I normally start each book with the song If You're Happy and You Know it sung for example like this: "If you wanna hear a story clap your hands", so I can signal that its time to turn on our listening ears and get ready for reading. This time, I changed it to:
If you're a Monkey and you know it scratch your fur.
If you're a Monkey and you know it beat your chest.
If you're a Monkey and you know it wave your arms.
If you're a Monkey and you know it say 'ee-ee-ooh'
The kids love when I do this. They love anticipating what I will do next.
|Big Little Monkey by Carole Lexa Schaefer|
|Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina|
I read this classic old book, and then took the opportunity to retell it using props! One of my story time moms crocheted for me 20 little caps. I donned my own checkered cap, stacked my colored caps, fell asleep under the tree and the little monkeys all came from the story time carpet to snitch a cap from me! I am really big on retelling, so this book was a great opportunity to have a little "Flash Play". The kids were awesome monkeys!! My Flannel Friday post next week will have more about this fun activity! Click here for more!
|Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow|
I finished the rhyme with this verse as I tucked each monkey in:
Now there are NO little monkeys jumping on the bed.
So none fell of and bumped their heads.
Mama didn't have to call the doctor, but instead she said.
'5 little monkeys, now it's time for bed.'
|There Was an Old Monkey who Swallowed a Frog by Jennifer Ward|
|Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett|
My crafts this week weren't really crafts, but tools for retelling. I found this fantastic blog post with this awesome printable:
Teacher's Friend Publications
Miss Kristie has also done a story time about Monkeys - to see how it can be done for TODDLERS, click on this link!
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