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THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT ME! “About Me” Display Designate a space in the classroom for each child to set up a display, which may be in a box, on a tabletop, or posted on a bulletin board. The display might include a favorite toy or a picture of it, photos of her family, a list of things she can do, a drawing of something she likes about herself, or other items of importance to her. Allow the children to add to their displays for several days. At the end of that time, record the children talking about or explaining items in their “About Me” display or box. Let them invite family and friends to see or hear the recording. With parent permission, recordings could be included on classroom or program websites. APE MATERIALS markers, paper, tape, poster board, favorite items, and a designated space for each child’s display OTHER IDEAS Read and discuss What I Like about Me by Allia Zobel Nolan. LE Play, sing, and talk about the songs “Be Yourself” by Grenadilla, “The Same as Me” by Grenadilla, “I Love My Toes” by the Cat’s Pajamas, “That Would Be You” by the Cat’s Pajamas, and “Free to Be . . . You and Me” by Marlo Thomas and Friends. ALPE Create a class chart with each child’s name down the left side and traits (such as cheerful, helpful, kind, listens, creative, waits turns, shares, athletic, and musical) across the top. Help children understand each characteristic listed, and let them identify the ones they believe reflect who they are. Show them where to mark on the chart the characteristics that are theirs. Ask children which of the traits selected they like best. LME Create a class chart with each child’s name down the left side and physi- cal characteristics (such as eye color, hair color, hair length, skin color, shoe size, height, and so on) across the top. Help children understand each characteristic listed, and let them identify the ones that reflect who they are. Show them where on the chart to mark the characteristics that are theirs. Ask children which characteristic they like best of those selected. LMSE 9