We didn’t let the pigeon drive the bus in prek

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on August 24, 2011

in Children's Books, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Wednesdays is PreK only day so my task is to keep things just a bit more challenging than on our other days of preschool. Today, we enjoyed reading the very funny book: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” by Mo Williams and followed up the book by making our very own busses.

This book was such a big hit! I actually had not ever read it before and now I am a true fan. The book is actually about behavior but written in a funny style that young children can relate to. It is the kind of book that a child wants to read over and over again….

After reading this book, we made our own busses. We had the option to tear our paper or use scissors…

We made our tires from black construction paper squares and our busses from yellow construction paper…

This was a good opportunity to try using glue straight from the bottle. No time better than the present to begin learning how to control the flow of the glue bottle…

We will work on making good decisions as to how much glue is really needed for our projects, but for today – we enjoyed just giving the bottle a good squeeze and letting the glue drizzle all over the wheels and windows of our busses…

After getting the glue on, we had to think about how to place our pieces on our paper. Using our own judgement, we figured out that there might be just a bit too much glue so we had to slide the wheels up a bit so not to get glue stuck on the table…

With the wheels and windows all in place, we were almost finished but we had one more thing to do. We had to write our name!

Oh and just so you know –  we did not let the pigeon trick us into letting him drive our bus!

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1 Amy A August 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

We love Mo Williams! The other pigeon books are great and so are the Gerald and Piggie ones. Well worth looking into! (We wore a couple of our pigeon books out and had to replace them).

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Io bought a few of the other pigeon books and can’t wait to read them!

3 Kymberli August 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Love that pigeon! We like to follow up the book with a pigeon’s version of the song “The Wheels on the Bus.” I’m not sure where the idea originally came from (some clever teacher, no doubt), but you can change the verses to…
The pigeon on the bus says, “Let me drive!” …
The children on the bus say, “No, no, no!”…
The pigeon on the bus says, “Just one time!”…

…and whatever else you can think to add! I like to finish with…
The drive on the bus says, “Good job, kids!”

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Oh my goodness- that is such a great idea!!

5 Cat August 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

oh my total cuteness!! this is a great idea!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Thank you Cat:)

7 Holly August 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I LOVE that book!! All the pigeon books are great, but that one is my very favorite in the series! I’ve read it in first and second grade every year. I most certainly plan to read it in Pre-K this year too! Thanks for idea about the art activity to go with the book!

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

You are welcome Holly:)

9 Amy August 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

I adore the pigeon books! Little Bit is still to young to play with glue. In fact we tried some yesterday but it was a no-go. He is 19 months old now. When do you start introducing glue to your students?

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

At age two:) I use glue brushes though for the little tikes rather than squeeze glue.

11 andiejaye August 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

we love MO WILLEMS!!!! he’s the best. the pigeon books are so funny! NAKED MOLE RAT is my 2nd fave to those! love the bus idea… we’re going to do this!

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Haha – I don’t have that book so I will look it up!

13 miss lisa August 26, 2011 at 2:15 am

I love Mo Williams books! Cute bus…that would be a great project for learning shapes too. Thanks for sharing :]

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Yes it would!

15 pammypam August 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

my co teacher introduced us to Dont let the pigeon eat a hot dog (or something like that) and it was a BIG hit!! i NEED to figure out an activity to go with these funny books!

16 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

They are so funny! I am hoping to do something with each of the books throughout the school year too!

17 Krista September 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

The first few times I read this book with my two-year old, she felt it was entirely reasonable to let the pigeon drive the bus. She kept saying “yes”, which made the rest of the book make less sense! It took about 4 or 5 readings through for her to really get that she was supposed to deny his requests. Then, of course, she told him “No!” with great enthusiasm! After a week, she was able to recite all of the pigeon’s lines from memory.

18 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 17, 2011 at 12:46 am

Haha – I love it!

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