May 5th, 2015
The Books We Read:Little Sweet Potatoby Amy BloomIn the Garden: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay GeorgeIf 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...
We had lots of fun decorating our containers and planting sunflowers, nasturtiums, and beans for our summer gardens.
April 17, 2018
The Books We Read:The Digger and the Flower by Joseph KueflerIf You Plant a Seed by Kadir NelsonThe Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Songs & Activities:We Clap and Say HelloWe clap and say hello! We clap and say hello!With our friends at storytime, we clap and say hello!
We [wiggle, jump, hop, stomp, dance, spin, whisper] and say hello...Credit: Adapted from Jbrary
Five Fat PeasFive fat peas in a pea pod pressed. [Wrap one hand around the other fist.]One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest. [Unfurl fingers, one by one.]Well, they grew, and they grew, and they did not stop. [Motion outward with hands.]And they grew and they grew, ‘til they finally popped! [Motion outward with hands, then clap.]Credit: Jbrary
The Gardener Plants the SeedsTo the tune of ”Farmer in the Dell”The gardener plants the seeds, the gardener plants the seeds.Hi ho a Derry-o, the gardener plants the seeds
The sun comes out and shines...The rain begins to fall...The plants grow big and tall...Credit: Adapted from traditional
Craft—Planting Our Own Seeds
The children decorated their pots (yogurt containers) with stickers, filled them with potting soil, and tucked in bean or sunflower seeds.
And one week later!
June 26, 2018
The Books We Read:Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac BarnettHow I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
We had a great time creating our own authentic treasure maps bedecked in gold paint and lots of sparkling jewels!
March 22nd, 2016
The Books We Read:Tap the Magic Tree by Christie MathesonStuck in the Mud by Jane ClarkeMy Garden by Kevin Henkes
Songs & Activities:Welcome SongHello 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 SkyWay 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
We used watercolors, dot markers, insect stickers, and butterfly cut-outs to make a colorful spring picture.