We read a beautiful story today called If You Plant a Seed, by Kadir Nelson. This is a beautiful story that begins with a bunny and a mouse planting seeds and having a feast when the vegetables are ready to harvest. Birds are watching, and the bunny and mouse become selfish and do not share their food. Seeds of selfishness are planted and when the birds don't leave, the bunny and mouse fight with the birds, ruining all the vegetables. They end up covered in food, and in a heap of trouble. The mouse knows the birds can take the seeds from the vegetables and spread them from above as they fly over, and that kindness is repaid by the birds, the bunny and the mouse all taking care of the garden and sharing the harvest with all the animals of the forest. It's a beautiful story that illustrates the old lesson of you reap what you sow, and what you share with others will bring you joy. We talked about this lesson, but also how the pictures in the story tell more of the story than the words. We read the book slowly, pausing to be sure we understood the story. This is an important lesson, especially right now for these readers who are becoming more confident and fluent, and would like to fly through the texts, instead of thinking and monitoring their understanding along the way. We wrote today about what seed we will plant. The children worked very hard on this, tried to use punctuation, and are bringing their papers home to share with you today. Ask me to show and tell you about the seed I will plant.
Have a nice evening!