Archive: June 14, 2008

Today I did a program called When I Grow Up. I read a handful of stories about grown up professions. Then we made a sort of time capsule. I had jumbo coffee cans leftover from another craft that just didn’t work out. The kids drew pictures of what they want to be when they grow up, then I taped the pictures to the coffee cans. We cut holes in the lids so the cans be used as banks for their college funds, places to put their report cards and awards, etc. A treasure chest for anything they think will help them reach their goals or that they’d like to look back on when they’re grown up.

The program was a hit, and I threw it together this morning. I knew for months I was doing this theme, but I didn’t pull together the books and the craft until this morning, so I’m thrilled it worked out.

The kids drew themselves as artists, teachers, librarians (like this one), doctors, etc. The books I found were about typical professions, and that’s also the kind of thing the kids drew. I suggested a million other jobs, but they mainly drew the jobs I read about today.

*I did have one 5-year-old boy, a late arrival, who wanted to be either Spider Man or Venom when he grows up. He wasn’t really clear about which one exactly.

Here are the books I read:

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Since I didn’t actually do my Animal Mania: Elephants! program, I didn’t list all the books I read. These are the elephant books I pulled, in case anyone is interested:

My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willems
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
Elmer by David McKee
Kidogo by Anik McGrory
The Hubbub Above by Arthur Howard
The Elephant’s Pillow by Diana Reynolds Roome
I Am Invited To a Party! by Mo Willems

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