Last week in Miss Emily and Miss Tess' class we spent our time learning a very important lesson from a good friend of ours named Gerald the Giraffe. The book we focused our lessons around last week is called "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
Gerald is tall and thin and when he tries to run or dance he falls over, after being mocked by all of the other animals at the Jungle Dance, he is inspired by a wise cricked who teaches him that "we all can dance, when we find the music that we love," and "sometimes we just need a different song." What we focused on surrounding this book is the important lesson that we are all different and unique, this does not make us better, worse, less or more; it simply means we get to pick our own music to dance to and how we dance to it (both literally and metaphorically)! We are meant to be different, and the special thing is appreciating what we love about ourselves and what we love about others too!
Gerald helped us launch into an activity where we looked at ourselves in a mirror and got a chance to describe what we saw, like our hair color and length, as well as our eye color, skin color. We took the chance to also talk with each student on that one on one setting about what they are good at, what they are still practicing and things that they notice about themselves. The class also got a chance to color pictures of themselves that were in black and white, with the skin tone colors and eye colors that they picked out for themselves.
This week I am looking forward to jumping into the book "In My Heart" by Jo Witek with pictures by Christine Roussey.