Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Cowboys and Cowgirls

Books to Share

Cowboy Baby by Sue Heap.

Cowboy Ned and Andy by David Stein.

Cowgirl Rosie and Her Five Baby Bison by Stephen Gulbis.

Cowpokes by Caroline Stutson.

I Want to Be a Cowgirl by Jeanne Willis.

A Wild Cowboy by Dana Smith.

Nametag

Cowboy Hat and Sheriff’s Badge

Make cowboy hat nametags from a die cut from Accucut at http://www.accucut.com/HatCowboy_1-p645c107-path0.html. Or, use the patterns provided in this chapter.

Rhymes and Poetry

Recite, “I’m a Little Cowboy,” at http://stepbystepcc.com/wildwest.html.

Recite “Cowboy Hats” from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/story_station01/story_station2_nov01.shtml.

Songs

If You’re a Cowboy

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”)

If you’re a cowboy and you know it say,

“Yee-HAW!”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it say,


“Yee-HAW!”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it and


you really want to show it,

If you’re a cowboy and you know it say,


“Yee-HAW!”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it ride


your horse, “Giddy-Up” “Giddy-Up”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it ride


your horse, “Giddy-Up” “Giddy-Up”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it and


you really want to show it,

If you’re a cowboy and you know it ride


your horse, “Giddy-Up” “Giddy-Up”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it rope a cow, (wave imaginary lasso overhead and throw)
   
If you’re a cowboy and you know it rope a cow, (wave imaginary lasso overhead and throw)
   
If you’re a cowboy and you know it and you really want to show it, If you’re a cowboy and you know it rope a cow, (wave imaginary lasso overhead and throw)

If you’re a cowboy and you know it do all three,


“Yee-HAW”, “Giddy-Up”, “Rope a Cow.”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it do all three,


“Yee-HAW”, “Giddy-Up”, “Rope a Cow.”

If you’re a cowboy and you know it and you really want to show it,

If you’re a cowboy and you know it do all three,


“Yee-HAW”, “Giddy-Up”, “Rope a Cow.”

Stories

Tell and act out “Going on a Trail Ride” on P. 99-100 in The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Young Children by Pam Schiller and Jackie Silberg. This is similar to “Going on a Bear Hunt”, except the children pretend to be cowboys and cowgirls on a trail ride.

Tell “The Cowboy Who Cried Coyote” by Gayle A. Travis from Read Across Texas, the 2002 Texas Reading Club manual at http://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/trc/2002/manual/scripts/criedcoyote.html.

Crafts

Cowboy Vests

Make cowboy vests out of grocery sacks. See instructions on Jean Warren’s Preschool Express web site at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station07/out_west_jul07.shtml.

Cowboy Friends

Make cowboy paper dolls. Instructions and printable patterns are available at

Making Friends http://www.makingfriends.com/friends/f+cowboy.htm.

Put a Cowboy Together

Materials
  • Copies of the cowboy pattern
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored construction paper
Directions

Copy the cowboy pattern pieces from Read Across Texas! the 2002 Texas Reading Club manual, at http://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/trc/2002/manual/images/preschool/cowboypuppet.jpg. Cut out all the shapes. Let an adult help the children glue them onto a piece of construction paper to make a cowboy.

Games and Activities

Animal Round Up

Tape pictures of a cow, horse, pig, sheep, and other barnyard animals to chairs. Set up the chairs around the room, with space between them. Let the children use a Hula Hoop® to “lasso” the animals.

Guest Speakers

Invite someone from your local rodeo, or a rodeo clown, to talk to the kids.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Cowboy by David Murdoch.

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires.

I Want to Be A Cowboy by Dan Liebeman.

Ranch by Roxie Munro.

Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows by Rowan Clifford.

The Toughest Cowboys or How the Wild West Was Tamed by John Frank.

Waynetta and the Cornstalk by Helen Ketteman.

Bulletin Board

Lasso a Good Book

Decorate your bulletin board with a desert scene with tumbleweeds and cacti. Add a cowboy riding a horse. Use a rope to create a lasso. Put the title of your board inside the lasso circle.

Display

Collect cowboy memorabilia from staff and the public. Add books photos, and realia of horses, cowboys, boots, and other western objects. Ask your local rodeo or museum if they have any items for display.

Decorations

Decorate the outside of your storytime room to look like a barn. Add hay bales inside the room and decorate the walls with farm animals.

Refreshments

Serve individual bags of trial mix and apple juice.

Audio Recordings

“Ponies” on Yummy Yummy by The Wiggles.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

All About Cowboys for Kids. (45 minutes)

All About Cowboys for Kids Part II. (45 minutes)

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch. (30 minutes)

Tall Tales and Legends: Pecos Bill. (23 minutes)

Web Sites

Rodeo for Kids of All Ages


http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/01992/index.htm


This web site from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is designed to let children know what it is like to go to a rodeo. It includes pictures of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, links to the information on the history of rodeos, cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo clowns, animals, jokes and riddles, games, and book recommendations. This web site is a great starting place for children who want to learn more about cowboys and rodeos.

Professional Resources

The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Young Children by Pam Schiller and Jackie Silberg.

Accucut


http://www.accucut.com/


You may purchase dies, die-cut machines and laminators from this web site.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express


http://www.preschoolexpress.com/


This web site features Toddler and Preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts and patterns. The pattern section is useful for making nametags.

Making Friends


http://www.makingfriends.com/


This web site contains instructions and ideas for making crafts on numerous themes. Most of the crafts are free and have printable patterns, others have kits that must be purchased.

Oriental Trading Company


http://www.orientaltrading.com/


Craft supplies, craft kits, party supplies, and small inexpensive incentives are all available from this web site.

Craft Materials

Cowboy Hat Nametags

Cowboy Hat Nametags Sheet - Eight Hat Oulines

Sheriff’s Badge Nametags

Sheriff's Badge Name Tags - Six Badge Outlines



Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!


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