You Are (Not) Small Learning Time

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Learning Time






You Are (Not) Small 

by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant 

Theme: Size (July 2015) 

Two furry creatures debate over who is big and who is small in You Are (Not) Small. As their friends gather to show support, the tension escalates until a BIG surprise at the end brings a fresh perspective on the situation and a happy understanding is reached. The clever blend of simple words and energetic illustrations will sure to be a hit with young children and adults alike. 

Key Message for Parents 

Children Are Born Ready To Use and Learn Mathematics 

Parents can help young children develop their natural mathematical abilities in the following ways: 
  • Many everyday experiences allow children to explore mathematical concepts. These experiences like getting dressed, eating, cooking and even sorting the washing provide opportunities to count together, sort together and have fun with numbers 
  • Sing nursery rhymes that have numbers, counting and lots of repetition such as Round and Round the Garden, Hickory Dickory Dock 
  • Read number books, which depict familiar objects and bold numbers to enhance children’s vocabulary. 

Learning Outcomes 

Outcome 5: Children Are Effective Communicators 

We can help young children become effective and confident communicators by 
  • Providing opportunities for engagement with a wide range of texts 
  • Allowing time for reflection and discussion after you have read a story together 
  • Model good listening and language when doing so, supporting children in their efforts to express their ideas 
  • Give children play opportunities where they can explore build upon their knowledge 
  • Listen carefully to children’s ideas and reflections. By responding positively we are validating and recognizing their achievements. 
Before Reading 
Once the children are seated and comfortable introduce two different sized soft toys or puppets. Ask which one they think is big and which one is small? If you feel comfortable each puppet could say “I am big!” and “I am small!” Ask one of the children to stand next to the puppets…. is the biggest puppet still big? No! Its now smaller. In today’s story two furry creatures try to work out what size they are! Let’s find out what happens. 
During Reading 
The text is a simple and dramatic dialogue between the two characters. It asks to be read with lots of expression and feeling. The children will enjoy the fun, humorous illustrations and the expressions that are depicted on the characters faces. Have fun trying to mimic them! There is a real tension, which builds through this story. Take your time when reading it to allow for this development. 
After Reading 
How did the story end? Share and reflect upon thoughts and ideas. Which creatures do they think were small and why? Which creatures did they think were big? How would they describe the creature that appears at the end? Just for fun, try to guess what the creatures had to eat!
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