I recently began my second après-écoles group at Brasles. (My thoughts about my first one are here.) I needed a story as inspiration for construction work with the children. This is what I wrote, a fast and fantastical story wrapped around the lovely little poem by Edwin Morgan, “The Loch Ness Monster’s Song”:
Last-minute transmission of schedules left me imagining working with 8-10yr olds in a dedicated space, but when I arrived, I discovered I’m with (about 24) 4-6yr olds, and still sitting in their own classroom! So I had to think fast. My first words to them were Edwin Morgan’s poem, then I tried, in my bad French, a reduced version of the story, which they almost grasped.
The following week I brought in a monsterish off-cut of wood, and we began decorating it.