The other day after our discussion about birds, I finally did one of my all time favorite story stretchers…
Green Eggs and Spam!!! Yey!!! For today I decided to have them color the eggs green first and place them on a nest just for kicks
It was a joy to see the kids try to figure out how to hold the eggs and navigate through the shape without cracking or squeezing too hard. Some of them were even brave enough to venture designs in their eggshells
Before the actual cooking activity, we went through the book, Green Eggs and Ham then we went on to experimenting on how to make our own version of the dish
Since most of my kids are readers already, I also let them take turns reading through the book. To further up the academic difficulty of the task, we also listed down the ingredients and procedure we did, then we went on to charting how many kids liked or did not like our little experiment.
As a finishing touch, we also answered some word problems about itRead More
It’s been a while since I’ve seen my children play bahay-bahayan (play house) in class. In fact, I don’t recall them doing so last school year at all, when I was handling the Juniors Class. This year, however, I started seeing them play pretend during rest time. I’d hear conversations between them about how mommy will read brother a bedtime story and that daddy needs to finish his documents in the computer, etc. etc. It’s been interesting to see their play dynamics.
Last week, however, I was surprised when one of the kids suddenly blurted out “but you can’t be the daddy, you’re too small” to one of the smaller boys in class. True, he is smaller than many other kids but I wasn’t expecting that. The little girl who said that went on to say, “so if you want to be daddy, you have to drink medicine so you get taller na”. Um…err…medicine? I blame this on the commercials on television that keep promoting whatever vitamins with hgh and whatever growth factor supplements. After my initial amazement at the whole discussion, I talked to the kids about how physical looks (size, weight, etc.) should never be an indicator of what one can or cannot do.
In the end, the little boy was daddy for the dayRead More
One of the topics I don’t really enjoy discussing much in my preschool classes is about family. It’s not that I don’t see the value of family but I feel that at times, I am limited by “traditional” definitions of the family, which is something I don’t feel comfortable with. I remember that as a child (and in the earlier days of studying about the general concept of the family) it would always have the stereotyped description of a family being “Daddy, Mommy, Brother, Sister and Baby”.
Given the changing dynamic of the family structure (and perhaps since I have a non-traditional family myself) I try to be more open about discussing the topic and several kids’ books that have helped my in my discussions are as follows:
- Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
- Amor (Or The Bat Who Thought She Was an Owl) by Mary Ann M. Tobias
- My Working Mom
- What Mommies Do Best (back to back with What Daddies Do Best)
Others that I haven’t really read or used myself but are also said to be quite helpful are:
- Daddy, Papa, and Me (with accompanying Mommy, Mama, and Me) by Leslea Newman
- William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
Yet another one of my favorite preschool stories is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin, Jr and illustrated by one of my all-time favorites, Eric Carle. I have done a lot of fun activities with this, including asking my kids to make their own version of the book after we read it. When I have the chance to, I will scan some of the samples they have done. I love how they can go from real animals to imagined ones and really be able to illustrate this fully.
In the meantime, here’s another video that can surely add to a teachers resources:
One of my favorite stories for class is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As I shared in a past post, I once was lucky enough to come across a real caterpillar about the same time we were discussing the story, thus we were able to use it as one great story stretcher. I also was able to use the story as an inspiration for my classroom decoration.
One other story stretcher that you can add to your collection is a video such as this:
For sure, the kids will love this!Read More