Supplementing the preschool curriculum with My Big World from Scholastic

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 21, 2013

in Science and Nature, Supplementing with Scholastics

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I often get asked about lesson plans or curriculum that I use in my preschool classroom but I have been teaching for such a long time now that I don’t actually use a formal curriculum or write a lesson plan out. One thing I do use (and have used for years) to supplement my unwritten curriculum is Scholastic classroom magazines for kids.

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Scholastic is always updating and improving their choices in classroom magazines and one of their latest publications is”My Big World with Clifford.” This edition of their classroom magazines is simply wonderful. Every issue is filled with simple text, big pictures, and easy to understand facts about real life and real things young children can relate to and talk about…

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I love how every child gets to have their own copy of the classroom magazine to read in the classroom and to take home. In the classroom, we always read through the magazine together as a whole group. This particular issue talked about planting a bean and gave simple instructions on how you could plant your own bean in a cup. Every issue leads to something hands-on we can do (some I come up with and some are in the magazine) in the classroom as a followup to our large group reading experience…

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When reading together as a large group, we use our Clifford magazine to notice the numbers on each page and the color coded boxes to help us stay together and promote discussion about what is happening in each picture…

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On the last page of each of our magazines is usually some sort of writing exercise that extends the discussion we have been having in our large group. We always walk through the directions and the steps to how to complete the last page as a large group…

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And then the children go off to complete the exercise on their own…

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The publications of “My Big World with Clifford” comes in sets and Mrs. Courtney and I sort them out when they arrive in the mail. We introduce one set of the magazines to our students each week. We order enough sets so each of our students can have a set of their own…

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And with each new magazine we read, we always extend our reading into our classroom experiences…

What will grow?

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Look for Ladybugs

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A Week of March Weather

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Links to Grow On…

Scholastic “Our Big World” magazine

Scholastic News and Features (Check out the “Earth Day Everyday” Video)

Scholastic Printables

Disclosure: Scholastic sent me a few sets of “Our Big World with Clifford” magazine to use in my preschool classroom. How I use them and the activities we extend the reading are completely my own ideas. Although Scholastic sent me a few of these magazines, I do order my own sets each year as well. I think they are terrific!

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1 Cheryl Quillman April 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

We have been using them in our classroom for a couple of years as well. I love how simple they are and how easy they usually are to work into our curriculum! The children love them as well!

2 Trisha April 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I have been using these for years as well and I love how the themes always fit in with the things I want to teach and things the children are interested in as well. I don’t think I have ever had a group of students who weren’t interested.

3 Debbie April 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

What age level are they appropriate for? I teach three year olds and I was sure if they were appropriate.

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Debbie,
Older threes would probably enjoy them and by four- it is perfect!

5 Sarah April 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I teach in a public preschool in TN. I LOVE the scholastic magazines, but at $4.99 a subscription per student (which is not a bad price), I would pay about $100 per school year for my class of 20 kiddos.

Just curious if you pay for the subscription yourself or ask parents to contribute?!

In the past I have ordered 10 subsriptions and laminated each one to use during small group time (6-10 students in each group). The students would complete the activities on the back with dry erase markers in order to reuse them with the next group. However, that uses way too much laminating film and I really didn’t have the room to store them! :)

I think having 1 subscription per child and being able to send them home is probably the best way to go! :)

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hi Sarah,
I factor it in with my supply fee. But that really doesn’t fully cover all my expenses. But because it is the only primary curriculum reaource I buy each year – I find it worth my investment. I suspect your parents would be willing to chip in the $5 bucks if they saw the potential Benefit for this magazine. I wish I could be more help!!

7 Tammy April 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I have tried to get subscribe to Scolastic for this and to get the book order forms. I have never gotten anything. I have even called to get them. They said they were coming….still nothing. Any suggestions? I only have 4 kids. 1 2 years old, 2 3 year olds, and a 5 year old.

8 Stacy @ Share&Remember July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

Hmm, check out their website and try signing up there. I know if I don’t order books from the book clubs, I don’t get the flyers each month.

9 Stacy @ Share&Remember July 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love the Scholastic magazines too!

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