Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct

Dinosaurs are not extinct.  Way back in ‘95, a dinosaur was born.  He was lovingly painted, stuffed with paper, and tied with string.  Don’t you love the big, toothy smile?

That year was a happy year for this dinosaur, hanging by the string and being in the classroom.  The children loved their dinosaurs.  This one went home with Michelle.  She kept her dinosaur in her bedroom for years.  Many years.  The family is now packing up and moving away, and this dinosaur was the last thing to come down.  It was given to me!  Now, the rebirth begins, as I will introduce him, or her, to a new generation of children who will get to make their very own dinosaur.

You see, dinosaurs are always present in school.  They’re not extinct.  Just ask the children who carefully fed them dinner and arranged a dinosaur parade.

Children’s play is very real. That’s where the mind blossoms and explodes with learning. Critical, divergent thinking can only take place when adults are not involved and children have to problem solve on their own or with their friends. Dinosaurs often set the stage for this.  Play is rich and involved and often complex when dinosaurs are present.

Let me give you an example of critical, divergent thinking. When the astronauts landed on the moon, minutes and seconds beforehand things did not go well. They had to think fast and make decisions. Guess what they attributed much of this skill to?  Independent play as children, building with rocks and sticks (not easy) and making it work. I wonder if they played with dinosaurs.

The best series of dinosaur books is by Jane Yolen.  I highly recommend these “How Do Dinosaurs” books.  “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” is my favorite.

I will always champion for dinosaurs.  They help children play, which is #1.  They inspire curiosity, which triggers a plethora of math, science, and geography.  Everyone loves dinosaurs.  Thank goodness they’re not extinct.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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57 Responses to Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct

  1. Jermena says:

    Hahahahaha I Love it!

    Beautiful post☺️

  2. beetleypete says:

    Great to hear that your dinosaur is coming back to school, Jennie.
    Dinosaurs live on close to where we live, at the very popular Dinosaur Park in Norfolk.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. beth says:

    so cute and I know it to be true!

  4. A great surprise that the dinosaur is now back in school. When I read the title of the post I thought you were writing about the English Royal Family. Lol Have a beautiful weekend, and enjoy your Sunday! xx Michael

  5. Aww. On to the next generation! Dinosaurs will indeed never be extinct.

  6. I have several, and am indeed becoming one! 😊

  7. I’ve often wondered why children are so fascinated by dinosaurs.

  8. Ritu says:

    They always love Dinosaurs!

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    There are few absolutes with children, but I am hard-pressed to think of many who weren’t fascinated by dinosaurs. I love your point about how play is so important for kids. A few times a year, I’d go out on the playground to see what kids were playing. It always amused me when a child would say, “What are you doing out here, Mr. Springer?”

  10. I’m glad they thrive at your place, Jennie.

  11. quiall says:

    We desperately need to keep whimsy alive. Dinosaurs do that.

  12. I don’t know why, but kids are always so fascinated by dinosaurs.

  13. Darlene says:

    Dinosaurs rule. Kids, and big kids love them I’ll never forget taking my grandson to the dinosaur museum in Drumheller, Alberta. He was so enthralled.

  14. Dan Antion says:

    Play is so important. I remember seeing dinosaur skeletons in the museum when I was as young as your students. I was fasinated.

    • Jennie says:

      That feeling is still in children today. Dinosaurs inspire some of the best creative play.

      Dan, it looks like you were really hit with the storm yesterday. How did you fare? Still more heavy rain today.

      • Dan Antion says:

        We came through fine, Jennie. The storm really wound down as it made landfall. IT came through much smaller in size and with wind speeds under 40mph. We got wet, but no damage. They are still calling for heavy rain later today and tonight, but clear and hot after that.

        Did yo guys get tagged by Henri?

      • Jennie says:

        We were the same as you. Heavy rain, but no flooding. The winds weren’t as bad as expected. All in all, we’re okay. Yes, more rain tonight and back to the 3 H’s over the next few days. Give Maddie a pat for me. 🙂

      • Dan Antion says:

        I’m glad you’re OK. Dig in for the heat.

  15. Mireya says:

    Thanks for the imagination. That is what’s so great about our minds.

  16. Children and dinosaur so awesome photo 👌🌷🙏

  17. dolphinwrite says:

    As a kid, I poured through books on dinosaurs.

  18. My sons loved playing with dinosaurs, Jennie.

  19. Laiba Sohail says:

    The mixture of innocence and intelligence the children posses goes unnoticed by many but that is such a asset to any society

  20. Carla says:

    I always loved stories about dinosaurs. I have a shelf of books, puzzles and dinosaurs that my grandkids love to play with and read when they are here. I even have two books that my son “wrote” about dinosaurs when he was in elementary school. I read them with my oldest grandson and he was flabbergasted, “My dad wrote those books”. It was so much fun.

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