Specific skill focused on: Rules
Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” (Raffi, Singable Songs for the Very Young)
Book: How to Be Friends with a Dragon by Valeri Gorbachev
Song: “Shake It! Shake It!” (Mar Harman, Music Makes Me Wanna Move)
Book: This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Song: “Moose on the Loose” (Ozomatli, Ozokidz)
Book: Read It, Don’t Eat It! by Ian Schoenherr
Flannel: “Book Bear”
This flannel story is similar to the “Little Mouse” flannel that can be found in multiple resources. In that flannel, you hide a mouse behind houses of various colors and have the children guess where the mouse is hiding. In this version, I hide a bear, which I call “Book Bear”, behind one of eight book-shaped flannel pieces and have the children find him. We’re fortunate enough to have a die cut machine at my library, so I used our book shape die cut to make eight book pieces, each a different color.
Before I begin the flannel with the children I explain to them how it works, hiding the bear behind one of the books as I talk. Then I place the books on the flannel one at a time, being careful not to let them see which one has the bear behind it. After the books are all on the board, I go through the colors with the kids and then let them start guessing. With each guess, I point to the particular book, and ask them, “Is Book Bear behind the (insert color) book?” Then we chant together, “Book Bear, Book Bear, are you under there?” Then I pull the book off to reveal either a blank space or Book Bear. I usually try to finagle the game so that Book Bear is under the last book I remove. This flannel story (and its many variations) is ALWAYS a hit, and kids of all ages love it.
Book: Never Ask a Bear by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud
Activity: Bear Puppet/Bookmark
Using our die cut machine, I made Teddy Bear finger puppets out of white paper, which I let the kids decorated as they liked.