Friday, September 23, 2016

6 Weeks of Colour - Chameleons!

Our Reading Rainbow is all finished! Check it out!


Can you find your hands? 

For our 2nd week of colour, we're looking at the most colourful of lizards: chameleons!

Interesting facts about chameleons:

- Chameleons can rotate their eyes in two different directions, and focus on two objects at once.


- Chameleons are not deaf, but they don't actually have ear openings. They use other senses like tough to detect vibrations and sense movement.


- There are 160 different kinds of chameleons!



We read:

The Chameleon and the Dragonfly: a Pop-Up Book, by Lorena Eliasen


Blue Chameleon, by Emily Gravett


The Mixed-Up Chameleon, by Eric Carle


A Color of His Own, by Leo Lionni


Hide and Seek, by Il Sung Na


The Chameleon Colors Book, by Gene Yates


The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle


We sang:

The Color Song: (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

If your clothes have any red, any red.
If your clothes have any red, any red.
If your clothes have any red, put your finger on your head,
If your clothes have any red, any red.

Blue - finger on your shoe
Yellow - smile like a happy fellow
Brown - turn your smile into a frown
Black - put your hands behind your back
White - stomp your feet with all your might
Pink - stop and take a blink

If You're Wearing Red Today: (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

If you're wearing red today, red today, red today,
If you're wearing red today,
Jump up and shout hooray!

If you're wearing blue today ...
If you're wearing pink today ...
If you're wearing green today ...
If you're wearing yellow today ...

Next, we made our craft!






Materials:

- cardstock
-  glue
- tissue paper
- markers

We got to pick a chameleon colour to take home!


For snack, we had apple slices and grapes! Next week: flowers!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

6 Weeks of Colour - Rainbows!

Welcome back to Story Time friends! After an amazing summer, we're getting back in the swing of our regular schedule!

We've made some changes to our Story Time themes this year. No more alphabet! This year we're going with themes! Our first theme is colour!

Interesting facts about rainbows: 

- A rainbow is actually a complete circle of light. But, because we usually look at it from the ground, we only see a semi-circle, or arc.


- A "moonbow" is a lunar or nighttime rainbow, produced by light from the moon.


- A "fogbow" is formed by cloud and fog droplets. Fogbows are bigger and broader than a rainbow.


We read: 

The End of the Rainbow, by Liza Donnelly


Except the Color Grey, by Arlene Alda


Colors Everywhere, by Tana Hoban


Elmer and the Rainbow, by David McKee


The Black Book of Colours, by Menena Cottin


My Friend the Starfinder, by George Ella Lyon


We had a special visitor on Tuesday! Miss Lorissa from Parent Link came to help us read stories and make crafts!


We sang: 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


"Mr. Sun".


"I See Rainbows" (Tune: Frere Jacques)

I see rainbows,
I see rainbows,
Way up high,
In the sky.

They are red and orange,
Yellow, green, and blue.
Purple too,
What a view!

I see rainbows,
I see rainbows,
Way up high,
In the sky.

They are made from sunshine,
Shining through the rain.
What a view,
In skies so blue! 

We even sang a felt-board story!

Five Rainbow Fish Went Out One Day (Tune: Five Little Ducks)

Five rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only four little fish came back.

Four rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only three little fish came back.

Three rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only two little fish came back.

Two rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only one little fish came back.

One rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But none of her little fish came back.

Sad mama fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
And all of her baby fish came back!


Next, we made our craft!





After we finished our craft, we traced our hands to help make a beautiful rainbow! (It's almost finished!)


For our snack, we had some yummy apple slices!

Next week, we're learning about chameleons!

Tales for Toddlers - September 14th

Welcome back to Tales for Toddlers! This fun program is geared towards children 2 and under, though all are welcome to attend. We read stories, sing songs, play with puppets, and just have fun!

