Ella is delightful and inventive when it comes to helping Penguin. She wants to see her stickers glow-in-the-dark but Penguin is afraid of the dark.
Read Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Megan Maynor with illustrations by Rosalinde Bonnet to kids for the pure joy of reading. When listeners start talking about the glow-in-the-dark stickers. It is your chance to share a little bit of chemistry. Start by asking:
"I wonder what makes things glow-in-the-dark?"
Together, look up what makes things glow-in-the dark. You and your listeners, let's call them co-investigators, will see that some common glow-in-the-dark toys require a black light and some require total darkness. After looking around on your own here are two resources that seem helpful:
How-do-things-glow-in-the-dark? from Wonderopolis
Dangers of Opening Glow Sticks from Steve Spangler Science
Don't be afraid to use big words. We forget that kids brains are wired to acquire language. The novelty and fun of trying big words just might prove to be as fun as looking at glow-in-the-dark materials. Words like luminescence and phosphorescence are fun to say and can lead to another kind of wonder. Perhaps you will ask a question like..
Both luminescence and phosphorescence end in the same way. I wonder what that means?
In your investigation you will run into the concept of an electron. That might seem too abstract of a concept for young ones to handle. However, as long as learners keep asking questions it makes sense to keep guiding those eager for knowledge to keep discovering the answers. You can start by explaining that atoms are small units of what makes up everything. Here is a video by MakeMeGenius.com
Have fun with this delightful book and see how much wonder you can support from your listeners. Who knows, they might be more interested in penguins and that works too. The questions will be different but the process the same. Keep searching for answers as long as the listeners keep asking questions.
Cup of Leadership is a blog for people who lead children.
Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a project called Book Drops for Kids. The project promotes using picture books to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thinking.
At least once a month a picture book is purchased from an independent book store and “dropped” in a little library to for someone to use. STEM lesson plans for these books are posted on Cup of Leadership. Check the Facebook page to see other books that have been dropped.