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Enchanted Evening

November 17, 2011

Books
Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn, illus. by Kelly Murphy
Princess Me by Karma Wilson, illus. by Christa Unzner
May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illus. by Beni Montresor (adapted as puppet story)
Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich, illus. by Will Hillenbrand

Music
“Shake Your Dragon Tail” from Dragon Tales: Dragon Tunes (used with shakers)

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: There Was a Princess Long Ago
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
There was a princess long ago,
Long ago, long ago.
There was a princess long ago,
Long, long ago.

She lived up in a big tall tower,
Big tall tower, big tall tower.
She lived up in a big tall tower,
Long, long ago.

The wicked witch she waved her wand,
Waved her wand, waved her wand.
The wicked witch she waved her wand,
Long, long ago.

Additional verses:
The princess slept for one hundred years . . .
A handsome prince came galloping by . . .
He took her hand and woke her up . . .
Everybody’s happy now . . . (children dance and clap)

Movement Activity: Castle Capers
I am the king of running,
I run and run and run.
My subjects all run with me,
And we have so much fun!
I am the prince of turning,
I turn and turn and turn.
My subjects all turn with me
It’s an easy thing to learn!
I am the princess of dancing,
I dance and dance and dance
My subjects all dance with me
And dance when they get the chance!
I am the Queen of jumping,
I jump and jump and jump.
My subjects all jump with me
And sit down with a bump.

Flannelboard: Five Little Dragons
Five little dragons making such a roar,
One danced away and then there were four.
Four little dragons dancing around a tree,
One danced away and then there were three.
Three little dragons dancing around you,
One danced away and then there were two.
Two little dragons dancing in the sun,
One danced away and then there was one.
One little dragon having lots of fun.
She danced away and then there were none.

Movement Activity: Dragon, Dragon
Dragon, dragon, turn around
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground
Dragon, dragon, fly up high
Dragon, dragon, touch the sky

Dragon, dragon, swing your tail,
Dragon, dragon, shake your scales
Dragon, dragon, give a ROAR
Dragon, dragon, sit on the floor.

Movement Activity: Baby Dragon
Baby Dragon counts to three
Baby Dragon bends one knee
Baby Dragon touches his toes
Baby Dragon breathes through his nose
Baby Dragon runs in place
Baby Dragon makes a funny face
Baby Dragon lies on the floor
Baby Dragon starts to snore.

Song: Shake Your Shaker (used with shakers)
Shake your shaker in the air, shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air, shake your shaker.
Shake it high and shake it low, shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low, shake your shaker.
Shake it up and shake it down, rub your shaker on the ground.
Shake it up and shake it down, shake your shaker.
Shake it near and shake it far, drive your shaker like a car.
Shake it near and shake it far, shake your shaker.
Shake it fast and shake it slow, shake it STOP, shake it GO.
Shake it fast and shake it slow, shake your shaker.

November 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Autumn

November 17, 2011

Books
I Know it’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley (adapted as a flannel board)

Music
“Seasons” from Can Cockatoos Count by Twos? by Hap Palmer
“Apple Pickin’” from Pre-K Hooray by Georgiana Stewart
“What Falls in the Fall” from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Leaves on the Ground
When the leaves are on the ground
Instead of on the trees,
I like to make a pile of them
Way up to my knees.
I like to run and jump in them
And kick them all around.
I like the prickly feel of them
And the crickly, crackly sound.

Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree,
Two little apples smiled at me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could
And down came the apples.
“Mmm,” were they good!

Fingerplay: Autumn Leaves
Autumn leaves are floating down,
They make a carpet on the ground.
Then swish, the wind comes whistling by,
And sends them dancing in the sky.

November 17, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: November 16, 2011

Books
Baby Colors by Rachel Hale

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Movement Rhyme: Up in the Air
Up, up, up in the air like this.
Down, down, down for a great big kiss.
Up like this, down for a kiss.
You’re my special baby! (big hug)
(Repeat)

Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport
and the dish ran away with the spoon.

Movement Rhyme: Wash the Dishes
Wash the dishes, (Circle on the child’s back)
Wipe the dishes, (Circle the other way on the child’s back)
Ring the bell for tea. (Gentle tap on the head)
Three good wishes, (Count 1, 2, 3 squeezes)
Three good kisses, (Count 1, 2, 3 kisses!)
I will give to thee.
(Repeat)

Song with Shakers: Let’s Get the Rhythm of the Knees
Let’s get the rhythm of our knees! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our knees! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our tummies! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our tummies! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our heads! Shake, shake shake!
Let’s get the rhythm of our heads! Shake, shake shake!
And shake that rhythm to bed.

Rhyme with Shakers: Acka-Backa Soda Cracker
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa-boo,
Acka-backa soda cracker, I love you.
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa-boo,
Acka-backa soda cracker, (lift) up goes you!
(BIG HUG)

Alphabet Song: Alphabet Forward and Backward
A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P,
Q, R, S,
T, U, V,
W, X,
Y and Z
Now I know my ABCs.
Next time sing them backwards with me!

Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T,
S, R, Q, P, O, N, M, L, K
J, I, H,
G, F, E,
D, C,
B and A
Now I’ve said my ZYXs.
Bet that’s not what you expected!

November 16, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Food

November 15, 2011

Books
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
Hunky Dory Ate It by Katie Evans
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Music
“Spaghetti Legs” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes by Jim Gill
“Cookie Jar” from High Five by Candy Band

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Movement Song: Come to the Store with Me
Come to the store with me
Just down the street
We don’t need a car
We can go on our feet
Daddy wants cherries
And apples and steak
Mama wants bread
And strawberry cake
Mmmmm yummy.

Song:     Apples and Bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat
Apples and bananas.
I like to ate, ate, ate
Ayples and banaynays.
I like to ite, ite, ite
Iples and bininis.
I like to oat, oat, oat
Oples and bononos.
I like to oot, oot, oot
Ooples and boonoonoos.

Movement Rhyme:  Pancake                              
(Suit actions to words)
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake
Pop it in a pan.
Fry a pancake, toss a pancake
Catch it if you can!

Movement Rhyme: Turkey Turkey
Turkey, Turkey turn around.
Turkey, Turkey touch the ground.
Turkey, Turkey raise your wings high.
Turkey, Turkey wink one eye.
Turkey, Turkey wobble around.
Turkey, Turkey jump up and down.
Turkey, Turkey take a bow.
Turkey, Turkey sit down now.

November 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Frogs

November 10, 2011

Books
I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel
I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner (adapted as a puppet show)

Music
“The Little Green Frogs” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
“Can You Leap Like a Frog” from Kids in Action by Greg & Steve

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Fingerplay: There Was a Little Frog
There was a little frog
That lived in a bog.
Who climbed on a lily pad
And jumped on a log.
It snapped at a mosquito,
It snapped at a bee,
It snapped at a cricket,
And it snapped at me!
It caught the mosquito,
It caught the bee,
It caught the cricket,
But it didn’t catch me!

Fingerplay: Mr. Bullfrog
Here’s Mr. Bullfrog,
Sitting on a rock.
Into the water he jumps…
KERPLOP!

November 10, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: November 9, 2011

Books
Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish by Lorie Ann Grover

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Movement Rhyme: Rub-a-dub-dub
Rub-a dub-dub, one child in the tub. (rub shoulders and neck like scrubbing)
Tell me what you see.
One foot with toes, (point to parts of the body)
A hand, a nose, as clean as they can be. (rub hands together)

Rub-a dub-dub, one child in the tub. (rub shoulders and neck like scrubbing)
Tell me what you see.
Two ears, a cheek, (point)
So clean they squeak, (rub cheeks)
A chin, a tummy, a knee. (point)

Rub-a-dub-dub, one child in the tub. (rub shoulders and neck like scrubbing)
Tell me what you see.
Legs and arms, so clean and warm.(extend legs and arms)
Do they have a hug for me? (big hug)

Movement Rhyme: Up in the Air
Up, up, up in the air like this.
Down, down, down for a great big kiss.
Up like this, down for a kiss.
You’re my special baby! (big hug)

Movement Rhyme: Terrific Toes
I have such terrific toes,
I take them with me wherever I goes.
I have such fantastic feet.
No matter what, they still smell sweet.
Toes and feet and feet and toes.
There’s nothing else as fine as those.

Movement Song with Fish: Did You Ever See A Fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?
Yes, I’ve seen a fishy, a fishy, a fishy.
Yes, I’ve seen a fishy swim this way  and that.
Swim this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Yes, I’ve seen a fishy swim this way and that.

Movement Song with Fish: Swim Your Fish! adapted from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett
Swim, swim, swim your fish.
As fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see.
Do it now with me.

Clap, clap, clap your hands.
As loud as can be…
Tap, tap, tap your fish.
As softly as can be…
Roll, roll, roll your hands.
As quickly as can be…

November 9, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: November 2, 2011

Books
Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Movement Rhyme: Cuckoo Clock

(Sway or swing side to side)
Tick, tock, tick, tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick, tock, tick, tock
Now it’s almost 1 o’clock.
Cuckoo!   (life baby into air!)

Movement Rhyme: Tickle Game

(Move fingers slowly up baby’s arm and body. 
Then do it again, quickly.)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the
Wooden rail.

Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Round about the house.

Movement Rhyme: I Like to Ride My Bicycle
I like to ride my bicycle, (roll hands)
I ride it to the shop.
And when I see a big red light,
I know it’s time to stop. (one hand up )
I like to ride my bicycle, (roll hands)
I ride it to and fro.
And when I see a big green light,
I know it’s time to go. (roll hands faster)

Movement Song: Roll Your Hands adapted from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett
(tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Roll, roll, roll your hands.
As fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see.
Do it now with me.

Clap, clap, clap your hands.
As loud as can be…
Tap, tap, tap your feet.
As softly as can be…
Shake, Shake, Shake your scarf.
As quickly as can be…

Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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.

November 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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