My dad... along with a few of his grandchildren.
I recently learned about Sandy Shaw, a kindergarten teacher in Pennsylvania, and her new book Do You Know Where the Bus Driver Will Go? When I read this book for the first time I fell in love with it. The book is not too wordy so it is perfect for young children and I could just visualize my kids laughing at all of the things the bus driver might do after he dropped the kids off at school. I immediately thought of extending the story through shared and creative writing or with a class book. This book is perfect for a unit on careers or community helpers or for a back to school study of the people that help us at school. And of course the book caught my attention because it reminded me of my dad.
In the book, the little boy thinks of all of these things he thinks the bus driver might do including going to the White House and serving dinner to the President, going to the county fair and winning a blue ribbon for the best pig, surfing the biggest wave in Hawaii, and performing at a rock concert with his cool rock band. These are just a few of his thoughts. The others are just as funny.
I read the book to my students this morning and they loved it. Since it is so early in the year for us we brainstormed a list together of other things the bus driver could do after he dropped the students at school. We also made a bus craft instead of illustrating our ideas. If it had been later in the school year or my students were older I would have had them do their own writing and drawings and created a class book. Another extension would be to take another community or school helper and brainstorm what he/she does when they get off of work. For example: What does the principal do when he/she sends the last student home at the end of the day?
Here is the list we made. (I still need to finish putting up the rest of the buses and the signs that tell what we read and what we did.) My favorite idea is that he goes to a baseball game and scores a home run. This chart generated a fun discussion about what my dad does when he gets done dropping off the kids on his bus. That is where fixes stuff, does the dishes, mows the yard, and goes fishing came from. The bus craft came from the TLC Lessons Prekindergarten Book (September-December).
On top of the great fun my class and I had with this book, I am excited to share that Sandy gave me 3 copies to give away!!!
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The book is currently for sale through Xlibris and will soon be available through Amazon.