Classic children’s books provide the basis for our unique curriculum, meeting Preschool and Kindergarten standards for all core subjects (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, History, Art). Below is one example of how literature can be used to address all of the subjects.

Using the story Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, activities may include:

English Language Arts

  • read the story
  • ask and answer questions
  • explore rhyme
  • build new words
  • discuss new vocabulary  
  • print letter Dd


  • count the number of eggs
  • show how numbers and objects correspond
  • compose and recompose different arrangements for a number 
  • investigate the realistic uses of numbers in the the everyday world


  • identify characteristics of ducks
  • compare ducks to other animals  
  • explore water types
  • research foods ducks like to eat
  • discuss duck habitats, nesting facts, and behaviors


  • research regions of the US where ducks live
  • discuss islands and their characteristics
  • research the state of Massachusetts
  • describe differences between the east and west coasts
  • learn about bird populations and conservation

Social Studies

  • develop the concept of community
  • discuss the significance of community helpers


  • sketch a duck/duckling
  • illustrate a favorite part of the story
  • retell the story using pictures (beginning, middle, end)
  • critique duck paintings

Research shows that reading children’s literature:

  • is important to the childhood experience
  • helps with language acquisition, communication, social, emotional, and literacy skills
  • communicates that reading is worthwhile
  • encourages a love of reading 
  • strengthens character development
  • stimulates the imagination
  • increases concentration

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