Instead of reading books today during story time, I invited the Saul and Giacomo to help me tell our own story. I had chosen a photo of Loch Ness in Scotland and a book from MOMA in NYC titled, Places. We had images to help spark our imagination for our characters and what they might do in these locations.
Loch Ness was chosen based on previous conversations and interest about the Loch Ness monster and other creatures. I did not tell them it was Loch Ness until later in the call.
What do you notice about it?
“It looks kind of like the Loch Ness Lake because Loch Ness lake is big and wide.” - Giacomo, 4.2 years
Who do you think would live in this lake? - Elyse
“The Loch Ness monster of course.” - Giacomo, 4.2 years
Saully, who else could live in this lake? - Elyse
“With the monsters?” - Saul. 3.6 years
“Some more monsters like a whale monster. That could be the monster world.” -Giacomo
So, if we told a story that took place in this lake, it would be the monster world lake? [...] and one of our characters could be Nessie [Giacomo had just referred to the monster by this name], the Loch Ness monster who lives in the lake.
Who would live in the castle?
“A king and queen of course.” - Giacomo
“My characters will be a big piece of pie that will go to get you trucks by the old trucks.” - Saul
“No, it can’t be like that. Wait, what did he say?” - Giacomo
Do you see this bridge? Could this be a road for the trucks?
“No.” - Saul
“If that’s the Loch Ness world, there has to be some monsters in that castle because only monsters live in the loch ness world. All of the people are monsters. That’s the point.” - Giacomo
One of the important part of telling a story is knowing who our characters are: who the people, or animals, or creatures in the story are.
I know that you both have great imaginations. What if we told our own story about the Loch Ness monster or any monsters that could live in this castle. - Elyse
“And that huge lake.” - Giacomo
What would they do if they lived in this photograph? What would they do all day? - Elyse
“What if they live with the cows?” - Saul
Oh, maybe there are cows here. We can’t see them, but we can pretend that they’re there. - Elyse
“No, there can’t be cows because if that’s the monster world, then the cows are monsters.” - Giacomo
Because we’re making up the story, our monster world can have anything we want it to have. - Elyse
Sometimes we start fairy tales with “Once upon a time”. What if we start with, “Once upon a time there was the Loch Ness Monster, some other monsters, and some cows, and they lived in a castle near the lake. What would we say next? What is the next part of our story?
“The truck will come pick them up and bring them down.” - Saul
“Broke down the other monsters and cows.” - Saul
Why would he do that? - Elyse
“Because he did’t want the monsters and cows to eat the truck so he broke them down.” - Saul
“Basically, they couldn’t have been cows because they weren’t invented then.” _ Giacomo
We can create any story we want to tell. It does’t have to be real. We can use our imaginations.
“At least my thinking is that cows shouldn’t be there. Cows are usually in farms, and they can’t be out in the nature because they don’t put them in things and stuff. You don’t just capture them at once. You just say to the cow to come, but they only say to come at farms. Because if they were there in the Loch Ness world, they couldn’t be real. THe Loch Ness world lived before the human world, and there was only cows who were actually monsters.The whole earth, all the people on their earth were monsters.” - Giacomo