This week features the theme of dots and ladybugs -
opened with chorus from It's a Small World and how we all start out very, very small - just a tiny dot.
Every one can draw a dot!
So, the first book we read is The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
A go-to collection for any programming need. The illustrations are lush and the descriptive text provides great lead-in to
class participation. We talked about "bugs" as heroes - and Ladybugs vs. Ants in the conquest of aphids. Also, the"tranformer"
wing design of ladybugs for lift-off.
For display - and one-and-one reading there are several possible follow-up titles.
The craft and timing of this story time helps to promote the Cleveland Metroparks Bug City event - Saturday August 10th at the Garfield Nature Center. Kids get precut black base and using glue stick - adhere first left wing, the right wing, then spots, and finally, add their eyes and use black marker to complete with their own "DOT."
Follow-up rhymes: Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are gone - -
Ladybugs all dressed in red/Strolling through the Flowerbed/If I were tiny just like you/I'd creep among the flowers, too! --
Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants/Eating the aphids, but not the ants/The first one said, "Save some aphids for Me!"/The second one said, "They're as tasty as can be!"/The third one said, "Oh, they're almost gone!"/The fourth one said, "Then we'd better move on."/The fifth one said, "Come on, let's fly!"/So they opened up their wings and they flew through the sky.
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