When the Moon Hits Your Eye...This week for our Story Time classes we discussed the moon. We read The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek, Papa Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle, Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, and Hello Moon! by Francesca Simon with our Jr. classes. We added Ten Moonstruck Piglets by Lindsay Lee Johnson and The Boy and the Moon by James Carroll for our preschool classes.
We did some space finger plays and the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with our Jr. kids. We sang the song Aiken Drum and used some picture props on the flannel board to help everyone remember the words. I also used the flannel board to introduce the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. After we had done the rhyme the traditional way we mixed up the pictures so we ended up with a silly nonsense rhyme, something like... Hey diddle diddle the cow and the fiddle the dog jumped over the spoon, the little cat laughed to see such a thing and the dish ran away with the moon.
For our older kids we did an activity on the white board. I used a picture of the moon taped on the
board and we talked about the legend of how some people say the moon is made of green cheese. Then I asked the kids to decide of what they thought the moon could be made of. We listed the answers on the board around the moon. One especially thoughtful child decided that since the moon floats in the sky it must be made of a balloon. Other answers included wood, bricks, bubbles and plastic.
Next week: Stars and Space