Small group of all boys today! Small group but super good listening and joining in! We started with our Opening Song.
BOOK: Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
I have been on the lookout for a book that explains the first Thanksgiving in a simple story that is appropriate for kids ages 2-6 for a long time – leave it to Pete the Cat to save the day! Cute and short and to the point, this book tells the story of Pete and his friends putting on a play about the Pilgrims. My only complaint is the book is a bit small to share with a large crowd!
FLANNEL SONG: “Corn, Beans & Squash”
Squash grows on the bottom,
Beans grow all around,
Corn reaches high,
Three sisters in a mound.
Squash is heavy,
Corn is lean,
And beans grow in between!
(Source:” Corn, Beans & Squash” by Joanne Shenandoah, from the album All Souls Sing)
For extended directions click HERE!
BOOK: Thank you Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is the true story of Sarah Hale who spent 38 years trying to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. She was truly an amazing woman and I had never heard of her until I read this book! The book is aimed at kids ages 5-8 which is a little high for our Story Time, but the tone is delightful and fun and the pictures by Matt Faulkner are beautiful. I skipped a few pages about different presidents and the Civil War because this would be over the heads of most of my kids in a group setting. The kids enjoyed it and so did the grown-ups! The kids were especially impressed to hear Sarah Hale also advocated for PLAYGROUNDS!
This week the Game Cube chose “Tude-a-ti-tude!”
Flannel Song – “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie”
Based on the book I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson. .pdf of clip art HERE!
BOOK: Celebrating Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks by Joel Kupperstein
This is a very simple and short book. Each spread shows something the Pilgrims were thankful for on the left and a corresponding, present-day thing, event or concept a young child might be thankful for on the right. Perfect for this age and ties our current lives to those of the Pilgrims nicely.
The iPod chose “Doin’ the Penguin” – which was funny since we are reading about Penguins at our NEXT Story Time!!
Pre-cut white construction paper corn cobs
Pre-cut brown construction paper husks
Orange, yellow and red tissue paper
Tear small squares of tissue paper and glue onto the corn cob. Add husks. Voila!
How it Went:
Very sweet group of kids who were all very good listeners! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!