Eric Carle 2020

February 4, 2020

 

The Books We Read:
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Songs & Activities:

Hi Hello
Hi, hello and how are you? How are you? How are you?
Hi, hello and how are you? How are you today?

Come along and __ with me...[Repeat with different actions.]

Credit: Adapted from multiple sources

Flannel Board: Five Ripe Berries
Five ripe berries sitting in a bowl.
The blueberry fell out and it started to roll [make rolling motion with hands].
It hit the table [slap your knee] and bumped my toe [tap your toe].
Now how many berries are in the bowl?
[Repeat with remaining berries.]

Credit: Sunflowerstorytime.com

Craft—Hungry Caterpillar Balloon Print Collages

Kids dipped inflated balloons into paint to create the caterpillar's body. Some added fruit for our hungry friend!




 

Dinosaurs 2020

January 28th, 2020

The Books We Read:
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees
We Are the Dinosaurs
by Laurie Berkner
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell

Songs & Activities:
I Know A Chicken

Sung with Henrietta the Chicken and some shaky eggs!

Credit: Laurie Berkner

Flannelboard: Dinosaurs and Shapes
We hid dinosaurs behind different shapes and chanted:
"
Come out, come out little dinosaur. Who's behind the ___-shaped door?"

Craft—Paper Plate Dinosaurs:

Kids used bubblewrap stampers and paintbrushes to decorate their dinos.
The best part was the moveable head and tail!

Pets

January 21st, 2020

 

The Books We Read:
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

Songs and Fingerplays:
Yoga Clock
[Start standing with legs and arms wide apart, rocking side to side...]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 4x, then...]
Wind up your toes...your knees...your bellybutton...your nose.

[Now faster:]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 4x, then...]
Wind up your ears (for listening)...your mouth (for singing)...your shoulders...your hair (scrunch, scrunch).

[Move to the floor and slowly raise each arm w/ palms up, one at a time...]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 2x, then...]

[Slowly lower each arm, one at a time...]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 2x]
Credit: Karma Kids Yoga

Roly Poly
To the tune of "Frere Jacques:"
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up.
Up, up, up.
Roly roly poly. Roly, roly, poly.
Down, down, down.
Down, down, down.
[Repeat with in/out, fast/slow, etc.]
Credit: Jbrary

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

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Paper Bag Puppet Pets:

 

Shapes

January 14th, 2020

The Books We Read:
Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Thong
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Songs and Fingerplays:
Yoga Clock
[Start standing with legs and arms wide apart, rocking side to side...]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 4x, then...]
Wind up your toes...your knees...your bellybutton...your nose.

[Now faster:]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 4x, then...]
Wind up your ears (for listening)...your mouth (for singing)...your shoulders...your hair (scrunch, scrunch).

[Move to the floor and slowly raise each arm w/ palms up, one at a time...]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 2x, then...]

[Slowly lower each arm, one at a time...]
Tick tock, little yoga clock. [Repeat 2x]
Credit: Karma Kids Yoga

Flannel Board: Do You See a Shape?
Using flannel shapes of different colors, I started by naming one and describing its color and characteristics. Once the children correctly identified the shape I was describing, I pointed to it on the board and we sang these verses:

If you see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape.
If you see a circle shape, please [do some action...touch your nose, wiggle your toes, stick out your tongue].

Hold one up and have them guess the shape, then turn it over to show the word and place it on the board. Ask the kids to tell the color of the shape after each verse. Leave shapes on flannelboard.

Repeat with other shapes on flannel board. We also put Little Mouse and his friends behind each shape, which added to the interest and suspense!
Credit: Verona Public Library

Roly Poly
To the tune of "Frere Jacques:"
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up.
Up, up, up.
Roly roly poly. Roly, roly, poly.
Down, down, down.
Down, down, down.
[Repeat with in/out, fast/slow, etc.]
Credit: Jbrary

Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the mon.
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard our rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.

