Give Thanks

Posted by lmcshane Nov 21, 2013

Opening rhyme-

I have a turkey - big and fat (thumbs up and out)
He spreads his tail and walks like that  (fan hands - and wobble them)

His daily corn he would not miss (thumbs down pecking the ground)

And when he talks, he sounds like this -  (open and close hands to talk)



Books -

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated by David Catrow - David Catrow is an Ohio -based illustrator and this is a great book to introduce the traditional song -that was originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Greg Shed


For school visits - this craft is just as popular with grades 1-3 - after a read along to We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck



Craft activity - counting out five pre-cut feathers and adhering them to precut body - adhering googly eyes, pre-cut beak and pre-cut waddle.  Last step adhering a paper loop that allows our turkey to be used as a table setting or napkin holder.


We plan on closing out the program by teaching the kids the first stanza of the Over the River song - and using our egg shakers to shake out the rhythm.


Preschool Bear Program

Posted by lmcshane Nov 13, 2013

Opened the program w/the familiar jump rope rhyme:


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Turnaround (spin)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Touch the ground (touch the ground)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Jump up high (jump)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Touch the sky (reach up)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Turn-off the light (pantomime turning off light)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Say goodnight (pantomime sleep)


We displayed a number of bear books and read and discussed the following:


You're a Bear by Mavis Jukes, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher - I love this book!  It engages the kids and has lush illustrations and rich lyrical text.  We followed up with Bears by Emma Helbrough, designed by Michelle Lawrence and Josephine Thompson.


See teddy bear craft that involved kids decorating their bears and working with string to complete a slip knot - we had sixteen three-five year-olds and no problems w/this craft, which they really enjoyed.  Kids wore their bears home.


Other good titles:

Bear has a Story to Tell by Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead - adorable cast of bear friends...beautiful illustrations.

Brown Bear by Suzi Eszterhas - phenomenal photos by an internationally renowned wildlife photographer

Bears by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak - a simple classic and good for interaction as kids can guess the rhyming words.


Football and Falling Leaves

Posted by lmcshane Nov 4, 2013

We have a plush football toy and plan on having the kids work on coloring fall leaves with their first names for a display -the day care visit this week will feature the following books:


Footballs and Falling Leaves : A Fall Counting Book by Rebecca Fjelland Davis -check out the other great counting books by this author.

At the Football Game Learning the Symbols <,>< and = by Joanne Mattern - while this book may seem too advanced - I think the kids will readily understand the concept of counting  money, scoring and keeping time.




Craft activity: coloring fall leaves - there are plenty of templates available on line.

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