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BLAST Early Learning
All About Me!

Books:

I Like Myself

I Like Myself!
by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

 

The OK Book

The OK Book
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

A character enumerates a great many things that it enjoys doing, although not great at any of them, knowing that someday it will excel at something.

 

Open-ended questions for The OK Book

  • What do you think it means when someone is “okay” at something?
  • What is something that you are only “okay” at doing?
  • What is something that you can do excellently, or very well?
 

Game:

Body Part Dice

Make a large cube, and velcro pictures of different body parts on it.
Let the children take turns rolling the dice and then chant:

When (child's name) rolls the dice,
we touch our (body part),
When (child's name) rolls the dice,
we touch our (body part),
We reach up high, up to the sky

When (child's name) rolls the dice,
we touch our (body part)


 

Rhyme:

I Have

I have ten tiny fingers
I have ten tiny toes.
I have two ears,
I have two eyes,
I have a little nose.
I have a mouth to open,
And tiny teeth to bite,
I have a tongue,
Within my mouth
I keep it out of sight.

Repeat this rhyme, stopping at the underlined words, and pointing at the corresponding body part.  Let the students fill in the blanks for you.

 

Vocabulary Word:

excellent: adj. very good

“One day, I’ll grow up to be really excellent at something.”
(taken from The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld)

 

Activities:

Math: Measure Me

Give the children a string and scissors. Have one child lie down and let them measure how tall he is and then cut the string. Later the children can compare their strings and show them to their families.

Math: Class Cookbook

Ask your parents to send a recipe from home as well as a picture (if no picture is available have the child draw one).  Compile the recipes and give a
cookbook to the parents.

 

Art: My Placemat

What You Need: Construction paper, paint, picture of child, glue

What You Do: Give each child a piece of paper. Let the children put their handprint on the paper. They can also decorate the paper any way that they want. Finally put their picture and name somewhere on the page and laminate it. Use the placemats during meals and snack for your children.

Art: Silhouette Art

What You Need: Paper, bright light, glue, art supplies of your choice

What You Do: Use a bright light, a
projector, or the sun and take a piece of construction paper and trace the
silhouette of your children on the
paper. Cut out the silhouette and place a piece of black paper under it. Glue it onto a large piece of colored paper. Now let the children decorate the white frame.

Science: Fingerprints

Fingerprint all of your children. Write the name of the corresponding child on their fingerprint. Place all of the fingerprints in one area with
magnifying glasses. Tell the children to look closely and they will see that no one has the same print.


Science: The Spine

Explain to your children how the spine works, and then show them. Cut apart the sections of an egg carton and stack them putting tissue between each (cartilage). This stack will move
similar to the way our spines do.

 

Science: A Heart

Show your children the pumping
action of a heart by putting red colored water in a clear balloon. Put a straw in the balloon. When you squeeze the balloon water pumps out similar to the way it works in our bodies.

 

Literature:

It's OK to be differentIt's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's Okay to be a different color," "It's Okay to need some help," "It's Okay to be adopted," and "It's Okay to have a different nose."

 

Ella Sarah Gets DressedElla Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ellah Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

 

 

Incredible MeIncredible Me!

by Kathi Appelt; pictures by G. Brian Karas

A girl celebrates her own individuality, from her freckles to her wiggles.

 

 

Will You Read to MeWill You Read to Me? by Denys Cazet

Hamlet enjoys reading books and writing poetry, not playing in the mud and fighting over supper like the other pigs, but he finally finds someone who appreciates him just as he is.