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Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Squirrel's Tale...

My daughter just had to have this book when she saw it in the Usborne catalog last year!! She actually earned the book for free in Kindergarten when her school had a Read-a-thon. Both of my girls just adored There's a Mouse in the House that was created by the same author, so they were very excited to see that there was another fun book that was similar to the first one we had purchased at an Usborne Home show. Both books come with a little animal that travels through each book on an exciting adventure. There are little slots throughout the book to put the little animal into as you read through the story.


Take a sneak peek at one of the pages in A Squirrel's Tale... by Richard Fowler.


Okay, and now for the literature links!!

Math
Go on a nature walk and collect acorns. Count the numbers of squirrels you may have seen during your walk. Bring your treasures home and have fun counting the number of acorns found- by 1's and then count by 2's. For older kids do hands on acorn addition and subtraction problems. For example, make up a fun story problem such as Squirrel had 5 acorns, but was hungry, so he ate 2. How many acorns does squirrel have left??

Poetry/Language/Movement

The Squirrel
Whisky, frisky,
(move finger puppet side to side)
Hippity hop!
(move puppet up and down as hopping)
Up he goes
(raise puppet high in the air and wiggle)
To the tree top!

Whirly, twirly,
(move puppet in small circles)
Round and round;
Down he scampers
(lower puppet, wiggling back and forth)
To the ground.

Furly, curly,
(move in circles, getting larger)
What a tail!
Tall as a feather
(extend in the air)
Broad as a sail!
(wave arm back and forth)

Where's his supper?
(lower arm and shade eyes)
In a shell-
(Hold palm up and curl fingers into a fist)
Snappity, crackity,
(open hand,palm up)
Out it fell!
(from ChildFun)

Music
Squirrel Song: Lyrics and Tune

A Couple of Squirrely Fun Facts!

1. There are over 200 different species of squirrels.

2. Baby squirrels are born blind and hairless. They are born in nests.
(Source: EnchantedLearning.com)

Happy Reading!
Jen

6 comments:

Preschool Playbook said...
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Preschool Playbook said...

Jen these look great. It looks like this could be a very positive site. I love the information you come up with. Also--love the squirrel song to add to my fall unit:). I think you have good thing here.

How do you keep up with all this? It's amazing.
PS. Sorry about the delete--I had a spelling error and didn't know how to edit it.
Trish

Jen said...

Preschool Playbook- How do I keep up with all of this? Good question! Well,my house is an absolute mess!! I'm going to need to give up some of my waitressing shifts(I do that part-time) to make time for the book business. I'm just starting this, so things have been a bit hectic around here-late nights. I have such a passion for literature, so I thought that this would be a good fit for me for now while I'm home with the kiddos and they can help their momma with it. They love Usborne books! Life is just going to get crazier- I just sent in paperwork for my 6 year old to do cyberschool at home with me, so don't be surprised if my blogspots are only a few times a week. I love sharing creative ideas and it has been a great hobby for me- my own creative outlet. WIth God's help,guidance, and strength- it's amazing what we can accomplish. I'm glad that you could use the squirrel song!! Take Care!
Jen

Preschool Playbook said...

I sent you an email, thought it might be easier. I just thought I would let you know in case it went in your SPAM. It was to the address you sent me from my site.
Good luck--your life sounds BUSY!

pattyalmasy said...

Stopped by Creative and Curious Kids for contest and listed MAgnet book. The Squirrel book looks very cute - my son had the mouse version and loved it!

Patricia said...

Clicked thru from the Creative and Curious Kids link... The Egyptian stuff looks really neat

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