February 21st, 2017
The Books WeRead:Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad HillsOtto Goes to the Beach by Todd ParrBeach Feet by Kiyomi KonagayaSongs & Activities:The Waves on the BeachTo the tune of "Wheels on the Bus"The waves on the beach go up and down...The clams on the beach go snap, snap, snap...The sharks on the beach go chomp, chomp, chomp...The crabs on the beach go pinch, pinch, pinch...The lifeguard on the beach says "Swim on back..."Credit: perpeptualpreschool.com
Craft—Bubblewrap Starfish and Glittery Beach Feet
July 7th, 2015
The Books We Read:Duck's Vacation by Gilad SofferPig Kahuna Pirates! by Jennifer SattlerChu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman
Song:The Animals at the BeachThe 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!
July 28th, 2015
The Books We Read:Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret ReyMaisy 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!
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.
July 19th, 2016
The Books We Read:Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret ReyAmong a Thousand Fireflies by Helen FrostMaisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins
Songs & Activities:We Are Going CampingTo the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"We are going camping, it's time to pack:A tent, a sleeping bag, and a snack.We'll sit by the campfire, so warm and bright,And snooze in our tent 'til the morning light.Credit: Adapted from preschooleducation.com
Little Bunny Foo FooLittle Bunny Foo Foo went hopping through the forest,Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head.Then down came the Good Fairy, and she said:"Litte Bunny Foo Foo, I don't like to see youScooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head.I will give you three chances to behave, and if you don't,I will come back and turn you into a GOON!"[Repeat two more times, counting down chances,and finally turning Little Bunny Foo Foo into a goon.]Credit: Childhood
The kids painted the inside of mason jars with glow-in-the-dark paint and added colorful beads and coated wire to the lids to create a handle.
June 21st, 2016
The Books We Read:Hare and Tortoise by Alison MurrayIs Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan ThomasStuck by Oliver JeffersSongs & Activities:In honor of this summer's fitness theme, we tried out a couple of action songs:
Elevator SongTo the tune of "I Had a Little Chicken"Oh, the city is big and the city is grand,And there are lots of tall buildings on a little piece of land.And we live way up on the 57th floor,So this is what we do when we go out the door...
We take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,Take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,Take the elevator UP, take the elevator DOWN,And we turn around!Credit: Various sources
Walking SongTo the tune of "Are You Sleeping?" Walking, walking, walking, walking;Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop!Running, running, running! Running, running, running!Now we STOP!Also:Tiptoe, tiptoe...Marching, marching...Credit: Jbrary
The weather was gorgeous, so we were able to make our slime outside. Kids created their own colors, and even the grown-ups enjoyed playing with the slime!
July 26th, 2016 The Books We Read:Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskeyThe Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter SchubertSongs & Activities:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael RosenWe acted out the entire adventure, with inspiration from Michael Rosen's own wonderful performance of his picture book with Helen Oxenbury!
The Noble Duke of YorkThe Noble Duke of York, he had 10,000 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.And when you're only halfway up, you're neither up nor down.Credit: Childhood
We had a blast using acrylic paint to decorate rocks from Lake Champlain!
July 25th, 2017
The Books WeRead:Rattletrap Car by Phyllis RootJabari Jumps by Gaia CornwallAnd Then Comes Summer by Tom BrennerSongs & 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 [fill in action--stomp, spin, jump, hop] and say "hello!"...Credit: Jbrary
Bread and ButterBread and butter, marmalade and jam,let's say "goodbye" as loud as we can.Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,let's say "goodbye" as quiet as we can.
Continue with more opposite pairs... fast/slow, serious/silly, high/low, etc.Credit: jbrary
Craft—Ice Cream Cones!Today we made delicious-looking ice cream cones, with tissue paper and paper sprinkles. The kids used forks and paint to create a waffle pattern on their cones.
July 14th, 2015
The Books We Read:Bear and Duck by Katy HudsonWhat Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve JenkinsHugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid
Song:Grrr Grrr! Went the Big Brown BearGrrr grrr! went the big brown bear one dayGrrr grrr! went the big brown bearGrrr grrr! went the big brown bear one dayand they all went grrr grrr grrr!But we know bears go huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hugWe know bears go huggy huggy hug!, they don't go grrr grrr grrr!
Mmm ah! went the little green frog one dayMmm ah! went the little green frogMmm ah! went the little green frog one dayand 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 dayBloop bloop! went the little blue fishBloop bloop! went the little blue fish one dayand 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: JbraryProject—Spiral Snakes!
July 5th, 2016
The Books We Read:I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin SherryBig Al and Shrimpy by Andrew ClementsThis is Not My Hat by Jon KlassenSongs & Activities:
The Waves on the BeachTo the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"The waves on the beach go up and down, up and down, up and down.The waves on the beach go up and down, all through the day.The clams on the beach (open and shut)...The crabs on the beach (snap, snap, snap)...The swimmers on the beach (splash, splash, splash)...The lifeguard on the beach (yells "Swim on back!")...Credit: perpeptualpreschool.com
Five Little FishFive little fishies swimming in the sea, teasing Mr. Shark, saying,"You can't catch me!"Along comes Mr. Shark, gliding silent as can be, and he SNAPS that fish right out of the sea!!Repeat, counting down.Credit: Various sources
The kids made fish, octopus, and starfish prints using bubblewrap and tempera paints. They also added glitter at the end for the straight-from-the-beach look!