Today we read a story called, 'You Are Special' by Max Lucado. The title of the book was perfect for today's lesson because as soon as the children heard it, they started thinking of ways in which they are special. The story is about a small, wooden puppet or Wemmick called, Punchinello. He lives in a little village with other Wemmicks and all they do is put stickers on each other. The pretty, talented Wemmicks get gold star stickers and those with chipped paint, scratches, or those who don’t have any special talents get grey dot stickers. Punchinello always gets the grey dots. He meets another Wemmick just like him called, Lucia and he finds out that she always gets the grey dot stickers too. She told him to go and visit Eli, the puppet maker. Eli tells Punchinello that he doesn’t care if he has grey dots all over him, he loves him just the same and respects him for who he is, flaws and all. Punchinello learns that flaws should not depict who someone is, but it’s what's on the inside that counts and makes you special.
As a class, we discussed 'You Are Special' and then the children were placed into groups and they role-played the story. Take a look at the photographs of Punchinello receiving his dots and going to visit Eli for comfort and advice.
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