Children and teachers got together in 37 cities across 15 states and the District of Columbia to participate in a simultaneous vocabulary lesson.
The 4,000 preschoolers read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, a picture book about a civilized tiger that runs away to the jungle to discover what makes him happy. The lesson focused on the words “stripes,” “patience,” “magnificent,” and “wilderness” and included singing and roaring, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The record was set as The Guinness World Records documented 1,031 participants on Thursday, October 30, according to the event’s host, PNC Financial Services Group. The total is expected to increase as the organization receives video and written documentation from other participating locations.
“Everyone knows that the best thing you can do for young children is to read to them. By taking part in a fun and engaging activity like this, we take reading to the next level by increasing vocabulary,” said Kimberly Russo, program officer for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Childhood Education Programs. “We appreciate PNC’s support of today’s event, which taught the children new words and added to the excitement we’re building for vocabulary in the classroom.”
PNC hosted the event in support of Grow Up Great, a bilingual initiative in early childhood education that has vocabulary development as a priority. The Fred Rogers Company and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children developed the lesson plan.
The vocabulary lesson will be posted online here, with activities for pre-K teachers.