Preschool Theme: Favorite Children’s Books

I was so excited to start my summer session of class!! It is an abbreviated six-week series that started this week.  I loved meeting all of the kids and parents!  Since I absolutely love children’s books, I thought that having some of my favorites, as our first theme, was a great place to start!  Here is what we did…

We started by going over what to expect in each class and some of the subjects and themes that we are going to cover.  Then, we had our beginning circle and sang our welcome song.  We also sang a song to get our “wiggles” out.  Next, we read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.  Most of the kids in this class are around two years old.  I want to make sure that I do some sight word work with them, therefore, I had the word “No” written on a speech bubble for the kids to hold up as the pigeon begs to drive the bus.

Here is a picture of the speech bubbles that the kids held up while shouting "No" to the pigeon.  Later in the class, I held one of the bubbles up and asked a child what it said and he remembered.  Great start!  In this picture is also the craft that we made based on this book.  You can find all of the instructions here.  However, with this younger group, I put a speech bubble on the page for the kids to write something that they wanted the pigeon to say.

Here is a picture of the speech bubbles that the kids held up while shouting “No” to the pigeon. Later in the class, I held one of the bubbles up and asked a child what it said and he remembered. Great start! In this picture is also the craft that we made based on this book. You can find all of the instructions here. However, with this younger group, I put a speech bubble on the page for the kids to write something that they wanted the pigeon to say.

After our beginning circle and story, I passed out the “passport” for today with all of the centers listed on it.

Based on Corduroy, I created a page with circles for kids to sort buttons.

Based on Corduroy, I created a page with circles for kids to sort buttons.  Here is the printable copy of the sort sheet.  corduroy’s button sort

I found these pictures at a garage sale.  They have pairs of parents with babies.  I paired it with Are You My Mother.  The kids had to find the correct pairs.

I found these pictures at a garage sale. They have pairs of parents with babies. I paired it with Are You My Mother?. The kids had to find the correct pairs.

For Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, I found a ton of clip art, some that started with the letter "P".  I printed them and laminated them and did the same with a clip art of a purse.  I attached the purse to a bag and the kids had to just put in the objects that began with the "P" sound.  Here is the printable.

For Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, I found a ton of clip art, some that started with the letter “P”. I printed them and laminated them and did the same with a clip art of a purse. I attached the purse to a bag and the kids had to just put in the objects that began with the “P” sound.

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This was a really fun activity!

Here is the “P Purse” printable

Based on If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, I found cookies and printed five of them, colored them, numbered them one through five, and laminated them.  I also found some chocolate chips, laminated them and added Velcro the correct number on each cookie.

Based on If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, I found cookies and printed five of them, colored them, numbered them one through five, and laminated them. I also found some chocolate chips, laminated them and added Velcro the correct number on each cookie.

The kids put the correct number of "chips" on each cookie.  My daughter made sure that I put the cookies on a cookie sheet.  I guess it make sense!

The kids put the correct number of “chips” on each cookie. My daughter made sure that I put the cookies on a cookie sheet. I guess it make sense!

I printed three different book covers, laminated, and cut them out.  I attached magnets to the back so the kids could complete the puzzle.

I printed three different book covers, laminated, and cut them out. I attached magnets to the back so the kids could complete the puzzle.

For No, David!, I created a page with "No,___You can't ______" where the kids had to have their caregiver write something that they are not allowed to do.  At the bottom was written "I love you_______" so it ended the same way that the book ended.  The kids were able to see their names written twice and they were able to connect the story to their own lives.

For No, David!, I created a page with “No,___You can’t ______” where the kids had to have their caregiver write something that they are not allowed to do. At the bottom was written “I love you_______” so it ended the same way that the book ended. The kids were able to see their names written twice and they were able to connect the story to their own lives.

The kids were also able to draw their own pictures in the center of the page.

The kids were also able to draw their own pictures in the center of the page.

Look at that smile! Such a cutie!!

Look at that smile! Such a cutie!!

I also had the alphabet written out so the kids could recite their ABC's or find certain letters.

I also had the alphabet written out so the kids could recite their ABC’s or find certain letters.

The kids had a great time working together!  We also played Llama, Llama, Colored Pajama Bingo which you can find here.

The kids had a great time working together! We also played Llama, Llama, Colored Pajama Bingo which you can find here.

Books that inspired today’s activities and that I had available to read:

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

Corduroy By Don Freeman

No, David! By David Shannon

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Numberoff

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse By Kevin Henkes

Llama Llama Red Pajama By Anna Dewdney

Bark, George By Jules Feiffer

I Love You, Stinky Face By Lisa McCourt

Caps For Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina

This was such a great first class and I can’t wait for next week when we discuss Community Helpers!  Enjoy!

~ Miss Jenny

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