Friday, April 20, 2012

Pre-K/K Class Visit, 4/19/12

Opening Song: Hello, how are you? 

Book: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (2000)
I still don't know what to make of this book. I've read it to four and five year olds a couple of times and each time I've been met with strange, mixed responses. These kids were completely silent through the entire thing, and they laughed not even once, despite the tongue-in-cheek tone of the entire thing. I was starting to think the humor was too subtle for them, but when we got to the end, suddenly there was an outcry for me read it again. I didn't have time, but it was clear they liked it. So... maybe their silence was just a sign of how engrossed they were?

Song: One Seed by the Laurie Berkner Band
I like this song, and I wish I had more opportunities to use it. I'll definitely try to remember to make it part of the story times I do for classes in May and June. 

Book: Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson (2011)
I was planning to take a break from this one, but my other groups this month loved it so much that I had to share it once more. As with every other group I've read it to, these kids also guessed that Otto would find his original book at the library. What is it about this storyline that leads every last child to predict the same thing?  What are we teaching them about stories that leads them to that conclusion? So interesting.

Action Rhyme: Book Bear, Book Bear
I love this rhyme, and so do the kids. I'm thinking of using it on a regular basis and just changing "book bear" to whatever character we're focusing on for that day.

Book: This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt, illustrated by R.G. Roth (2006)This book had the kids laughing all over themselves at the different sounds the musical instruments made. One child had heard of Bojangles, and they all got a kick out of Fats Waller. 

Song: These Are My Glasses by the Laurie Berkner Band
Interestingly, this group didn't love this one nearly as much as the other classes. Maybe it's a little too simple for kindergarteners. 

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

All New Top 100 Picture Book and Chapter Book Polls: My Top 10 Picture Books

Betsy Bird, the New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist, and the writer of School Library Journal's Fuse #8 blog, is hosting The All New Top 100 Picture Book and Chapter Book Polls. Last week, I posted my Top Ten Chapter Books. Today, I am sharing my Top Ten Picture Books.

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak
All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
by Don and Audrey Wood
Noisy Nora
by Rosemary Wells
Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer
Miss Nelson is Missing
by Author
Mrs Wishy-Washy
by Joy Cowley
Ira Sleeps Over
by Bernard Waber
Imogene's Antlers
by David Small
Best Friends for Frances
by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
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