This week, the K’s of the Montessori classroom were off on a field trip to a local art museum. I specifically chose one art-themed story. All three are great to help students be flexible and problem-solve when situations don’t go exactly according to plan.
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
Sam’s number one in everything: speed, turning, winning races! When Sam doesn’t finish number one, though, what will he do? This is a must-read for the young crowd that’s obsessed with winning everything, no matter what. It’s Sam’s choices that ultimately make him Number One! Highly recommended. Share with ages 2-6. ©2014.
My Red Balloon by Kazuaki Yamada
A young girl has a red balloon. She shows it to the bus driver when the balloon escapes. They set off, picking up animals as they drive toward the floating balloon. It’s when the balloon is gone for good – no thanks to a bird’s sharp beak – that the animals comfort the girl with an astute observation: the setting sun, a huge red circle, is just like her red balloon…and it will return day after day after day. Lovely and repetitive, this got rave reviews. Share with ages 2-6. ©2014.
Ozzie and the Art Contest by Dana Sullivan
Ozzie’s great at art, so he’s confident that he’ll win the classroom art contest. On the day the prizes are awarded, though, Ozzie is dismayed: he finishes with an Honorable Mention…not 1st or 2nd or 3rd! Careful observation of the illustrations will clue readers in on why Ozzie didn’t place higher (hint: read the directions!), and Ozzie ultimately finds a way to make his artwork fit the contest rules in a creative fashion. Share with ages 3-7. ©2014.
Read-Aloud Tuesday is when I read aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6). Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of the best with them each week.