Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Phonological Awareness

  • 2-20-13: 11 people came. I know some moms had to work, some were at gymnastics and didn't get in to the earlier class, some people are probably at Pattie's once a month playdate and some people just didn't want to come out in the freezing cold (or they're sick). Oh well. We read all our stories, but left out all the songs except Five Fat Peas and the kids weren't really interested in that. I need a bigger audience to get them involved in movement.
  • 2-15-12: I wanted a flannel to go with Edible Alphabet, but didn't have time to make it. I threw in Jeremy Tankard's Me Hungry after Edible and cut "the animals on the farm". Boots was a very...energetic song and the kids were pretty relaxed. They loved all the stories, especially Me Hungry and Wild Boars! Had a smaller group, 25 people, probably b/c of the lovely weather.
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: We Explore Dinosaurs on Friday

Early Literacy Theme: Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff

Movement: Jumping Beans

Nonfiction: Edible Alphabet by Carol Watterson

Movement: Five fat peas

Early Literacy Aside: One of the ways children develop phonological awareness is by learning to rhyme. We're going to read a fun rhyming story about monsters and broccoli next!

Short story: Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Hicks

Short story: Me Hungry by Jeremy Tankard

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Cookbook Scrapbook

Prep: Scissors, glue, magazines, paper, crayons, markers

Kids cut out pictures of food and ingredients or people eating or whatever.

Take Home Insert
Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our early literacy skill was: Phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

You can practice this skill at home by reading rhyming stories and singing songs that rhyme. Mother Goose is a good place to start.

Our stories today included:
Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
Edible Alphabet by Carol Watterson
Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Hicks 
Me hungry by Jeremy Tankard

Our songs and rhymes included:
Jumping Beans
Five fat peas

More stories and songs to try at home:
Some great rhyming stories include titles by Dr. Seuss, Lynley Dodd, and Brian Lies. You can also find Mother Goose rhymes in the picture books under MOT and more poetry in the nonfiction under 811.

Our take home craft is: Yummy decorations

You will need: Decorations
Decorate your food shape then think about what other things you like to eat. What colors and shapes do you eat? What kind of different tastes do you like? What letters can you find in your food?

Library events coming soon:
February 22, 10am We Explore Dinosaurs

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Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14 

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