Down on the Farm

September 15th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson (a Vermont author!)
Piglet and Papa  by Margaret Wild
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Song:
Rhyming Stretch
Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor;
Stand up again, let's do some more!
Touch your head, then your knees;
Now touch your shoulders, like this you see!
Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor;
Time to sit down, there is no more.
Credit: Jbrary

Five Pigs
Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you've ever seen,
Wanted to go outside and play. Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud and landed with a great big THUD!
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs. Oink! Oink!
Repeat, counting down...

Project—Clothespin Sheep:


Going Camping!

July 28th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret Rey
Maisy Goes Camping  by Lucy Cousins

Song:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt


We acted out the entire adventure, with inspiration from Michael Rosen's own wonderful performance of his picture book with Helen Oxenbury!

Project—Glow-in-the-dark Lanterns:

The kids painted the inside of mason jars with glow-in-the-dark paint and attached colorful coated wire to the lids to create a handle.

Summer Animals

July 14th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Bear and Duck by Katy Hudson
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?  by Steve Jenkins
Hugs from Pearl  by Paul Schmid

Song:
Grrr Grrr! Went the Big Brown Bear

Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
and they all went grrr grrr grrr!
But we know bears go huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug!, they don't go grrr grrr grrr!

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!
Credit: Jbrary

Project—Spiral Snakes!

  


At the Beach!

July 7th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Duck's Vacation
by Gilad Soffer
Pig Kahuna Pirates!  by Jennifer Sattler
Chu's Day at the Beach  by Neil Gaiman

Song:
The Animals at the Beach

The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
chomp, chomp, chomp!
chomp, chomp, chomp!
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
All through the day!

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim...
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch...
The octopus in the sea go wiggle wiggle wiggle...
The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth...
The whale in the sea goes quirt squirt squirt...
The clam in the sea goes open and shut...
The crabs in the sea go click click click...
The jellyfish in the sea go "bloop bloop bloop"!

Project—Bubblewrap Print Starfish and Fish:

  

We added sparkly "sand" at the Glitter Station--super fun!


Superheroes!

June 23rd, 2015

The Books We Read:
Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
Timothy and the Strong Pajamas  by Viviane Schwarz

Song:
Did You Ever See A Hero?

Did you ever see a hero, a hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero, flying through the sky?
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way.
Did you ever see a hero flying through the sky?

Verses: Putting on their cape, hopping on one foot, saving the day, twirling around.
Credit: Jbrary

Superhero, Superhero...
Superhero, superhero turn around;
Superhero, superhero touch the ground;
Superhero, superhero put on your suit;
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.
Credit: Jbrary

Project—Superhero Masks:

  

We had lots of fun decorating our masks with lightning bolts, feathers, and jewels.  No superhero was alike!

Gardening Stories

May 5th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Little Sweet Potato by 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.


Rainy Day Stories

April 28th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis

The Umbrella  by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg

Songs & Activities:
Five Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs,
Sat on a speck of log,
Eating some most delicious bugs...Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool,
Then were four (three, two, one, no...) green speckled frogs.
Glub! Glub!
Credit: Raffi


Craft—Rainy Day Collages:

  

 


Jungle Animals

April 14th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Monkey, a Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild  by Peter Brown
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen

Songs & Activities:
Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: 'You can't catch me!'
Along came Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be...
And he SNATCHED that monkey right out of the tree!

Four little...Three little...Two little...One little.. No little monkeys!

Craft—Paper Plate Tigers:

  

 


Fairy Tales

April 7th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Zelinsky
Three Billy Goats Gruff  by Paul Galdone
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Songs & Activities:

Noble Duke of York
The noble Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up the hill and then
He marched them down again.

For when you're up, you're up,
And when you're down, you're down,
But when you're only halfway up,
You're neither up nor down!

Craft—Paper Bag Crowns:

  


Springtime Stories

March 31st, 2015

The Books We Read:
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep by 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!
 


Pirates

March 17th, 2015

The Books We Read:
My Life as a Chicken
by Ellen Kelley
How I Became a Pirate  by Melinda Long

Songs & Activities:
Pirate Song
When I was one, I had some fun,
On the day I went to sea.
Hopped aboard a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me...

Chorus:
'We go this way, that way, forwards, backwards,
Over the deep blue sea.'

