10 CHAPTER 1
I’m a Leader
Allow children to take turns being the leader during various transition times
and activities. As leader, they might start a song with your prompting, be the
leader of the line, or serve as the helper of the day. Select children to lead
based on their interests and abilities so that all can shine in their leadership
role, whether they are being the band director as other children play rhythm
band instruments, greeting guests who enter the room, or distributing napkins
for everyone. Ask children what they think they did best as a leader.
prop to make the leader look or feel special (baton, crown, cape)
Read and discuss Tillie and the Wall
by Leo Lionni or other books about
Play the traditional game Follow
the Leader, and give each child the
opportunity to both follow and lead.
Discuss the role of leadership and
how important it is for the leaders to
consider the followers.
Invite leaders from the school or
community to talk about their jobs
as leaders and how being a leader
makes them feel.
LE Read and discuss A Day’s Work by Eve