I ended up doing 4.
But it was a good learning opportunity for me. This was my basic presentation:
- present a list of terms and ask kids if they knew what they meant, i.e. ninja, stealthy
- read book and ask questions, i.e. How do you think Wink felt? What do you think happens next?
- present dummy book and do a compare and contrast between old art and book art
- Q & A
This is what I learned:
- The kids did not know what most - if any - of the terms meant and calling on many kids got hectic and time consuming. By the second presentation, I was only asking if anyone knew what a ninja was and just defining the rest of the terms in a quick, simple way.
- they did enjoy listening to the story and they were good about answering questions about emotions. This age group couldn't really predict what might happen next.
- They LOVED the compare and contrast!!!
- Typical Q & A:
Me: Does anyone have any questions about the book. Yes, Veronica?
Veronica: My mom made eggs this morning.
Me: That's great. I made eggs for my son, too. Anyone else have questions about the book.
Ally: Me! Me!
Me: Ally, if you'll sit quietly with your hand up, I'll call on you.
Ally bursts into tears.
Ally: But I was doing that. (tears, tears)
Me: OK Ally, what did you want to ask me?
Ally: (Wipe) My brother is learning about Japan.
Me: That's great. What grade is he in?
Josh: My brother's in fourth grade too.
Colin: So's mine.
And then they were gone....
Once a teacher asked me a technical question about getting published. As I told her, the kids discovered a bug on the floor and tried to kill it.
All in all, things went really, really well. I feel like I have a successful 30-minute preschool program. And I know that 4 preschool presentation is about my mental limit.