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Books are Just the Beginning

When The Malvern School first introduced “Mrs. Bush’s Story Time” to more than 2,000 of our students – becoming the first school in the country to do so – we adapted the popular read-aloud radio series to the preschool classroom by creating dynamic activity plans for each of the children’s books featured in the original broadcast.

While the benefits of reading aloud to children are tremendous, particularly for the development of language, early literacy and parent-child bonding, our approach highlights that books are just the beginning. They offer a rich and engaging foundation for other lessons that enhance cognitive skills, creativity and more.

As we celebrated Mrs. Bush’s Story Time this month, our friends took part in all different types of brain-boosting activities based on our featured book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst.

Alexander frequently felt invisible when he was feeling sad, so our Preschool and Young Toddler classes in Medford got creative working with invisible paint.


Unlike many of our other books, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is illustrated in black and white. Our Pre-K friends in Medford challenged themselves to use only black markers and pencils to create illustrations similar to the ones seen in the story.


Classes in Marlboro studied cause and effect by analyzing the “why” behind what happens in the story.


Check back on the blog soon to see more ways we diversify our lessons plans and daily activities!

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