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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Building Block Nominees Story Time: September 24-25, 2018

Books:
Everybunny Dance! by Elle Sandall
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
Go Sleep In Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming

Craft: Standing Frog
The kids colored a frog body, two eyes, and two legs before gluing them to the frog.  The legs were folded and glued so they stuck out a little making the frog stand up.



Literacy Extensions:
- Go Sleep In Your Own Bed foreshadows the story with the use of animal noises.  As you are reading the book, ask your child to figure out which animal will be appearing next.
- The Giant Jumperee is a book dealing with fear.  Discuss what things scare your child and how they might not be as scary as they seem.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Building Block Award Nominees Story Time: September 17-18, 2018

Books:
Barnacle Is Bored by Jonathan Fenske *
Plankton Is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske *
Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr. *

Craft: Monkey Doorhanger
The kids colored a monkey head before putting on a small shaped foam sticker for a nose.  The monkey was then glued to the die-cut doorhanger.  They could write on the doorhanger what kind of monkey they felt they were (i.e. Spunky Monkey, Silly Monkey, Happy Monkey, etc.).

Literacy Extensions:
- This month, is a great time to work on memory recall.  Since it's been a week since we read the first nominee books, ask your child to tell you what each book was about before reading this week's nominee books.
- Spunky Little Monkey is a great book to get a child up and moving.  Use it as a springboard to continue with more movement by playing a game of Simon Says.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Building Block Award Nominees Story Time: September 10-11, 2018

Books:
Carrot & Pea: An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood
A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller
I Got a New Friend by Karl Newson Edwards
Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion

Craft: Carrot Shapes Match
Children glued cutout orange shapes to their matching shapes on a carrot printout.  Cutout peas were glued in the spot with the missing shape.


Literacy Extensions --
- After reading A Good Day for Hat, discuss why different hats are better for different situations.  Have your child explain why each hat bear chooses is good for the situation he is in.  Ask for them to come up with situations and the hats they would wear.
- Most of the today's books are about friendship.  Discuss characteristics that make good friends.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Building Block Award Story Time: September 4, 2018

Books:
10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul *
Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry *
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos *

Craft: Bunny Puppet
Children colored cutout ears, eyes, nose, and teeth before gluing to a paper bag to turn into a puppet.



Literacy Extensions:
- Come up with your own version of 10 Little Ninjas asking for suggestions for different types of characters.
- After reading Mustache Baby, discuss different activities and what makes them good or bad behavior.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Day/Night, Black/White: Opposites Story Time: August 27-28, 2018

Books:
Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson *
Black? White! Day? Night! by Laura Vaccaro Seeger *
Dogs by Emily Gravett
Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper *
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena

Craft: Stop / Go Sign
This week's craft was based on the picture at left with a few modifications.  We made one sign with STOP on one side and GO on the opposite.  The children colored two circles to glue onto a used CD-rom.  They then glued or taped a jumbo craft stick with STOP written on one side and GO on the other side to the CD to match the colored circles.

Literacy Extensions:
- Practice opposites by making it a game.  Have your child try to come up with opposites throughout the day.  (i.e. hungry and full, up the stairs and down the stairs, etc.)
- Review all the various learning concepts you've covered this past month -- alphabet, counting, colors, and opposites.  Introduce other concepts such as shapes.