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Thanksgiving Story Time

I’m still a bit behind on the end of last semester. It got so crazy that I didn’t get a chance to update this blog. So, here’s my Thanksgiving story time posted incredibly late.

As usual, we started with our opening song  — “If You Want to Hear a Story.” Then, we talked about our favorite foods that we eat at Thanksgiving.

Then, I sang a song I found at Preschool Education called, “I Am Thankful.”
(To the tune of “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”)
I am thankful for my doggy and my cat
And my teddy bear so furry and so fat.
I am thankful for soft kittens
And for nice warm woolen mittens
And my swing set and my baseball and my bat.

I am thankful for my crayons and my books
And the way our brand new baby smiles and looks.
I am thankful for potatoes
And for juicy ripe tomatoes
And for all the tasty food that mommy cooks.

I am thankful for my mommy and my dad.
They both love me when I am good or when I’m bad.
I am thankful for the flowers
And refreshing summer showers.
All the pretty things around me make me glad.

Then, we used a pre-made flannel that was left fat my branch and sang “We Eat Turkey” (which can also be found at Preschool Education).
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(To the tune of “Where Is Thumbkin?”)
We eat turkey, we eat turkey
Yum, yum, yum.
Yum, yum, yum.
Only on Thanksgiving, only on Thanksgiving.
I want some.
I want some.
(Chomp!)
(Repeat with corn, ham, pie, etc.)

One Is a Feast For Mouse by Judy Cox

This book is honestly a little long, but it’s so cute that the kids stayed with it throughout the story. I really liked it, and the kids couldn’t believe that a mouse could carry all that food!

Then, we sang “The First Thanksgiving Song” also from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”)
Pick the corn and pick the beans
Pick the squash and other greens
It is harvest time you see
Come and share a feast with me
Bring your family out to play
We’ll call this Thanksgiving Day.

Then, we sang the “Where Is the Family?” song that we sang the week before during our Family story time.

Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston

This is another cute book. I’d originally planned to read The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing, but because my classes are so young, I didn’t think they would get all the jokes. I love that book, though. This book was pretty cute, and the kids loved the illustrations.

Then, we sang the “Turkey Song” from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a  little turkey
Short and fat
Thanksgiving Day is coming
Now what do you think of that?
I had better run as fast as I can”
Or your mommy will roast me in a pan!

Then, it was time to stand up and “Shake Your Sillies Out
before reading our last book: The Best Thanksgiving Ever by Teddy Slater

This was a cute twist on the Thanksgiving feast and had a few cute jokes in there that some of the parents got too. The kids seemed to like it and thought it was super silly that turkeys would celebrate Thanksgiving.

Then, we sang “Skidamarink” and our typical “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and it was time to go.

For our craft this week, we made turkey hats! They were the cutest things ever, and they weren’t that hard for the kids. I found the idea here.
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Family Feud

My teens love game show programs as we saw with my Minute to Win It program. We’ve done Jeopardy at my branch in the past, so I wanted to find a new game show to do to keep interest up (and because I was personally a little burned out on Jeopardy). When I brought up the idea of Family Feud, there was a lot of excitement, so I went for it. It was a very easy and very cheap program. I just spent about $5 on snacks and drinks from the dollar store and about $5 on prizes (which weren’t even necessary since we don’t typically give out prizes to winners at competition programs; instead they usually “win” the thrill of victory).

For this program, I found a pre-made Family Feud Powerpoint here. I used the first one, but I’ll tell you now that it’s a bit difficult. You have to follow their instructions precisely on the site, and you can’t edit it to have more or fewer answers than are already displayed. So, you have to make sure you’re using questions with the same number of answers when you plug in your own. In addition, there’s a bit of a glitch where it will show all the answers for a split second when you go to a new round before covering them up. I had to get a bit creative here and made signs that everyone had to put up in front of their faces whenever I switched slides. It can be a bit glitchy on some computers too, so make sure to test it on the computer you’ll be using. Other than that, however, it worked great! It looked very realistic, and everyone loved the music and animation.

For my questions, I did not go out and poll 100 people. There are a couple of sites who have already done this, and I just used the questions and answers I thought my teens would be more likely to know (and which were appropriate) to plug into my Powerpoint. Here’s one site, and here’s another.

Overall, it was a very popular program with one of my highest turnouts ever!

Family Story Time

This week, we started off with “If You Want to Hear a Story,” our usual opening song. Then, I introduced the theme this week.

After that, we did the “My Family Fingerplay” from KiDiddles.
This is mama, kind and dear (point to thumb).
This is papa, standing near (point to index finger).
This is brother, see how tall (point to middle finger).
This is sister, not so tall (point to ring finger).
This is baby, sweet and small (point to pinky).
These are the family, one and all (wiggle all fingers).

After learning about who is in the family, we sang “Where Is the Family?”
(To the tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”)
Where is papa?
Where is papa?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.
(Repeat with other fingers — mama, brother, sister, the baby, and the family.)

Then, we read our first book: Ninety-Three In My Family by Erica S. Perl

I love this book. The kids loved it too because of how silly it was. It’s kind of long, so I cut out the bit about going out as a family, but it still worked.

Then, we sang “My Special Friend” from The Music and Rhyme Station.
(To the tune of “BINGO”)
I have a very special friend and Mommy is her name-o.
M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y,
And Mommy is her name-o!

There was also a flannel I used to illustrate the claps. It just had each letter cut out of flannel as well as a bunch of hands to put over each letter when it isn’t spoken. It’s a good way to keep everyone on the same page, especially with younger children.

Then, it was time for our second book: Daddies Do It Different by Alan Laurence Sitomer

This was a pretty cute book that compared Mommies and Daddies and how they do things like tuck someone into bed, go to the grocery store, make breakfast, etc. It’s pretty cute, and there are a few jokes that the parents will appreciate too.

After that, we had to include our furry family members! So, we sang “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?”

Our last book was: Just Like My Mom/Dad by Jorge Ramos

This is a nice book to teach us how we’re all alike in our family, and there is a bilingual component that you could use for your story time.

Then, we sang “Skidamarink” and our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song,” and that was it. We did not make a craft this week.

 

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