"See Dick. See Dick run."
Gives you chills, doesn't it? Me too. But instead of just providing one example, I came up with my own such story. It's sure to become a hit with the younger crowd. Read this aloud to the kiddos and wait for the accompanying beginning reader's story at the end:
Alexander has a tadpole whom he hath dubbed, 'Swimmy.' I honored his originality by christening every single tadpole in the backyard 'Swimmy' as well. It might cause some confusion among the amphibious siblings, but hey, there are hundreds of them. Creativity does have its limits after all.
Several such Swimmys have been placed in the care and keeping of yon Mason jars where their growth may be observed day by day.
The bright and happy decor of flower and rainbow stickers give these Swimmys the guts to follow their innermost hearts and to dream big. To believe that anything is possible.
But while tadpoles may swim under the rainbow in Mason jars inside...the outside world is less tame. Less peaceful. Less rainbow-y.
Join us as we travel to the wilds of the O. Family backyard and encounter sights never seen by the public. Until now. *adopts best 'Animal Kingdom' narrator voice*
...While the locals watch in fear.
These are the stories of dismantled bumblebees, dismembered grasshoppers, and annihilated ants that insect mothers tell their children at night to make them behave. And make them behave it does.
*insert 'Jaws' soundtrack*The circle of life often seems cruel and harsh, but these Swimmys must do what they can to survive, their fangs and fierce determination earning them the title of "Piranhas of the Kiddie Pool." Insects (as well as human children) should educate themselves to the ways of these creatures, these Swimmys. For ignorance can be deadly. And in the kiddie pool in the O. Family backyard, there are no second chances.
*cheerful smile* And here is the promised story for beginning readers. Let the kids read after you've finally convinced them that tadpoles are not the equivalent to piranhas.
See Swimmy. See Swimmy swim.
Wonderful, isn't it? For added effect, ask the child to read aloud doing their best James Earl Jones impression, followed by a diabolical chuckle. They'll be begging for more stories in no time.
I really should write my own curriculum.