in Virginia than in Massachusetts. One evening after dinner I brought the dishes into the kitchen, and in the middle of the kitchen floor was the biggest spider I have ever seen. We’re talking gigantic. The spider was not moving at all. I didn’t know what to do, so I yelled for my husband, “Steve!” He came running into the kitchen, but when he saw the spider he froze. I mean he totally froze. He couldn’t even speak.
I asked him to do something, anything, but he just stared at the spider and never moved. The Spider didn’t move either. I had to do something, so I opened the cabinet under the sink and got the can of Raid.
At this point in the story the children have no idea what Raid is, or why it would be under the sink. What should I do?
I was so scared. The spider still wasn’t moving. I had to be brave. It was up to me to get the spider. I took a deep breath, shook the can of bug spray, and with trembling fingers I sprayed the Raid on the spider…. and instantly wooosh hundreds of baby spiders burst forth! They were everywhere. So, I used my feet and stomped all over the kitchen floor, getting the spiders. Whew! To this day, my husband is still afraid of spiders.