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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Small World Play

 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.We the story The Good Song: A Story Inspired by "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World" by  Penelope Dullaghan & Alexandria Giardino  is about the classic songs that are aloha—love coming to life in Hawaii.

After reading the story, talking about Hawaii, we extended the literacy experience by making the story come to life through a small world play invitation in our tuff tray. We placed sand, shells, sea life figurines, greenery, volcano, rocks,wooden rainbow, and a water mixture (corn starch, colorations liquid watercolors +bio color paint) and invited the children to play.

Exploring these materials through open-ended play is a great way for extending literacy, language, imaginary & sensory play. Through this play they can reenact what they see/hear in the story, & environments around them to deepen their understanding of the world. They are able to play & manipulate a variety of materials & textures that stimulate their mind & body while deepening their connection & understanding of the world. All through the magic of books and play. When children engage in this type of play they break through the walls of reality, use their imagination, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, explore different worlds, and have actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play.  

Play is an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math, & social studies, in a timely natural manner. They are able to play and manipulate a variety of materials and textures that stimulate their mind and body while deepening their connection and understanding of the world.  

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