This story was shared by AmeriCorps Museum Educator Jack Read.
The Head Start team visits each classroom before their Museum field trip
and reads a book we created that describes the many fun things the
children will do at the Museum. There is a moment in the book where
Nori, the Museum dragon, bellows. This is a big word for 3- to
5-year-olds, so we always ask if they know what it means; we take the
opportunity to teach literacy when we can. We describe it as speaking
with a loud, deep voice and ask them to say the word with us that way.
“Belllllowwwwwwwwww!” we say in unison.
A week after we visited Carter Head Start Center, it was time for the
children to come play in the Museum, some for the very first time. I
was in Play Power with my group when a 4-year-old girl climbed onto the
platform under the dome and said “Hellooooo! I just bellowed, like in
the book!” I was so happy to see that something we taught them had
stuck like that!