Airplane Rides in the Classroom
We begin every new adventure with a pretend airplane ride in the corner of our classroom, set up to look like an airport. It didn't take much, just a large world map, signs with pictures marking different sections of an airport, and some airport worker badges added to dress up. There is also a section to display a flag and pictures of the country we were currently focusing on.
To begin our travels to each destination, we set up chairs in rows, act out a dramatic takeoff and landing, and enjoy books about our destination during our "flight time."
Before boarding the airplane, each child writes their name on a ticket, to be presented to me and a "flight attendant"- a great reward job for a special kiddo- as we boarded. This was an easy way to practice and observe full name writing and handwriting skills, and also get their imaginations ready!
We also had fun with clothespin airplanes in the beginning. Easy, inexpensive, fun!
Rainforest, here we come!
The BEST book to have is The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. It teaches about animals native to Brazil, conservation of the rainforest, and respect for all living creatures. The story can bring tears to your eyes when you see the kids understand the message.
So much busy fun ahead! More soon :)