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: