5 items tagged "Spring"

  • Gardening Stories

    May 5th, 2015

    The Books We Read:
    Little Sweet Potatoby Amy Bloom
    In the Garden: Who's Been Here?  by Lindsay George
    If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

    Song:
    The Farmer Plants the Seeds
    (To the tune of "Farmer in the Dell")
    The farmer plants the seeds, the farmer plants the seeds,
    Hi, Ho a Derry O, the farmer plants the seeds.

    The rain begins to fall...
    The sun begins to shine...
    The plants begin to grow...

    Project—Planting Seeds:

      

    We had lots of fun decorating our containers and planting sunflowers, nasturtiums, and beans for our summer gardens.


  • In the Pond

    April 18th, 2017

     

    The Books We Read:
    A Perfect Day by Lane Smith (not pond-related, but I couldn't resist!)
    Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera
    Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

    Songs & Activities:
    Little White Duck by Walt Whippo

    We sang the story to the original tune by Bernard Zaritzky, with a little help from our puppet friends (above).

    Mmm-AH! Went the Little Green Frog (pond version)
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
    But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
    We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
    But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
    We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake one day
    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake
    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake one day
    and they all went ssss ssss ssss!!
    But we know snakes go jumpy jumpy jump, jumpy jumpy jump, jumpy jumpy jump
    We know snakes go jumpy jumpy jump,they don't go ssss ssss ssss!

    Credit: Revised from Jbrary

    Craft—Lily Pads and Frogs:

     

    The kids used watercolor paints to color their frogs and lily pads and scrunched up colorful tissue paper to make flowers.

  • Life on the Pond

    April 26th, 2016

     

    The Books We Read:
    In the Pond by Anna Milbourne
    Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera

    Songs & Activities:

    Little White Duck (w/ characters, above)
    There was a little white duck, sitting on the water;
    A little white duck, doing what he oughtta;
    He took a bite of a lily pad, flapped his wings and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little white duck, sitting on the water.
    Quack! Quack! Quack!"

    There was a little green frog, swimming in the water;
    A little green frog, doing what he oughtta;
    He jumped right off of the lily pad that the little duck bit and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little green frog, sitting on the water.
    Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!"

    There was a little black bug, floating on the water;
    A little black bug, doing what he oughtta;
    He tickled the frog on the lily pad that the little duck bit and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little black bug, floating on the water.
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!"

    There was a little red snake, playing in the water;
    A little red snake, doing what he oughtta;
    He scared the duck and the frog so bad, he ate the bug and he said,
    "I'm glad that I'm a little red snake, playing in the water.
    Ssss! Ssss! Ssss!"

    Now there was nobody left, playing in the water;
    Nobody left, doing what they oughtta;
    The only thing left is the lily pad...
    The duck and the frog ran away. I'm sad!
    There was nobody left, playing in the water.
    "Boo! Hoo! Hoo!"
    Credit: Childhood (Burl Ives)

    Mmm-AH! Went the Little Green Frog (pond version)
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog
    Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
    and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
    But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
    We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
    Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
    and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
    But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
    We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake one day
    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake
    Ssss-sss! went the little red snake one day
    and they all went ssss ssss ssss!!
    But we know snakes go jumpy jumpy jump, jumpy jumpy jump, jumpy jumpy jump
    We know snakes go jumpy jumpy jump,they don't go ssss ssss ssss!

    Credit: Revised from Jbrary

    Craft—Lily Pads and Dragonflies:

    The kids used tempera paint to color their lily pads and made flowers from pre-dyed coffee filters. Glitter was a must to get those dragonfly wings good and sparkly!

  • Springtime Stories

    March 31st, 2015

    The Books We Read:
    Farmer Brown Shears His Sheepby Teri Sloat
    Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Murguia
    Little Bird Takes a Bath  by Marisabina Russo


    Songs & Activities:

    Way Up in the Sky
    Way up in the sky, the big birdies fly,
    While down in the nest,the little birdies rest.

    With a wing on the left, and a wing on the right,
    The little birdies sleep all through the night.
    Shhhhhhh...Don't wake up the birdies!

    The bright sun comes up, the dew goes away.
    'Good morning! Good morning!" the little birds say.
    Credit: Childhood


    Craft—Snail Suncatchers:

     

    Inspired by Snippet, the Early Riser!
     


  • Welcome Spring!

    March 22nd, 2016

     

     

    The Books We Read:
    Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
    Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke
    My Garden by Kevin Henkes

    Songs & Activities:
    Welcome Song
    Hello Everybody, Hello Everybody, Hello Everybody!
    We're glad that you are here.
    Hello Springtime...
    Hello Flowers...
    Hello Birds...

    Hello Mud...
    Credit: Modified from childhood

    Way Up in the Sky
    Way up in the sky, the big birdies fly;
    While down in the nest, the little birdies rest.
    With a wing on the left and a wing on the right,
    The little birdies sleep, most all of the night.
    Sssshhhhh, don't wake up the birdies...

    The bright sun comes up, the moon goes away,
    "Good morning! Good morning!" the little birdies say.
    Credit:
    Childhood

    Craft—Flower Collage:

     We used watercolors, dot markers, insect stickers, and butterfly cut-outs to make a colorful spring picture.

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