The theme for this week’s Rubber Ducky Club was the moon, and the early literacy skill for the week was letter knowledge. Letter knowledge is simply knowing that letters are different from each other and knowing their names and sounds. At our storytime, we read alphabet books, sang the alphabet song, and played with alphabet stamps to promote letter knowledge. Reading with your child every day supports letter knowledge by exposing your child to the written word. There are lots of fun and interesting alphabet books to share!
Opening song: We hit our knees together
Opening rhyme: Two little dickey birds
Opening game: Where is little moon? flannelboard
Book: The Sleepy Little Alphabet, by Judy Sierra. This alphabet book is also a perfect bedtime book. The “little” letters of the alphabet are getting ready for bed, and their sounds are used to describe what they are up to at bedtime–“q is quiet as a bunny”. The rhyming cadence of the text makes it an excellent companion for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (see below).
Activity: Alphabet soup flannel. This wonderful idea came from In the Children’s Room. I recited the rhyme as I pretended to stir in the bowl. I put the letters up in order (to eventually spell “moon”) and the kids identified them as I put them up on the flannelboard. This is a great game that I will definitely be using again in the future.
Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle. I never recite this rhyme right away. I ask the kids if they’ve heard about the cow and the moon and ask them what happened. Did the cow go under the moon? Did she dance next to the moon? They love it, I guess because it’s so silly. Then we recite the rhyme twice–and I use the puppets to make the cow (properly) jump over the moon. Then, all is right with the world once again.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Like most people, I completely love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! It is about the most fun you can have reading an alphabet book because of its rhythm and silly words (I mean really, who doesn’t love saying “skit skat skoodle doot flip flop flee”?) And children love seeing the poor, injured letters make their way back up to the coconut tree after their big fall. As an added bonus, the final pages of the book are a perfect lead-in to…
Closing game: rhyme cube (this week it landed on “I’m a little teapot”–we pointed out that teapot starts with the letter “t”)
Closing rhyme: This is big, big, big
Closing song: Can you stomp with two feet?
Craft: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom coconut tree. I got this idea on Pinterest, but regrettably I can’t remember where. (If you want more of these activities and crafts, puh-leeze look on Pinterest. There are great teacher and mom bloggers out there who come up with these great activities and share them with us! It’s a fantastic resource!) The kids had the option of either tracing their hand and coloring it in for the tree leaves (like I did, pictured left) or they could use one of the HUGE stamp pads to make hand prints (most kids ended up doing the stamped hand prints). Then, they used the alphabet stamps to make letters falling off of the tree. I was worried about how parents would feel about this activity because it’s probably the messiest we have undertaken. But these parents and caretakers were very patient and attentive, and (I think) appreciative of the opportunity to do the activity. I wish I had taken pictures of the trees, because they all turned out so cute!
As always, we brought out the toys and played for awhile after storytime.
Rubber Ducky Club WILL NOT meet next week. Bring your completed June early literacy activity log to the Leesburg Library starting July 1 to get your rubber ducky (while supplies last). Rubber Ducky Club WILL meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9 and Monday, July 16. Rubber Ducky Club is sponsored by the Lee County Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 759-2369.