Please pass the orange

With the winter days still around, it is nice to bring a little color into the classroom right now. This past week we have been exploring oranges and we definitely had LOTS of orange all around the classroom…

Please Pass the Orange by Teach Preschool

As a part of our exploration, we read the book “An Orange in January” by Dianna Hutts Aston. This book takes the reader through the process of growing oranges to selling them at the market. Before reading the book, I counted the number of pages in the book to be sure I would have enough pages to pass an orange all the way around the circle of children. “Each time I turn to the next page of our story, please pass the orange to the person next to you!”

Please Pass the Orange by Teach Preschool

Passing the orange while I read the story keeps the children engaged in the story while they wait or anticipate their turn to hold the orange…

Please Pass the Orange by Teach Preschool

Some of the children would squeeze the orange with their hands or smell the orange before passing it off to the next child. Others just preferred to hold the orange quietly while they waited for me to turn the page…

Please Pass the Orange by Teach Preschool

This was a good book for passing around the orange because it was fine to stop throughout the story and talk about what was going to happen next or to talk about some of the illustrations on a page. We took our time going through and discussing the book rather than just doing a straight reading of the story…

Please Pass the Orange by Teach Preschool

By the time the book got to the very last page, the orange had made it all the way around our circle and was handed back to me! Now it was time to head off to our centers for a little time in orange play…

Please Pass the Orange by Teach Preschool


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By |2016-02-22T07:00:11+00:00February 22nd, 2016|

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.


  1. Fran Toomey February 22, 2016 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Love this blog….so many good ideas!

  2. Melanie February 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I purchased your wonderful CD, however I have not received the e- book for the words to the songs. Please send right away.
    Thank you

  3. Beth December 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Excited to use “An Orange in January” with some colorful art extensions! Might do cardinals too to liven up the monochromatic colors of winter! 🙂

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