In the spirit of October and all things spooky, scary, and creepy, Pre-K 108 will be listening to books with the same theme. This week, we’ve already spent two days listening to Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown.
Creepy Carrots is about a young Jasper Rabbit who has had more than his fair share of carrots in Crackenhopper Field. Things start to turn creepy when the carrots stand their ground…
The pre-k students really enjoyed listening to Creepy Carrots. After listening to the story, our kids had the opportunity to make their own Creepy Carrot in the art center. We used recycled paper rolls and masking take to craft the carrot form. Strips of green construction paper were stuck in to represent the stem. Afterwards, our kids used orange paint to give the carrot its color.
As they waited for the carrots to dry, the next step was to make the carrots CREEPY! They used their fine motor skills to make cut the carrots’ eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and teeth. Making these creepy carrots allow our students to make a special connection to the book and the characters. Not only do they get to enjoy a wonderfully written book, but they can also create something from the book that they can be proud of.
Mr. Andy worked in groups of four with the students as they made their creepy carrots. Students were introduced to the materials and shown how to properly use scissors, glue, and markers. When they were done, they were shown how to put things back. The time spent in small groups is more meaningful. Children who need attention are getting the attention they need. If a child needs help properly holding scissors, in a small group, the right grip is shown and they can practice it right away.
Stay tuned next week as things may get a bit SLIMEY!
Currently in my fifth year of teaching Pre-K at a early childhood elementary school.