A collection of picture books full of prepositions making them a great resource in any Early Years classroom when teaching spatial concepts.
I love books and I believe there is a picture book for everything you may want to teach. Books can be an easy way for children to engage in new material, to absorb an idea, to help shape it into understanding. I think they are particularly useful for teaching young children spatial concepts so here is my first book list perfect for teaching prepositions in early childhood. You can also check out our second and third list of books rich in prepositions.
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Prepositions are a word that starts a phrase or it may refer to position, place, time, manner and there are a number of great picture books that feature the overuse of prepositions which make them ideal to use in your teaching of this part of speech.
Like Where's the Gold? by Pamela Allen - a story of three friends and a rather loud and annoying parrot searching for treasure down a tunnel, around rock, deep underground until something scares them and they rush back up to the surface past all the obstacles again. It's predictable text making it a great read aloud and is reminiscent of We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books)- another great picture book and group activity to get everyone moving their bodies.
Or Along a Long Road by Frank Viva. A beautifully illustrated text that follows a cyclist on his journey around a small town (great one for maps too). Going up, going down, around, through a tunnel, in, out, over a bridge - all to do it all over again. A fun read!
'He tumbled upside down and reached up the tree trunk with his feet.
"I love you all the way up to my toes!" he said.
"I love you across the river and over the hills," said Big Nutbrown Hare.
Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist is, as the title suggests, an invitation to follow the line that makes its way through the entire book from front to back cover, 'through the noisy traffic... across the wide ocean... up, up high in the sky... into the big forest'. Another great read to get everyone up and moving.
Or one I'd forgotten about - Where's Spot? by Eric Hill. Great for early readers and everyone loves lift-the-flap books. It was a sure way of keeping one of mine seated until the end of the book and sturdy enough to survive a preschooler. A great book which sees Spot's mum searching behind doors, under the stairs, inside clocks and in the piano for Spot. A definite favourite!
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Of course working with prepositions lends itself to both map making and book creating. I've taken photos of students in, behind, on, under, next to and put them together as a book. Students can make their own books easily either by drawing or taking photos themselves. Always interesting seeing photos taken by children! I've also used the free Collins Big Cat ebook app 'Bike Ride' on the IWB which also has the option of using the illustrations to create your own book that you can add you voice too.
The kids loved that or Puppet Pals HD would work well too. Well worth spending the extra to get the directors pass which allows you to take and use your own photos in the play.
So many songs with movement provide children with adjectival phrases - Incy Wincy went up... Jack came down and Jill came tumbling after. That's why nursery rhymes are still so valuable in early childhood. Picture books provide great exposure too and whilst I have shared a few here, I'm sure there are many more. Leave your suggestions in the comments, I look forward to reading them.