What do dinosaurs say in preschool?

Ask the children “What do dinosaurs say?” and they will all shout a big “Roar!” So I plan ahead for when I really want to ask a question like this:)

This may seem silly but I do actually think about what questions I want to ask and when I want to ask them…

I love to ask questions while children are at play or creating but I don’t want to interrupt their natural play or conversations so I wait until a good opportunity presents itself….

While these children were creating their dinosaurs, I decided it was a good time to ask, “What do dinosaurs say?”

I also like to ask questions when I am in circle time. I want to ask questions that invite children to think a bit before they answer. Today, the question was “what do you think dinosaurs look like?”

And when I ask a question, I know that I need to be ready for the kind of response I might get or I need to be patient and give time for children to formulate an answer and not feel rushed…

I am amazed at how much these kids actually know about dinosaurs! Before making these shapely dinosaurs, I had a set of my own shapes and I asked the children how they thought I could use them to make a dinosaur…

By asking questions such as “What shape can I use for a head?” – the children would then share their ideas with me of how the shapes could be used for the different parts of the dinosaur…

Then I sent the children off to try and make a dinosaur of their very own…

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By |2011-03-08T00:19:17+00:00March 8th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

7 Comments

  1. Erin March 8, 2011 at 9:17 am - Reply

    In my education classes we are instructed to prepare questions that require higher level thinking based on Bloom’s Taxonomy…I think it’s so great that you’re doing a version of this at the preschool level! When I was teaching preschool, I would try to ask them higher level questions throughout the day, but in retrospect wish I had planned it ahead of time!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Erin,
      I my college classes, we were also instructed to provide open ended questions to promote higher level thinking. Part of what I like to do is keep the questions simple but open ended so that the children can successfully formulate an answer. I found with practice, I didn’t need to plan out my questions quite so much but it helps to plan at least one or two so that you are purposeful in how you ask questions, when you ask them, and what you ask at least during a small part of your day:)

  2. Rachel March 8, 2011 at 9:46 am - Reply

    So cute! We are going to be studying for 2 weeks and I want to do something like this with the shapes. Justcwonderimg – what shapes do you provide? Do you cut them all by hand? Do you let then choose as many shapes ad they want ?
    Love hearing how others facilitae their activities!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachel,
      For the younger children, we cut out (by hand) a variety of shapes in advance and just had the children focus on using the shapes to create their dinosaurs. We did not tell the children which shapes they had to use – they were able to choose the ones they wanted. For our oldest prekindergarten students, the children cut out their own shapes and they also used any shapes they wanted to use to create their dinosaurs.

  3. Ofelia Libório March 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Hello, I’m a portuguese teacher. Portuguese children also like dinosaurs. See my blog at https://brincarnacarapinheira.blogspot.com/2010/11/projecto-os-dinossauros.html

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      I will be sure to stop by:)

  4. Sounds like a great opportunity not only for learning, but self expression. Good job!

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