Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Me I Am by Jack Prelutsky
Why we love this book:
In celebration of all preschoolers and their unique selves, we like to begin the school year with an All About Me unit. It’s a wonderful way to highlight how we are all alike and all different and how each of us are perfectly made! Me I Am is written in poetry form with repetitive text and rhyming patterns. It shows how different children have unique thoughts, feelings and interests.
Preschool Self Portraits – Portfolio Entry
Ms. Trisha’s Preschool Class, age 4
- read aloud books portraying a positive self image
- large chart tablet and markers for the teacher
- paper and markers for the children
Step 1: Modeling a Positive Self Image
- Each school year, Ms. Trisha kicks off the year by reading aloud books such as . . .
- Sloppy Joe by Dave Keane
- From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- Me I am by Jack Prelutsky
- Next, she discuses having a positive attitude.
- On a large chart tablet, Ms. Trisha demonstrates how to draw a self portrait of herself.
- As she models the class talks about . . .
- how they each have one round head like a circle
- 2 arms, 2 legs, 10 toes and fingers
- their different hair and eye colors
- all the different clothes they have worn to school that day
Step 2: Self Portraits
- With paper and markers in hand, Ms. Trisha asks the children to draw a self portrait.
- This young lady captured her brown curly hair, blue eyes and great big smile perfectly.
Step 3: Display
- I love that Ms. Trisha has created a bulletin board where the children can proudly display their works of art. This huge board hangs in the hallway for all the children, parents and staff to admire.
Step 4: Add to Portfolio Assessment
- These self portraits will be on exhibition for about three weeks.
- Next, Ms. Trisha will put them in the children’s individual portfolios for future reflection.
Portfolio Collection and Assessment
If you are a preschool teacher or a homeschool parent, the best way to track the children’s progress during the year is to collect pieces of their work.
Organizing a Portfolio System
- This portfolio system was created with 1 inexpensive crate ($5.00 from Target)
- 1 hanging file folder for each child.
- Ms. Trisha adds 2 to 3 pieces of work a month in the file of each child.
- By the end of the school year, she can see each child’s progress and it is also a wonderful keepsake for the parents.
- I highly recommend you give this easy portfolio system a try!
Life with Joyce
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Me I Am by Jack Prelutsky
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What thought, feeling or interest makes you uniquely you? What makes you “the only ME I AM?” (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, September 13, 2012
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, September 14, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
Tomorrow we will GIVEAWAY another copy of ME I AM! Yes, you have two chances to win! Enter both times to win!
We will highlight how to add writing to a kindergarten and first grade Self Portrait lesson.
See you tomorrow!