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Garden!

The Plan

Books

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A Closer Look by Mary McCarthy
Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Rah Rah Radishes by April Pulley Sayre

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Flowers”
One little, two little, three little flowers
Four little, five little, six little flowers
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers
Ten flowers in the garden
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Dig a Little Hole”
Dig a little hole(dig)
Plant a little seed (drop seed)
Pour a little water (pour)
Pull a little weed (pull up and throw away)
Chase a little bug (chasing motion)
Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine (make a sun)
Grow a little rose (smell flower, eyes closed)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Puppets: “There’s Something In My Garden”
There’s something in my garden, now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden that I can’t really see
Hear its funny sound…
A [ANIMAL] is what I found!
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Craft

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This was a pre-packaged craft that I got at Michaels last summer. It had different kinds of flowers in it, but I chose the daisy since daisies are the friendliest flowers. (Points if you got that reference!) It was an okay craft, we did need to pull out glue dots since it wasn’t self-adhesive.

How It Went

Thursday morning
“Something In My Garden” is a magical, magical rhyme. The kids wait with baited breath until the animals come out and surprise them. This was a great theme for the CSLP 2013 Summer Reading theme, “Dig Into Reading!” and the kids this morning really enjoyed both “Planting a Rainbow” and “Maisy Grows a Garden.” Garden!

Friday morning
“Maisy Grows a Garden” was the hit of this group. They were so, so excited to watch me pull the tabs and let the pop-ups loose. I had the kids clap the beat of “Rah Rah Radishes” in this group as I read since they were pretty wiggly throughout the whole storytime. I’m not sure I would recommend that to everyone, as I have a super loud voice and it’s not a problem for me to talk over a group of thirty clapping along, but it was so fun!

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Me!

The Plan

Books

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
I’m Me! by Sara Sheridan
Incredible Me by Kathi Appelt
What’s Special About Me? by Kristina Evans

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” // “Pelo, Pecho, Piernas, Pies”
Credit: Childhood and High School Spanish Class

Action Rhyme: “Me, Complete”
I have ten little fingers and ten little toes
Two little arms and one little nose
One little mouth and two little ears
Two little eyes for smiles and tears
One little head and two little feet
One little chin and that’s me complete!
Credit: Everything Preschool

Chant: “All By Myself”
There are many things that I can do (All by myself!)
I can comb my hair and lace my shoe (All by myself!)
I can wash my hands and wash my face (All by myself!)
I can put my toys and blocks in place (All by myself!)
Credit: Songs and Rhymes (LAMP CHC)

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Flannelboard: Me and My Body

Craft

We colored “Me” sticks with markers. This was a treat, as I tend to never put markers out in storytime (caps are scary choking hazards — and markers are a mess on clothing), but the markers were the only thing that colored on the wooden sticks well enough. So I pulled the caps ahead of time and had smocks out if anyone was nervous.

How It Went

Thursday morning
I had several new families in this morning at storytime, which either leads to wonderful group behavior or miserable group behavior. Thankfully, it was the first of the two — I had some great moms who were really interactive with their kids during the stories! This group’s favorite story was definitely, “I’m Me!”

Friday morning
“Incredible Me” disappeared between the two sessions (and was found later, don’t worry), so I had to make a last minute substitution with “What’s Special About Me, Mama?” I had looked over this book while planning this storytime and decided to skip it because of the minor religious reference at the end — however, I just edited it out verbally when I did for my daycare group. It wound up working beautifully. Their favorite activity, though, was our flannelboard for this week. The kids had a ton of fun correcting Miss Katie!

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