Leonie and the children have enjoyed reading the book called Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean.
The story is about Pete the Cat who is super cool and his four groovy buttons. The story makes counting fun as it allows us to Count down with Pete in this “totally rocking” story. Pete the Cat is wearing his favourite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons?
The children loved the story but who wouldn’t love a book as groovy as this…..
As an extension of this story time, Leonie, creates a provocation drawing area for the children which encouraged them to draw their own interpretations of Pete the Cat. Each child drew Pete the Cat. They were able to express their thoughts and ideas individually and then share them with the a group. During the activity they discussed their drawings with each other and recalling the story as they went. Their drawings are now on display in their play area for them to revisit and share with their family members showcasing their learning and new favourite story.
The learning taking place within this experience is evident throughout the entire process.
The children demonstrated a strong sense of identity
They felt safe, secure, and supported to express their ideas.
They developed knowledgeable and confident self-identities.
They learnt to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect throughout the experience.
The children were confident and involved learners.
They developed dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination throughout the experience.
They transferred and adapt what they have learnt throughout the story into their drawings.
Below is a short trailer of the book.