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Winter Strong Start

Winter Strong Start

Welcome Song:
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap. I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap, and I wiggle my  waggles away.
… nose with a beep, beep, beep
… eyes with a blink, blink, blink
… tummy with a rub, rub, rubSnowballs

Rhyme: Open and Shut Them, open and shut them give a little clap, clap, clap, open and shut them, open and shut them, put them in your lap, lap, lap. Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them right up to your chin, chin, chin. Open up your little mouth but do not let them in!

Book: Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Song: Snowflakes are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Snowflakes are falling down, I love winter.
Build a snowman tall and round, tall and round, tall and round,
Build a snowman tall and round, I love winter.

Snowman Flannel (let kids add the pieces)
I made a friendly snowman, I made him big and round.
I made him from a snowball, I rolled upon the ground.
He has two eyes, a nose, a mouth, a lovely scarf of red.
He even has some buttons,  and a hat upon his head.

Song: Snowy Pokey
You put your right mitten in, you take your right mitten out. You put your right mitten and you shake it all about.
You do the Snowy Pokey (shiver), and you warm yourself up.
That’s what it’s all about.
left mitten…
right boot…

Book w/bells: Jingle, Jingle by Nicola Smee

Song w/bells:
Bells are ringing, bells are ringing.  Ding, ding, dong, ding, ding, dong.
Happy little bells, happy little bells. All day long, ring their song!

Book: The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton

Closing Song:
We wave goodbye like this, we wave goodbye like this. We clap our hands for all our friends, we wave goodbye like this.

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Animal Strong Start

Animal Strong Start

This month’s Strong Start is going to be an animal theme:

Welcome Songs:
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap.
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap, and I wiggle my waggles away.
… nose with a beep, beep, beep
… eyes with a blink, blink, blink
… tummy with a rub, rub, rub
… feet with a stomp, stomp, stomp

Open and Shut Them, open and shut them give a little clap, clap, clap, open and shut them, open and shut them, put them in your lap, lap, lap. Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them right up to your chin, chin, chin. Open up your little mouth but do not let them in!

Book: Jump by Scott M. Fischer

Action Rhyme: Can you hop like a rabbit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you waddle like a duck?
Can you wag your tail like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?

Flannel: Five Little Fish
Five little fish swimming by the shore,
Once got caught and then there were four.
Four little fish swimming in the sea,
One got caught and then there were three.
Three little fish swimming in the blue,
One got caught and then there were two.
Two little fish swimming in the sun,
One got caught and then there was one.
One little fish swimming for home,
Decided it was best to never roam.

Song: The waves in the sea go up and down…
The fish in the sea, go swim, swim swim…
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch…
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp…

Book: I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

Action Rhyme w/monkey puppet:
Monkey, monkey in the tree, can you______ like me?
(jump around, swing your tail, scratch an itch, eat a banana, take a nap)

Song:
If you’re a lion and you know it say roar…
… cat say meow
… pig say oink
… dog say woof

Book: A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan

Closing Song: We wave goodbye like this, we wave goodbye like this. We clap our hands for all our friends, we wave goodbye like this.

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Halloween Strong Start

Halloween Strong Start

I have yet to do a Strong Start, so this will be my first attempt, Halloween style. I have been told to use “lots of songs, puppets, and felts” and aim for around 15 minutes. Here’s the plan:

Welcome Song:
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap.
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap, and I wiggle my waggles away.
… nose with a beep, beep, beep
… head with a tap, tap, tap
… tummy with a rub, rub, rub

Book: Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin

Action rhyme: “Little Owls, Little Owls” with owl puppet
 Little owls, little owls, jump up and down.
Little owls, little owls, turn around.
Little owls, little owls, tip-toe to me.
Little owls, little owls, look around and see
Little owls, little owls, flap, flap, flap.
Little owls, little owls, take a nap.
Little owls, little owls, fly to the leaves!
Little owls, little owls, sit down, please.

Book: Jungle Halloween

Song: “If You’re a Monster and You Know It”
If you’re a monster and you know it stomp your paws.
If you’re a monster and you know it stomp your paws.
If you’re a monster and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re a monster and you know it stomp your paws.
… twitch your tail
… give a roar
… smack your claws

Bat Flannel
Red bat, red bat what do you see?

Bat Song
Bats are sleeping, bats are sleeping.
Upside down, upside down.
Waiting for the night to come, waiting for the night to come.
They fly around, they fly around.

Book: 10 Trick or Treaters: A Halloween Counting Book

Closing Song:
We wave goodbye like this, we wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends, we wave goodbye like this.

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