After reading through our airplane and airport books (see post here), I created a scavenger hunt based on what we learned.
Every year, we travel from Michigan to Arizona by plane. Some of the flights have been almost fine and some have been terrible (including my daughter getting sick with no barf bag in sight!!). This year, I am going to do whatever I can to better prepare my kids, especially my three-year old. I don’t think that she remembers getting sick, however, this year she is so much more aware of what is going on around her and curious about EVERYTHING that she sees.
I hit the local library to look for non-fiction books that can help teach my kids the ins and outs of flying on an airplane. I was looking for non-fiction because it is very important to read both fiction and non-fiction text with your kids. It is easier to keep their interest in non-fiction text when they are reading about something that connects to their lives.
Last week, we learned all about different feelings. We focused on how your face changes depending on how you are feeling and what causes you to feel certain ways. Unfortunately, we had several kids absent (there is a bad flu going around). We missed them, but we ended up having a good time.
I love reading different versions of fairy tales. It was one of my favorite units that I used with my fourth and fifth graders. Authors have the ability to tweak a story that the audience is familiar with in new and often comical ways. In this version of the traditional story, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Mo Willems does just that. He plays with the plot line of the traditional story, by featuring hungry dinosaurs that are somehow familiar with the past behavior of Goldilocks.
Tomorrow we are learning all about feelings. I have created a simple preschool book for the kids to complete on Powerpoint. The first page after the cover reads “I feel happy when I ____.” The word “happy” is in yellow and there is plenty of space for kids to complete the sentence and create a picture. Each page has a different feeling. With the kids completing the sentence, they will know in their heads what the words are and will be able to “read” the words on their own. I also hope that this book introduces some more sight words to the kids. If you print the book as is, you will get two copies of the book.
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We had so much fun with our rainbow theme! Here is what we did….
On Saturday, we had our Preschool Awesome Authors class. This week, we focused on Mo Willems. We had so much fun! We ended up reading three of his books in class. One of which was Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.
After reading and discussing the book, each child created a glyph. I think that glyphs are so much fun to create and it is a great way to try to have kids show their individuality.