Everyone knows, one of my favourite children’s authors is Julia Donaldson. For October I like to use Room on the Broom as a topic for my Aistear areas. The children love this book and there are ample opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Apart from the storybook, there are songs and activity books for Room on the Broom also.
In setting up the Aistear areas, my socio-dramatic area contains lots of Halloween dress up along with masks for the different characters in the story. Using masks is another way to introduce the concept of characters in stories as part of the Building Bridges Comprehension.
Small world and construction are areas where the setting of the story can be created and explored. Sand can be for making all those magic potions, especially if you could get some cauldrons in the Euro shop. In Art I like to make witches hats, wands and other Halloween Art. The children always have lots of ideas on what to make in Art for this topic.
I have also made my own story sack for Room on the Broom. It contains the book with an audio CD, character cut outs, a maze activity and a wand activity. The children get to choose the activity they want, I like to encourage fine motor activities in my story sacks where possible. Both the children and their parents enjoyed this story sack this year. It is ideal to encourage parental involvement with fun activities. There are great activities and printables to download on the site below.
My thematic plan for Room on the Broom is available in my Mash.ie store. The parents newsletter and story sack task card will be available in the next few days.