This year, the theme of our summer school was Theater. Each week, we read a story, made props and costumes, practiced our lines, and tried out different roles. Then on the Friday of each week, we acted out the story! It was so much fun playing theater and trying out our acting skills through various roles!

For our first story, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, the children made a vegetable garden out of tissue paper, painted a backdrop of a beautiful sunny sky and acted out the story of a gardener called Mr. McGreely, who tries to protect his garden from some pesky bunnies that no matter how big and strong a fence he builds, always find their way to those yummy veggies!

Our second story was Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business. We painted large cardboard boxes to make a city, made monkey tails and monkey ears, and practiced our lines calling out: “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”.

On our third week, we acted out the story of The Squeaky Door retold by Margaret Read MacDonald. It is a fun story with lots of onomatopoeia that the children loved to join in with. We love how every single role in this story is equally important, even the light switch and door! Throughout the week the children had a chance to make their own diorama of The Squeaky Door so that they can tell the story to their family.
Finally, for our finale, we acted out Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham. The story involves a farmer, a boat, some animals, and a big splash at the end that gets compensated by a lovely afternoon tea.

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