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(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Titles for Shark Week

25 Jul

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I’ve had a number of kids interested in shark books – everything from picture books (for those who frighten easily) to nonfiction titles that show rows of teeth and talk about sharks as apex predators and an important part of the ecosystem. So while everyone watches Michael Phelps race a Great White Shark, here are some awesome books to share together!

  1. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  2. Gilbert the Great by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Charles Fuge
  3. Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever–or Snack Time? by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Michael Slack
  4. The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist, illustrated by Julia Gorton
  5. I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
  6. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
  7. Sharks! by Anne Schreiber
  8. Fly Guy Presents: Sharks by Tedd Arnold
  9. Magic Tree House #53: Merlin Missions, Shadow of the Shark by Mary Pope Osborne
  10. I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

And a bonus title:

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

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Yoga Storytime – Summer Week #3

6 Jul

3170253Storytime was a lot of fun today!  The kids in my first group were excellent at paying attention to directions, listening to the stories and interacting.  It was a great way to come back from a long weekend.  My second group was smaller, but the kids enjoyed it just as much.  They really do well at the yoga parts, but both groups love pretending to be rocket ships and blasting off during our wiggles song.

Warm-up: Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog

ASL Sign: Yoga (fingerspell each letter)

Early Literacy Tip: Does your preschool know their letters?  Both upper- and lowercase?  Play a fun matching game by matching the uppercase letter with its lowercase friend!

Book 1: This Little Pirate by Philemon Sturges

Sun Salutations: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk toward Hands. (Repeat 3x)

Wiggles:Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon (2x)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Far, far, far, we’re going to the stars (2x)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship
Far, far, far, we’re going to the stars
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Fun, fun, fun we’re going to the sun. (2x)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship
Fun, fun, fun we’re going to the sun
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Book 2: I’m a Shark by Bob Shea

Transition: Balance (Flamingo, Tree, Airplane, Triangle, Boat)*
*Taken from Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Posese, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Book 3: The Deep Blue Sea: A book of Colors by Audrey Wood

Cool Down: Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Starfish Pose/Deep Breaths (with Beanie Babies)
“When Juniper Sleeps” by Séamus Egan ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: Celtic Dreamland

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