Small, tall, fall

When I come across a picture book that has a few very carefully chosen words along with amazing illustrations, I get so excited. The book titled, “Tall” by Jez Alborough was the perfect book to get us talking about the words, “small, tall, and fall.”

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

“Tall” by Jez Alborough is a simple story about several jungle animals showing kindness as they each come along and help the little monkey in the story feel tall rather than small…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

Throughout the book, you can see the monkey (or gorilla) looking sad when he is small and then happy when he is tall only to discover in the end, sometimes being small can be a good thing after all…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

After reading our story, the children helped me review the concepts mentioned in the book  (small, tall, fall) using a set of small blocks and two of the same animals we read about in our book – the monkey and the giraffe…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

And then the children went off to explore the concepts of small, tall, fall in their own way at one of our centers set up in the classroom…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

At the table the children found a set of jungle animals and a basket of small blocks they could use to make their animals small and tall…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

The children played at this center for a long time making every effort to get their blocks stacked high with one of the animals balanced on top…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

Of course, the word “fall” is an important part of this process because we soon learned that if we can’t get just the right balance, our blocks and our animals will surely fall…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

And yes, lots of opportunity during their play to reinforce the concepts small, tall, and fall as well as balance, up, down, top, and how our words all rhyme and are opposites too!…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

We had a fun morning of exploring simple concepts through our play…

Small Tall Fall by Teach Preschool

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow On

Exploring measuring tools in preschool by Teach Preschool

Prek Math – More, Less, Same by Prekinders

Counting and Measuring with Legos by Imagination Tree

By |2013-10-12T06:00:14+00:00October 12th, 2013|

About the Author:

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.

One Comment

  1. Karen @ October 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Neat idea for learning vocabulary words and connecting to a story!

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