Robin Redbreast

Robin Redbreast
Birds can represent the fluttering, darting thoughts of intuition. This is why little birds helped Cinderella help herself.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cinderella #130 Easy-Reader Cinderella (2011)

White felt and
green marker. Cut-out girl with big hair,
by Clare, age 7.

Once upon a time there lived a girl whose name was Ella.  Her mother had died when she was very small, and her father had married again.  This lady had two girls of her own, and they joined Ella's family, becoming Cinderella's stepmother, and step-sisters.  They were so mean! They made their new little sister do all of the work.  Every night, they said that it was her turn to do the dishes, and every morning, they made her mop the floor.  Since they liked her bedroom best of all, they made her sleep in the attic.  They even took all of her clothes, so that soon, all she had to wear was rags.  When her clothes got dirty they would not let her wash them.  Instead, they teased her and called her Cinderella. 
One day, they heard that the prince and his brother were going to have a fancy party.  But Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters said that she could not go to the ball!  Luckily for Cinderella, she had a fairy godmother!  Her godmother said that Cinderella could go, as long as she was home by midnight.  Then the fairy did magic and turned a pumpkin into a coach, some mice into horses, and a rat into a driver.  Best of all, the fairy godmother turned Cinderella's old dress into a golden gown and her shoes into glass slippers.
Cinderella had fun dancing with the prince, but she knew that she had to be home on time.  When she heard the bells of the clock, she ran away.  One of her  sparkly shoes got lost.  The prince found it.  He told his mother that he wanted to marry the girl that the shoe fitted.  So the Queen told her son that he should ask all of the girls who lived in town to try the shoe on.  He did, but it did not fit any of them.  Now the King told his son that he should ask all the girls who lived in the country to try it on. 
So the prince and his brother took shoe out to the country, and asked all of those girls to try the shoe on.  When they got to Cinderella's house, her step sisters tried it, but it did not fit them either.  Then Cinderella said, "May I have turn now?"  So the prince let her try the shoe, and it fitted her!  Cinderella and the prince got married, and lived happily ever after. 
Notes: Please excuse the delay in posting: Blogger had technical issues. 
Montessori Connection: Language/Vocabulary of Family
1. Read this story.
2. Notice that the words which are extra-large are all words describing people in the family
3. If these are new words for you, why not make flash cards with a friend, and quiz each other for spelling?
4. If these are familiar words for you, why not learn them in another language such as German or Spanish? First 1000 Words: Spanish (First Thousand Words Mini)First Thousand Words In German (First 1000 Words) (German Edition)
5. If you already know them in those languages, see if you can find someone to teach you how to write them in a language such as Sinhalese, Japanese, or Chinese, that doesn't use the Roman alphabet?First 1000 Words in Hebrew (First Thousand Words)First 1000 Words in Arabic (First Thousand Words)