Over the past few weeks the KinderPals have been learning all about the elements of story and how they apply to Shrek the Musical. We have read all of the stories associated with the characters in Shrek, we have discussed similarities and differences in different versions of each fairy tale and we have discussed main characters, secondary characters, setting, problems, story progression, and resolution. Each student has a book created with everything we have learned in this unit (though we are not yet finished). You can find your child’s work on their Kidblog.
Over the next week we will be completing our preparation for seeing Shrek the Musical. Seeing a live Broadway show is such a different experience from watching a movie, I want the students to be as prepared for the experience as possible. Learning the music, knowing the story inside-out, and knowing what audience manners are appropriate are all big learning opportunities for the children. Through this preparation I think that the show will take on much greater meaning for everyone.
Ask your children what they are learning about Shrek and the other fairy tales. Their expertise may surprise you!