Story Time Theme: Blue

15 Oct

hysmnbs1Following in last week’s footsteps, this week’s theme is the color BLUE!  Although I had a much smaller crowd this week, we had a great time learning about the color blue.  I still haven’t gotten a chance to use my nursery rhyme cube, but we were able to get through all of our stories this week in a good amount of time.  Yoga story time was especially fun as I pointed out to parents that what we’re doing is for fun and not for perfection.  I’m now thinking that I might try a special yoga program for “partner yoga” with parents and children together… wish me luck!  Next week’s theme: GREEN!

Opening

  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Yoga: Warm-up (Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog)

Puppet: Meet Willy (monkey) and give high fives!

Early Literacy Tip/Story Stretcher: Extend learning at home by mixing the color blue with other primary colors (red & yellow) to create secondary colors (orange, green, & purple)!

ASL Sign: Blue (Letter “b” shake at shoulder height)

Book One

  • Traditional: Blue: Seeing Blue All Around Us by Sarah L. Schuette
  • Yoga: Blue: Seeing Blue All Around Us by Sarah L. Schuette

Music Transition

  • Traditional (fine motor skills):
  • Yoga Sun Salutations (Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk Toward Hands, Repeat 3x)

Nursery Rhyme Cube: (small tissue box converted into a die with a nursery rhyme on each side) Roll cube and repeat nursery rhyme 3x with families. 

Book Two

  • Traditional: Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
  • Yoga: Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional (gross motor skills): “Bluegrass Jamboree” (So Big – Hap Palmer)
  • Yoga Focus: More Fun (Butterfly, Lion, Bee, Star, Crab)

Book Three

  • Traditional: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
  • Yoga: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting

Closing

  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths)
    • “Dokokade Yoruga Naita” (Putumayo Kids Presents: Asian Dreamland)
    • Namaste
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