Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Today we're going to have stories all about how we feel . What are some feeling that you have? Does anyone feel silly? Let's shake those sillies out!
Book: I Like Me! – Nancy Carlson
There are lots of things to like, but hopefully you all like each other, and yourself.
(A nice simple book. I'm probably a bit jaded due to nostalgia, it's one of my mom's favorites!)
Puppet: Worm Watches –
from the book by Kathy Caple
Worm watches lots of different movies, how do you think they make him feel?
Worm watches a movie with clowns. Worm laughs!
Worm watches a movie with monsters. Worm hides.
Worm watches a movie with crying. Worm cries.
Worm watches a movie with kissing. Worm falls asleep.
Book: My Friend Is Sad – Mo Willems
I guess worm watched too many movies! Sometimes movies make us sad, what do you do if your friend is sad? Do you try to make them happy? That's what Piggie does in this next book, lets find out if it works!
(What isn't to like about Mo Willems!)
Song/Activity: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Gerald ended up happy! What do you like to do if you're happy and you know it? Clap our hands! There are other things you can do for other emotions too.
(I love that the song expresses such a wide range of feelings, happy, sad, scared, mad. And it doesn't hurt that it includes reading too!)
Book: The Day Leo Said I Hate You! - Robie H Harris
...If you love and you know it give a hug!'That's a good way to show you love someone. Who is someone that you love? You love your mom too? Good, but sometimes we can get angry at the people we love. Then we might say something we don't mean to say.
(So good! The illustrations express Leo's emotions so well, even the parents gasped on the spread where Leo says 'I Hate You!')
Flannel Board: Never Too Little to Love –
adapted from the book by Jeanne Willis
(See the full version here)
Leo really did love his mom. Sometimes it can be hard to show someone you love them.
Book: What Was I Scared of? – Dr. Seuss
Isn't it nice when you can show someone you care about them? Sometimes, though, it can be a little scary to meet someone new.
(I skipped the pages with the bike, I don't know if the kids were loosing interested, or just sluggish from the heat, but they still seemed pretty engaged.)
There are lots of different feelings we talked about today, which feeling do you like best? I like to be happy! Do you want to know something that makes me happy? Bubbles do!
(Played 'Sometimes' from Frances England's CD Fascinating Creatures while the kids played in bubbles.)