From a Preschooler's Perspective - 1
Preschooler #1: "I want to have the mermaid (stuffie) at rest time."
Preschooler #2: "I want to have it tomorrow."
Preschooler #3: "OK, I'll have it on a different morrow!"
From a Preschooler's Perspective - 2
A couple of preschoolers were telling me that they can speak other languages. One told me that she can speak "Spanglish" while another told me that she can speak "Franklin".
Emergent Curriculum ~ Piggie & Elephant
This year the preschoolers have really gotten into Mo Willems' Piggie and Elephant series of picture books. As part of our emergent curriculum we have built on this interest in a variety of ways. We read these books on a regular basis, the children will often act out the characters' roles while reading (with or without adult support), the children frequently choose to read these books during rest time, and parents have even joined in on the Piggie and Elephant excitement that has taken hold in our classroom.
Following are some pictures of members of our preschool community selecting, reading and enacting some Piggie and Elephant stories. As is usual in the preschool, a variety of skills (in various domains of learning) are being acquired and practiced while the children are happily participating in the activities that they are choosing to engage in. During these literature based activities the preschoolers are improving their knowledge in areas such as: oral language development, using interactive language, social skill development, reading comprehension, understanding how text works, learning about letters and words, reading with fluency and expression, and developing an appreciation for books and literature. And, of course, the preschoolers are learning to greatly value and enjoy being involved in the learning process while at school!