Greenbrier Christian Academy preschool classes of three, four and five year old children recently completed a curriculum unit of study on fairy tales and fables.
The lesson plan was created according to the Arkansas Early Childhood Framework Benchmarks for Preschool children. According to the Department of Human Services Division of Childcare and the Association of Measurements, the Framework Handbook is aligned with the new Common Core standards that Arkansas adopted in July, 2010.
During the week of the study the pre-k children participated in large and small group activities and incorporated the lesson into the multiple classroom learning centers such as literacy, music, math, manipulative, science, creative/art and dramatic play.
To conclude the study at the end of the week, the preschoolers were invited to dress up as princes and princesses to attend a Royal Fairy Tale Ball.
The preschool center used a multi purpose room and decorated it with a royal castle made of card board and tin foil, decorated tables with elaborate centerpieces and ornaments hanging from the ceiling. The preschool teachers even dressed up in costume ball gowns and danced with the children to Disney music.
Parents and extended family were invited and the preschool is proud to report an estimated 90 percent parent participation rate for the event. Moms, dads and grandparents came to take photos, dance and watch their children enjoy the ball.
Executive Director Cristin Jensen states, “Learning takes place in a variety of ways. Young children learn best by doing. The children participated in this lesson on fairy tales and fables, not just be hearing about them, but by experiencing it for themselves in a multitude of ways. That is a lesson they are unlikely to forget!”