Time for Twos – Thursday 9/25 – Things that Go!

This week is usually a favorite of the toddlers – things that go!

Kids just can’t get enough cars, trucks, trains, and planes.  Our stories this week include:

    

Action Rhyme:

I am a choo choo train
Chugging down the track
First I go forward,
Then I go back.
Now my bell is ringing.
Hear my whistle blow.
What a lot of noise I make
Everywhere I go.

And we’ll chug down the track to Laurie Berkner’s Little Red Caboose.

Be sure to check out my Pinterest page – there are lots of great activities there that your little car/truck/train fan will enjoy.

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Lapsit Storytime – Thursday 9/25 – Things that Go!

This week is a favorite for many children – Things that Go!

Babies love looking at things that go – trains, cars, trucks, and more.  Talking about things that go is another great way to expand your baby’s vocabulary.  Point out the blue car, the red truck, and the noisy motorcycle.

Our books:

    

Bounce Rhyme:

Two little boats are on the sea
All is calm as calm can be.
Gently the wind begins to blow
Two little boats rock to and fro
Loudly the wind begins to shout
Two little boats are tossed about.
Gone is the wind, the storm, the rain.
Two little boats sail on again.

We’ll be dancing to Laurie Berkner’s Little Red Caboose.

And don’t forget to check Pinterest!  Lots of fun activities to go with this week’s theme – try making a car out of a box for your little one!

Family Storytime – Wednesday 9/24 – Things that Go

Our Books:

         

Action Rhymes:

The airplane has great big wing (hold arms outstretched)
Its propeller spins around and spins (roll arms)
BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
The airplane goes up (lift arms and body)
The airplane goes down (lower arms and body)
The airplane flies high (arms outstretched and spin)
All over town!

I’m a yellow helicopter
Sitting on the ground
These are my rotor blades
Slowly turning round.
Faster now, and faster
They are spinning like a top.
Take off,
Turn around,
Touch Down,
STOP!

Song:

Rocketship Run – by Laurie Berkner

 

Don’t forget to visit my Pinterest page for lots of fun activities to go with this week’s theme.  I love the cute teddy bears in cars snack idea!

Toddler Time – Wednesday 9/24

Welcome back to Toddler Time!  This week we are covering a topic that many babies and toddlers are fascinated with – things that go!  Our  story this week is:

And we are singing a classic rhyme, Row Row Row Your Boat.

Talking about things that go is a great way to improve your child’s vocabulary.  Describe different things that go while you are with your child, and be certain to use great describing words when you do it.  Say “Look at that shiny blue car” or “There goes a big red truck.”  That will help your child learn to describe the things he sees too!

Preschool Storytime – Down on the Farm

Opening Song – So Happy You’re Here – Hap Palmer

Book – The Cow loves Cookies – Karma Wilson – While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best.

Fingerplay –

This Little Cow

This little cow eats grass, (wiggle thumb)
This little cow eats hay. (wiggle index finger)
This little cow drinks water ,(wiggle middle finger)
This little cow runs away. (wiggle ring finger)
And this little cow does nothing at all (wiggle little finger) but lie in the field all day.

Book – Maisy’s Morning on the Farm – Lucy Cousins – Morning is a busy time on Maisy’s farm. There are chickens and pigs to feed, and the cow to milk. After the chores are finished, there’s just one more thing to do—eat a yummy breakfast!

Flannelboard -Five Pigs so Squeaky Clean

The rhyme is sung to the tune of “5 green and speckled frogs”:

5 pigs so squeaky clean,

cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen,

Wanted to go outside and play [shout: IN THE MUD!]

1 jumped into the mud,

landed with a great big THUD! [clap or slap leg]

now there are 4 pigs squeaky clean [oink oink]

3 pigs so squeaky clean…etc.

 

Book – Big Chickens Fly the Coop – Leslie Helakoski – The four big chickens who are afraid of everything are now feeling all cooped up, so they set off to find the farmhouse. Where is it? the hapless hens wonder. First they find a doghouse, then they run into a tractor, and then they stomp into the barn. Who knew the farmhouse was right under their beaks the whole time?

 

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Book – I Spy on the Farm – Edward Gibbs – Down on the farm there are many colorful and noisy animals to spy. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess which one is next. Then turn the page to reveal the animal. Watch as young children quickly become engaged in the game — joining in with the animal noises, learning colors, and eventually recognizing the letters.

Song – Farm Sounds-  Sung to the “Wheels on the Bus”

The cow in the barn goes moo, moo, moo,

Moo, moo, moo, Moo, moo, moo

repeat

All around the farm.

The pig in the pen goes oink, oink, oink…….

The hens in the coop go cluck……..

The lambs on the hill go baa……

The ducks on the pond go quack…….

Closing Song –Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Preschool Storytime- Dinosaurs

Hi everyone! This week we will have a roaring good time talking and listening to books about dinosaurs!

Opening song- So Happy You’re Here Today – by Hap Palmer

Book- Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae – A rhyming and fact-filled picture book about the lives of the great dinosaurs.

Flannelboard- Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar. ROAR!
One stomped away and then there were four.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Four enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree. Clunk!
One stomped away and then there were three.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew. Ew!
One stomped away and then there were two.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Two enormous dinosaurs sitting in the sun.
One flapped away and then there were one.
Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, ROAR!

One enormous dinosaurs left all alone.
He stomped away and then there were none.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Credit- http://wiki.kcls.org/index.php/Five_Enormous_Dinosaurs

Book -When Dinosaurs came with Everything- by Elise Broach- Although his mother is a little worried, a young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.

Song/Activity- We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner

Book – Dinosaur Roar- by Paul and Henrietta Stickland-Illustrations and rhyming text present all kinds of dinosaurs, including ones that are sweet, grumpy, spiky or lumpy.

 Song- All Around the Swamp

(to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

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.
Shhhhhhhh.

Credit -http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems67.html

Closing Song – Shout and Whisper – by Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Time for Twos – Thursday 9/18 – 1, 2, 3, Count with me!

This week, we will be reading stories about numbers and counting.  Toddlers love to count (and they are really good at the number TWO), so encourage them to practice counting during your daily routine.  Concepts you can practice with your child include

  • One-to-one correlations – understanding that if there is one cat in the room, we count ONE CAT.  If there are two cats in the room, we count ONE TWO CATS.
  • Numerical order – being able to count up – 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.  Or count down 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
  • Number recognition – Understanding that 1 = one.  2 = two. and so forth.
  • Greater than & Less than – Understanding that a pile of three apples is bigger than a pile with two apples.
  • Basic addition & subtraction – Understanding how to add MORE to a group, or how to make a group smaller by taking something away.

Of course, you can practice these concepts through play and fun!  My Pinterest board includes a lot of fun ideas for educational number play.  And books are also a great way to reinforce these concepts as well.

Our books this week include:

    

We’ll be counting DOWN (from 5 to 0) with the song Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day.  “Five Little…” rhymes are a great way to practice either counting UP to five, or counting DOWN.  I love them because there seems to be a “five little” rhyme for every theme!

What can you count this week?

~Miss Lisa