Friday, October 5, 2012

Flannel Friday - Chocolate chip ghost

Ghosts are white!  They are supposed to only eat white things...milk, yogurt, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, mashed potatoes....

Well these ghosts got adventurous and wanted to try new foods!
This ghost ate an apple.  What color do you think he turned?

This ghost drank some grape juice.  What color do you think she turned?


This ghost ate a chocolate chip cookie.  What color did he turn?  I usually get puzzled looks and then a bunch of laughter when I turn the last one over.

Spiders! Pre-K 10-4-12

It's that time of year again!  Spiders are great, creepy critters to read about in the month of October.

41 children
3 siblings
28 adults

Theme: Spiders

Memory Box: Cow from The Very Busy Spider


The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Aaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks.  LOL So funny to read in storytime.  All the kids screamed "Aaaarrgghh!  A spider!" right on cue. 

Fluffy (the spider puppet pictured with Letter of the Day) acted out the spider's part in the book since the spider in the picture is a little small.

Flannel/Clip Art:
I picked bugs we wouldn't mind a spider eating: Flea, mosquito, beetle, wasp, fly

The spider catches a fly
The spider catches a fly
Hi ho the dairy-o
The spider catches a fly

The bugs attach to the web with velcro

Music and Props:
It's not very often we use two musical handouts...but today it was just so fitting...

"There's a Spider on the Floor"  I am linking Raffi's version because the version I use isn't in our catalog.  The kids all get a spider to bounce around on the floor and move up their bodies.  My favorite verses:

There's a spider on my neck / I'm a psychological wreck
There's a spider on my face / What an inconvenient place
There's a spider on my head / It's the thing that I most dread

"Shoo Fly" In the version I played, the kids used scarves to shoo the flies away (Lesley and I "flew" around) and in between shooing we clapped, stomped, jumped, and then sat like a pretzel.

Cube Roll:  Poet's Corner
I had a poem picked out:

Letter of the Day: Oo and Pp
Spiders usually lay lots of eggs, but our spider, Fluffy, only laid two.  I truly didn't look at the balls before putting them below Fluffy. 

I instructed the kids to NOT shout out the letter (I closed my eyes and covered my ears just in case).  When I uncovered my ears they told me words that started with each letter and I guessed it based on their clues!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wiggle Worms 10-2-12

I never force a theme for the toddler programs, but when I can tie it together I do.  Today that was "apples"!

47 toddlers
6 siblings
34 adults

Puppet Animal Song: "Old MacDonald


Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall.  I shortened this book quite a bit and briefly showed the children the story of a bare tree in winter growing through the seasons until it's time to pick apples in the fall.

I considered using Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett.

Letter of the Day:  Aa for apple.  Also for alligator (see rhyme below)

Cube song:  "I'm a little tea pot"
Music and Movement:  "It's Fall Again".  We threw handfuls of these leaves into the air while playing fall music and the kids kept them fluttering down.
Prop Rhyme:  I can not give enough credit to Kay Leigh for the inspiration and basic pattern.  I turned her finger puppet into a sock puppet prop:
I found an apple on the ground
It looked delicious, red, and round
I picked it up and took a nibble
(Playful gasp) there's a worm in the middle

Flannel: 10 Little Apples
1 little, 2 little, 3 little apples
4 little, 5 little, 6 little apples
7 little, 8 little, 9 little apples
All fall down!  (I tilted the foam board so all the apples fell!)
Movement rhyme: The Alligator (adapted from Miss Trish at Sunset Library)
The alligator's jaws go snap, snap, snap
The alligator's tail goes thwack, thwack, thwack
And he's getting closer (crawl towards child or vice versa)
The alligator's jaws go snap, snap, snap
The alligator's tail goes thwack, thwack, thwack
And he's getting closer
GOTHYA! (Big hug)