Today was the first focus group for my children’s stories. I smile as it’s somewhat of a stretch to call it that as there were only two kids. But hey, it’s a start.
Overall, I think it went pretty well. We sat on the floor and read together, stopping from time to time to talk about the adventures. At one point in the story, Gracie, the main character, plays a trumpet in a marching band. “Do you play the trumpet?” I asked. The response: “No, but we have a drum!” Great problem solving! The story could safely continue. I even got a giggle or two while we read, which totally made it worth the effort. And the best part? No tomatoes were thrown! Although, graham crackers did make their appearance.
After reading, we had a small activity where we drew pictures inspired by the story. Here’s the girls hard at work:
Claire’s image (left), was a multicolored coat with a zipper in the middle of it and I think Emma changed her mind a couple times throughout the process. I know at one point it was a rainbow… then bouncing balls… But, sometimes creative ingenuity just can’t be confined to the limitations of one idea. (smile)