BLAST Early LearningSelf Esteem
The Pigís Picnic by Keiko Kasza
Mr. Pig, on his way to call on Miss Pig, allows his animal friends to persuade him to don various handsome portions of their own bodies, with an alarming result.
Skin Again by Bell Hooks
Celebrates the freedom of looking beyond the color of skin and enjoying the heart inside.
by Todd Parr
An illustrated list of twelve good things, like bubble baths and bedtime stories, and twelve things that are not so nice, like chicken pox and mosquito bites.
Things I Could Be When I Grow Up
By Lois Peters
I might want to be a movie star and be on the TV,
(hands on either side of face, fingers spread apart)
Maybe Iíll be a policeman with a big shiny badge on me,
(stand straight, right hand flat on chest)
Maybe Iíll be a clown with a wig and a big red nose,
(make a funny pose)
Or, maybe Iíll be a dancer and stand up on my toes.
(stand on toes)
Maybe Iíll be an astronaut and blast off into space.
(stoop down and jump up on "space")
For now, Iíll just be little me, with a great big smile on my face.
(hands frame face with a big smile)
Covering: n. Something that protecs, hides, or covers something.
Example:"The skin I'm in is just a covering."
(taken from Skin Again by Bell Hooks)
Encourage the children to make "me" puppets. Use a paper plate as a face and tongue depressors as holders. Provide yarn, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue. Encourage your students to describe their emotions on the puppets. Are they happy, angry, sad, etc.?
Eye Color Graph
Make a graph to illustrate blue, brown, green, and gray eyes. Let each child look in a mirror and then mark the appropriate square on the graph using stickers, colored dots, or name labels.
Provide felt-covered coffee cans and different sizes, shapes and colors of felt cutouts. Encourage the children to use the cutouts to make faces on the cans.
Things I Like
Invite the children to cut out magazine pictures of things they like.
Let the children make "face pizzas" on English muffins. Encourage them to arrange the toppings to look like different facial expressions.
Provide a variety of boxes and wrapping paper for the children to practice wrapping presents for their friends.
Provide paper plates, playdough, wrapped boxes, and party hats to role-play a birthday party.
Place objects with different textures in a bag or a box with a hole cut in one end. Have the children reach in and describe the objects they touch, or match objects with the same texture.
Hush, Little Baby by Brian Pinkney
An illustrated version of the traditional folk song in which a father promises the world to his restless baby daughter.
Carry Me! by Rosemary Wells
Soothing verse and celebrating art by an award-winning author/illustrator enhance a perfect gift for a baby which contains three poems just right for sharing at bedtime or anytime.
All The Colors Of The Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
Reveals in verse that despite outward differences, children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable.
Be Boy Buzz by Bell Hooks
Celebrates being bold, all bliss boy, all bad boy beast, boy running, boy jumping, boy sitting down, and being in love with being a boy.