Follow-Me-Fridays: Where’s Miss Vivian?

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The school year is winding down

Thursday was my next-to-the-last Show-Me-How Story-time presentation.

So, I was just a little bit sad as I walked into Trailblazer Elementary School in Colorado Springs.

But, you can’t remain sad long when surrounded by smiling eager kindergarteners!

The children sat on the story rug and I sat in the story rocking chair and I read them Frederick, by Leo Lionni.  This picture book is definitely a favorite with young children.  The simple yet engaging illustrations clearly convey the frustration of Frederick’s family as they assume the young mouse is just trying to get out of collecting food supplies for the winter. 

The story shows that each of us is a unique individual with different qualities and strengths.   As a poet, Frederick used words to create pictures in the minds of his family members.  And this, the story brings out, is equally as important as food…in fact, you might say it is a different type of food.

The teachers and their aides had done a stellar job of preparing the simple materials needed for the craft project.  There were so many different colors and shapes of construction paper flowers; I thought there was a spring garden blooming on the teacher’s desk.

I am always amazed and excited by the comments I hear from the children.  All three kindergartens were able to take part…the teachers split them into two groups for back-to-back story and craft presentations.  After the story, the children were eager to tell me what supplies Frederick brought and what foods his family collected.  They also discussed poetry and were able to come up with many rhyming words.  Each time I would ask a question, almost every hand would wave excitedly as each child wanted to be the one to provide the answer.

Next month I have one more presentation and then the school year will be over.  I look forward with anticipation to reading and crafting with a new group of children in August.

Please don’t forget about the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop and Giveaway of a copy of Show Me How.  All you need to do is click on the link and subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on why you’d like to win the copy of this great resource for parents and teachers.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on April 23, 2011, in children, children's picture books, Daycare Providers, GIVEAWAYS, Homeschooling, parenting, Preschool Teachers, reading to preschoolers, school visits and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Over the summer, do you volunteer to lead reading and craft opportunities at libraries?

    Or are you going to take a break?


  2. Hi Nancy,
    It’s funny you should mention that…my husband would be happy if I took a break because then I would be home one extra day to spend time with him. 🙂 However, I had approached the local library head of children’s services last year…she was excited about the book and wanted to find something for me to be involved in, but I think she wasn’t sure I would follow through (don’t know why) and she was in the middle of some big projects. I got busy with the school visits…but now I think I need to follow up with her…I’d love to do reading and crafting at the libraries. 🙂


  3. I think you should keep the momentum going at the library and that way, the fall won’t be such a haul.
    You can always monitor how much time you want to spend at the library in the groups. Good luck. 🙂
    Happy Easter!


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