Recently, I wrote a post about a little project Hadley and I did with the story Round as a Mooncake. We sent out letters to friends in different areas, and in the last couple of weeks they have graciously replied. Hadley was delighted.
My friend's daugther, who is in Kindergarten, cut all these shapes out! Impressive!
We got a letter from Chicago:
We got letters from Michigan:
Our last letter is from Texas:
What I liked so much about Round as a Mooncake is that while it is a book of shapes, Roseanne Thong weaved this concept into a story of a child noticing her surroundings and feeling good about them. As Hadley got each letter, she had a chance to see her friends, and take interest in their surroundings. And she had all sorts of questions for the children who sent her letters who she hadn't met. She wanted to know how I know their moms, and it gave me a chance to tell her some stories about my friends, too. So while the concept of learning about shapes might've been simple, the idea of noticing one's surroundings, being interested in them, and feeling happy about one's environment is a little more difficult. I appreciate that I could introduce this idea to Hadley through a story. I also appreciate the friends who helped me out with it.