Safe, Warm, and Snug , by Stephan R, Swinburne

            This book tells how a variety of animals keep their babies safe from dangers.  It is told in a poetry form and has bright pictures to help illustrate the verse.

Materials

  •             Blankets, 1 per child
  •             Paper plates, 1 per child
  •             Yarn
  •             Animal and Baby match cards/dominos
  •             Cotton balls

Vocabulary

  •  Fish fry (baby fish)
  • Joey (baby kangaroo)
  • Slack (very loosely)
  • Protect (to keep someone or something safe, to guard it from harm)

Before Reading the Story;

            Give each child a blanket or stuffed animal to hold.  Help all the children gather in nice and snuggly.  Ask them if they ever remember a time when they felt scared or nervous?  (The first day at school, in a large crowded place, doing something new for the first time).  Did your parent help to make you feel safe, what did they do? (They held me, My Mom held my hand, My Dad said it was ok and he watched).  Ask who can you go to when you are feeling scared or lonely? (Parent, teacher, friend).

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other varied purposes.

Reading the Story

            Take time as you read the story and talk about the pictures.  Show how the parent is keeping the baby safe.

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topic ideas and tasks.

After Reading the Story

            Explain to the children that many families, and school, make rules to help keep everyone safe.  Ask the children if their family has any rules at home.  ( I can’t touch my Dad’s tools, I have to ask my sister to play with her doll, when I brush my teeth I have to put my toothbrush away and not let it be a sword, I have to wear my bike helmet when I ride on the sidewalk).  Talk about your classroom rules and how they keep everyone safe.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities. AND Social & Emotional Development/Self-Control; develops growing understanding of how their actions affect others and begins to accept the consequences of their actions.

Discovery

            Make several copies of the animal cards. Use these to make dominos. The children must then match the pictures.

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attribute such as shape or size.

Bring in a bird nest if you have one. Allow the children to examine it. Nests make baby birds feel safe, warm, and snug.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Music and Movement

            Sing a song about Family, this one to the tune of Frere Jacque https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=180

            Where is baby? Where is baby?    

            Here I am, here I am.                                Hold up pinkie finger

            With my family, with my family                Wiggle all fingers

            Here I am.                                              Hold up pinkie again

            Where is sister? Where is sister?                Hold up ring finger

            Where is brother? Where is brother?           Hold up middle finger

            Where is Mother? Where is Mother?          Hold up pointer finger

            Where is Father?  Where is Father?               Hold up thumb

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, and hammer. AND Creative Arts/Music; participates with growing interest and enjoyment in a variety of music activities, including listening, singing, finger plays, games, and performances.

            Act out the animal movements from the story.  Can you swim away like a fish?  Leap like a kangaroo?  Crawl like a cockroach?  Fly like a killdeer?  Be slow and slack like a sloth?  Walk on your heels like a penguin?  Hop like a toad?  Curl up like a snake?  Soar like a bat?

Creative Arts/Dramatic Play; participates in a variety of dramatic play activities that become more extended and complex.

Blocks

            Encourage the children to build homes today.  We live in homes that keep us safe and warm. 

Approaches to Learning/Engagement & Problem Solving; demonstrates increasing ability to set goals and develop and follow through on plans.

Art

            Tell the children that warm fuzzies are times when people make you feel good and loved.  Make warm fuzzies with the children.  Let the children cut out a circle or organic shape.  Have them glue cotton balls all over their shape.  They can add googly eyes or small construction paper eyes.  Explain to them that they can give their warm fuzzie to someone who makes them feel safe, warm, snug, or loved.

Creative Arts/Art; gains ability in using different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.

Library and Writing

            Help the children to write a letter to their parent.  Encourage them to talk about one thing their parent does to feel protected.  (Dear ___, thank you for putting on the band aide when I fell and hurt my knee.)

Literacy/Early Writing; begins to represent stories and experiences through pictures, dictation, and in play.

Sand and Water

Create a pond scene by adding plastic turtles, sticks for logs, plastic fish, and water. Turtles like to sit on logs in the sun where they feel safe and warm. How many turtles can the child line up on the log without tipping it over?

Approaches to Learning/Engagement & Persistence; grows in abilities to persist in and complete a variety of tasks, activities, projects, and experiences. AND Mathematics/Number & Operations; begins to make one-to-one correspondence in counting objects and matching groups of objects.

Dramatic Play

            Bring in the baby dolls, blankets, bottles, and anything else you have that will allow the children to practice nurturing.

Social & Emotional Development/Social Relationships; progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are in need, upset, hurt, or angry; and in expressing empathy and caring for others.

