So, I decided to turn my "reading" center into the retelling center. It has worked out wonderfully. The kids really love it.
Before introducing this center, I took some of our beloved fairy tales and folk tales like Three Little Pigs, Little Red Hen, and Three Billy Goats Gruff and really focused our read aloud time on them.... We read them over and over again! In whole group, I had the kids help me retell the story and act out the different parts with great details. These were great lessons in and of themselves. However, I had a higher purpose for them.......These lessons were to become the foundation for the new retelling center.
At first, I took 2 folk tales and modeled how to use the retelling pieces as a way to "read" the story. This helped the kiddos be super successful!
Over the next few weeks (as they got really good at retelling), I slowly added in some puzzles that matched the stories. I have a Three Little Pigs puzzle the kids adore. As they complete the puzzle they are retelling the story. (I love listening to little ones retell a story with excitement:0)
After the kids were really good at retelling and using the story puzzles.....I decided it was time to add in the puppets:0) Oh yeah! You heard me right! Now the kids can make their own stick puppets for retelling. This activity made an already great center into a fantastic center! Each week kids can't wait for their turn to make puppets so they can retell great stories.