July 11, 2018 Story Time - The Itsy Bitsy Spider


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

*marks the books we read




















The Itsy Bitsy Spider  by Iza Trapani*
Little Miss Muffet  by Iza Trapani*
The Tickly Spider  by Margaret Wise Brown*
The Itsy Bitsy Spider  by Lorianne Siomades
Frank the Seven-Legged Spider  by Michaele Razi*

For our craft we wound yarn around a small paper plate with notches cut around the edges to make a web, then added a plastic spider.

Extra activities
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the waterspout
down came the rain and washed the spider out
out came the sun and dried up all the rain
and the Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the spout again

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
eating her curds and whey
along came a spider
who sat down beside her
and frightened Miss Muffet away

Spider facts:
Spiders don't have antenna, which separates them from insects
An increase of spiderwebs in your house may be a sign of cold weather coming
Crabs are distant relatives of spiders
Some spiders hunt by spitting poisonous fluid to immobilize their prey
Spiders are nearsighted, which means they can't see things far away
The blood of a spider is light blue (please don't kill any spiders just to see if this is true!)

July 3, 2018 Story Time - Ice Cream


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

*marks the books we read

July is National Ice Cream month so we read stories about ice cream, then had some ice cream!!




















The Little Ice Cream Truck  by Margery Cuyler*
From Milk to Ice Cream  by Stacy Taus-Bolstad
Groovy Joe Ice Cream & Dinosaurs  by Eric Litwin*
Ice Cream Soup  by Ann Ingalls*
Make Mine Ice Cream  by Melvin Berger*

For our craft we decorated an ice cream cone like this one:



June 27, 2018 Story Time - Mary Had a Little Lamb


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

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Mary Had a Little Lamb  by Megan Borgert-Spaniol*
Mary Had a Little Ham  by Margie Palatini
Wee Little Lamb  by Lauren Thompson*
Mary Had a Little Jam And Other Silly Rhymes  by Bruce Lansky
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep  by Jane Cabrera*
Mary Had a Little Lab  by Sue Fliess
Mary Had a Little Lamb  by Iza Trapani
Little Bo Peep  by Liza Woodruff

For our craft we made a circle lamb like this one:




















Extra activities
We sang:
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Little Bo Peep

After we read Mary Had a Little Lamb we discussed these story questions:
1) What part of the lamb is it's fleece?
2) What else could it be as white as?
3) Do your pets follow you around like Mary's Lamb? How does it make you feel?
4) Why wasn't it all right for Mary's lamb to be at school?
5) What does it mean that "the teacher turned him out"?

June 20, 2018 Story Time - Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star  by Iza Trapani*
Dora the Explorer - Little Star  by Sarah Willson*
Stars and Constellations  by Nick Hunter
Henry's Stars  by David Elliot
Bright Sky, Starry City  by Uma Krishnaswami

For our craft we glued this star picture on black paper




















Extra activities:

We sang:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
how I wonder what you are
up above the world so high
like a diamond in the sky
twinkle, twinkle, little star
how I wonder what you are

Star Light, Star Bright
Star light, star bright,
first star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish I wish tonight

We took a paper cup and poked holes in the bottom with a pen. Then we turned out the lights and shined a flashlight into the cup which projected an image on the wall that looked like stars


June 13, 2018 Story Time - Row, Row, Row Your Boat


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat  by Jane Cabrera*
Boats - Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!  by Patricia Hubbell
Curious George The Boat Show  by Raye Lankford*
Dinosailors  by Deb Lund
Sail Away  by Donald Crews*

For our craft we made a sailboat out of a pool noodle, a straw and a triangle of foam like the one pictured below:









Extra activities
We sang Row, Row, Row Your Boat

We tested objects (leaf, stick, flower, pencil, crayon, magnet, paperclip, rubber band, plastic and silver spoon, and a rock) to see if they would float or sink.







June 6, 2018 Story Time - Old MacDonald Had a Farm


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

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Old MacDonald  by Megan Borgert-Spaniol*
Barnyard Dance!  by Sandra Boynton
Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack!  by Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb*
Big Red Barn  by Margaret Wise Brown
Barnyard Boogie!  by Tim McCanna
Farmyard Beat  by Lindsey Craig*

For our craft we made a chick like this:
https://goo.gl/db1JcC

We added legs and a stick to make a puppet.

Extra activities
We played a guessing game called "Farmer, Farmer, What Do You See?"
I held up pictures of farm animals and the children had to guess the animal and what noise it makes

May 30, 2018 Story Time - Music


If you missed this weeks story time here is what we did:

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Music Is...  by Brandon Stosuy*
The Music Teacher From the Black Lagoon  by Mike Thaler
Footloose  by Kenny Loggins
Bears in a Band  by Shirley Parenteau*
The Bear Went Over the Mountain  by Iza Trapani
Yankee Doodle  by Edward Bangs
Boom Bah!  by Phil Cummings*
Rock-and-Roll Bob  by Kim Ostrow

For our craft we made tambourines by putting beans between two paper plates then stapling them shut and decorating them.