Math and Manipilatives

            Make paper plate pockets.  Cut the paper plate in half.  Staple the two halves together with a staple to hold them.  Punch holes through both halves at the same time all along the edge.  Give the children pieces of yarn and show them how to sew/lace the edges.  Put out magazines with animals.  The children can cut out the animal pictures and put them into their pocket.

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Outdoor Play

            Play Fox in the Chicken Coop.  One child is the fox.  The rest of the children are the baby chicks.  The fox tries to catch the baby chicks but they can run to the mother hen (teacher) and be safe if they are touching her.  If the fox catches a baby chick, they must sit out and say/sing the alphabet song before they can begin running again.  Take turns being the fox.

Social & Emotional Development/Self-Control; demonstrates increasing capacity to follow rules and routines and use materials purposefully, safely, and respectfully.

Transitions

            As the children leave to go to another activity, ask them to tell you one way that they keep themselves safe (I do not run inside, My brother helps me tie my shoe, I ask my Mom if I can go to my friends house to play)

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Resources

Make dominos by cutting out animals and gluing them to pieces of manilla folder. Make sure to vary the pairs that appear on the domino.
domino pattern. Use cards below to fill in the dominos.

Guess how Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney

            Little Hare shares with Big Hare how much he loves him and Big hare loves him right back more.

Materials

  •             Picture of little nut hare for measuring
  •             Folded heart cutting paper
  •             Picture of I love you in sign language

Vocabulary

  •             Wide (a big distance between two sides or edges)
  •             High (a big distance from top to bottom)
  •             Far (a big distance away)
  •             Hare (another name for a rabbit)

Before Reading the Story

            Talk to the children about who they love, who loves them, and how they show their love for another person.  (When my brother falls down I help him to stand up, My Daddy hugs me and calls me a big boy, I can show you how to say I love you with my fingers).

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topics, ideas, and tasks.

Reading the Story

Stretch out your arms and reach as high as you can while beginning the story.

After Reading the Story

            With the children review the different ways that Nutbrown Hare said he loved Big Nutbrown Hare.  Ask the children if they can think of things that are very far away and very high up. Write their responses and hang it on the wall.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem. AND Literacy/Early Writing;develops understanding that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes.

Teach the children to say I love you in sign language.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs; and for other varied purposes.

Discovery;

Challenge the children and yourself to look up the differences between a rabbit and a hare with a book that depicts real animals or the internet. https://lionheadrabbitcare.com/rabbit-vs-hare-differences/

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.

Music and Movement

            Sing the Barney Song, I Love You. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq734_nZ7Eo

I love you, you love me

We’re a happy family

With a great big hug

And a kiss from me to you

Won’t you say you love me too.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs; and for other varied purposes.

            Sing It’s Love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6hivRQxmE

It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go round

It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go round

It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go round

It’s love that makes the world go round.

It’s Mom’s, it’s Dad’s, it’s children that make the world go round…

It’s boys, it’s girls, it’s friends that make the world go round….

Creative Arts/Music; participates with increasing interest and enjoyment in a variety of music activities, including listening, singing, finger plays, games, and performances.

Blocks

            Ask the children to demonstrate wide by building something.  They could also demonstrate tall, longer, and higher.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

 Art

            Show the children how to cut out hearts by first folding a piece of paper in half.  Let the children cut out hearts and then glue them to a piece of paper.

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Library and Writing

            Help the children to fill in the blanks…

I love you farther than________

I love you higher than_______

I love you longer than________

I love you more than________

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

            Then encourage them to make a card to take home to a loved one.

Social & Emotional Development/Social Relationships; progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are in need, upset, hurt, or angry; and in expressing empathy and caring for others.

Sand and Water

            Add water and many different sizes of cups.  Which cup is biggest?  Which cup can hold the most water?

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; begins to make comparisons between several objects based on a single attribute.

Dramatic Play

            Add small pieces of colorful paper and envelopes for the children to write love letters to their family and friends.  Add a ‘post’ box or an old mailbox for the children to put their letters into.  Provide a list of the class names so the children can be copy.

Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons, and computers. AND Social & Emotional Development/Social Relationships; progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are in need, upset, hurt, or angry; and in expressing empathy and caring for others.

Math and Manipulatives

            Cut out and contact/laminate 10 Nutbrown Hares.  Show the children how to use these to measure how tall they are, the length of the table, how far from the shelf to the table, etc..

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows progress in using standard and non-standard measures for length and area of objects.

Outdoor Play

            Play Leap Hare which is the same as Leap Frog.  You can also practice doing running broad jumps and standing broad jumps and see who can jump farthest.

Physical Health & Development/Gross Motor Skills; shows increasing levels of proficiency, control, and balance in walking, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching, and galloping.

