With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I want to stress to my preschool students how important it is to show and share love. We'll read about Elephant who was tall and Turtle who was small, but they were best friends, best of all. Turtle found a heart shaped leaf and asked Rhino passing by if he liked it. "Let me see." He chomped a chunk and said, "YES! I like it." The monkey saw the leaf and said he wanted to hide his banana in it, so he snatched it away. Then Giraffe stuck her head up in the tree and grabbed it from the bird who wanted to cover her eggs, and the giraffe ate it all gone.
Oh you should see the chidrens' expressions. We have a discussion about right/wrong/ snatching things/stealing...and feelings.
I am concerned because of their responses. At the end of the story, Turtle takes a stick to the river bank and draws a heart for Elephant in the sand. I ask the kids what they THINK Turtle is going to do with the stick.
The boys especially responded with such violence: Poke that monkey in the eye. Jab the giraffe. Hit that rhino. SOOOOOOOOOOO, we had another discussion.
Years ago I used to think kids were influenced negatively by some TV shows. Now I know they are.