This week is movement!
We started with “Tap Your Sticks” by Hap Palmer. Once we had some energy out, we danced to “Freeze Dance” by The Fresh Beats Band. I made a game out of it by placing hula hoops on the floor and having the kids jump inside one whenever the music stopped. When the music started again, I removed a hula hoop so there were fewer and fewer to jump inside of.
Once our songs were done we started our first book, Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett.
I love this book. The watercolor illustrations are so pretty, and the text is simple but so much fun. To add some movement, I assigned actions to the four words that make up the majority of the text:
- apple=spin in a circle
- bear=growl like a bear (making claws with your hands is optional)
Every time I read one of those words, we would do the assigned action. It was a fun way to read and move and play.
After our first book, we did a stretching rhyme, “Tall as a Tree:”
Tall as a tree, (stretch arms to ceiling)
Wide as a house, (stretch arms out at sides)
Skinny as a pole, (tuck arms in at sides)
Small as a mouse. (crouch down on floor)
Our second book was Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge.
This is cute, quick read about a baby wombat and all the things he likes to do. The text rhymes and has an almost sing-song quality, so I always enjoy reading it aloud.
We followed up with “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill, and then we went to our stations:
- Bubble wands.
- Hula hoops.
- Giant roller ramps.
- Magna-Cars & Trucks, play roads.
- Blocks, counters.
Next week is art!