Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

We had a great time at the Easter Egg Hunt.
We read a couple of books

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The Easter Bunny's Assistant and

View full imageHere comes T.Rex Cottontail

We hunted for bunnys and traded them in for chocolate egg treat bags and we made a great Easter Bunny Puppet.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Letter T

Letter T- Tigers, turtles, turkeys, teddy bears, toys, trains, trucks, tractors, teeth Triceratops, toad.
2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s

View full imageStorytime – Welcome Song and Storytime is Starting song.

Nursery Rhyme  Flannel board 

Fingerplay Five Little Turkeys
View full image5 little turkeys by the barn door (hold up open hand)
1 saw some corn and then there were 4 (fold down one finger)
4 little turkeys flew up a tree (fly 4 fingers into the air)
1 fell down and then there were 3 (one finger falls to the ground)
3 little turkeys gobbled as they do (hold up 3 fingers)
A dog chased 1 and then there were 2 (left hand chases 1 finger on right hand)
2 little turkeys strutting in the sun (hold up 2 fingers)
The wind came along and then there was 1 (make wind movement with left hand)
1 little turkey began to run (1 finger runs)
For he saw the farmer and now there are none.
(left hand grabs right hand)


I had a little turtle.                                                              Make a fist with thumb sticking out
He lived in a box                                                                  Cup hand to form box
He swam in a puddle,                                                         Make swimming motions
He climbed on the rocks.                                                  Make climbing motions
He snapped at a mosquito; he snapped at a flea,          Snap fingers
He snapped at a minnow; he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito; he caught the flea.                  Make catching motions with hands
He caught the minnow, but he didn’t catch me!            Shake finger and head ‘ no, no’

Craft- Turtle
Materials: paper plates, head and feet cut from construction paper, squares of green construction paper, glue, markers, googly eyes.
Glue head and feet on paper plate.  Cover paper plate with squares of green paper. Add googly eyes and mark on nose holes with markers.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Letter S

View full imageLetter S- Sharks, soup, snakes, space, spiders, sheep, sun, starfish, snails, skunks, squirrels, squid, sea
2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s

Storytime – "Welcome" Song with shakers and "Storytime is Starting" song.

Nursery Rhyme Flannel boards “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”

Read second story Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell, I'm a Shark!
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Fingerplay – Five Little Fishes
Five little fishes (hold up five fingers)
swimming in the sea (one hand to be fish swimming side to side)
teasing Mr. Sharkie (hands by head, thumbs in ears, wiggle back and forth)
"can't catch me" (shake index finger)
View full image along came Mr. Sharkie (two hands together prayer style swimming back and forth)
quiet as can be, (hold index finger to lips)  
and  snapped that fishie right out of the sea (clap hands together like a shark's mouth)
View full image now there's four little fishes swimming in the sea (hold up four fingers)
count down one fish at a time and then at the end of one little fishie swimming in the sea, instead of no more fishes you sing...
"now Mr. Shark said I'm full" (rubbing tummy)

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Touch parts of body as indicated. Repeat and increase tempo with each verse)
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
View full imageKnees and toes.Knees and toes.
And eyes, and ears, and mouth, And nose.

Fingerplay: Fish in the Sea (to the Wheels on the Bus)
The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
swim, swim, swim, swim, swim, swim
The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
All through the Day
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch, pinch
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
All through the Day
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
All through the Day
The crabs in the sea go click, click, click
click, click, click, click, click, click
The crabs in the sea go click, click, click
All through the Day

Craft- Snail
Materials: paper plate, hot dog shaped piece of green construction paper, tissue paper squares, glue, markers, googly eyes.
Glue different colours of square tissue paper in a spiral, filling the paper plate. Glue construction paper slug on back of paper plate. Draw on face and glue on googly eye.Spring Snail Craft ImageIdea courtesy of Scholastic.

1000 Books Week Forty-One

How is everyone enjoying the first week of Spring? Loving the weather? :)

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Jackson!

This week's Star Reader is Hailey! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was "Raccoon Tune", by Nancy Shaw.

Our forty-first Book of the Week is "Cat Tale", by Michael Hall!

"From word to word they find their way, Lillian, Tilly, and William J.
Like this:
They spot some ewes. They use a box. They box some fleas. And flee a steer . . .
First they see, then they do. The only thing missing? You!
Come join the fun.
Michael Hall's inquisitive cats set out to spend the afternoon snacking and reading, but wind up chasing words, including homophones and homonyms, on a silly tongue twister of an adventure!"
- Greenwillow
 Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week! Keep up the good reading!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Letter R

Letter R-  Rabbits, rainbows, roosters, rainforests, rats, raisins, rain, red, rocks, rice, rockets, robots
View full image2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s

Storytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting.
Storytime is starting, come and listen to me.

