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Old 05-10-2011, 04:58 PM
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Default New Theme....Monsters? Need Ideas

OK, i really like to play off of the kids interests when planning my curriculum.

I am stumped.

all they want to do is play monsters. they take turns being the monster, or run and hide together from the invisible monster. they have monsters knocking down their blocks, painting their pictures, etc.

i've really been trying to avoid the topic, but to no avail.

how can i plan a curriculum around this without scaring the beegees out of them, or having it not be "halloween-ish" ?

any ideas?
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:40 PM
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Get the big "Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Embereley. it's a FABULOUS book and you can make masks that are silly to go with, as well as a flannel board story. Then there are other books:

"There Was an Old Monster"
"Glad Monster, Sad Monster"

Give them mirrors and have them make silly monster faces. Let them paint their faces green. Let em' go on a monster hunt, and hide silly monster mask faces for them to find - give em' flashlights and have them look under stuff.

This will all help them realize that monsters are PRETEND and they will learn to not have the fear of monsters.

I did these things at halloween when my two year olds were starting to express a fear because they were seeing all of the scarey costumes....it REALLY helped!
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:56 PM
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Don't forget that Sesame Street has "Monsters"...Cookie Monster, Elmo, etc. I'm sure they have stories, songs (Shiny Happy Monsters), and whatnot that you could use.
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found this
http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Monsters/
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awesome! thanks ladies!!!

i really was stumped. its not a topic i thought would come up.....its spring, ya know?! I wanted to do flowers and ladybugs. guess not lol
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There is a book called "Three Nasty Gnarlies" that could help you transition from your monster theme into a spring theme. They aren't "monsters" per se, but they are nasty little creatures who are perfectly happy with their gnarli-ness till a snooty butterfly tells them they shouldn't be.
Basically, she tells them how she became a beautiful butterfly and they decide to make themselves cocoons so they can be beautiful too.
I have done this and let them make nasty knarlies with the playdough and tons of stuff to turn them gnarli (monster like), then they make butterflies. You can expand the book into many areas, I love books like that.
Anyway, it may work to transition into a more spring type theme if you are interested. It's a little early yet, so maybe my brain isn't working like it should, but I think it would blend.
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The Monster at the End of this Book

Crystal had some fabulous ideas.

My kiddos have been into playing "Ghost" lately...this consists of shrieking, "Eeek! A Ghost!" and running and hiding under a desk that's in the playroom. Lots of very shrill shrieking and giggling...but they enjoy it and play for very long stretches of time. So trust me...I feel you! Mine are too young to do any kind of a "curriculum" per se with it though. If they were all just one year older I could have a lot of fun with it.
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What about where the wild things are??
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thats right....duh! i have where the wild things are...i cant believe i didnt think of that

thats why i'm glad i have all of you to get ideas from!!!!

i have plenty of ideas now, and directions where i can take this!!!

i'm so glad i have the type of parents who understand me too....who would have thought....monsters in May?

thanks again!!!
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More monster ideas are showing up over at I Can Teach My Child. I know it's not May anymore and I doubt your kids are interested in monsters still but for anyone else who's looking for monster ideas...

Here are some

and some books
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