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NOL Sample Story: Something from Nothing

Posted by Eileen Miller on April 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

This post is an example of how I would dialogue with my children about the simple stories we've read together from pre-school through third or fourth grade.  I would often try to apply a biblical principle to our discussion and written summary of the story in their journal.  I love to key in on acts of virtue or vice shown by the characters so that my children would enjoy learning about beneficial or detrimental behavior.  I also had the children draw a simple picture about the story on their journal page.  In the beginning, I just helped them sketch out shapes if they needed help.  They soon followed my example.  With this story, I prepared a tracing activity of some simple drawings.  The more practice the children have...the more advanced their pictures and coloring will be.  

The story I've chosen to show as my example is so sweet.  It is a picture book called "Something from Nothing" by Phoebe Gilman.  After you read this story to your child, develop questions to ask them (or use the ones I've provided below).  Everyone writes differently and my example is only a guide.  Please be creative where ever the spirit leads you and your child.  There are many bible passages that reference the theme of EXPRESSING JOY that I've zeroed in on as the Main Idea (MI).

 

1.)  ASK:  What is this story about?  (Opportunity to explain meaning of Main Idea)


Answer:  SHOWING JOY (Lead your child into developing a sentence with these two words in it.  Important:  Actions can SHOW / PORTRAY something...which is a great word to use and know.)  If your child is a very early beginner, the sentence can naturally be shorter or done piecemeal (a little every day).  You don't want to overwhelm them.  Mom knows best when her child needs a little pushing or taking a break. 

 

Topic Sentence:  A young boy shows joy over the blanket his grandfather made for him by writing a story about it.

 

2.)  ASK:  Why is this good and/or how can it apply to my life?  (The underlined word should be looked up in the dictionary together.)

 

Middle Sentence:  We should all show joy for the good things we experience in life.

 

3.)  ASK:  Can you think of or can we find (use Concordance or Internet) a bible verse to conclude the paragraph with?  (Remember to look up underlined words in dictionary).

 

Conclusion:  Even Saint Peter expresses joy in Acts Two of the bible when thousands of people converted after hearing the good news about Our Lord.

 

or something like:

 

Conclusion - Option 2:  This is the reason people wrote the bible because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and joyful about God's Revelation.  They wanted to share their joy with the world.

 

Developed Paragraph:


     A young boy shows joy over the blanket his grandfather made for him by writing a story about it.  We should all show joy for the good things we experience in life.  This is the same reason poeple wrote the bible because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and joyful about God's Revelation.  They wanted to share their joy with the world.

 

(I believe if they were inspired by the Holy Spirit, they were also joyful about the task at hand.)

 

This is an older child's journal entry that was taught in the classroom.  Therefore, some copywork was involved with the use of a whiteboard.  Nevertheless, I had them answer these questions:

 

1)  What is this story about?

2)  Who did what in the story?

3)  How did the blanket change?  What is my picture about?

4)  What was the result of this action?  How did Joseph respond?

5)  How can I tie in a bible verse?

6)  Conclusion:  What should we do in our life?  How should I feel or act?

 

Developed Paragraph


     This is a story of the joy and love between a grandfather and his grandson.  Joseph's grandfather made him a blanket that became worn and tattered through the years.  His grandfather gets creative each time the material becomes worn by making it into a jacket, vest, tie, handkerchief, and button.  Joseph decides to express his joy for these acts of love from his grandfather by writing a story about it.  St. Peter in Acts Two also expresses his joy in Jesus Christ at Pentecost by proclaiming the Gospel.  We should all express joy for the virtue we see in life.

 

 

 

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