Abiyoyo Village

  • Abiyoyo (book)
  • building blocks
  • construction paper
  • magic wand
  • markers
  • rubber band instruments
  • scissors
  • small plastic figures (including a monster)
  • magic wand
  • monster
  • music
  • sound
  • village

MA Standards:

Literature: RL.PK.MA.3 With prompting and support, act out characters and events from a story or poem read aloud.
Speaking and Listening: SL.PK.MA.5 Create representations of experiences or stories (e.g., drawings, constructions with blocks or other materials, clay models) and explain them to others.

Head Start Outcomes:

Approaches to Learning/Initiative and Curiosity Demonstrates flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness in approaching tasks and activities.
Logic and Reasoning/Symbolic Representation Represents people, places, or things through drawings, movement, and three-dimensional objects.
Logic and Reasoning/Symbolic Representation Engages in pretend play and acts out roles.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 12 Listen to, recite, sing, and dramatize a variety of age-appropriate literature.

Abiyoyo Village

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Skill Focus: Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, Recall and Retell, Imaginative Play, Vocabulary

Invite children to recreate the setting of Abiyoyo and retell the story using the props. Open the book to the pages of the story that show the setting. Ask,

  • Where do the boy and his father live?
  • What kind of place is it?
  • Are there buildings or small houses? Streets or trees?

Help children construct the village using the materials. Then use the small figures and props to recreate the story with them. Say, What were the boy and the father doing when Abiyoyo came? What did they do to Abiyoyo to make him fall? Invite children to play music, as the boy did, with their rubber band instruments.

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