Rex Wrecks It

This week is STEM!

Today we started with Jim Gill’s “Spaghetti Legs,” which is a perfect song for getting wiggles out before starting a story.

Our first book was Mr. King’s Castle by Geneviève Côté.

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Mr. King decides to build a big castle, but his friends are dismayed to find that he has used all of the grass they have to make his new home. This is a very visually interesting book because each time Mr. King takes a block of grass, you can see the negative space it leaves behind. Slowly, piece by piece, you see him take blocks out of the grass until there’s nothing left. Then, when he realizes he’s made a mistake, you see him put them all back together again to make them whole, just like a puzzle.

We took a dance break in between books. We chose Jim Gill again and danced to “Jump Up, Turn Around” and “Silly Dance Contest.”

Our second book was Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton.

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This is one of my favorite books to read aloud! Rex is a lovable tyrannosaurus who wrecks everything in his path, including his friends’ block tower creations. The story is short and funny, and best of all, it includes lots of opportunities to roar like a dinosaur. I’m a huge fan of Clanton’s illustrations, too.

After all of our dancing and reading, we went to our stations:

  1. Water table with toys and measuring cups.
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  2. Kinetic sand with beach toys.
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  3. KEVA Blocks and toy animals.
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  4. Straws & Connectors.
  5. SumBlox.
  6. Magnet wall with items to make a giant marble run.

Next week is movement!

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