Gustavo, the Shy Ghost STEM Invitation
Today we read the story Gustavo, the Shy Ghost. In the book shy Gustavo is finding the courage to make friends during the spooky season. He loves nothing more than playing on his violin, and with the Day of the Dead approaching he wanted to share his two favorite things with them. Through loneliness, bravery, and friendship he provides an experience for his friends.
Reading stories that incorporate celebrations such as Día de los Muertos, is a wonderful way for children to learn more about different cultures. This ancient Mexican tradition honors ancestors and loved ones who have passed. The preparation of sugar skulls, delicious food, flowers, art, and shrines are made for the festivities of singing, dancing, and reminiscing.
To extend the literacy experience we invited the children to create their own cemetery along with ofrendas just like the one where Gustavo played his violin. We provided these amazing foam blocks donated from the Bay Area Discovery Museum, wooden tombstones, skulls, skeletons, monarch butterflies, marigolds, ofrendas, alebrijes, wooden spooky friends, and MerryMakers plush Gustavo!
Extending the literacy experience through any invitations deepens their comprehension of the story, builds upon their language, and honors their interests with what's going on in the world around them. The best part about integrating books and hands-on learning is that it further ignites their curiosity and wonder of the world all through the power of a story and play!