And I’ll be the person that gasped

Kyla draws a picture at the table. She then walks around, holding the drawing up to her face, saying, 


Ooooooooooo! Spooky ghost!

The friendly ghost soon approaches Diane.

Caroline and Cal are playing with playdough at the table nearby and are both intrigued by Kyla’s spooky noises. They watch and listen as Kyla inches towards Diane. 

Kyla: Ooooooo! Spooky ghost!

Is that how you become spooky? With that drawing? 


Is that a story? Are you going to pretend to be a spooky ghost in the story? 


Caroline pauses her activity to make an offer…

Cal: And it’s like this. 

Cal then adds his own interpretation of gasping; jumping out of his chair, onto the floor. 

Caroline wants to add more to her demonstration of gasped, 

You say like this (gasping) and then you start to do this…

And watch this. I’ll be like shivering.


Later in the morning, at our meeting, Caroline and Kyla share their story.

Other children want to try this out. Travers and Luca ask to be spooky ghosts in the story. Kaya and Thomas volunteer to play the “person that gasped.”

Kyla adds, And next week, Caroline will be the spooky ghost and I’ll be the person that gasped.

The following day, however,while at meeting, Travers asks, Can we play that spooky ghost game again? 

This time, more children want to participate, so we take turns, two children at a time.  

“The world is but canvas to our imaginations.”

-Henry David Thoreau