Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Too Tall Houses – Gianna Marino
(Friends keep trying to build the biggest house, until they realize it might be better to work together. Response was lukewarm.)
Flannel Board: A House for Birdie
(from the story by Stuart J Murphy)
(The kids were really excited about his. They loved identifying which bird fit in the houses as they appeared.)
Essentially, Birdie doesn't have a house and recruits friends to help her find one. Each house they come upon doesn't work for Birdie, but one of the friends claims it. Finally, the friends decide to build a house just for Birdie.
Book: Where To, Little Wombat – Charles Fudge
(Wombat want's to live somewhere else, but realizes a burrow is the best place after all. Well simple, nice pics. Good overall.)
Step in and out the front door. (take a step forward, then back)
Step in and out the front door. Step in and out the front door.
Then make a doorbell sound. (say "ding dong")
Jump in and out the back door. (jump forward, then back)
Jump in and out the back door. Jump in and out the back door.
Bend down and touch the ground. (touch ground with hand)
Slide in and out the side door. (slide to one side, then other)
Slide in and out the side door. Slide in and out the side door.
And then turn all around. (turn around)
Step in and out the front door. Jump in and out the back door.
Slide in and out the side door. Then sit yourself right down. (sit down)
(We did each action twice, with the kids remembering which action fit each location. Good stuff!)
Book: Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? - Melanie Walsh
(A bit short, certainly great for engaging the kids!)
Puppets: 3 Little Pigs
The Traditional story
(Had a wolf puppet as well, was just a bit much to handle as one person. Kids still had a super time with it! The little pigs in the house window just showed up at the beginning and the end. I swapped out props on a puppet for each pigs turn in their house.)
Book: Bear Says Thanks – Karma Wilson
(This was my attempt to tie in Thanksgiving, unnecessarily I'm sure. The kids kinda lost interest for this.)
(We made little houses of paper bags with cut out ornamentation. )