each, for 3-8 year olds
will incorporate educational pieces for the parents about building early literacy skills with their children in a playful environment that will get both parent and child moving while enhancing each program with early literacy concepts. for check out. There will be a parent handout with a short book and music list, finger play and song ideas, and other craft activities they can do at home with their child.
Movement and Song: Wheels on the Bus (do the movements that go with the song)
Additional Books: Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus (do movements with the story that they have learned with the Wheels on the Bus song)
Activity: Color a bus and draw people or animals on the bus as passengers
Early Literacy Skills: Background knowledge and phonological awareness
Movement: Re-read the book and this time make our bodies into these animals and make the animal noises. Incorporating yoga poses-animals poses.
Additional Books: Who is the Beast by Keith Baker
Activity: Cut out a tiger picture, color, and then use green construction paper leaves to cover our tiger up, just like in the story Who is the beast?
Early Literacy Skills: Phonological awareness (sounds of the animals) and background knowledge and vocabulary
Movement and Song: Rocketship Run by Laurie Berkner with Parachute
Additional Books: The Berenstain Bears on the Moon by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Activity: Building rockets using shapes and then writing the child’s name on the rocket. Using black construction paper, various shapes (triangle, circle, square, and rectangle), colors, and glue
Early Literacy Skills: Print, background knowledge, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness
Movement Activity: While reading the story, have the parents and kids jump like a frog whenever they hear Jump Frog Jump, or use rhythm sticks to tap out the words jump frog jump
Additional Books: Kangaroo and Cricket by Lorianne Siomades
Activity: Create a pond picture. Using water colors paint a pond and using markers or water colors create the land around the pond. Have a frog, fish, lily pad, etc. cut outs to glue in and around the pond
Early Literacy: Print awareness, vocabulary, phonological awareness, background knowledge
Movement and Song: Cool Bear Hunt by Dr. Jean and acting out the actions of the song
Additional Books: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Activity: Copy of a bear, glue, and coffee. Have the kids smear glue on the bear and then sprinkle the coffee grounds on the bear, making a brown bear. Great sensory activity also talking about the smell of coffee
Early Literacy: Phonological awareness, vocabulary, and background knowledge
Movement: Move like the animals in the book and extend it by asking the kids what other animals they could become and moving like the animal they portray. Incorporating yoga poses and making the animals noises
Additional Books: Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see? By Bill Martin Jr.
Activity: Collage picture of zoo animals and printed zoo animal names the kids might see at a zoo
Early Literacy: Phonological awareness, print awareness, vocabulary, and background knowledge and letter knowledge