Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, and Maurice Sendak are classic authors of children's literature. Their books are present in every early childhood classroom. Mo Willems is an author, who, I truly believe, creates wonderful books that needs to be in every classroom.
The point is, the kids love Mo Willems and his work, so it wasn’t surprising that we’d create a whole bulletin board full of art projects and thinking maps based on his work over the course of two weeks. Thinking Maps are a set of maps that supplement learning. As your child moves up in grade at our school, they will become more fluent in reading maps and creating them. We introduce it in pre-k and many students are able to identify them as they are created.
Our first map was the Bubble map of the Pigeon. The bubble map is used to describe a topic. It is difficult for our students to stick with one word adjectives, therefore, as they gave their input about the Pigeon, I looked for an adjective that fit what they said, gave an example of the Pigeon's actions, and introduced that vocabulary to them.
I have also put our a lending library to assist with homework reading logs. Please feel free to borrow any books, but be sure to fill out the check out paper and return them when you are done. More books will be added.