what a week! in the midst of the last days of school and mother’s day prep, we turned our classroom into a zoo (quite fitting, actually!).
children were invited to bring pretend animals from home. this was a favorite of the day. we did show and tell at the first circle time (instead of at the end of the day). we graphed each one on an all-school graph and made a masking tape cage for each type on the floor of the classroom.
this graph is incomplete…we had to move on to another piece of paper and the fish column went off the top!
we had blue water, blocks, and a few big rocks in the tub table. plastic animals were allowed to come swim all week.
i found cheap plastic animals that worked well for making cages so friends could take home their own part of the zoo.
there were some zoos without walls…
some with open gates…
and some had animals that were so wild, the cage bars couldn’t stay up.
there were a few children who smiled a little bigger, walked a little taller, seemed to grow a little more as we honored mexico. one little friend said, “hey! i know that place! i know it!” i know she does. : )
there was a simple three column worksheet to color like the mexican flag’s colors.
someone donated a set of 1964 (!!!!!) junior encyclopedias that came in useful for flag comparing.
we have a little song we sing too:
cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)
it makes me think of mexico in a special way (clap-clap)
SPOILER ALERT: if you are a mama from preschool and you have not opened your green tissue paper or white lunch bag present, stop reading (and check your child’s backpack…)!
but may you all know the joy children take in making something for someone special. this year they were “found items necklaces” (or “things to hang on a nail if the mom doesn’t wear necklaces” as one friend said) with 1 inch photos of each.