Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Nativity Story

What started as a three week foray back at the chalk face has ended up with me being there for a whole term. It's been uppy and downy, laugh or cry and sometimes just plain old 'I don't want to go to school today.' But there have been some really good times too. Like this week.

We read the children (remember they are three and four) The Christmas Story. Do you know this one? We have it at home and I was very pleased to see it in the classroom too. Then, one by one, the children were asked to retell it to us. And we scribed. We are in the process of getting the children to draw the Main Characters so we can print out their words and join everything together to make 32 fabulous books.

And I would very much like to share some of these wonderful stories with you...

Baby Jesus was in the barn and he was talking to the angels. They went into the barn. The knights on the camels went to see Baby Jesus and they brought him some presents, some things. The star told them and they talked to each other and they followed the star. The shepherds saw the barn and they talked to Baby Jesus.

The shepherd looked after the sheep. The angel crashed and fell over. Then she went to see Baby Jesus. Mary was there and Daddy. The kings walked to get the baby. They followed the star to the stable. The baby is called Freddie. He did sleeping.

Some shepherds were looking after their sheep so they don’t get lost. The tooth fairy comes and she says ‘A baby will come.’ The shepherds go with the sheep. They are going to go to the farm. The tooth fairy is at the farm. The star was in the sky. They found a baby. Baby Jesus! Three kings come. They bringed gold and treasure and stuff. They gave it to Baby Jesus.

The shepherds were looking after their sheep so they don’t get lost. An angel came. ‘Baby Jesus has been born.’ The shepherds wanted to see the baby. Three kings followed a star and gave him some presents because it was his birthday. I think he would like a spoon.

Jesus was sleeping in the bed in the house. The shepherds saw an angel who was singing. Three kings got on their cameras and rode to see the little baby. The shepherds looked after the sheep. Mary sat in the stable.

Baby Jesus did lots of sleeping. The majesties rided horses and the baddy came. The angel flew away. The baddy came and collected the witch. The baby died.

Well, whaddya think? Have I done a good job teaching these children? Would you be pleased to have me as your child's teacher??? I know for certain that one of these children has a newly diagnosed hearing problem but the rest? Vivid imaginations. And bad memories.

I think I will try this out on SmallerBean too. She is only just a smidge younger than a lot of these children and I think the story could be a goody. If it is, I'll let you know.


  1. At least they got the names right. My husband's cousins children thought for a while that the nativity was about the little baby cheeses. Babybel, anyone?!

  2. Children are so, so sweet. I love how these stories are told by the little ones...they are always funny and precious at the same time. Thanks for sharing, it sounds like you are a very good teacher.

  3. That is such a wonderful idea, I'd love to do it with our foundation stage class, and we only have a class of 16!

    Retelling stories is difficult for children so I think they have all done very well for three and four year old and I love what vivid imaginations and wandering minds (as the story was told) have added to their versions.

    What a lovely keepsake those books will be, great fun to look back on in a few years. Thanks for sharing this, I might just use the idea one day!

  4. I loved reading the stories! They are so sweet and funny at the same time! Isn't it great that they have such good imaginations, there only wee so I can see how they can get things mixed up or add a little bit of their own! Thanks for sharing the stories! :) x

  5. Absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  6. Oh wow we have just had a real good giggle at those, my favourite one is the one where the baddy came ~ do you think that child might have drifted off during the story telling?
    Thanks for them, so funny and sweet.
    Kandi x

  7. Heehee!!
    Out of the mouth of babes eh!
    Dottiecookie's 'baby cheeses' was hilarious.

  8. Ohhhh that is priceless! Im still giggling at some of those stories, I love what children come out with!!

    You are very welcome to put a link to my giveaway too - so glad you got chance to come by and take part!

    Much love
    Julia x x x