To finish off our Around the World theme, I invited my preschoolers to bring in an item for show and tell…but not just any item would do.
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One of the best parts of traveling is purchasing those little souvenirs that remind us of our travels for years to come. It was only fitting that as part of our Around the World theme I include a day where the children could share a trinket that was special to them or their family.
Specifically, I invited the children to bring in an item from their own house that was from another country. Given the families in my preschool this year, I knew many of the parents had taken taken vacations abroad, or had other family members who had been missionaries in other parts of the world. I specified in a note home to the parents that the show and tell item did not have to belong to the child since I knew not all my preschoolers had been to another country, but it could be anything from another country, even if purchased locally.
For example, one child brought in a worry doll from Guatemala. He had never been to Guatemala and neither had anyone in his family, but rather the worry doll was an object from another country that had special meaning to him. He told the class how he keeps it in his pillow case at night so he isn’t scared of the dark. His parents had purchased it Cost Plus World Market.
Corinne shares with the class a musical jewelry box her uncle brought back from Germany. She told the class how her uncle goes Germany every couple of years for his job and, “He has to be gone for a long, long time,” [several months at a time]. She also shared how she keeps her treasures in it, like special rocks she finds, foreign coins, and pretty ribbons.
Each child was invited to share their item. Because I was worried about the children not being able to remember all of the story behind their trinket, I asked that the parents write their story in a note so that I could help complete each story. At the end, we found on our world map where each item was from.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.