“Little pig, little pig, let me come in!”
“Not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin!”
“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!”
Everyone knows the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, right? Well, adults do. But what about about children? I was surprised when I read this story to my preschoolers and less than a third of them had heard it before.
Each year, the preschool where I work participates in Week of the Young Child™ (WOTYC). You can find information about WOTYC on the National Association for the Education of Young Children website here. It says the “the purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early programs and services that meet those needs.”
My preschool celebrates by transforming our hallways into a chosen theme using child-generated artwork. This year our theme was fairy tales and nursery rhymes. One reason for this choice was that many young children have never even heard of some of these classics. Here are the phenomenal displays our staff came up with and the stories and nursery rhymes that inspired them.
Hickory, dickory, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock.
There was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do
She gave them some broth with plenty of bread
And kissed them all fondly and sent them to bed.
Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
That’s how my garden grows.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Little Red Hen
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a “B”,
And put it in the oven for baby and me.
The Three Little Pigs