Nursery Rhyme Flannel board:  Itsy Bitsy Spider

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Fingerplay - Five Little Bunnies
View full imageFive little bunnies standing by the door,
One hopped away, and then there were four.
Four little bunnies sitting near a tree,
One hopped away, and then there were three.
Three little bunnies looking at you,

One hopped away and then there were two.
Two little bunnies enjoying the sun,
One hopped away, and then there was one.
One little bunny sitting all alone,
He hopped away, and then there were none! (Hold up open hand and bend down one finger with each verse.)

View full imageSong: Raindrops
Raindrops, raindrops! Falling all around (move fingers to imitate falling rain)

Pitter-patter on the rooftops, (tap softly on desk or floor)
Pitter-patter on the ground.
Here is my umbrella; It will keep me dry. (hands over head)
When I go walking in the rain, I hold it up so high. (raise hands in the air)

Pitter-patter, raindrops! Falling from the sky; (wiggle fingers to imitate falling rain)
Here is my umbrella To keep me safe and dry! (hands over head)
When the rain is over, And the sun begins to glow, (make a large circle with arms)

Little flowers start to bud, (cup two hands together) And grow, and grow, and grow! 

Craft- Rocket
Materials: photocopy of rocket cut out, black construction paper, cotton balls,  glue, markers

Glue rocket shape onto construction paper. Glue on cotton balls as smoke/exhaust. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 10 - International Day of Awesomeness

On this day in history, Chuck Norris was born! What does that have to do with the International Day of Awesomeness? Well, on August 6, 2007, Kevin Lawver invented the International Day of Awesomeness, and decided it should occur on March 10th, because that's when Chuck Norris was born.

This makes me smile more than it should ...

Learn more about International Day of Awesomeness here:

Check out some of our awesome materials:
"50 Awesome Projects for the Evil Genius", by Gavin D. J. Harper

"Awesome Autumn", by Bruce Goldstone
"An Awesome Book!", by Dallas Clayton
"Awesome Good Clean Jokes for Kids", by Bob Phillips
"Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks", by Shar Levine and Bob Bowden
"The Book of Even More Awesome", by Neil Pasricha
"The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun", by Ken Denmead
"My Dad Is Awesome", by Nick Butterworth
"Nick Huckleberry Peak's Awesome Juggling Tricks", by (you guessed it) Nick Huckleberry
Today is also Girl Scout Day, Salvation Army Day, Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Check Your Batteries Day!
- French Huguenot Jean Calas, wrongly convicted of killing his son (who died by suicide), was executed after being tortured by authorities in 1762; this event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform
- John Stone patented the pile driver in 1792
- The French Foreign Legion was established in 1831
- The first telephone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson in 1876
- The term "the bigger they are, the harder they fall" was coined by Robert Fitzsimmons after knocking out the much larger Jim Corbett in 1896
- China ended slavery in 1910
- James Herriot, author of "All Creatures Great & Small), was born 1916
- James Earl Ray plead guilty to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1969, sentenced to 99 years in jail
- Dog spectacles were patented in England in 1975
- Rings discovered around the planet Uranus in 1977
- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter entered Mars orbit in 2006
Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History". Don't forget to be awesome! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Dino Dig

View full imageDinosaur Dig

5 Little Dinosaurs   (Tune: 5 Little Ducks)

One dinosaur went out to play
View full imageOn a bright and sunny day
He had such enormous fun
That he called another dinosaur to come.
(Call very loudly) DI-NO-SAUR!!
(Then chant while patting hands on lap)  Thump!  Thump!  Thump!

Repeat for 2, 3, etc.
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5 dinosaurs went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
They had such Enormous fun
That they called for another dinosaur to come.

View full image(Teacher)  But they heard no thumps!
Instead, they heard their mother
And she was calling
(Thump hands many times on lap and say)
And they all went home for dinner!

All Around the Swamp

The Pteranodon's wings went flap, flap, flap,
Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap,
The Pteranodon's wings went flap, flap, flap,
All around the swamp.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex went grr, grr, grr,
Grr, grr, grr, grr, grr, grr,
The Tyrannosaurus Rex went grr, grr, grr,,
All around the swamp.

The Triceratops' horns went poke, poke, poke,
Poke, poke, poke, poke, poke, poke,
The Triceratops' horns went poke, poke, poke,
All around the swamp.

Additional Verses:
The brontosaurus went munch, munch, munch.
The stegosaurs' tail went spike, spike, spike.

The dinosurs went zzz, zzz, zzz,
Zzz, zzz, zzz, zzz, zzz, zzz,
The dinosurs went zzz, zzz, zzz,
All around the swamp.

Program Room for activities: Dino Hats, dinosaur fossil excavation, dinosaur fossil printing, field book stamping, rubbings and stencils.

Dinosaur hats! My invention

Excavation and fossil making

1:45 Snack- Cupcakes and drinks in Program Room.