I was looking forward to reading this story to my Monday class which has a lot of four year olds because it is a little longer and I thought they would enjoy a more involved story.
Ira Sleeps Over is written by Bernard Waber and I thought it would be just the right choice for pyjama day. On pyjama day, children were invited to wear their pyjamas to preschool and bring a stuffy or teddy bear. Some children came without a teddy bear and they had the opportunity to choose a soft puppet to sit with while listening to the story. The children held teddys in their laps as I read the story.
In the story Ira has to decide whether or not to take his teddy bear with him when he goes to his friends’ house for a sleepover. It is a difficult decision as Ira is worried that his friend might laugh at him, especially when he finds out the teddy bears’ name is “Ta-Ta”. The story provides a great opportunity to ask the children “What would you do in this situation?”
Whenever I read a story I look for ways that children can make connections between the story and their own life experience. If they can do that, then I know I’ve had success. On pyjama day with teddy bears, fuzzy cats and puppets in laps, I felt confident that they were making connections. And when we finished the story, each child had a turn to tell the name of their stuffy. Those who chose a puppet could share a name they wanted to give to the puppet.
And everyone was happy to share.