Book: A Letter for Leo by Sergio Ruzzier
I thought this book was cute, but perhaps a little slow. I'm glad I decided to use it first, when the kids were most attentive. It was the only book that didn't get checked out at the end of the program. I still think it's a nice book, though.
Fingerplay: These are my Glasses
I sang this one - it's a Laurie Berkner song. I to
ok a page from her book (haha) and asked the kids what was in their books. Princesses, vampires, and dinosaurs were the top answers.
Flannel Story: Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy never fails me. The kids liked guessing what he had forgotten to put on; I know I have their attention when they start trying to peek at the flannel pieces in my lap.
Book: Pirate, Viking, Scientist by Jared Chapman
This book is hilarious and a pretty good interpretation of the scientific method. I tried to amp up the interest by asking the kids if they thought the experiments would work. I think I should have explained what pillaging and plundering were before reading it, though. Or maybe it would just work best with an older crowd.
Dance: Silly Dance Contest
Dance: Bananas Unite
Settle: I clap my hands
Book: Is there a dog in this Book? by Viviane Schwarz
This was the favorite book by far. The kids loved it.
Action Rhyme: Baby Shark
Book: George in the Dark by Madeline Valentine
This one was a quiet success. The kids were scared with George and brave with George and said "I'm brave, too!" when I finished.
Story with Puppets: The Squeaky Door
It's nice when a story gets spontaneous applause from the parents. I have the perfect puppet for the "AAAAAHHH!" sound that Molly makes when the door creaks. I'm not sure I have enough hands to pull this story off as well as I would like to - I think next time I might hand out the animals to the kids to have them make the animal noises and just keep the girl puppet myself.
Closing: We Wave Goodbye Like This