Early Childhood: Chalk

Early Childhood: Chalk

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If you don’t know the book Chalk by Bill Thomson, I encourage you to run to your closest locally owned bookstore and buy it for your library. My copy is worn at the seams with love.  It’s a wordless picture book that tells the story of three kids on a rainy day who find a bag of magic chalk, and one of them uses it to bring a giant T-Rex to life.  The ending is creative, and the whole tale leads to some great discussions around reality vs. imagination. This is also a totally fun book for yoga with kids, and I have to say - T-Rex pose is the best.  I encourage you to do it multiple times in a row and each time invite the kids’ roars to get louder and louder.  

The post-reading activity is always a hit.  Inevitably, at first the kids are slightly disappointed that nothing they draw with chalk comes to life.  But once I start modeling “eating” ice cream or getting “bitten” by a dinosaur, they really get into it and start spreading their art all over the walkways.  One little girl excitedly told me:” Ms. Callaghan I drew a butterfly and then I SAW one!” 

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