When I was two, I tied my shoe...
When I was three, I skinned my knee...
When I was four, I mopped the floor...
When I was five, I took a dive...
Credit: Andy Z.

Craft—Pirate Ship:

 

 


Dogs

February 10, 2015


The Books We Read:
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
I'm My Own Dog  by David Ezra Stein
Bark, George  by Jules Feiffer

Songs & Activities:
My Dog Rags
I have a dog, his name is Rags
He eats so much his belly sags
His ears flip flop, and his tail wig wags
And when he walks he goes zig-zag

Chorus:
He goes flip flop, wig wag, zig zag;
He goes flip flop, wig wag, zig zag;
He goes flip flop, wig wag, zig zag;
I love Rags and he loves me.

My dog Rags, he loves to play.
He rolls around in the mud all day.
I whistle and I whistle but he won’t obey.
He always runs the other way!
Chorus

Digger Dog
I have a little doggie, her paws are very big.
And when she goes outside she likes to dig and dig and dig.
She puts her bone into the hole, and covers it in a snap.
Puts one paw on the other and lies down to take a nap (zzzzzzz)!


Craft—Valentine's Pup:

 

This was a super fun way to combine our theme with Valentine's celebrations.  The after-school crowd really enjoyed the left-overs!


Things That Go!

February 3, 2015

The Books We Read:
Planes Fly by George Lyon
Truck Stop  by Ann Rockwell
A Train Goes Clickety Clack  by Jonathan London

Songs & Activities:
Airplane Up, Airplane Down
The airplane has great big wings (hold arms out)
and its propeller really sings (make circular motion and propeller sounds)
The plane goes up (stretch arms up)
The plane goes down (put arms down)
The plan goes flying all around (fly around room)

Wheels on the Bus

Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck
Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck (3x)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding

Verses:
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (3x)...
Hury, hurry, climb the ladder (3x)...
Hurry, hurry, spray the water (3x)...
Slowly, slowly back to the station (3x)

Craft—Shapes Train:

 

This was a great project! The kids picked out different colors for their train parts and experimented with how basic shapes can be combined to create something recognizable.


Silly Stories!

January 27, 2015

What We Read:

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  by Mo Willems
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?  by Susan Shea

Songs & Activities:
Shake My Sillies Out
I'm going to shake, shake, shake my sillies out (repeat 3x)
and wiggle my waggles away.

I'm going to:
... clap, clap, clap my crazies out..
... jump, jump, jump my jiggles out..
...yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out...
Credit: Raffi

Bubblegum Song
My mom gave me a penny, she told me to buy a henny,
but I didn't buy a henny--instead, I bought bubblegum!

Chorus:
Bazooka-zooka bubblegum.
Bazooka-zooka bubblegum.

My mom gave me a nickel, she told me to buy a pickle...
My mom gave me a dime, she told me to buy a lime...
My mom gave me a quarter to buy some seltzer water...


Craft—The Pigeon:

 

The kids assembled their Mo Willems' pigeons, then visited the "Glitter Station" to add sparkle and feathers!


Cats!

January 6, 2015

What We Read:

Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich
Cats are Cats by Valeri Gorbachev
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake  by Laura Numeroff

Songs & Activities:
I'm a Little Kitty Cat
Sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"
I'm a little kitty cat nice and sweet.
Here are my whiskers, here are my feet.
When I go out hunting, mice beware...
Or you just might get a SCARE!
Credit: Jbrary

Hickory Dickory Dock

Craft--Cat Cut-outs:

 

Cat Parade!

Owls!

January 12, 2015

What We Read:

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Little Owl's Orange Scarf  by Tatyana Feeney
Little Owl Lost  by Chris Haughton

Songs & Activities:
Skip to My Lou, My Birdie
Owl in the tree says "hoo hoo hoo"
Robin in the nest says "tweet tweet tweet"
Duck in the pond says "quack quack quack"
Rooster in the yard says "cockadoodledoo!"

Two Little Owls (Fingerplay)
Two little owls, burrowed in the hill, one named Jack, one named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill!  Come back, Jack!  Come back, Jill!
Two little owls, hunting in the snow, one named Fast, one named Slow...
Two little owls, feeling very proud, one named Quiet, one named Loud...
Credit: Jbrary

Five Hoot Owls (Fingerplay)
Five little hoot owls sitting in a tree, one flew away, how many do you see?
[Repeat, counting down to NONE.]


Craft--Paper Owls: