Yesterday, I received a lovely note from Mrs. Riethmuller, a pre-K teacher at the Elfinwild Presbyterian Church Preschool in Allison Park, PA describing how much she and her students have been enjoying “Goodnight, Ark.”
Here are some excerpts from Mrs. Riethmuller’s delightful note, along with pictures that show her class room all decked out “Goodnight, Ark” style!
“I must share with you that the Purple Room is featuring “Goodnight, Ark” for Reading Adventure Days this week. The children are loving your book. We have almost 300 children that will hear it! Your rhymes are clever and, of course, we are familiar with Jane Chapman’s illustrations. This familiar Bible story is FUN!”
“In addition to hearing “Goodnight, Ark”, the children have been able to make a quilt on the felt board, build an ark on the light table, make play dough animals, decorate a lantern, decorate a quilt square to be hung on the wall and enjoy and animal cracker snack! It has been like “Christmas morning” with excitement!!
And now for the pictures!
The these colorful patterned paintings were inspired by Jane Chapman’s end pages. Didn’t the children do a marvelous job!
Can you spot the copy of “Goodnight, Ark” on the table in the corner surrounded by pairs of animals? FUN!
Hanging from the ceiling are the lanterns like the one Noah had in his hand and stars from the cover of the book. The cover letters and stars are also featured the door. The back wall is an ark and the children chose to create boars, skunks, or quail (all embellished with glitter, of course!).
The last picture shows more Noah’s ark-themed elements. Look closely at the little red dots above the silhouettes of the children and you will notice they are ladybugs! (Also inspired by the end pages.)
Thank you, Mrs. Riethmuller for sending me such a fun note! I just LOVE seeing how you and your students have brought Noah and his ark to life in your classroom. Happy Reading Adventure Days to you and your class!