Thanksgiving

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

Pete the cat thanksgiving

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”

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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

Thank you Sarah

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!

GAME CUBE!- check out the link to these fun songs we pick by rolling our Game Cube dice!

This week the Game Cube chose “Tude-a-ti-tude!”

Flannel Song – “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie”

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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

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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.

SHUFFLE DANCE: Check out our dance list here!

The iPod chose “Doin’ the Penguin” – which was funny since we are reading about Penguins at our NEXT Story Time!!

CRAFT:  Fall Corn
fall corn

MATERIALS:
Pre-cut white construction paper corn cobs
Pre-cut brown construction paper husks
Orange, yellow and red tissue paper
Glue stick

DIRECTIONS:
Tear small squares of tissue paper and glue onto the corn cob.  Add husks.  Voila!

(Source:  http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/ea/f3/c5/eaf3c58004fe61b9ac8c5e959e7a7130.jpg)

Closing Rhyme & Song

How it Went:

Very sweet group of kids who were all very good listeners!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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