Mrs. Zakhar's Preschool class dove into their Ocean theme with the book Only One You by Linda Kranz.
The story is about a mom and dad rock painted as a fish telling their son about life and to APPRECIATE art, to LISTEN, to REFLECT, to CIRCLE BACK if he makes a mistake, to enjoy the BEAUTY in the world, and to not be afraid to STAND OUT. Throughout the book students see lots of fish (painted on rocks) enjoying the journey of life. Students are reminded about the great qualities we all have and how we can be important members of our community.
After the class read the story, they explored a variety of rocks. The children observed the rocks, discussed their textures, if they were smooth, rough, had lines on them, or had holes. They then weighed the rocks to see which one was the heaviest. The children cleaned and dried their rocks and then painted them.
Through this project the children counted, organized, measured, painted, and grew as a classroom community. The children encouraged one another and supported each other in their designs. Once they had a variety of rocks painted, they wrote inspiring words on them and discussed where on campus they could add their rocks. It was then decided to add their painted rocks to a planter outside the Library. If you are in the courtyard outside the Library you will see the beautiful rocks painted by the children from Room 2. It has been an incredible school year and the class will always have a place to go that will remind us of our year!
The book concludes with a great message: "There is only one you in this great big world... Make it a better place."