Another great week down, and I'm looking forward to "Scary Things" next week.
This week was all about Turtles. We learned the difference between turtles and tortoises, and that real turtles can't take their shells off the way Franklin does. We looked at pictures of lots of different kinds of turtles, including that funny one that wiggles its tongue to attract fish. We did the turtle rhyme:
There Was a Little Turtle
There was a little turtle
Who lived in a box
It swam in the water
And it climbed on the rocks.
It snapped at a mosquito
It snapped at a flea
It snapped at a minnow
And it snapped at me.
It caught the mosquito
It caught the flea
It caught the minnow
But it didn't catch me.
Franklin in the Dark, by Paulette Bourgeois. Franklin asks friends for help when he's afraid to crawl in his shell. He finally gathers up his courage, crawls in, and turns on his nightlight.
Time to Sleep, by Denise Fleming. The forest animals relay the message that it's time to sleep for the winter, until ladybug wakes up bear to tell her "Time to sleep!"
Splash!, by Ann Jonas. This is a simple counting book, but can be a challenging math book when you ask the kids to figure out in their heads "How many are in my pond?"
I told the African folktale "Unwungelema" on the flannelboard. In a time of famine, all the animals want the fruit from a magic tree. The fruit will only fall if someone says the name of the tree, only no one can remember what its name is. Turtle saves the day when he journeys to the king, gets the name, and remembers it all the way home.
I can't wait to be a grandmother. I just think two and three year olds are the cutest things on the planet. Yes, they hand me boogers, but it's quite innocent, so I think even that's kind of cute - as long as the parent is the one who actually deals with the booger.
Our stories this week were:
The Chick and the Duckling, by Mirra Ginsburg. Baby's first peer pressure book.
How Do I Put it On?, by Shigeo Watanabe. The Tuesday and Thursday crowd laughed and yelled "NO!" at this book. The Wednesday group was silently captivated. Not a sound.
Our group is growing. I think we had nine babies today. Their faces as they watched the bubbles were adorable. We had a new book today called Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson that everyone seemed to enjoy. It had a great rhythm to it.