|A doll from the Slovak Republic.|
A rich man and his wife had a pretty daughter. But then the wife died. Cinderella was very sad. Dad remarried and everything got much worse then. A dove was Cinderella's only friend. Fortunately, a fairy came! She was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother! Her magic helped Cinderella get to the ball. It was very exciting to watch the spells happen. Just when Cinderella asked what she would wear, the fairy gave her a Kiss and her clothes were transformed. Lizards then became footmen, and six mice became six horses. Now it was time to make a coach! Of course, a Pumpkin would have to be found first. Arriving at the ball, the mysterious stranger, who was really Cindrella, was greeted by the Queen. Right away, the prince began to dance with her. Suddenly, the clock struck twelve. Unfortunately, as Cinderella fled, she lost a shoe. Various people tried to fit the shoe; none could. When the prince finally came to Cinderella's house, his servant, Xander, took one look at the ugly step-sisters and turned to Cinderella. "You're not going to get away with this!" they yelled. Remember the dove? Just then it zoomed down and pecked out the stepsisters' eyes. And Cinderella and the prince lived happily ever after.
Crossman, R.H. (2011)
Notes: I am a preschool teacher, helping kindergarden bound five year olds learn to recognize their names. This means that I sang the ABC's at least 67 times today, while one or two struggled to touch each sandpaper letter as we said its name...They are sweet and delightful, and run their little fingers over the "sandy parts". I have a 3 year old named Xander in my class, and he can always find his X in the alphabet box.
Montessori Connection: Language/Moveable Alphabet (ages 3-7)
1. Read an ABC book.
2. While a child watches, write her name on a sentence strip. OR: Ask the child to choose a word to form. Example: run, mom, dad, etc.
3. Lay the child's name or word card below the alphabet box.
4. Using the Montessori Moveable alphabet, watch as the child lays out the letters of the word she is building.