Rubber Ducky Club Week 1–Gardening and Print Awareness


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Rubber Ducky Club is BACK!  It was so great to see familiar faces and new friends on Monday!  Rubber Ducky Club is a 6-week long summer reading program for children ages 0 to prekindergarten.  At each meeting, we will have a storytime that highlights one of the six early literacy skills, followed by a related craft or activity and playtime.  This week, we are discussing vegetables, gardening, and print awareness.  Print awareness is simply noticing print and making the connection between the written and spoken word.  Reading together every day promotes print awareness by allowing your child to become familiar with books and the printed word.

Opening Song:  We hit our knees together [Mother Goose on the Loose]

Opening Rhyme:  Two Little Dickey Birds

008Opening Game: Plant a Little Seed.  I got this great song and activity from Nancy Stewart (see link).  We sang the song with hand motions, then I would give them a clue.  For example, “This vegetable is green and it looks like little trees”.  When they guess it, I hold up the picture and say “broccoli” then we say it and clap it together: “broc-co-li.”  I also did this for potato, carrot, corn, and lettuce.  Nancy Stewart offers printables on her website–I printed them out and pasted them onto coordinating cardstock and wrote the clues on the back.








006Book: Jo MacDonald had a Garden, by Mary Quattlebaum and Laura J. Bryant.  The text of this book invites you to sing it to the tune of Old MacDonald Had a Farm, so that’s what we did.  It was also very easy to come up with hand motions to go with the text.  The book is quite long, but there are a few place you can cut it off without it seeming too abrupt.  (E GARDENS QUAT).

Rhyme:  Where’s the wiggly squiggly worm?  We did this fingerplay twice.

Rhyme:  Little seed in the ground




005Book:  Up, Down, and Around, by Katherine Ayres and Nadine Bernard Westcott.  This is a FANTASTIC group read-aloud, especially for younger kids.  I read this book with everyone standing up–when the book said “up” we jumped up, when it said “down” we squatted down, and when it said “all around” we turned around.

Closing Game:  Rhyme Cube (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Closing Rhyme:  This is Big (Mel’s Desk)

Closing Song:  My Hands Say Thank You






003Craft:  Since this week’s feature early literacy skill is print awareness, I made a simple book for everyone to color.







Other gardening books to enjoy at home:

From the Garden: A Counting Book About Growing Food, by Michael Dahl and Todd Ouren (E GARDEN DAHL)

Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert (E GARDENS EHLE)

My Garden, by Kevin Henkes (E GARDENS HENK)

Potato Joe, by Keith Baker (E COUNTING BAKE)

004Don’t forget to pick up your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Log!  We need more animals on our farms!










Rubber Ducky Club meets at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays at the Leesburg Library and 10:00 a.m. on Fridays at the Oakland Library.  Sponsored by the Lee County Library, free and open to the public.  For more information, call 759-2369.



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