Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Storytime Co-op: week 6

Theme: Back to school

Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.

Before Reading: 
Have you read this book before? 
Do you have a favorite animals?

During Reading:
What do you think we are going to see when we turn the page?
Have you ever seen a purple cat before?

After Reading:
Do you remember which animal was yellow? red? green? etc.
What did the teacher see?

Learning activity: I prepared some shape cards with a color written on each one. The boys had to read the color word, find those colored blocks and then use the blocks to create the shape. Some of the boys really got into this! We are going to have to make it harder next time. Perhaps I'll use smaller and different shaped legos or pattern blocks. 

Snack: We used goldfish to mark all the letter A's on an "A map." In retrospect, I should have used the letter B to go with Brown Bear, Brown Bear. I created this map in literally 2 minutes using a simple table in Microsoft Word. Just select a large font with a script that is easy for children to read. You can do this same activity over and over again. Simply change the medium for the markers (paint dots, marshmallows, etc.) and you can even have the map formation shaped like letters or geometric shapes. 

Learning Activity: I showed the moms and kids the proper way to grasp a pencil. We used pencil grips to aide in the boys' training. I printed out handwriting sheets with each boy's name to trace. You can create your own for FREE from here

Craft: Brown Bears

  • 1 1/2 paper plates per child
  • brown tissue paper
  • 2 googly eyes per child
  • elmer's glue
  • stapler

Cut out 2 ears from the half of a paper plate. Staple ears on the whole paper plate so it resembles a bear. Have children glue pieces of torn tissue paper to the bear and adhere the eyes. Bam! Super easy craft using materials that you probably already have at home. 

We also took the boys outside to act like the animals from the book. It was super hot and sticky outside, so they preferred acting like caged animals inside. 

This storytime co-op was thrown together literally the morning of. Kids don't need anything fancy to have fun. Just be creative and use what you have on hand or can get for free online! 


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