Sunday, April 06, 2008

As Promised...

Basket Day this Friday will be Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. Please keep in mind that this is being planned for a 3.5 yo who is a bit advanced in language and math skills. You know the type, I would like to take credit BUT, he would learn if left in an empty room all day!

So are our plans so far, broken into subject areas.

Craft - We are going to paint a long brown tree trunk (using an easel!), use green paint on our hands for the palm tree branches, stamp on letters and glue sand on the bottom once dry!

Sensorial - I am going to buy coconut and do a 5 senses exploration.


Songs -
I said a boom chicka boom. (REPEAT)
I said a boom chicka boom. (REPEAT)
I said a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom. (REPEAT)
Uh huh (REPEAT)
Oh yeah (REPEAT)
One more time! (REPEAT)

Poem from

Coconut Warning
Now, here's a little warning
So listen to me
Never sit beneath
A coconut tree
They're great for drinking
They're fine for percussion
But if one hits your head
You'll get a concussion.
-Author Unknown
I will just use this for looking at letters (circle the a's, underline the h's etc...)

Family fun - On about half way down is a printable card game called I have...Who has... It looks like a fun letter recognition game the three of us can play Friday evening.

Math - From I printed out the Counting Coconuts booklet and changed the 1,2,3,4,5 to 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. I will have Josh read the number and draw that many or stamp that many coconuts.

I also printed out pattern cards from to practice making patterns like coconut / tree / tree / coconut / tree / tree

Language - I printed Word tile cards from
These are fun to use with our letter tiles that we use for our movable alphabet!

Tracing - I printed a tracing page of a palm tree from but am not sure if he will be able to do this yet. It is a very light printed tree and he is to trace the lines. If he gets frustrated I will just have him color it!

Sequencing - In the Art section here there is an activity called easel activity. I am goint to use these card for Joshy to put in order and practice sequencing.

Practical - I wanted to have him make some sort of snack. There are a ton of ideas available but most are not right for us in some way. So I am still trying to come up with a nutritious tie in that he can make and he will eat. Any ideas are appreciated! Our issues... No food dye, he hates chocolate, I insist on no junky food. I may just try the celery stick-peanut butter-letter cereal idea if I can find a decent cereal not coated with sugar!

The sources already listed and others you may be interested in...

There are tons of great activities for this book available, sure hope this helps you to wade through!



Melissa said...

Sounds great! These are some really great sites. Thanks!

Shannon said...

Just wanted to add that I found pretzels in the shape of letters that I am going to use with the celery and peanut butter. I actually could not even find the famous letter cereal. Maybe they do not make it anymore? But I am thrilled and he may even be willing to try this snack!

amy said...

This is a great resource! I love taking a book and tying in all kinds of activities - My girls have been enjoying some yummy organic alphabet pasta from Trader Joe's, if you happen to have one of those near you! :)

Shannon said...

Thanks Amy! We do not have a Trader Joe or Whole Foods or Sonic. Boo Hoo! I even have to drive to the other side of the state to go to Ikea but at least we have one! I actually have to plan pretty far ahead if I want to do something too different because I will most likely have to order supplies! Crazy since we live in a well populated area not in the middle of the country or anything!

But thanks for the suggestion. I just love to hear what everyone else is doing!

Stephanie said...

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