Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Mean Jean the Recess Queen runs the show on the playground until a spunky new student named Katie Sue comes along.
Some people think this story is too simplistic, too good to be true. I think that it's great to show children that sometimes an act of kindness, extending the hand of friendship, can make a big change in people.
Will it always work? Maybe not. Is it worth the try? Absolutely.

The bright acrylic and collage illustrations and the bouncing rhyme keep this story moving towards a problem-solving conclusion. It begs to be read aloud and followed up with a discussion on why Mean Jean tried to rule recess and how Katie Sue won her over. Standing up for yourself and using your words are also good points shared in this story.

Gross Motor Extension Idea:
Jump Rope Rhyme (most preschoolers are not ready to jump rope, so this is a fun action rhyme)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs-
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers-
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights-
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good-night!
The children jump rope while they chant this rhyme, or they just act out the
actions as the words come up in the rhyme. An example: when they say go
upstairs, the child pretends to climb the stairs.

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