“No Matter What” is a warm and tender book by Debi Gliori. This story is about Small who says to Large “I’m grim and grumpy and I don’t think you love me at all.” Large knows just how to reassure Small about a parent’s endless love for a child.
After reading this story to a child or a group of children, expand the story into the activities for the day or week. This story springboards many activities to be included in a lesson plan. With a second and third reading the children can join in whenever “I’d always love you no matter what.” comes up.
Introduce new vocabulary words featured in this story. Choose words children are likely to hear in their family/community. There are several possible words, so, you may choose to focus on 1 or more words depending on the developmental level of your child/children. I picked out several as an example.
The word “grumpy”….what does “grumpy” mean? Ask how do you feel when you are grumpy? How does your face look? Make the face and look at the child/person next to you.
The word “squishy”. What could it mean? What are some times to say the word “squishy”? The word “grim”. What could it mean? When would a person feel grim?When would this word be used?
A craft activity could be to punch and glue stars on black paper with a few cotton-ball clouds. Using the punch to make stars is great to increase fine motor development skills. Gluing gives each child choice for placement and eye-hand coordination. The pulling the cotton-ball to stretch into a cloud gives fine motor and prediction of what each cloud will look like. Take time to count the stars and the clouds.
Use stars and a counting mat for each child to place 1 star in each space (there are 10 spaces here). Count the stars. For toddlers, you may choose to use a mat with only 3-5 spaces and for older preschoolers they may use 2 mats to count to 20! I use stars here from a sticker book but cut out stars or punch more with the paper punch.
Here are just a few lesson plan activities: (I’m sure you will think of many more!)
|Social||Hugs – Talk about safe touching and hugging.social skills in story: table manners, brush teeth routine, bath time routine, bed time routine|
|Language||Vocabulary wordsDictated Stories: Children draw a picture of this story. Write the words each child says about their picture on their paper.
Make flannel board Small and Large characters so children can retell the story on their own.
|Cognitive||Math graph – How many pillows are on your bed at home?Sensory Table – Have stars hidden for child to find|
|Physical||Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” with actionsReach for the stars to music stretching arms and body.|
|Open-Ended Questions||Why are the names in this story “Small” and “Large”?What other names could they have?
How did the furniture get messed up?
Why are the curtains not hanging straight down?