Bath Time Fun
Near Mama's Heart
children's book on
Apples / Johnny
Library / Book
Born to Read Bib available at ALA.org
Aristotle taught that the brain
exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process
of thinking. This is true only of certain persons.
Will Cuppy (1884 - 1949) US writer, critic
Library / Book
~ Online Preschool Activities
Preschool Interactive Daily Activity Calendar influenced
by and preceding
Banned Books Week
Preschool Online Activities Class ~
Mix and match activities to your child's/children's interests,
offering a balanced mix throughout each day. Use your
child's favorite books as the basis for learning this theme!
Introduce a couple of
new books for interest. For
instance, choose some active and some quiet activities each
day and be sure to read every day! Tailor each
activity to your child's specific interests and abilities.
Learning about freedom of expression through writing and
other art forms
Appreciating other points of view and books in general
Understanding that the library is a source of information
for books and other media
Understanding personal emotions and showing empathy for
Books (book links available in
right sidebar menu)
Aside from the first two, books for this
theme were chosen from the
150 Best Selling Children's Books of All Time.
A Light in the Attic
by Shel Silverstein, Where's Waldo
by Martin Handford (both on the 100 Most
Challenged Books List),
Corduroy Goes to the Library,
I Took My Frog to the Library,
Ms. Davison, Our Librarian, Clifford the Big, Red Dog,
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,
Me Too!, Goodnight Moon
Optional: Sam's First Library Card
Show & Tell Thursdays:
Bring in your favorite book to share (or stuffed character from
your favorite story!).
Morning Meeting/Circle Time (daily skill work including:
weather, calendar, counting, ABCs, patterning, colors,
shapes, songs, music, finger plays, rhymes, creative
A Book has Two Covers,
Book Songs Playlist,
Creative Activities/Art/Music/Drama/Aesthetic Learning
(including Fine / Large Motor Activities):
Dramatize Clifford, the Big, Red Dog,
Book Songs Playlist (below)
Library books, bookmarks, listening center for
books on tape/CD, blank paper stapled together (to make
books), cardstock cut for making bookmarks
I've been creating playlists on my iPod with my thousands of
songs. I'm not affiliated in any way with iPod, Apple,
etc. I'm just a happy customer that highly advises
creating a playlist!
If you are of the "iPod mentality", check out the
Library / Book Appreciation Playlist! Feel
free to rate it while you're there to help out
Including: The Story of My
Feelings by Laurie Berkner, Tell Me Another
Story by Barney Saltzberg, When You Start to
Read by Russ, Go Wild - READ by Lucas
Miller, Seven Nights to Read by The Good
Rockin' Daddies, Hangin' Out with Heroes at the
Library and Take Me to Your Library by
Monty Harper, At the Library by Hap Palmer,
Library by Meeka and her Cool Cousins, The
Library Boogie by Tom Knight, The Library
Language Arts/Literacy Activities/Social Studies:
Library Field Trip,
Retell / Rewrite Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No
Good, Very Bad Day,
Our Trip to the Library Book,
Bedtime Story Time,
Name Cards for Word Wall
Grow a Giving Tree,
Internet Links - supplementary
(outside links - These links have not been
extensively checked for appropriateness for your child.
Please monitor your child anytime he/she uses the internet.):
Depending on your child(ren), consider creating a favorites
folder based on patriotism so you can find the sites quickly
for your child to peruse.
cube (for use with any story),
American Library Association (with information on banned
/ challenged books),
Shel Silverstein's Official Website,
HighlightsKids.com (I couldn't find any online Where's
Waldo activities, so I thought I'd offer this alternative.