Far, far, far we’re soaring to the stars...

Fun, fun, fun we’re flying to the sun...
Credit: Jbrary

Project—Shape Pictures:

 

 

 

Winter Fun

December 17th, 2019

The Books We Read:
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertl

Songs and Fingerplays:
Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around. In the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small. Roll them into a snowball.
But when the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away.

Credit: Intellidance

Scarf Play:  Popcorn Kernels

Project—Paper Snowglobes:

 

 

Hats & Mittens 2019

December 10th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Harold Loves His Woolly Hat by Vern Kousky
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Songs & Fingerplays:
Silly Hat Song
On my head, I wear a hat. It is such a silly hat
that my hat keeps wiggling to and fro.
Where else shall my silly hat go?

On my [fill in body part], I wear a hat...

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Mittens:
We used construction paper, yarn, dot markers, crayons, and sparkly jewels to make colorful mittens.



Hibernation 2019

November 12th, 2019


The Books We Read:

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead
I Don't Want To Go To Sleep! by Dev Petty

Songs and Fingerplays:
Hibernation Song
Sung to the tune of Allouette

Chorus:
Hibernation. Time for Hibernation.
Hibernation. Time to go to sleep.

In the winter where's the bear?
Sleeping in its log or lair.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus

In the winter where's the frog?
Sleeping in a rotten log.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus
In the winter where's the snake?

In the mud beneath the lake.
Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus

In the winter where's the bat?
In a cave is where it's at.
Where's the bat? Where it's at.
Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!
Credit: Charles County Public Library

Project—Hibernating Bears:

 

 

Magical Creatures

November 19th, 2019


The Books We Read:

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert by Morag Hood
Julian is a Mermaid by
Jessica Love
Loveaby Dragon by Barbara Joosse

Songs and Fingerplays:
I Know a Chicken
Sung with Henrietta the Chicken and some shakey eggs!

Credit: Laurie Berkner

Wheels on the Bus--Magical Creatures Version
We put all our favorite creatures (magical or otherwise) on the bus:
Unicorns, mermaids, bears, and dragons!

Credit: Childhood

Project—Unicorn Headbands:

 

 

Halloween Fun

October 29th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Stumpkin by Lucy Cummins

Songs & Activities:
Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little clap clap clap!
Open, shut them, open, shut them, put them in your lap lap lap.
Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them, right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open wide your little mouth, but ... do not let them IN!

C
redit: Childhood

Craft—Pumpkin Painting!



Animals at Night 2019

October 22nd, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Songs & Activities:
Felt Board: Little Mouse
Featuring nocturnal animal friends!

Two Little Hoot Owls

Two little hoot owls, sitting on a hill;
One named Jack and the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Two little hoot owls, sitting down below;
One named Fast and the other named Slow.
Fly away Fast! Fly away Slow!
Come back, Fast! Come back, Slow!

Two little hoot owls, feeling very proud;
One named Quiet [whisper] and the other named Loud [shout]...
Fly away Quiet! Fly away Loud!
Come back, Quiet! Come back, Loud!
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Paper Plate Owls
We used crayons and shapes to make colorful owls:



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Apples 2019

October 15th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Tap the Magic Tree  by Christie Matheson
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky
Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert

Songs and Fingerplays:
Five Apples in a Basket
Felt Board Activity
The first apple in the basket was bright and shiny red.
The second apple in the basket said, “Oh my, what a cozy bed!”
The third apple in the basket said, “Now we two are a pair.”
The fourth apple in the basket said, “Make room for me in there!”
But the fifth apple in the basket said, “Oh me, oh me, oh my!”
”This basket looks like pastry—I think we’re in a pie!”
Credit: Library Village

I Reached Way Up
I reached way up in the apple tree, and picked an apple just for me;
I took a bite, and what did I see? Five little worms a-lookin' at me--yuck!
[Repeat, counting down.]

