Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pre-K Class Visit, 8/4

This was my last story time for this group, and today is essentially the last day of summer reading program related sessions. They're usually a really easy group, and today was no exception. There were 13 kids, and we had some great discussions about three picture books. This is what we did:

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?

Book: The Mitten by Jan Brett (1989)
I would never read this in the summer, because I save my winter books for winter, but the school requested it specifically. When the kids got here today, though, they told me their teacher had already read it to them recently. Oh well. They remembered a lot of it from their first reading, so that was a nice way to make it interactive.

Song: Rum Sum Sum

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Book: Blackout by John Rocco (2011)
This is a new favorite. A bit harder to read aloud than I expected, but there is so much going on in the illustrations I didn't want to leave anything out! It's a heartwarming story about how a city blackout brings one family closer together. I will review this one on my book blog soon!

Song: Boots
My fiance, who despises this song, will be glad to know these kids didn't like it at all. Some of them actually covered their ears! So I guess that one can go in retirement for a while.

Book: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (2004)
This is going into my regular story time rotation for big kids. They love this book. Today's main attraction was teeth. We spent the longest time on any page featuring big teeth. 

Song: Chickadee

Song: Skinnamarink

6 Nursery Rhyme Picture Books

Knick Knack Paddy Whack (Fun First Steps) (Fun First Steps)Knick Knack Paddy Whack! by Steve Songs
A lively version of This Old Man, in which the old man helps the neighborhood kids form a band.
Big Fat HenBig Fat Hen by Keith Baker
My favorite version of 1,2, Buckle My Shoe, complete with many chicks!
And the Dish Ran Away with the SpoonAnd The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens
What becomes of the dish and the spoon after they run away? This book tells all.
The Bear Went Over The Mountain (Bunny Reads Back)The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
This classic children's song becomes a story about a bear who ventures out away from his mother, and then returns home.
The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock (Aladdin Picture Books)The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Ayelsworth
The mouse runs up the clock, but that's just the beginning!
The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
Traditional and not-so-traditional Mother Goose Rhymes are recast for an urban environment.
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