In case you are one of my parents reading this – don’t worry, this title isn’t about your children. We read the book titled, “Five Little Monsters Went to School (Learn to Read, Read to Learn)” by Rozanne Lanczak Williams. This little book is a good way to spark a discussion on rules in the classroom….

We followed up the book with a variety of monster activities. We counted felt monsters together in circle time and then I set the monsters out on one of the tables so the children could add felt faces and googly eyeballs to the felt monsters…

We painted monsters too using plastic sponges dipped in paint…

Each of the children painted with the sponges any way they wished and then they added googly eyes on top of the wet paint to finish off their monster paintings…

And in our outdoor classroom, we made some googly-eyed play dough monsters…

As for talking about rules, we didn’t do any type of formal discussion on rules. The children need a bit more time to learn about their environment and then we can talk more about rules. Right now, they are so engaged in exploring the new environment that they are naturally respecting the environment so I am going to put off a discussion on rules until I see they are ready for more formal boundaries.