Corduroy by Don Freeman
Summary: A young girl purchases a bear from a department store, despite his missing button.
Story Treasure: Button Snake (Ribbon with a loop sewn on one end and a button sewn on the other. I also gave the children each several squares of felt with a slit cut in them to practice buttoning the felt pieces onto the ‘snake’)
Play game from Pg. 99 of Before Five in a Row
GAME: Where’s Corduroy?
I brought in a small teddy bear and a small flashlight. While the children covered their eyes, I hid Corduroy. I chose one child to be the nightguard. He used the flashlight to find Corduroy while the other children cheered him on. We then took turns with all the children hiding and finding Corduroy. The game was a HUGE hit, we probably could have played the entire 55 minute class.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Homes
I printed and laminated 4×6 pictures of a house, apartment, houseboat, space station, igloo, teepee. We named each and talked about who might live there and why. We discussed which one would be the most fun to live in, and why some might not be so fun.
I brought in a clean metal can with a plastic lid and a dozen pennies. I had cut a small rectangle in the top of the lid so that the pennies were easily dropped in. The children were all excited to hear the ‘clink’ of the coins hitting the bottom, many counted with me as they dropped the pennies in. Be careful, this could be a choking hazard with very young toddlers.
MOTOR SKILLS: Fine
We let the children experiment with some cloth “busy books” that had zippers, snaps, velcro, etc. and talked about the different ways clothing fastens. This is also when I introduced the button snakes.