This week we rowed Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
“Subtitled A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business, this absurd and very simple story has become a classic, selling hundreds of thousands of copies since its first publication in 1940. A peddler walks around selling caps from a tall, tottering pile on his head. Unable to sell a single cap one morning, he walks out into the countryside, sits down under a tree, checks that all the caps are in place, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the caps are gone–and the tree is full of cap-wearing monkeys.” – from Amazon.com
We had fun discussing monkeys and hats with Caps For Sale!
The first day we role-played the story stacking all our hats on our heads, taking turns pretending to be the peddler and monkeys.
We looked through a PowerPoint with pictures of different community helpers who wear different hats (construction worker, mail person, chef, ect.).
The second day we made our own hats from paper plates and bowls. I pulled out all our art supplies and let them go to town.
And we tried our homemade caps out! “Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”
On the third day Libby picked out some ‘wares’ she wanted to sell as the peddler. She decided a price for each item, and I got out some change and pretended to purchase items from her. Ian also ‘purchased’ toys from Libby’s store. We did simple math with this, as well as coin identification. ‘If Ian has five cents and he purchases Clifford for one cent, how many cents does he have left?’
And finally, we talked a bit about Monkeys. We read a few informational books from the library, watched videos of monkeys on YouTube, and identified a few areas on the map were monkeys live in the wild. We also had fun playing ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’, and singing ‘Five Little Monkeys’.
We made a fun monkey craft; excuse the paint on her face! 🙂
We ended our unit with some yummy monkey snacks – frozen chocolate bananas!
We also worked on the letter U in our Handwriting Without Tears book:
And she asked to do several pages of math in one of our workbooks:
She begs to do ‘school’ and I actually have to say, lets put it away and play! We had a fun week!