Opening song: Hands are Clapping/Hey Hey How are You?
Puppet: Grizz was dressed in hiking gear and was shocked that he found a leaf that WASN’T GREEN. I asked him if he knew about the four seasons and he said “You mean like salt, pepper, garlic…” I told him no, those were seasonINGS. Then we talked about the four seasons: fall, winter, spring, summer. We decided to read some books about it to find out more.
In the Middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek. Bold, beautiful illustrations about the moment between fall and winter, leaves and snow.
Song/flannel: [Red] leaves are falling down (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Tap the Magic Tree by Christine Matheson. This is one of my all-time favorites. It uses interactive elements (tap the tree to make the leaves grow, make your fingers wiggle to brush the petals away, blow a whooshing breeze to make the leaves fall, clap to make snow fall, etc.) to illustrate the cyclical nature of the four seasons. LOVE!
Flannel Story: Fall is Not Easy. This simple, yet funny and beautiful story is from a book by Marty Kelley. I love it, but while the text is AMAZING and perfect, the illustrations are sort of small and not really bold enough to use with the large groups that I sometimes have. So like many others before me, I made a flannelboard for it, which I used and loved for years. I recently changed libraries, however, and had to recreate it. I used the opportunity to add a few “leaves” that I thought the kids would enjoy. I added Batman, a doughnut, and Pete the Cat, which they LOVED.
Before I left we did “Way Up High in the Apple Tree” and “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” then I sang “See You Later Alligator” with my ukulele.