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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Winter Animals Story Time: January 14-15, 2019

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson *
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathon London *
Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear by Monica Carnesi
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan *

Craft: Mouse
Our craft this week was based on the picture at left with several changes.  The children colored a mouse cutout that had 2 small slits cut in the body.  They then twisted together 2 half pieces of pipe cleaner together and inserted it in the slits to make the mouse's tail.

Extension Activities:
- Take a winter walk to see if you can find some animals.  If it has snowed, look for animal prints in the snow.  See if you can figure out which animal it is from the prints.
- Make a coloring book of winter animals.  Find coloring sheets of various winter animals to staple together into a coloring book.  Ask your child which of the animals hibernate and which ones don't.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Music & Movement: Dinosaurs -- January 9, 2019

Most Amazing Dinosaur Songs CD from Music for Little People played before and after program for extra dancing.

Opening Action Song: "Move Like the Dinosaurs" by Pinkfong
YouTube Video

Book: Dinosaur Countdown by Nicholas Oldland

Action Rhyme: We're Going On A Dino Hunt
(Kids chant back each line while keeping a clap rhythm until "Run out of the cave" when simply do actions.)

Going on a dino hunt.
I'm not a afraid.
There's a tall mountain.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Guess we'll go over it.
Going on a dino hunt.
I'm not afraid.
There's a river.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Guess we'll swim across it.
Going on a dino hunt.
I'm not afraid.
There's some tall grass.
Can't go over it.
Can't go around it.
Guess we'll go through it.
Going on a dino hunt.
I'm not afraid.
There's a cave.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Guess we'll go in it.
I feel some scales.
I feel some big teeth!
Oooooh! It's a dinosaur!
Run out of the cave (running motion)
Go through the grass (parting motion)
Swim across the river (swimming motion)
Climb the mountain (climbing motion)
Run, hope (running motion)
Open the door (opening motion)
Jump into bed.
I went on a dino hunt (clapping rhythm until end)
And I wasn't afraid!

Action Song: "We Are the Dinosaurs" by Laurie Berkner
YouTube video

Book: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin

Action Song: "Dinosaur Stomp" by Mother Goose Club
YouTube Video

Book: What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe & Susan Tuma

Closing Action Song: "Baby T-Rex" by Pinkfong
YouTube Video

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Snow Story Time: January 7-8, 2019

Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
It's Snowing! by Olivier Dunrea *
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann *
Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant
Snow by Uri Shulevitz *
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucy Colandro

Craft: Snow Globe Picture
Children colored a picture of a snowglobe before gluing on silver sequins for the snow.

Extension Activities:
- Practice with scissors by making paper snowflakes.  You can also make them out of coffee filters for easier cutting and circular snowflakes.
- Talk with your child about the conditions needed for snow (i.e. water in the air, cold temperatures, etc.).  Include questions such as what times of year we get snow and what they like to do in the snow.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Merry Christmas Story Time: December 17-18, 2018

Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton *
Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin
Decked Out for Christmas! by Ethan Long *
Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner *

Craft: CD-Rom Wreath
Children glued crumpled pieces of tissue paper to a used cd to decorate as a wreath.  They could then tie on a piece of string so it could be hung on a tree if they liked.

Literacy Extensions:
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? is a great addition to the manners books by Jane Yolen.  (There is also How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?.)  Talk about etiquette for the holidays as well as throughout the year.
- After reading Snowmen at Christmas, ask your child to come up with stories for various holiday objects to celebrate the holidays (i.e. ornaments, candy canes, Santa, etc.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Our Favorite Books of 2018 Story Time: December 10-11, 2018

Bear's Scare by Jacob Grant
Hello, Hot Dog! by Lily Murray *
Honey by David Ezra Stein *
Neck & Neck by Elise Parsley
Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime! by Cate Berry
People Don't Bite People by Lisa Wheeler *

Craft: Gingerbread Man
The kids colored a diecut cardstock gingerbread man before gluing on sequins.  They could tie on a piece of string to turn it into an ornament for their Christmas tree if they liked.

Literacy Extensions:
- After reading People Don't Bite People, have your child list things they can and can not bite.
- Honey tells why a bear likes to eat honey so much.  Have your child give the reasons for why a certain food is their favorite.