The children love felt stories during circle time. Sometimes I make handmade felts out of their favourite books. This one is by Eric Litwin. The three dimensional felts bring the stories alive. I grabbed the Pete song off YouTube and have been playing it along with the felt. This one involves counting which is always fun and I made the buttons removable so we can count and subtract together along with the song! I also allow the children to play with my felts during quiet/rest time and often hear them re-telling the stories on their own.
Rough Play. One of the Most Challenging Behaviours. Frances M. Carlson
6 Benefits of Rough Housing. Therese Borchard
Understanding the Value of Children’s Rough-and-Tumble Play. Michelle Tannock.
I open up my pigeon house,
And I set all my pigeons free.
They fly around on every side,
‘Til they perch on the highest tree.
And when they return from their merry, merry flight,
They close their eyes and they say, ‘Good night’.
Coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, Coo-oo coo, coo-oo coo, coo coo. x 2
We’re going to Kentucky.
We’re going to the Fair.
To see the Senorita with flowers in her hair.
Shake it, _____ (child’s name), shake it.
Shake it all you can.
Shake it like a milkshake and pass it to a friend.
Rumble to the bottom,
Rumble to the top,
Turn around and turn around,
Until we holler STOP!
I made these dancing ribbons to encourage movement to the music. Today we danced to some Jack Johnson in the morning in the gross motor room. The children enjoy using them to spin and twirl with. They sometimes hold them and sometimes wear them as bracelets. Happy dancing!
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