Yes, the tadpoles stayed home this week. They're really hard to transport in the car, and I had a lot of running around to do before heading to the library, so I left them at home. They don't have legs yet anyway. Actually, I'm a little worried about them. It seems like every day there are fewer and fewer, but the strange thing is, I never see any dead ones. They just disappear. Hopefully a few will make it to froggy-hood.
This week the theme was "Cows." We got to make lots of farm animal noises along the way.
Too Many Pears, by Jackie French. Belinda just loves pears, so to get her to stop eating so many, they let her eat all she wants. Now she likes apples.
Daisy the Firecow, by Viki Woodworth. Hey, Daisy has black spots, so why can't an adventure loving cow be the fire station mascot?
Does a Cow Say Boo?, by Judy Hindley. This is where we got to make lots of noises!
Herd of Cows! Flock of Sheep!, by Rick Walton. Oh, the drama! How will the animals save the farmer from floating over the waterfall?!
I did a very simple flannelboard story called "Hungry Farm Animals."
I introduced a new little song to the kids that you adults may have learned when you were at summer camp. I don't know what it's supposed to be called, so I'll just call it "Once There Was a King".
Oh once there was a king.
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up the hill
And he marched them down again.
And when you're up you're up.
And when you're down you're down.
And when you're in between
You're neither up now down.
With the preschoolers, I also did it the fun way where you do movements opposite to the words. So when you sing "up," you squat down, and when you sing "down," you stand up.
The books I read were:
How Many Bugs in a Box, by David Carter. The kids LOVE this one!
Peek-a-Moo!, by Marie Cimarusti. It's not easy to say "Peek-a-Cocka-Doodle-Doo!"
The bubble machine is humming along again and it's so much fun to see the babies who have been coming for a while get so excited when the bubbles start flying. They wave their arms, kick their feet and bounce on their bottoms with huge smiles on their faces. I love it!