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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Big Yellow Bus

In our area, preschool children are in awe of the big yellow school bus. The children can't wait until they get big so they can ride the school bus. This year I was able to give my little ones a special treat.

I decided to put a new twist on a project I had done in previous years for transportation. I decided to take the whole week and devote it to the school bus. The kicker? I got a school bus to come to the school and the children got to take a ride. They were SOOOO excited. The bus came today, but even on Tuesday they came in and were excited--is this the day, is the bus here, when does it come? As we walked to the bus today one little girl said this is going to be so awesome. They loved it.

I began on Tuesday. We are lucky enough to have a boy scout troop at our school that has a bus they use for trips. We went outside and we examined the bus from the outside. How many wheels? How many lights? Does it look big or little? Would it hold many, or a few people?, etc. They loved it.

We then went inside to do some painting. Each child painted their own bus shape yellow. This year I decided to make a BIG bus for the wall too. The children took turns with a roller and painted the big bus yellow. When it dried I cut it out and put it on our wall.

Today after our bus ride we decided what we needed to finish our buses. We added windows, wheels, drew people, and a new one for me, a stop sign. When I used to make the buses before, buses did not have stop signs on them. They now do for extra safety and that is one of the first things the children told me we had to add.

After everyone finished their small bus, it was time to finish the big bus. I made sure I had enough pieces for each child in the class to add one feature to the bus. After everything was added they could draw a person in the window if they wanted. It turned out really great, and we had a great time.

I added this picture so you could get an idea of how big we made our bus:

Thanks so much to Mr. Valentino and our local public school bus company for letting the children have this wonderful experience.

see ya.

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Mary said...

What an awesome project!!! Your children have learnt about street safety and they had a wonderful ride as well!

Richard said...

It's incredible all the things that you can do with just a yellow bus: teach children about shapes, numbers, colors, street safety and behavior, means of transport and even professions.

Diana said...

This project is particularly fascinating. Parents must adore you, Your way of teaching things to your kids is absolutely fascinating.

Cindy said...

I'm really interested in these project and I'm thinking in which other ways I can apply it with my kids. Thanks for the inspiration

Tom said...

What an interesting project!

William said...

The happy faces of the kids say all about this project.

Montco Mom said...

What a great project! My son is entering preschool in the fall, and it will be my first experience as the parent of a student... I only hope his teachers show such care about his educational experience as you offer your students.