Play online or print to play Hidden Pictures.),
Clifford's Interactive Stories and Games
Vocabulary Words: (Spanish and
sign language): book "parts": (spine, front / back
cover, title page, author, illustrator, pages, letters,
words), library, librarian, feel / feelings
Motivation/Introduction ~ First Day of Theme:
Corduroy Goes to the Library
1.1 Demonstrates ability to make choices
Corduroy Goes to the Library:
Look through the book with the children asking if they
recognize where Corduroy is. Lead into a discussion
about the library and what the library offers. Read
the book together letting the children discover what is at
Take a trip to the library for the
children to enjoy a story time and choose a book to take
home. Consider letting each child get his/her own
library card. Take pictures of the children at the
make a book. Make the library part of the children's
Lessons (one main lesson a day which can be broken
into parts as needed throughout the day):
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
After reading and discussing the story, take a walk
around your yard or neighborhood paying attention to the
various trees that might live there. Have the children
notice differences in size (short / tall, fat / skinny),
bark color and texture (rough, smooth, peeling), leaf color,
size, shape, etc. Gather a few leaves on the walk to
3.19 Shows interest in exploring the environment
3.21 Uses words to describe the characteristics of objects
(scientific process: communicating)
3.23 Shows awareness of cause and effect relationships
3.32 Cares for the environment
Sequence the Story:
book and help the children sequence the events. (I've known
some teachers that have copied various pictures in books for
the children to put in sequential order. I'm not sure of
the possible copyright violation when used in this manner,
so that's up to you to check out. Its black and white
sketched pictures lend itself well to this use (as well as
Alexander), so I thought I'd mention it if you want
to check it out for yourself. I also know teachers that
have purchased two copies of books and simply taken them
apart and used a few pages as the ordering activity. I
would ASSUME that this does not violate copyright laws, but
once again, that's up to you.
Leaf Rubbings Book: Make a chart listing the
words the children use to describe the different leaves.
Attach one of each leaf at the top and write words under it
in a column. Consider copying this chart to include in
Leaf Rubbings Book. Using the leaves
earlier, lay a sheet of paper on top of each leaf and
rub with the flat side of a crayon until leaf "imprint" is
visible. (My book has a page for leaves from an Oak
tree, a Maple tree, an Apple tree and a Mimosa tree.
Add or subtract any as needed or simply print the first page
(cover) and make your own pages.
The dotted font used is called
Primer Apples, available at
Grow a Giving Tree: Maple
trees tend to be really fast, easy growers and if reachable
lower branches are left to sprout, would make good climbing
trees in a few short years. Meanwhile, the children
can enjoy choosing, planting and caring for the tree.
Talk about how if the children give the tree lots of love (a
nice spot, water, nutrients, removing decaying wood as
needed, etc.) it will return the favor with beautiful shade
and a climbing structure. Take pictures to document
planting and growth.
Lunch Story / Menu (This week all of our meals are
based on stories we've read and will read again each day at
Froggy Eats Out:
burgers, fries, ice cream
I Took My Frog to the Library:
More library appreciation with some humor.
1.3 Demonstrates ability to play independently
2.2 Participates in dramatic play themes that become
more involved and complex
5.9 Uses language to problem solve
Pull out the book, talk about the main characters
(Emily and Clifford). Look through the book to find
more characters and discuss their feelings.
Read the story,
Clifford the Big, Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell. This story conveniently
relates to The Giving Tree from yesterday with its message of
loving and caring for something outside oneself and
introducing feeling words.
Make an Feelings Chart (mad, happy, sad, scared, surprised,
etc.) using pictures taken of the children or cut out of a
magazine. Ask the children how each child feels in
each picture. Label each feeling with its appropriate
title. Look back through the story and have the
children talk about how various characters feel by finding
the corresponding picture. Have the children come up
with ideas on how to help that person feel better.
Provide some stuffed dogs, cars, similar clothing to those
worn by the characters, sponges, small bowl for a washtub,
etc. Leave the book in the housekeeping center along
with the props for children to enjoy acting out the story.
Help the children act it out by putting on a mini-play.
Lunch Story: This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch:
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, apple slices
Ms. Davison, Our Librarian
(a story inside the book
I Took My Frog to the Library):
This story introduces the job of a librarian and the value
of books. Read and reminisce about a past trip to the
library, comparing what is the same and what is different.
1.21 Becomes involved in solving social problems
3.14 Demonstrates the ability to order and sequence
3.6 Demonstrates an interest in using writing for a purpose
Using the pictures from the
field trip, compile them into chronological order and
make an Our Trip to the Library book. Either
use simple words to describe the pictures or let the
children help dictate what each page should say.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Background Building Questions
(older preschoolers): Have you ever awakened
"on the wrong side of the bed"? Are there times when
everything you do is wrong? Introduce them to
Alexander and cue them to look for the things that go wrong
in Alexander's day.
