Sunday, January 22, 2012

Julia Cook Project Part 3:Do You Have THIS Problem in Your Classroom?

Likely if you aren't a PreK, K or 1st grade teacher this problem is a thing of the past (well, let's hope anyway), but it is still alive and well  rampant in the everyday kindergarten classroom, I can say that for sure: BOOGERS.  Well, yes, everyone has them, it is how we deal with them or (ahem) take care of them that matters, right?  Well, let's just say every year I have some children who need some particular guidance in this area and NOTHING that I have done has ever seemed to cure this "problem". 
Enter my new favorite author, Julia Cook, with a no holds barred approach to boogers to teach my students about them in a way that I have yet to think of.
I invited my neighbor kinders over (who happen to be taught by my bestie k teacher, Mrs. S, a soon-to-be blogger herself!) for a special reading of the book:
Let me set the scene for you:  about 40 kindergarten aged children sitting on the rug (completely beside themselves that their teachers would share a book about boogers with them, but excited nonetheless), a brand new ed tech (as in this day was the first day in a kindergarten classroom) and a new student teacher!  I began to read the book and, who should walk in?  Yup, you guessed it!  My principal.  Needless to say, he didn't stay long, but I really don't think he was all that surprised that Mrs. S and I were sharing a book about boogers with our friends. 
Some might be mortified, but as for me?  I just kept on reading.
If you have a hard time saying the word boogers, like many do, I suggest you make it a fill in the blank activity and make the students say the nasty word for you.  Just point to them each time THE word arises in the book.  They have absolutely no qualms with the word for some reason!
I can't say for sure whether this book is going to diminish the "problem" of picking and eating (which is specifically addressed in the book), but all I can do is hope.  I made the following poster for a gentle reminder to my students about what they can do, if they need to (ahem) pick a ______________ (you say it!). 
You can grab this google doc by clicking on the picture of the poster to display in your classroom after reading this book. 

If you missed the first 2 parts of the Julia Cook Project that is culminating in a prize of an autographed book and a Skype session between her and your class!
You can order any and all of her educational and fun books on her website:
Make sure you are following my blog so that you don't miss any of my freebies that go along with her books.  Even if you don't have them right now, save the posters and projects that I am posting for a future author/social skill study. 


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