Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tales for Fours and Fives, 8/11

Only two more (possibly one more) Tales for Fours and Fives before summer comes to an end! While I enjoy being able to read longer and more complex books, there has never really been an audience for this age group, so I don't think there is a real need for it. Still, though, today's group was nice and small and we had a great time.

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?

Book: My Little Sister Hugged an Ape by Bill Grossman, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (2004)
This is one of the best - and most hilarious - rhyming books I have ever read. Just perfect for this age - and especially for boys with little sisters!

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Book: Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson (2002)
A rooster learns to crow, but not before making a lot of other noises. The funniest moment in this entire book was when the owl says "Whooo? Whooo? Whooo?" and Bob whispers back, "Bob, Bob, Bob." That was the highlight for today's group!

Song: Monkeys on the Bed

Song: ABCD Medley

Book: Doodler Doodling by Rita Goldman Gelman, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (2004)
Surprisingly, it was the babies and toddlers who loved this book, not the older kids.

Song: Wheels on the Bus (Raffi version)

Song: Chickadee

Song: Skinnamarink
If I was going to continue this story time in the future, I'd work on finding some new songs. They worked well for the younger siblings, but the older kids were annoyed by them. In fact, if I ever do story time for older kids like this again, I'd think about doing no songs at all outside of the hello and goodbye.

Do you sing songs with kids in this age group? What about with Pre-K and K class visits? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in comments!

6 Epistolary Books for Kids

Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience SchoolDear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague
The family dog writes home from obedience school but exaggerates about how he's being treated. Humorous illustrations reveal the truth.
Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and LeaksRegarding the Fountain by Kate and M. Sarah Klise
Sixth graders at Dry Creek Middle School correspond with a wacky artist who will design their school's new fountain.
Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts, #1)Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Leigh Botts deals with his parents' divorce by writing to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw.
The Jolly Postman: Or Other People's LettersThe Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
A postman delivers the mail to fairy tale characters.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeClick Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
A demanding group of farm animals uses a typewriter to negotiate with their farmer.
Letters from RifkaLetters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
A young girl named Rifka chronicles her family's escape from 1919 Russia.
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