Rubber Ducky Club #2–Astronauts and Outer Space

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The early literacy skill for this week was vocabulary.  Vocabulary is simply knowing the names of things.  This is important because knowing lots of words helps children recognize written words and understand what they read.  At our storytime, we read books with uncommon words such as “astronaut”.  Reading together every day supports vocabulary development by exposing your child to words that are uncommon in every day spoken language.

Opening Song:  We hit our knees together

Opening Rhyme:  Two Little Dickey Birds

Opening Game:  Where is Little Moon?

Book I Want to be an Astronaut, by Byron Barton.  This book clearly illustrates uncommon words and phrases such as “crew”, “shuttle”, and “outer space.”

Flannel:  If You’re Going to the Moon.  Sung to the tune of “If  You’re Happy and You Know It”.

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp feet). 

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots.

If you’re going to the moon, this is what you’ve got to do, if you’re going to the moon, wear your boots.

If you’re going to the moon, wear your gloves (clap hands)

If you’re going to the moon, wear your helmet (pat head)

If you’re going to the moon, wear all three (stomp feet, clap hands, pat head)

Thanks to Mel’s Desk!

Rhyme:  Hey Diddle Diddle.  I printed out coloring pages of a cow and moon, colored and laminated them, then stuck them on craft sticks with tape.  I asked the kids questions like “Does the cow go under the moon?  No!  Does the cow go beside the moon?  No!  She jumps over the moon!  Let’s recite the rhyme together.”

Action rhymeHere we go up, up, up.  The link shows it being sung, but I just recited it while we went up, down, forward, backward, and round and round!

BookRoaring Rockets, by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker.  (E SPACES MITT) This rhyming book is easy to listen to but it has very good informative content.  “Rockets carry astronauts with cool white suits, oxygen helmets, and gravity boots.”  It also has a countdown, which is fun to read aloud.  While this is one of my favorites to read aloud for a space themed storytime, I think it would be even better to read it one-on-one.  There are lots of unfamiliar words and concepts that could make for great discussion.

Action RhymeZoom zoom zoom!  We’re going to the moon!  The mom in this video does an excellent job of reciting this rhyme with her baby.  However, since we had mostly toddlers in our group, we all stood up and I just recited  the rhyme rhythmically while clapping.  I also added a line about climbing into the rocket ship (we pretended to climb in) and buckling our seatbelts (we pretended to buckle our seatbelts).  Then we crouched down, counted down from five and yelled “Blast off!” as we jumped up.

Closing Game:  Rhyme cube.  This week we landed on “The Wheels on the Bus”

Closing Rhyme:  This is big, big, big

Activity:  Space play dough.  This recipe is super easy and smells good because it uses Kool-Aid packets for the coloring.  I also like it because it uses common ingredients that I usually have on hand AND you don’t have to cook it!  I made 5 batches (pink, orange, red, purple, yellow) and divided each batch into four balls.  I put each ball into a snack size ziplock bag.  I put the bags on the table, along with various play dough toys.  As is mentioned in the link above, play dough is a good activity for very young children because it “builds fine motor skills and strengthens their hands and fingers to prepare them for writing later.”

Of course, we ended with pulling out the toys and having playtime!

Rubber Ducky Club is sponsored by the Lee County Library and is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 759-2369.  Our next Rubber Ducky Club storytime is scheduled for Monday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Leesburg Library.

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