By Mrs. Lowe-Hale, Preschool Teacher
From small to tall, from here to there, King’s Preschoolers celebrated everywhere! National Read Across America Day, established in 1998 to inspire a lifelong love of reading in children, spanned an entire week for the Preschool. All ages focused on letter recognition, early literacy activities, reading buddies, and silly stories. The younger classes teamed up with the Pre-Kindergarten for Dr. Seuss themed crafts, read-aloud books, and rhyming games. Green Room (aged 2-3) partnered with Blue Room (aged 4-5), where the older children taught the younger how to construct Truffula Trees. Rainbow Room (aged 18 months-2 ½) met with Orange Room (aged 4-5) and practiced their reading and rhyming skills with hand-crafted picture books. With increased focus on beginning rhyme and matching sounds, teachers intentionally crafted lesson plans using poetry and Seussical nonsense to help children explore the English language through sensorial play experiences.
With all five senses engaged, little learners make stronger connections to the subject matter. Who doesn’t want to hear a Who like Horton, touch a fluffy Truffula Tree, taste green eggs and ham, or see their teachers dressed up like Thing 1 and Thing 2? Teachers and students alike came to chapel decked out for Wacky Wednesday with backwards clothes and elaborate hairstyles in every rainbow hue! For one class, Friday was a Hop on Pop party, complete with popcorn and a rhyming game of bubble wrap hopscotch. Other classes snacked on the infamous green eggs and ham or munched on Goldfish after reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
King’s Preschool organizes their curriculum by month, with a focus in February on Community Helpers. The year, Literacy Week allowed teachers to seamlessly engage students in conversations about authors, illustrators, poets, and other professions related to the craft of writing and the ways writing influences, teaches, and inspires. The children witnessed their teachers displaying the joy of reading, a joy that will stay with them their whole lives through. Indeed, from young to old, from here to there, King’s kids are learning to read everywhere!