This week we are reading Douglas’s Starry Adventure by Paul Rusack. This is a tale about a very curious little duck who has more of an adventure than he bargained for!
Describe the setting. Where does it take place? Does your child think it’s in a warm or cold climate? What time of year would it be? What environment (habitat) do ducks and foxes live in? What other animals would share their environment? Is there a pond with ducks that you could visit to compare and contrast the book with?
Douglas is fascinated by the many stars that he sees. Talk to your child about the night sky and what they can see in it. Maybe during half term there will be a night where the stars are visible without the cloud cover. What do they notice? What questions might they ask? This is such a wonderfully open ended activity that the sky’s the limit (no pun intended) with the learning opportunities. It’s a perfect time for you and your child to do some investigating. You could make a list (modelling writing for a reason) with all the questions that they generate, then, go and find the answers to those questions. They will feel empowered by taking the control of the direction of their own learning.
Activities you could do are cutting out stars and making them sparkle! Perhaps you’d like to make some stars out of play dough or salt dough?
Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence