Archive for January, 2012

Under the Sea

Books
Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell
Rub-a-Dub Sub by Linda Ashman
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

Music
“The Goldfish” from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Beach Balls
A little beach ball
A bigger beach ball
A great big beach ball
I see!
Now, let’s count them
Are you ready?
One, two, three!

Movement Song: The Waves on the Sea
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down,
[Raise and lower arms.]
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down
All day long.
Additional Verses:
The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap..
[Clap your hands.]
The fish in the sea go swish swish swish..
[Swish back and forth.]
The boats in the sea go toot toot toot…
[Make blowing horn motion.]

Rhyme: A Sailor Went to Sea
A Sailor Went to sea, sea, sea
To sea what he could see, see, see
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue
sea ,sea, sea

(Repeat faster)

Movement Rhyme: I’m a Little Octopus
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish.
[swing arms back and forth]
Arm #2 helps me catch fish.
[wiggle hand back and forth]
Arm #3 pats my head.
[pat hand on head]
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed.
[put hand to mouth]
Arm #5 swims me to shore.
[move arms in swimming motion]
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor.
[touch hand to floor]
Arm #7 can grab and tug.
[open and close hands]
But all eight arms give me a hug!
[cross arms and hug yourself]

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January 31, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Chinese New Year

January 23, 2012

Books
My First Chinese New Year By Karen Katz
Bee-Bim Bop! By Linda Sue Park (story about a traditional Korean dish)
Dragon Dancing By Carole Lexa Schaefer

Music
“The Tempo Marches On” from Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee By Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Song: Let’s wave and say Ni Hao
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao (nee how),”
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao.”
Let’s say “hello” to all our friends,
Let’s wave and say “ni hao.”

Movement Song: Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
A brand new year is here.
Learning, laughing, singing, clapping,
Through another year.

Pat, pat, pat your knees.
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet.
Spin, spin, spin around.
Jump, jump, jump up high.
Sit, sit, sit right down.

Song: Apples and Bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat
Apples and bananas.
I like to ate, ate, ate
Ay-ples and ba-nay-nays.
I like to eat, eat, eat
Ee-ples and bee-nee-nees.
I like to ite, ite, ite
I-ples and bi-ni-nis.
I like to ote, ote, ote
Oh-ples and bo-no-nos.

Movement Rhyme: Little Dragon
Little Dragon counts to three,
Little Dragon bends one knee.
Little Dragon touches his toes,
Little Dragon touches his nose.
Little Dragon makes a funny face,
Little Dragon runs in place.
Little Dragon stomps his feet.
Little Dragon coming down the street.
Little Dragon sits on the floor,
Little Dragon starts to snore.

January 23, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Penguin Party

January 19, 2012

Books
Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
The Penguins Paint by Valerie Tripp, illus. by Sandra Cox Kalthoff (adapted as a flannel story)
Where is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Music
Fins and Grins by Johnette Downing
“Doing the Penguin” from Sesame Street’s Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs
The Penguin Song” from Carole Peterson’s Stinky Cake

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Two Little Penguins
Two little penguins sitting on the ice.
One bows once, the other bows twice.
Waddle little penguins. Waddle away.
Come back penguins. Time to play.

Song: Meet Peter Penguin
(tune: “On Top of Old Smokey”)
Meet Peter Penguin, he munches on P’s
If he eats the wrong food, it might make him sneeze
He likes popcorn & pizza, and pineapple, too
What will you serve him, if he eats with you?

Flannelboard: Penguin Family
One royal penguin . .feeling very blue
Called for his brother then there were two
Two royal penguins. . .swimming in the sea
Called for their sister then there were three
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore
Call for their mother, then there were four
Four royal penguins learning how to dive
Call for their father, then there were five

Song: Have You Ever Seen a Penguin?
(tune: “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”)
Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that?
Repeat with “slide” and “wobble”

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.

January 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Opposites

January 17, 2012

Books
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen
Maisy Big, Maisy Small: A Book of Maisy Opposites By Lucy Cousins
Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox

Songs
“I Know a Chicken” from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
“The Opposites Song” from Keep Singing and Dancing with Dr. Jean by Dr. Jean

Song, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Song w/Flannel Board: A Hunting We Will Go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go,
Heigh ho, the dairy-o, a hunting we will go!
We’ll catch a fish and put him on a dish,
And then we’ll let him go!

We’ll catch a duck and put him in a truck.
We’ll catch a whale and put him in a pail.
We’ll catch a frog and put him on a log.
We’ll catch a goat and put him in a boat.

Movement Rhyme: This Is Big
This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)

Opposites Hokey Pokey
You shake your shakers up,
You shake your shakers down;
You shake your shakers up,
Then you shake them all around.
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

You shake your shakers fast
You shake your shakers slow.

