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).
(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.
(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.