Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pre-K/ K Class Visit, 3/15/12

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
The teachers sing this with their classes at school, so all the kids know the words, and then sang super-loud this morning. Honestly, it almost made me want to cry, it was so awesome.

Song: If You'd Like to Read a Book
They shouted hooray so loud at the end of this song, I was sure they could hear us throughout the building.

Book: The Foggy, Foggy Forest by Nick Sharatt (2008)
This book lends itself to a guessing game. I chose it when I thought just Pre-K was coming, and figured I'd be able to manage their guesses just fine. Kindergarten, on the other hand, had lots more to say, and we ended up having to take just three guesses per page. (And one little girl who comes to after school story time had read the book and knew all the answers. Whoops.)

Rhyme: Fierce is the Dragon
I'm still so proud of myself for writing this rhyme, and I love how much the kids get into it. It also made me happy when a little girl noticed  that some of the lines rhymed.

Book: May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor (1966)
I have gotten a lot of mileage out of this book on my preschool visits these past couple of months, but I love it so I never get sick of it. Most kids don't know it, since it's on the older side, but they love animal silliness. 

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
This is my latest addition to my repertoire, and this was the first time I tried it with older kids. It was great because they're old enough to suggest their own motions, and we got some good ones - "hands on hips" and "spin around on one leg" were the most creative!

Book: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow (2005)
This book is of the same ilk as Pete the Cat, but with worse grammar and more rhyming. The kids really liked it, and some of  them had read it before. I was going to sing the refrain to the tune of It Ain't Gonna Rain No More, but changed my mind at the last minute. Maybe next time.

Song: Chickadee (a cappella)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

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