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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Family Storytime: Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Of course we all hear that we should think of every day as Earth Day, and I agree. But it can't hurt to reinforce the important things once in a while, and that's what we're doing today. We read a few of my favorite earth-themed books:
Over in a River by Marianne Collins Berkes; Ills. by Jill Dubin
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder; Ills. by Ashley Wolff
Tweedle Dee Dee by Charlotte Voake
YES! We got through 4 books today! (Mostly because I forgot to bring the puppets I needed out for a certain song....oops! So I had a little extra time to fill!) but what a lovely group we had. Everybody listened so well! And participated! It was especially grand to not be the only one to pretend I was a tree when we sang/read Tweedle Dee Dee ; ) You guys were wonderful!
SO - 10 Things We can Do - One of the best books about "being green" for young children that I know of. I like the cut away, shaped pages, and the narrative is concise and helpful for answering questions. It doesn't have to be Earth Day to start conversations on conserving resources and recycling, right? I attended the March for Science after storytime today and got a fresh reminder of why we need to teach our kids about the environment. It's so important!
Over in a River is another great book in a series of environmental books by Marianne Collins Berkes based on the traditional tune "Over in a Meadow." We explored many different animals that you might find in a river. Check out some of her other books for your young environmentalist :)
I like to use Each Living Thing for Earth Day and Thankfulness days, and any time I want to highlight what is beautiful about the animal kingdom, and our part in protecting it. Take it home some time! We have so many great books about different aspects of our world to help our children grow up to be respectful of animals and the environment.
Tweedle Dee Dee is just a great book about trees, also based on a traditional tune, which is big fun to move to. Voake has put the melody in the back of the book for us, and her winsome illustrations always make me smile. As I mentioned before, we had a great group of kids today who moved right along with our songs and rhymes and books today! It was fun!
Here's one of the songs we sang - an adapted version of Whole World. Seemed like a great song to sing after we read 10 Things...

 Whole World
(Ode to Earth Day!)

We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole, wide world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We’ve got our friends and our families
We’ve got the oceans and the land
We’ve got the animals and the plants
We’ve got the earth and all her people
Since I forgot the puppets for that one song, I'll share our felt board instead. You know this one!
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
5 green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs!
Glub, glub.
4 green and speckled frogs…
3 green and speckled frogs…
2 green and speckled frogs…
             1 green and speckled frog…
Now there are no green speckled frogs!

With that I think I'll leave you with one last reminder: Next week is our last of session Family Storytime and it will be a special one. (But don't worry, we'll be back on June 24th with Summer Family Storytime :) So next Saturday we'll be celebrating DIA which is short for Children's Day/Book Day or El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros. We'll have multicultural songs, books, felt boards and PUPPETS! And a lovely peace flag craft. AND lots of snacks popular in other countries! I can't wait!
 I hope to see you there,
Miss Kelly

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