Credit: Childhood

Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert
We sang this book for fun!

Project—Apple Prints
We dipped different sized apples into red and green paint and made unique prints. Messy fun!

 

Counting 2019

October 8th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs
Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello!
Credit: Jbrary

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one [clap 1x]. The mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.

Other verses:
The clock struck two [clap 2x]. The mouse said "Boo!"
The clock struck three [clap 3x]. The mouse said "Wee!"
The clock struck four [clap 4x]. The mouse said [yawning] "No more!"
Credit: Jbrary

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are WITCHES in the air!”
The third one said, “Oh, I don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “It’s time to got home.”
The fifth one said, “Don’t leave me alone!”
Ooooh woooh went the wind and OUT went the light.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Credit: Childhood

Craft—Autumn Trees w/ Cereal Rings
This simple project gave us the chance to use leftover materials, celebrate fall foliage, and practice counting!

 

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Fairy Tales 2019

September 24th, 2019

 
The Books We
Read:
Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
Little Red Riding Hood by Ed Bryan

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We clap and say "Hello!" We clap and say "Hello!"
With our friends at story time, we clap and say "Hello!"
Repeat with different actions: stomp, jump, wave, turn, hop...

Credit: Jbrary

Flannel Board: Little Mouse

Scarf Play: "My Scarf Has Four Corners" and "One Bright Scarf"

Craft—Paperbag Crowns
We decorated our crowns with dot markers, jewels, and colorful feathers:


 

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Going to School (2019)

September 17th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins
Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn
The Pigeon HAS to go to School by Keith Calabrese

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We 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

Flannel Board: Little Mouse

Elevator Song
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.
And 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 turn around.

Credit: Jbrary

Craft—School Buses
Kids had fun creating their own school buses:


And we enjoyed free play with play dough!

 

Goodbye Summer

September 10th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Rattletrap Car  by Phyllis Root
The Watermelon Seed 
by Greg Pizzoli

Songs & Activities:
We Clap and Say Hello
We 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

Stand Up, Sit Down Song
Well, you can stand up...and sit back down.
Stand up again...and turn around.
Well, keep standing up...but not for long.
’Cuz it’s the sit down, stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down song.

Credit: Rick Goldin

Craft—Rock Painting & Kinetic Sand:

 

Moon & Stars (2019)

July 30th, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Solar System by Jill McDonald
Kitten's First Full Moon  by Kevin Henkes
Papa Please Get the Moon 
by Eric Carle

Songs & Activities:
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the mon.
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard our rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon.

Far, far, far we’re soaring to the stars...

Fun, fun, fun we’re flying to the sun...
Credit: Jbrary

Aiken Drum
There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aiken Drum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aiken Drum.
And his hair was made of spaghetti...
And his eyes were made of...
And his nose was made of...
And his mouth was made of...
Have the kids supply various foods for the body parts and see where it takes you!
Credit: Raffi

Credit: preschooleducation.com

Craft—Moon & Star Mobile:

Metallic paint and lots of glitter made our mobiles sparkle!

 

Superheroes (2019)

July 23rd, 2019

 

The Books We Read:
Daredevil Duck by Charlie Alder
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Songs & Activities:
Superhero, Superhero
Superhero, superhero turn around;
Superhero, superhero touch the ground;
Superhero, superhero put on your suit;
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Superhero, superhero turn around;
Superhero, superhero touch the ground;
Superhero, superhero jump to the sky;
Superhero, superhero fly, fly, fly!
Credit: Jbrary

Craft—Superhero Masks
The kids created their own secret identities.  Who ARE these masked heroes??

 

 

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Underwater Adventures

July 9th, 2019

The Books We Read:
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konagaya
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Songs & Activities:
The Waves on the Beach
To 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 Sea Creatures
We painted bubblewrap, then stamped octopi, fish and starfish with beautiful colors. Glitter made them sparkle!





 

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