Never Take a Shark to the Dentist

We finished our ocean theme this week with two books.  Audrey Wood’s The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors tells the story of a red island in the middle of the deep blue sea and all the many-colored things that you can find there. The kids really enjoyed spotting the new colors on each page, and they even pointed out things that weren’t mentioned in the text (“the cloud is white!”). Our next book was Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do), a very funny book by Judi Barrett. Barrett gives helpful tips about what not to do with different animals (avoid porcupines on trains, for examples). This was a popular one with the kids, and some of them even tried guessing what the next tip was by looking at the picture. The illustrations are by John Nickle, and they are full of fun details and expressive characters.

Repetition is a good way to encourage early literacy, so we said our rhyme about the pretty little fishy one last time:

Pretty little goldfish (wiggle hands like a fishy swimming)
Never can he talk (point to mouth)
All he does is wiggle (wiggle hands again)
When he tries to walk (walk two fingers along your leg)

And we did our flannel board about the five little sand castles:

Five little sand castles built by the shore
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were four.
Four little sand castles built just for me.
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were three.
Three little sand castles built just for you.
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were two.
Two little sand castles built in the sun
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There was one.
One little sand castle built just for fun
Along came a wave and WHOOSH! There were NONE!

After our stories, rhyme, and flannel board, the kids played at the stations I set up this week.

Station 1: Pegboard with patterns and colored pegs.

Station 2: Magnetic fishing game in the sink.

Station 3: Play-Doh.

Station 4: Salt dough starfish and painting supplies.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the salt dough starfish, but the kids had fun painting and they looked beautiful once they were all done. I had never made salt dough before, but I used a recipe from Learning 4 Kids and it worked perfectly.

Next week: bears!

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