Read the story, stopping to point out the pictures
illustrating the various events that go wrong.
Sequence the story: Close
the book and help the children sequence the events.
"Alexander" into Alexander and the Terrific,
Happy, No Bad, Very Good Day:
(Get the tape recorder ready to tape the children's new
story and write out when time permits, if needed.)
Walk through the book again asking children to retell
the story changing the "bad" parts to "happy" parts.
What would make Alexander feel better in this situation?
Let the children dictate the new story and then
illustrate it. Copy for children to have their own
Lunch Story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar:
sausage / cheese kabobs, fruit salad, crackers
Show & Tell Thursday:
(Anybody out there know a cute Show & Tell song or chant?
I'm about ready to make up my own because I can't find one I
like.) Bring in your favorite book to share
(or character from your favorite story!). Have Mom or
Dad help child write the sentence, "This is my favorite book
because ________________." and have them read it to the
3.9 Identifies some letters and makes some letter-sound
3.24 Finds more than one solution to a problem
by Mercer Mayer
Read through page 22, "Today my little sister had a candy
cane of her very own." Stop and ask the children what
they think the brother might want and how he could go about
getting it. Discuss all answers. Finish the
story. Talk about how the brother felt throughout the
story as well as at the end. For transition into
Name / Letter Recognition, ask, "Who has a
brother or sister? What is/are his/her name(s)?
and even, "Does your brother/sister have a
brother/sister (themselves)? This may
confuse some children as they often don't include themselves
in the response.
Name / Letter Recognition: Give each child an
index card with his/her name printed on it. Sing
Name-O for each child, pointing to each letter as it is
sung. Have the children help each other find the first
letter of their names in his/her
Show & Tell story. If the alphabet or word wall is
displayed, send each child to stand in front of "his/her"
letter. Hang a name card under the appropriate letter
for each child's name. (I attached little 1" pictures
of each child on his/her name card to help with
Friendship Memory Match:
Attach a picture of each child onto an index card and label
the name below. On separate index cards, print just
the name of each child. (One child per card.)
Mix the cards and play Memory with no more than about 7 - 8
pairs per 2 children playing. (To play, lay all cards
facedown individually. Children turn over two cards to
see if they match. If they do, they pick up the pair
and play moves to the next player - after some cheering, of
course. If they don't match, the cards are turned back
over and the play moves to the next player.)
Lunch Story: Bear Wants More:
tuna fish sandwiches with crunchy sprouts, strawberries,
Closure ~ Last Day of Theme:
Bedtime Story Time!
1.8 Uses planning in approaching a task or activity
1.12 Demonstrates interest and participates in classroom
3.1 Shows enjoyment of books and stories and discussion of
Children bring blankies, lovies and
wear pajamas today. The adult should dress for
bed, too. The kids LOVE that! Start off by
serving a "bedtime snack" like hot chocolate and animal
crackers. Then, spread out a comforter, snuggle up and
READ! Begin with:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
Consider this for the pre-nap activity.
Lunch Story: Lunch with Cat and Dog:
pizza, watermelon, cookie
Preschool Activities, Lessons, and Themes!
Checking for Student Understanding:
Referring to our
Main Idea and Benchmarks, do the children...
recognize that many different ideas and storylines are in
enjoy listening to stories? ask you to read to them?
realize that they can find books, books on tape/CD, and
movies to read at the library?
talk about feelings they have (ex.: "I feel sad") and try to
help others feel good?
Let's grow together!
If you have additional ideas, comments or suggestions, let
me know! (Gina@MommyNature.com)
There are many benchmarks that
will be taught nearly every day, like "Demonstrates willingness to
try new things" or "Shows enjoyment of books and stories and
discussion of them". Throughout the range of activities
offered here, there will be a focus on one or two, although there
are usually many covered in one simple activity. Repetition is
the key with learning - especially in early childhood.
However, even though you may do the same basic activity, it can be
adapted to your child's level, interests, and theme.
Themed books linked to