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Letter S

Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)

Mystery Bag objects: stapler, snake, spatula.  (There were also a scarf, spoon, and star.)

Because we’d already talked about the letter, I introduced each story or song by having them guess what S-word it was about.

not-a-stickStory: Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis (stick).

Song:  “Here We Go Up, Up, Up” (scarves).

soup-operaStory: A Soup Opera by Jim Gill (soup).  Back by popular demand from Letter O.  It was just as fun the second time around!

Song:  “Poison Ivy” by Jim Gill on Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes (scratching).

biggest-thing-in-the-oceanStory: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (squid).

Closing Song: “See Ya Later”

sticker-booksCraft: Stickers and stamper markers.  We did these in little books instead of on flat sheets of paper, which just made them so much more fun.  It’s amazing how much more time kids will spend on making a “book”!  Some of the stickers were from themed sticker sets, so it was possible to make a story – there were a few space books and pirate books.  The one shown here just makes me want to yell, “Cheerleaders … in … spaaaaaace!”


Here We Go Up, Up, Up” 
(Variation on “Here We Go Looby Loo”)

Here we go up, up, up.
Here we go down, down, down.
Here we go up, up, up.
Here we go round and round.

You put your right hand in.
You put your right hand out.
You give yourself a shake, shake, shake
And turn yourself about.

Repeat for other body parts, ending with “whole self.”


Possible subthemes: snakes, slugs, stars, school, spring, space, soup, sneezes, squirrels, squares, snow, spaghetti, summer, seeds

Other possible titles:  

Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis (slug)

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort (seals)

The Sunflower Sword by Mark Sperring (sunflower, sword)

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert (snow)

If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws by Kim Norman (snow)

The Busy Little Squirrel  by Nancy Tafuri (squirrel)

Nuts to You!  by Lois Ehlert (squirrel)

Acorns Everywhere!  by Kevin Sherry  (squirrel)

Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman  (squirrel)

Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop  by Susan Lurie  (squirrel)

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein  (squirrel)

Perfect Square by Michael Hall (square)

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano (spring)

Smile if You’re Human by Neal Layton (space)

A Trip Into Space by Lori Houran (space)

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (space)

Your Alien by Tammi Sauer (space)

On Top of Spaghetti  by Paul Johnson (spaghetti)

Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems (sneezing)

Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup by Pete Seeger (soup)

Hide and Snake by Keith Baker (snake)

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh (snake)

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (squid)

Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck (sea)

Don’t Squish the Sasquatch by Kent Redeker  (Sasquatch)

Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis  (stick)

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood (silly)



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