This week, my MD hall friends and my preschool kiddos are reading Elmer by David McKee. This is a lovely book about a special elephant named Elmer who isn’t gray like the rest of his herd. Instead he is a beautiful patchwork of all the colors you can think of. Elmer doesn’t like being different until he finally realizes how important of a role he plays in the life of his herd. This is a great story for all kids looking to find their own place in the world!
This week, our craft is to make Elmer. The kids have been given a paper elephant. Their job is to spread liquid glue independently (if possible) or by using hand-over-hand assistance if necessary. Then, we are taking a colorful confetti of paper and spreading it across our elephant. The result is a beautiful patchwork elephant that looks just like Elmer from our story.
I haven’t really mentioned it before but we always start each lesson with a song. This month, we are doing a color song to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” This week in particular, I’m starting to see interaction with our kiddos. They are clapping at the right time and some are even doing some of the motions and gestures that go along with the song!