Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything

This book, The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything, is one I read with my kids every year!   It works especially well in small groups--generally it's our first play.  Each child has a part---either a hat, shoes, pants, shoes, gloves, or pumpkin head.  Each child has a line (e.g. 'clomp, clomp', 'wiggle wiggle'.....).  I'm amazed at how hard the line is for some of them to remember!
   I even read this with some artic kids---there are a lot of 'L' words in the book!  Every time I point at the child, he needs to say 'little old lady' correctly!      

The video below is one I found on YouTube.  I have no idea who these kids are, but the teacher here did what I did with my kids last week---she brought in real articles of clothing and each child had a part to play along with an piece of clothing to hold.  She paired kids up, while I paired my kids with whatever adults were in the room.  It was all fun! Exactly how you structure this depends on the levels of your children.

I also quickly made some visuals.  I used them during the group activity to assist in comprehension and to cue the kids as to when to say their line.

Click here to get the visuals in Boardmaker

Click here to get the visuals in pdf
    I am in the process of switching all pdf visuals to Smarty Symbols. Since I pay for this subscription, this product is on Teachers Pay Teachers.  If you have Boardmaker, click above and it's free.

Have fun with this book.  I did!     I also want to say that when reading this to the kids, you have the freedom to paraphrase.  Some of the pages are slightly wordy--but I managed to hone in on the action words quickly with an abbreviated reading.

Happy Halloween!



  1. I love the idea of bringing real clothing items in to work on this story. I'm not planning on using this book with my kids this year, but it will be a great idea for next year! (I like to alternate books each year so it doesn't get boring.) Thank you for sharing!

    Miss Thrifty

  2. I blogged about this book a few years ago:

    But I didn't have any Boardmaker pics to go with it! Great idea!

  3. I'm doing this book this week! It's one of my fall favorites! I typically use the printables from Making Learning Fun. They have a really cute matching game that I use with my small groups.

    Carrie's Speech Corner

  4. I love this book! I had to buy a new one because the first one I purchased was falling apart from so much use. Thanks for the visuals!

    Oh, How Pintearesting!


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