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!


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...

'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:




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

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!

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

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!

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!


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!


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: