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Munsch World: The Final Frontier

March 22, 2017
Written by Sarah

The veil of darkness is lifting over the world of Robert Munsch. Bit by bit, story by story, the Big Kids have helped to pick up the pieces of the hungry dark gobbling up shadows all over town. With only two classes left, the Big Kids will uncover what’s left of the dark and restore Munsch World to its former glory!

When we left off with Munsch World last month, the Big Kids were getting ready to head out on another adventure…

 

With a need for speed, we made our way to Self-Care Home Health Products for a tour of “the wheelchair store” at the end of February. The staff, led by the lovely Kelda Gavina, were incredibly warm and welcoming to our band of mini Munsch-lovers!

After trying out a fleet of wheelchairs on the main floor, we were led downstairs to take a ride on “the fastest wheelchair ever!”,  a motorized behemoth that Lauretta, the main character in Robert Munsch’s Zoom!, would surely approve of. The kids (and teachers) took turns operating the chair under the watchful eye of Self-Care’s staff. Rollie, Sylvie, and Emily couldn’t get enough!

This goes down as one of my all-time favourite Big Kids Club field trips. Not only was it a great opportunity to shed some light on what it’s like to live with a physical disability, but it was flat-out fun for all!

Clang clang rattle bing bang gonna make my noise all day! Clang clang rattle bing bang gonna make my noise all day!  So cries the sleepless Mortimer in the Robert Munsch classic of the same name.

No strangers to keeping their parents up at night, the Big Kids had a hoot bringing Mortimer’s story to life. With each re-telling, we added another layer of complexity to the tale. First came the oft-heard refrain, “MORTIMER, BE QUIET!” Then, came the chorus. Later we added actions: thumping up up up the stairs on tip toes, creaking open the door, shaking heads “yes”.

When the Big Kids had mastered these elements, we added a new concept: steady beat. We patted our knees, clapped our hands, and stomped our feet to the beat, clang clanging with Mortimer the entire time. After breaking for a snack, we set to work making shakers in order to really turn up the volume on our telling of the story.

Join us from 1-4pm on March 29th for an epic scavenger hunt in search of the last missing piece of the dark. No stone will be left unturned in the solving of our final Munschian mystery!


Wednesday’s Adventures in Munsch World

February 21, 2017
Written by Sarah

Munsch World is looking a whole lot brighter these days thanks to the children of Big Kids Club!

Since the beginning of January, the Big Kids have helped pick up the pieces of the hungry, shadow-eating dark that was scattered across town after little Jule Ann (The Dark) tried disposing of it in a passing garbage truck.

Each Wednesday, we navigate this wacky world with the help of our trusty Munsch Map. So far, it’s taken us to a bunch of unexpected and exciting places! Here are a few highlights from our adventures:

Mmm…Cookies!

After Christopher, the cookie monster at the heart of this story, is tricked by his teacher into eating a play dough cookie himself, the rest of his class gets inspired to create a real cookie that will feed the whole classroom!

The Big Kids and I had to try this out for ourselves, so we got to work making “the biggest cookie ever” after reading this story. Liam, Sylvie, and Maxim measured, poured, and mixed their hearts out to make this enormous treat. They brought the story to life, wap wap wapping the dough and plunk plunk plunking on chocolate chips.

 

Angela’s Airplane

In the spirit of this Munsch classic, Maxim, Liam, Alice and I ventured out to YVR Airport to find Angela’s Airplane and the dark all at the same time. Though we didn’t fly any airplanes like Angela, we watched our share of take offs and landings from the Public Observation Area. Like Angela, the kids got to press lots of buttons, putting YVR’s interactive model of Sea Island to good use.

After Liam spotted “Angela’s airplane” landing on a distant runway, we began our search for the dark. We spotted it in some strange places, including the tip of a stuffed orca’s tongue and a skytrain ticket machine. When all three kids had collected their darks, we hopped back on the skytrain to continue our epic transportation adventure of planes, trains, busses, and elevators!

 

Something Good

Something Good is a great jumping off point for conversations about food and nutrition, so the kids and I discussed what “good food” really means. Is good food healthy? Is it yummy? Or is it both? After our discussion, we collaged a variety of “good foods” on to paper plates to try making a balanced meal. Some were more balanced than others, with cookies and cakes in prominent display on more than a few plates!

 

 

 

Join us this Wednesday, February 22nd for our second Munsch-inspired field trip! This time, we’re off to Self-Care Home Health Products on 6th Avenue to find out what it’s like to use a wheel chair like Lauretta, the main character in Zoom! Do they have a 92-speed, silver and gold, dirt bike wheel chair like Lauretta’s? It’s up to the Big Kids to find out!


Welcome to Munsch World!

January 10, 2017
Written by Sarah

Welcome to Munsch World, a place where hilarity ensues and mystery abounds!

Click the image above to for a video of The Dark!

The Dark has escaped, and it’s busy eating up shadows all over town…

At the end of Robert Munsch’s classic story by the same name, little Jule Ann and her parents dispose of the shadow-eating dark by trapping it in a cookie jar, sealing it up tight, and hurling it onto a passing garbage truck. The dark is gone for good…or so they think!

This Wednesday, the Big Kids are about to discover that the dark is, in fact, alive and well in Munsch World. Tossing and turning in the back of the garbage truck, the cookie jar broke open! As the truck made its way through town, little bits of dark fell out along the way.

It’s up to the Big Kids to collect the pieces of dark scattered around Munsch World and save it from the hungry, shadow-eating dark…one Robert Munsch-inspired riddle at a time!

The Big Kids will use their trusty Munsch Map to navigate their way through Munsch World.

Using their trusty Munsch Map, the Big Kids will explore a world inhabited by the “clang clanging” Mortimer, the airplane-wielding Angela, and the infamous dragon of The Paperbag Princess, just to name a few. Each class, they’ll travel to a new location on the map, get to know a new Robert Munsch story, and help the population of Munsch World by solving a riddle and gathering up the dark…for good this time!

Join us from 1-4pm on Wednesday afternoons for a Munsch World adventure!


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