Building up the word “up!”

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 9, 2014

in Children's Books, Up!

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We recently spent a whole day exploring the concept of up.  It really was a “Great Day for Up…”

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We started our day by reading Dr. Seuss’ “Great Day for Up.”  Like most Dr. Seuss stories, this book is filled with wonderful rhyming phrases.  The book moves quickly and is all about things that can go “up…”

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After reading our book, we had a short discussion about things that can go up.  We looked back in our book for some clues from the pictures.  The children mentioned that birds, airplanes, and kites are all things that can go up.  Then we moved on to our Scholastic My Big World Magazine to explore more things that can go up…

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Inside our My Big World magazines, the children did indeed find more things that can go “up” in the spring time.  They found butterflies, flower blossoms in trees, and raindrops that fall from the sky…

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After discussing so many things that are “up,” I challenged the children to build something that goes “up…”

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At one of our tables, the children found baskets filled with blocks for stacking on trays and dice.  The object of this game was for the children to roll the dice, then try to build “up” a tower with then number of blocks shown on the dice…

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This was such a simple game to set up and it kept the children busy off and on all morning!  The children stacked the blocks as high as they could until the blocks came tumbling down…

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The children would roll their dice again begin building up once more.  When the blocks fall onto their trays, the children would laugh hysterically, and then stack them up again until the baskets of blocks were completely empty…

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Stacking blocks takes a great deal of focus and a steady hand.  It is a challenging, yet engaging, activity for busy preschoolers who are always on the move…

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The children beamed with pride and accomplishment as they called Mr. Hayden and I over to see how tall they could build up.  So many things can go “up,” but just talking about them isn’t quite as meaningful as being able to build something that goes “up…”

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