Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Today we talked about farm animals and sang Old Macdonald. Here is an activity sheet for you and your child to draw farm animals and talk about the sounds they make, which is a first stem to helping your children hear the smaller sounds in words. Don’t worry if you can’t figure out which animal your child has drawn. Your child will tell you what it is. Enjoy!
Old Macdonald Had a Farm Handout
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: We can help children learn new words as we play with them. In today’s storytime we read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which had directional words. Here is a game you can play. Show your child an item (a shoe perhaps) and hide it in a room with a little of it showing. Give your child hints about where to find it using position words like right, left, above, below, and so on. You can also give clues like, “You’re getting warmer or colder” as they get closer or farther away. Here is a handout with the game and some activities to support pre-reading skills.
Handout–game with five practices
You can use the figures on the handout as a pattern to make a flannel board. Then use the flannel board as another way to share the rhyme and to play a game.
Introduction: Let’s say the rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.
Repeat using struck two . . . the mouse said “Boo.”
struck three . . . the mouse said “Whee.”
struck four . . . the mouse said “No more!”
Great! Now let’s play a little game on the flannel board. I am going to put the mouse somewhere near the clock and you see if you can tell me where. [Put the mouse on top of the clock.] Where is the mouse? Right! On top of the clock. Repeat with behind, underneath, below, beside or next to, etc.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: When we use words that describe position, you are helping your children understand what the words mean. This will later help them understand what they read.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, I have a handout here with illustrations for Hickory Dickory Dock. In addition to saying the rhyme together with your children, you can cut out the figures and put the figures in different positons to help your children learn new words and build their vocabulary. Enjoy!
Hickory Dickory Dock Handout