Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pre-K Class Visit, 6/9

This school always brings us such lovely groups of children. They listen, follow directions, make insightful comments, and make me laugh. Today I had the 12 pre-K students, and we read and sang the following:

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
I asked if we should start with our hello song, and a few of the boys said no. So then I asked if we should start with the goodbye song, and they laughed hysterically. And then we sang hello.

Book: Building a House by Byron Barton (1981)
I read this book at an earlier story time, and vowed never to do it again, but the school requested it, and I had to suck it  up. I love Byron Barton, but this book is boring litany of the steps involved in building houses. I did what I could to make it exciting, and the kids really loved seeing the insides of the walls, especially the plumbing, and we had a long conversation about the last page, where the family finally moves in. But this is not an exciting read-aloud. It's just blah.

Song: Building a House (by Mary Marshall and Sue Eilers, to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
I got this song from The Addison Public Library, via Google, but changed a few things, including the title, to make it match the book. I also had some clip art images for the backhoe, cement mixer, saw, hammer, and paintbrush to prompt each verse.

The backhoe on the lot goes 
Dig, dig, dig, [make digging motions]
Dig, dig, dig, Dig, dig, dig. 
The backhoe on the lot goes 
Dig, dig, dig, 
Building a house.

The cement mixer at the hole goes 
Pour, pour, pour, [make pouring motions]...

The saw on the boards goes
Zzzz, zzzz, zzzz, [make sawing motions]...

The hammer on the nails goes 
Pound, pound, pound, [make pounding motions]...

The paintbrush on the walls goes 
Swish, swish, swish, [pretend to be painting]...

This was a fun way to reinforce the book, and most of the kids enjoyed making the motions. And when we went our to next song, Rum Sum Sum, one of the kids  recognized the pounding motion we made with our hammers as the same motion that starts the song.

Song: Rum Rum Sum
The teachers got excited when I said we'd sing this one. They're big fans!

Book: Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2010)
This book was too long. They liked it, but had trouble following it, and half of them finished the book lying down on the floor. When I suggested getting up and moving around, the teacher seemed very grateful. I should have saved this one for kindergarten instead - it would have been perfect for a slightly older group. The ending got their attention, though, and we spent some time looking at the lollipops on the front and back covers of the book. (I have a detailed review of this book on my book blog, if you'd like to know more. It's one of my very favorites.)

Song: Shake My Sillies Out
A big hit as always. I had the CD player on repeat so we could do it twice without interruption.

Song: Taba Naba by The Wiggles from (It's a Wiggly Wiggly World)
The best part was how much the adults all giggled as they tried to copy my movements. I'm not ashamed to say I practiced for a month before I got it right. And I also don't mind saying I did a pretty darn good job. Haha.

 Book: My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Christopher Corr (2006)

Monday's group hated this book, but they liked it today. I asked the kids where they wanted to fly off to at the end of the story, and they were divided into two camps - half of them said North America, since I mentioned last week that that's where we live. The other half wanted to visit llamas. Then we took a vote to see who would and would not be scared of flying on a magic carpet. I said I'd be worried about falling off, but I was informed that all I'd need to do is hold onto the sides. This is what I love about kids.

Goodbye Song: Skinnamarink

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