This week we read:

The Very Itchy Bear, by Nick Bland


Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin


Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch


The Seals on the Bus, by Lenny Hort


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, and other favorite nursery rhymes, illustrated by Steven Lenton


We sang:

ABCs (in English and French)



5 Rainbow Fish (Felt board Story)

Five rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only four little fish came back.

Four rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only three little fish came back.

Three rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only two little fish came back.

Two rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But only one little fish came back.

One rainbow fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
But none of her little fish came back.

Sad mama fish went out one day,
Into the sea and far away.
Mama fish said "glub, glub, glub, glub,"
And all of her baby fish came back!

The Itsty Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
So the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


Daddy Bought a Motor Car

Twinkle twinkle little star,
Daddy bought a motor car.
Push the button,
Pull the choke,
Off we go in a puff of smoke!
Twinkle twinkle little star,
Daddy bought a motor car.

That's all for this week! We'll see you next week!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

TD Summer Reading Club Week 8: Ages 7-8

Week 8: African Safari 

This is our last week of the Summer Reading Club, so since we have been learning about animals all summer, we decided to go on a safari! To start things off I asked the kids to tell me what types of animals they would find in an African savanna. Some of the answers they came up with were lions, hippos, zebras, giraffes and so much more, we also discussed how you wouldn't find any unicorns there because they live in rain forests! ;)

After we were done talking we read our first book:

Then we read our second book:

Before we went outside to play we read one last story:

After story time was all done we went outside to play Simon Says before we went back inside to make our craft, elephant puppets! Here's how you can too:

Materials:
  • Paper plates
  • Googly eyes 
  • Grey knee-high socks 
  • White construction paper 
  • Markers
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Scissors
  • Glue / hot glue 

Directions:

1. Take your paper plate and cut a large hole in the middle. 
2. Take your construction paper and cut out two large elephant ear shapes. (I used this stencil). 
3. Allow the kids to decorate their paper plates and ears. 
4. Pull the sock through the hole until there’s about an inch poking out of the inside. Line around the hole with hot glue and put some on the sock as well – press firmly together until it is dry (do not let the kids do this part).
5. Glue googly eyes on the front and glue each ear to both sides of the plate. 


This week we were also lucky enough to get yummy cupcakes and muffins thanks to Andrew and Taylor! Yay!!! 

Doesn't get much better than this!

Thank you to everyone that came and got wild with me this summer! I loved every minute of it and hope you guys did too! :) 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TD Summer Reading Club Week 8: Ages 9-12

Week 8: African Safari 

This is our last week of the Summer Reading Club, so since we have been learning about animals all summer, we decided to go on a safari! To start things off I asked the kids to tell me what types of animals they would find in an African savanna. Some of the answers they came up with were lions, hippos, zebras, giraffes and so much more, we also discussed how you wouldn't find any unicorns there because they live in rain forests! ;) 

Look at how cute they are!

After we finished talking about savannas and African animals, we got ready to go outside and play our first game of Cops and Robbers. Then we also played Kick the Can, Anteater Tag (everyone's favorite) and Everybody's It! It was a great way to spend the last day of class outside in the sun!


After we were all tuckered out from playing we came inside to make this week's craft, elephant puppets! Here's how you can too:


Materials:
  • Paper plates
  • Googly eyes 
  • Grey knee-high socks 
  • White construction paper 
  • Markers
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Scissors
  • Glue / hot glue 

Directions:

1. Take your paper plate and cut a large hole in the middle. 
2. Take your construction paper and cut out two large elephant ear shapes. (I used this stencil). 
3. Allow the kids to decorate their paper plates and ears. 
4. Pull the sock through the hole until there’s about an inch poking out of the inside. Line around the hole with hot glue and put some on the sock as well – press firmly together until it is dry (do not let the kids do this part).
5. Glue googly eyes on the front and glue each ear to both sides of the plate. 

 

Thank you to everyone that came and got wild with me this summer! I loved every minute of it and hope you guys did too! :)