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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a classic children’s book for teaching the alphabet. Here is part of the review/description from Publishers Weekly-
In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: “Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!
There are some great early childhood resources out there for this delightful children’s book. Most of them are FREE!
Train Up a Child Has 30+ Activities
Hubbards Cupboard has an incredible FREE unit on their website
DLTK Crafts has coloring pages and two levels of paper crafts
Little Giraffes has a cute water bottle craft and more
Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten has a Unit on the book on TPT-Here is a preview of many activities on her website
There are many versions of Chicka Chicka Boom being read or sung on You Tube, some good, some not so good….
So watch out for those falling letters!
Just a few things to help in planning Easter in your classroom.
Originally published in 1957, The Easter Bunny that Overslept now returns with a fresh look, promising to delight new generations of children. What a wonderful tale to share at Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas … or at any time at all!
Need a good picture book for St. Patrick’s Day? Here are few that be purchased on Amazon or searched for at your public library.
Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?
Shamrock and Hat
If you are working on the concept of saying “sorry” after a behavioral incident, then the book Tumford the Terrible is a delightful way to demonstrate to your children the positive aspects of apologizing.
In the story, the little cat Tumford gets into all kinds of trouble but has a hard time apologizing. Because he can’t face it, he runs off and hides. Tumford, of course, comes to the realization that maybe he wouldn’t be so miserable if he would just try to apologize for his actions. This is a funny and entertaining book that would be suitable for 3′s, 4′s, Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Here are some ways to reinforce this book.
Bulletin Board-Put cat paws all over your bulletin board and then ask your class things they might say sorry for doing–spilling milk, not picking up toys, not listening to the teacher, hitting someone, etc. Write this list on a piece of construction paper and put it up in the center of the cat paws. Suggested title the bulletin board- Saying You’re Sorry Is A Big Kid Thing!
Lovely L Activities!
Put a giant paper L on your wall and have the kids cut out and glue pictures of words beginning with L.
Coloring Pages for L
Apple for the Teacher-Lion, Lamb, Ladder, and more
Online Story for L
The Lion and the Mouse-Animated Online Story from PBS Kids
L Handwriting Worksheets
Online Exercises for “L”
See the letter drawn at Kat’s ABC’s Just For Me
Books With “L” Characters
Leaves are falling! Here are some books and crafts for you to put together your own little leaf unit in your classroom.
Review From School Library Journal
With a body made of fallen leaves and acorns for eyes, Leaf Man takes off from a backyard and flutters away on the breeze, meandering past animals, over fields of fall vegetables, above waterways, and across prairie meadows.
Craft: Foliage Friends. You may want to draw a little man on a piece of paper and copy it off. Then have the kids glue fall leaves to make their own leaf man.
Here is a project from Family Fun that would go along nicely with Leaf Man.
Review From School Library Journal
It is autumn and Mouse, accompanied by Minka, a larger rodent wearing a pink jacket, go out to play. As they enjoy the day, Mouse learns about leaves, their colors and shapes, and the fun that comes from piling them up and jumping in them.
Craft: Make Your Own Mouse Picture
Have kids who need craft projects but very little money to spend on them? Artists Helping Children has a great page full of craft ideas to use with cylindrical oatmeal containers. Here are some of the ideas they have for economical craft projects.
Toy Fish Tank
Knitting Yarn Holder
Rolling Noise Toy
Click Here to see the page of oatmeal container projects