I can hardly believe that today was our 5th (and next-to-last) Rubber Ducky Club meeting! I am thrilled that RDC has been so well-received! Thank you to the families who make us a part of your child’s weekly routine.
The early literacy skill for this week was print awareness. This is simply noticing print and learning how to handle a book and follow words on the page. This skill is important because being familiar with printed language makes children feel more comfortable with books and reading. Reading together every day supports print awareness by allowing your child to become familiar with books and the printed word.
Opening Song: We hit our knees together (from Mother Goose on the Loose)
Opening Rhyme: Good Morning Mrs. Perky Bird (with bird puppet)
Book: Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel.
Activity: When the [ ] gets up in the morning. This idea is from Mother Goose on the Loose. I have a bag of puppets and take them out one at a time–“When the rooster gets up in the morning, he always says” and I pause to let the kids fill in the sound. I usually have an assortment of puppets in the bag–cow, pig, dog, cat, horse, and rooster.
Rhyme/Song: This is the way we wash (with scarves). We used the scarves to pretend wash our hands, arms, faces, legs, and feet.
Rhyme/Song: Hickory Dickory Dock. We did this as an action rhyme as suggested by Saroj Ghoting in this video.
Book: Little Bea, by Daniel Roode.
Activity: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoe. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, how old are you? (hold up fingers for age). Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, blink your eyes. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights (pretend to turn out lights). Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight (lay head on hands and pretend to sleep).
Closing Game: Rhyme Cube
Closing Rhyme: This is Big Big Big (from Mel’s Desk)
Closing Song: Can you kick with two feet? (from Mother Goose on the Loose)
Craft: sun/moon paper plate mobile. To reinforce print awareness, we made this mobile out of paper plates. Each child got two paper plates, two slips of paper (one “day” and one “night”), crayons, glue stick, and a sheet of stars. I stapled my paper plates together, but some families opted to glue them together.
Next week is our 6th and final Rubber Ducky Club meeting. Be sure to bring your completed June early literacy log in for a rubber ducky. To receive your book, turn in your completed June (if you haven’t already brought it) and July early literacy activity logs by July 13.
Rubber Ducky Club is sponsored by the Lee County Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 759-2369.