Family Stories

We had fun StoryTimes this week!

Students had a great time learning what to do when baby cries at home. Some Big Bears called out answers like: “tiene hambre, quiere comer”, “se hizo popó, hay que cambiar el pañal”, etc. After reading “Arthur’s New Baby”, most children seem to be more aware of baby’s needs and how to make babies happy by playing peek-a-boo! Hopefully this will help some families who have recent newborns or are expecting one soon.

In the book “I Love You as Much…” we saw joyful reactions in the classroom, especially when the children pretended to be different animals. The story reads: “Said the mother horse to her child: I love you as much as the warm summer breeze”. Our follow-up was identifying the mother first, then identifying the baby, but calling it different classmates names, for example: “Mother horse, Santiago horse.”

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (click to view video clip) provided a great opportunity to talk about family, too. Besides reviewing mother, father and baby, we focused on the term “just right” with hand gestures and how Goldilocks needed to “behave herself”.

Based on the “Sesame Street” song “Five People in my Family”, we used stick puppets to roleplay the family members, taking turns between classmates. Also, the kids enjoyed giving a high five with five fingers.


 

The last book we saw this week is called The Kissing Hand. It’s about Chester the raccoon on his first day of school, feeling scared and a little shy, yet comforted by a secret his mother told him.

Mrs. Racoon took Chester’s left hand and spread open his tiny fingers into a fan.  Leaning forward, she kissed Chester right in the middle of his palm. “Now”, she told Chester, “whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, “Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you. And that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.” (Penn, 2006).

Students enjoyed the concept of magical kisses jumping from their hand. Everyone got heart stickers to “practice”.

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