14 March 2012

Studying Children's Author and Illustrator, Eric Carle

The focus of this four week study of Eric Carle with preschoolers, was to introduce children to a well-known author and illustrator, who they would enjoy reading and want to learn more about. During the course of the study they would see themselves as authors and illustrators.


We read nine books that were illustrated and/or written and illustrated by Eric Carle:

*Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
*The Very Hungry Caterpillar
*Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?
*Little Cloud
*Head to Toe
*The Secret Birthday Message
*The Very Busy Spider
*Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
*Do You Want to Be My Friend?
*Today is Monday

While reading these books, we welcomed two guest “readers” to the class, Ms. Brainard and Mrs. Kappelmann. As they became acquainted with more books, they started to recognize Eric Carle’s style as a writer as well as his style of illustrating books. They appreciated the rhythmic pattern of his words.

By using Youtube videos, the children had the opportunity to meet Eric Carle working in his studio in the USA. They learned the name of his wife, children and his lovely, little cat. The children knew Eric was a real man, 80 years old and still busily at work.

Pics: top right- Preschool Teacher, Mrs. Elliott, shows parents the Eric Carle-style mural that the 3 & 4-year olds have made; Left- proud Concordia parents watch as their preschoolers perform "Today is Monday", a song they wrote based on the Eric Carle book of the same name.

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