Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Episode 24: Bus Stop Bravery



Click here to listen to: Bus Stop Bravery


Hi All,

Can you believe it? Schools have already started or are starting up soon all over the country.  It’s an exciting time of year in our house when the school year begins. Meeting new people and students is always a blast. This year, however, in the Night Light Stories household, the start of the school year is even more special.  Our first born is starting Kindergarten. More importantly to him, he gets to ride the bus he has drooled over for many years.  It can still be a little nerve-wracking though, to begin something new and unknown to you.  We have been preparing him for a month now about what is going to happen from the bus stop pick-up to the bus stop drop-off.  This only adds to his excitement and is what inspired the story you are about to hear!

VORACIOUS VOCABULARY
In our story there are many juicy words that are fun to learn and say. Try to use some of these words in your vocabulary this week at home or in school.

creep: to enter or become evident gradually.

disguise: to conceal or cover up the truth.

ease: freedom from concern.

immense: vast; huge; very great.

JUST ADD IMAGINATION!
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story.

1. Draw a map from your house to your school.  Make sure to include landmarks you pass along the way such as the library or the grocery store.


2. Review school bus safety rules as a family by checking out the information from http://www.aboutschool.com/busstop.htm.


COMPREHENSION CHALLENGE
After listening to the story, can you recall the details to answer these questions?

1. Why is the narrator nervous in the beginning of the story?

2. What do the three squeezes on the narrator's hand mean?

3. Who was the narrator of the story?

SHOW US YOUR BUS STOP BRAVERY!

We wish you all an illuminating school year full of your own new adventures!  
We would love to see some first day of school photos. Feel free to send them to nightlightstories@gmail.com or post them on our Facebook Fan Page.


A SPECIAL THANKS!

A special thanks to Justin Roberts, a talented children's music artist, for allowing us to use a portion of his song called Giant-Sized Butterflies. You can check out all of Justin's music and tour dates at http://www.justinroberts.org/.


Picture Credits: © Todd Rosenberg 2010

As always, we look forward to the many stories we can share together!

2 comments:

Evonne said...

That's awesome your little one is so excited about school and the bus!

My youngest starts Kindergarten next week. We don't have buses but hopefully this story will help him be a little less scared!

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