You shake your shaker to the left.
You shake your shaker to the right.

You put your shaker in.
You put your shaker out.

January 17, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

What Do Animals Do?

January 13, 2012

Books
What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Music
“I Know a Chicken” from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Movement Rhyme: What do animals do?
Hop, hop, hop like a kangaroo.
Roar, roar, roar like a lion at the zoo.
Swing, swing, swing like a monkey in a tree.
Fly, fly, fly like a pigeon flying free.
Moo, moo, moo like a cow on the farm.
Neigh, neigh, neigh like a horse in the barn.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like a worm having fun.
Sit, sit, sit to show me you’re done.

Fingerplay: I Wiggle My Fingers
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my arms,
I wiggle my nose.
Now there are no more wiggles left in me,
Because it is time for the next story.

Movement Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands with me
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Clap your hands with me.

Jump, jump, jump up high
Jump up high with me…

Spin, spin, spin around
Spin around with me…

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet.
Stomp your feet with me…

Pat, pat, pat your knees.
Pat your knees with me…

Wave, wave, wave hello
Wave hello with me!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Wave at all you see.

January 13, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Bathtime

January 10, 2012

Books
Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock
Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
Bubble Bath Pirates! by Jarrett Krosoczka

Music
“I Took a Bath in Washing Machine” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Fingerplay: After a Bath
After my bath, I try, try, try
To wipe myself ‘til I’m dry, dry, dry.
Hands to wipe, and fingers, and toes,
[wipe hands; then fingers; then toes]
And two wet legs and a shiny nose.
[wipe legs; then nose]
Just think, how much less time I’d take,
If I were a dog, and could shake, shake, shake.
[shake like a dog]

Movement Song: I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little Turtle
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim (swim arms)
He drank up all the water
He ate up all the soap (hold hand to forehead)
And now he’s sick in bed with a bubble in his throat!
hiccup!
Big- (hands form a bubble in front of mouth)
Bigger (bubble grows)
Biggest (bubble is HUGE now)
POP! (clap hands)

Movement Song: If You Are Wearing Red Today
If you are wearing red today,
Red today, red today,
If you are wearing red today,
Stand up and shout “Hooray!”

Repeat with additional colors.

Movement Rhyme: Bubble Hop and Stop
One bubble, 2 bubbles, 3 bubbles, top. (fingers count up, tap head & pop to standing)
4 bubbles, 5 bubbles, 6 bubbles, hop (fingers count, the n hop)
7 bubbles, 8 bubbles, 9 bubbles, pop (keep counting, clap hands ‘pop’)
10 bubbles floating down to a stop. (sit down)

Fingerplay: I Wiggle My Fingers
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my arms,
I wiggle my nose.
Now there are no more wiggles left in me,
Because it is time for the next story.

Movement Song: Wash Your Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Wash your head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Wash your head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Wash your head, and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

January 10, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

It’s Cold Outside!

January 3, 2012

Books
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Snow by Manya Stojic
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Music
“Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Opening Song: Open, Shut Them
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them, up to your chin
Open wide, but don’t let them in!
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

Poem: “Why Is It?” from Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Why is it some mornings
Your clothes just don’t fit?
Your pants are to short
To bend over or sit,
Your sleeves are too long
And your hat is too tight-
Why is it some mornings
Your clothes don’t feel right?

Movement Song: Ten Little Snowflakes
One little, two little, three little snowflakes
Four little, five little, six little snowflakes
Seven little, eight little, nine little snowflakes
Ten little snowflakes falling down

One little, two little, three little snowflakes
Four little, five little, six little snowflakes
Seven little, eight little, nine little snowflakes
Ten little snowflakes twirling round

Twirl, twirl, twirl like snowflakes
Twirl, twirl, twirl like snowflakes
Twirl, twirl, twirl like snowflakes
Twirl like snowflakes – then fall down!

Fall, fall, fall like snowflakes
Fall, fall, fall like snowflakes
Fall, fall, fall like snowflakes
Fall like snowflakes to the ground.

Flannel Board: My Poor Little Kitten Lost Her Mitten!
My poor little kitten lost her mitten
And started to cry, Boo-hoo.
So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten.
Her beautiful mitten of BLUE. So we need to help kitten find her mitten!
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my mother’s bed.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored RED.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my father’s pillow.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored YELLOW.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
On the hand of my brother’s toy clown.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored BROWN.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the laundry so clean.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored GREEN.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the kitchen sink.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored PINK.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside my favorite shoe.
And this time the mitten was just the right mitten,
For it was colored BLUE!

Fingerplay: I Wiggle My Fingers
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my arms,
I wiggle my nose.
Now there are no more wiggles left in me,
Because it is time for the next story.

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
We clap our hands for all our friends,
We wave goodbye like this.

January 3, 2012 at 10:00 am Leave a comment


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