Transitions

            Ask each child to think of a “Guess how much I love you”  (I love you more then there are stars.  I love you more than jelly beans, I love you bigger than a bus).

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem.

Resources

On Mother’s Lap, by Ann Herbert Scott

            There’s no place as comforting as Mother’s lap.  In this story a little boy brings his favorite things to his Mother’s lap where there always seems to be enough room.  But what will happen when the baby wakes up, will he still have a lap to sit on?

Materials

  •             Parachute or large sheet
  •             My Family graphing directions
  •             Pictures of children on Mother’s lap

Vocabulary

  • Rocking chair ( a chair with curved pieces of wood attached to the bottom to make the chair go back and forth)
  • Reindeer (a kind of animal, like a big deer)
  • Whisper (to say something very, very softly)
  • Jealous (Unhappy because another person gets something you want)

Before Reading the Story

            Ask the children if they know what it means to be jealous?  Have they ever been jealous of another person? (I wanted the baby doll but Kerry got it but then she let me have a turn next, I wanted the red one but Roger said no). 

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Ask the children who likes to sit on their Mother’s lap? Ask them how it makes them feel (happy, special, good warm, soft).  Tell the children that children all over the world like to sit on Mother’s lap.

Language Development/Speaking & Understanding; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions; and for other vaired purposes.

Reading the Story

            As you read, rock gently back and forth.  Read in a soft soothing voice.  When you get to the page where Michael says, “There isn’t room”, stop and ask the children if they can tell how Michael is feeling (jealous), why (he thinks that Mother will put him down now)?  Ask the children what they think will happen.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.

After Reading the Story

            Ask the children who remembers what jealous means?  Ask the children why they think that Michael did not want his baby sister to come and sit with his Mother and him?  (There would not be enough room for them both).  Look at the picture of Michael and the baby on Mother’s lap and ask how Michael is feeling now (happy).  Tell the children when they share something it helps jealous feelings go away.  Point out recent examples of sharing you have seen in your room. (Yesterday I saw Kerry share the bicycle with Roger, that was being a good friend, Today Roger was looking at the book Kerry wanted so he said they could look at it together, that was sharing).

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; shows increasing abilities to use compromise and discussion in working, playing, and resolving conflict with peers.

Science

            Use a balance scale.  Put one heavy object on the left side and ask the children to see how many lighter objects it takes to balance the scale out.  (large rubber animal and 1 inch cubes, rock and shells)

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows progress in using standard and non-standard measures for length and area of objects.

Music and Movement

            Play the following; If You Have

If you have a big brother, stand up.

If you have a big brother, stand up

Big brothers its true, are older then you.

(Now do big sisters)

If you have a little brother, stand up.

If you have a little brother, stand up.

Little brothers its true, are younger then you.

(Now do little sisters)

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; shows progress un understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions. AND Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; develops ability to identify personal characteristics, including gender and family composition.

Blocks

Put play people into the center today and encourage the children to build homes for the families.

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Art

            Bring in old supply catalogs and let the children cut out all the toys they would like for the playground or classroom.  Have them glue them to a poster board that is labeled “Class Wish List”.  Note after you finish the class collage that there was room on the paper for everybody’s cuttings.

Social & Emotional Development/Self-Concept; begins to develop and express awareness of self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences.

Sand and Water

Add water and toy boats to the water table today. Remind the children that the little boy in the story brought a toy boat to his mother’s lap.

Library and Writing

            Use the rocking chair picture to have the children illustrate what they would take to their Mother’s lap, write their dictation underneath.

Literacy/Early Writing; begins to represent stories and experiences through pictures, dictation, and in play.

Dramatic Play;

            Ask the children what kinds of things they like to do with their Mother.  Help direct the play to act out several of these scenarios.

Social & Emotional Development/Self-Concept; begins to develop and express awareness of self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences. AND Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; progresses in understanding similarities and respecting differences among people such as genders, race, special needs, culture, language, and family structures.

Math and Manipulatives

            Use unifix cubes or small pieces of paper to make a family graph. Have the children illustrate all the members that they call family.  Put out the people illustrations to show what color cubes to take for each family member.  The children collect the appropriate colored cubes to represent their family.  Who has the biggest family, who has the most sisters?

Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; develops ability to identify personal characteristics, including gender and family composition. AND Mathematics/Number & Operations; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantities.

Outdoor Play

            Bring out a parachute or large sheet for parachute play today.  When the children come over to play, tell them there is always room for one more.  Let the children help maneuver their bodies to all fit around the parachute.

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; develops increasing abilities to give and take in interactions; to take turns in games and using materials; and to interact without being overly directive or submissive.

Transitions

            Dismiss the children in a whisper voice. 

Resources