Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CAMELS

We learned about camels today.  This was a hard subject to find a lot of books to share with preschoolers so I used some non-fiction ones.  It worked out pretty well. 

Books used:
My Librarian Is A Camel by Margriet Ruurs.  I only used the part about Kenya and camels.
Camel by Caroline Arnold.  I used this one to show pictures of camels and,
Camels by Mackan.
How the Camel Got Its Hump by Christianne C. Jones
The Camel's Lament by Charles Edward Carryl

Activities:
If You're Happy and You Know It - song
ABC - Song
Alice is a Camel - Song and flannel
Hokey Pokey - Song and dance
Ring Around the Rosey

Craft:  Color by number Camel











Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!

We had a lot of fun with bugs today.  Huge group!

Opening Song:  If You're Happy and ABC

Book:  "The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle".  I took the flannel/laminated pictures of this story and made pages that I used to tell the story.  Then I passed out the pages and had the kids bring them up in order.

Book:  "Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas".  I love this book.  The kids had fun doing all the actions as they went through the story.

Activity:  5 Hungry Ants, Ladybug Rhyme and song; See The Ladybug to the tune of Frere Jacques.

Book:  "Butterfly, butterfly by Petr Horacek"

Book:  "I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd"

Craft/Activity:  We did not do a craft today.  Instead I set up a scavenger hunt in the library and had them go find items that matched the pictures in their bags.  I had extra magnifying glasses from summer reading and gave them all one for their bags.  I also had some ladybug masks left over from another day that I gave to the kids.  All in all it was a lot of fun.  We did run out of bugs as I had such a big group but other than that it went really well.  Here are pictures of todays activity:








Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Books read:  A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger - I love this story.  I had the kids make the yechh sounds as we went through.
Who Wants A Hug? by Jeff Mack - Great story.  If you are good and doing the different voices of skunk and bear this would be even better.
One Heart, A Valentine Counting Book by Maryann Cocca-Leffler and
My Froggy Valentine by Matt Novak - this could be great as a flannel.  I am going to try to make one.

Activities:  Hokey Pokey and Ring Around the Rosie

Craft:  Make your own Valentine.  I gave them supplies and turned them loose.  Here are some pictures.









Thanks!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PLANES

We all went on a plane ride today.  I had a great group again today.  It is a lot of fun when there is a lot of kids but it also is a little harder to keep them from getting distracted.

Opening Songs:  If Your Happy and ABC songs

We talked about planes and going on a ride.  I used the book "My First Airplane Ride" by Patricia Hubbell to explain what happens on a plane. 

We sang the song 5 Little Airplanes by Patty Shukla.

I then read "Friday By Radio Flyer Flew" by Zachary Pullen and "I Love Planes" by Philemon Sturges.  I finished up the stories by reading "Away in My Airplane" by Margaret Brown.

My stories finished up early so I had the kids get in a big circle and we did the Hokey Pokey and I had a request to do Ring Around the Rosie, so we did that a few times and finished with "If Your a Plane and you Know It.

Craft/Activity:  We made paper airplanes and flew them all around the room.






I just showed them the basic glider, some Mom's knew how to do others so we had a few others.  It was fun flying the planes with the kids.  Very easy activity.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GROUNDHOG'S

Opening Song:  If You're Happy

Books Read:  Groundhog Day by Betsy Lewin
Who Will See Their Shadow This Year? by Jerry Pallotta
Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling

Activities:
Groundhog grab bag:  This idea was online.  I had a brown paper bag with various items in that I had the kids come up and pull out and then we compared the item to a groundhog.  For example, small pillow - sleeps, hibernates during winter

Shadow guess:  I had a bag of objects that I placed on an overhead projector and had the kids guess what the object was.

Shadow Song.

Craft:  I found a groundhog stick puppet online that we did today.  Here are pictures.








Cya Next Week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Old MacDonald Had A . . . .

Opening Song:  The Bean Bag song by Hap Palmer
ABC Song

Books Read:
How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
Old MacDonald Had a Zoo by Curtis Jobling
Old MacDonald had a Dragon by Ken Baker (This was the reason I decided to do an Old Mac story time)

Activities:
We talked about farms and what animals and vehicles would be on a farm.  I used the book Vehicles on the Farm by Bobbie Kalman to show pictures of different machines.

We sang the Old MacDonald song and then we did the song with expressions and feelings instead of animals.  I found the idea online and tweaked it a little, it went like this. "Old MacDonald felt so Glad . . .

We wrapped up with "If You're Happy And You Know It" and then went to our craft.

Today's craft was easy for me.  I gave the kids a piece of paper and crayons and told them to draw their farm.  Here are a few pictures of their farms.





Pictures are a little hard to see.  They did a great job!