Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Flower Gardens

Books to Share

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting.

Miss Emma’s Wild Garden by Anna Hines.

On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole.

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.

So Happy by Kevin Henkes.

What Does Bunny See? by Linda Park.

Rhymes and Poetry

Recite “Plant the Garden” from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station05/apr05_garden.shtml.

Recite “Five Little Flowers” from The Best Kids Book Site at http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/funfingerplay.cfm?fingerplayid=90.

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

(Traditional)

Mary, Mary quite contrary,


How does your garden grow?


With silver bells, and cockleshells,


And pretty maids all in a row.

Songs

Sing, “See the Sunflowers” to the tune of “Skip to my Lou” on Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station02/aug02_flowers.shtml.

Sing, “The Gardner Plants the Seeds” to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.” Lyrics to this song and many other songs about flowers can be found on the Can Teach web site at http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems22.html.

Sing, “I’m a Little Flower Pot” to the tune of “I’m a

Little Teapot” from It’s Storytime at http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime/garden.htm - Fingerplays.

Flannel Board Stories

One Little Seed

Images of Seed, Roots, Red Pale, Sunflower

Make a flannel board of Elaine Greenstein’s book, One Little Seed using the patterns provided at the end of this program, and tell the story of a sunflower growing from seed to sunflower to seed again.

Stories

Tell “Grandpa’s Magic Seed” in Flannel Graphs: Flannel Board Fun for Little Ones by Jean Stangl.

Tell “The Little Yellow Tulip” using flannel board figures of the tulip, sun, rain and clouds. The story may be found on page 43 of the Project Gutenberg E-book of Stories to Tell Children by Sara Bryant, at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16693/16693-8.txt.

Crafts

Handprint Flowers

Materials
  • Several colors of fun foam including green
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen or marker
Directions

Give each child and parent a pre-cut 4 x 6 inch pieces of fun foam, in any color except green. The parent traces the child’s hand on 4 x 6 piece of foam and then cut it out. The hand is the “flower” part of the craft. Give each child a 1/2 x 9 inch green fun foam stem and 3-4 fun foam green leaves. The children glue the handprint to the top of the 1/2 x 9 stem and glue the leaves onto the stem.

Handprint Flower - Red Hand flower, Green Stem and Leaves

Plant Bluebonnets

Materials
  • Small 2 inch terra cotta pots
  • Potting soil
  • Bluebonnet seeds
  • Paint
  • Baubles
Directions

Give each child a small terra cot pot to decorate the pots with paint, jewels, buttons, or whatever else you have on hand. Fill the pot with soil. Give each child a few bluebonnet seeds to plant in the soil. Tell the children to water the soil every few days and keep them in sunlight so that the bluebonnet flowers will grow.

Games and Activities

Play the “Flower Match Up” games on Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station02/may02_flowers.shtml.

Pattern Recognition

Five Identical Flower Patterns - Four Gray and One Pink

Using the simple flower pattern provided at the end of this program, create several felt flowers in a variety of colors. Give several flowers to each child. Make a simple pattern on the flannel board, such as blue, blue, pink, blue, blue. Ask the children to bring up the next flower in the pattern and place it on the flannel board.

Books to Display or Booktalk

The ABCs of Texas Wildflowers by Glenna Gimmer.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? by Anne Rockwell.

Lucy’s Secret by Mireille Levert.

Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers by Kathy Appelt.

Miss Rumphius by Caroline Cooney.

One Little Seed by Elaine Greenstein.

Bulletin Board

Grow a Good Book

Print covers of flower picture books in color from Amazon.com. Create a garden, and insert the book covers so that they are part of the flowers, growing out of the soil. Use the sketch provided at the end of this program as a guide.

Display

Display flower books and gardening items. Include trowels, gloves, flowerpots, and other gardening implements and props, along with artificial flowers such as bluebonnets.

Decorations

Decorate your storytime room like a flower garden. Hang colorful flowers made by the children from construction paper on the walls. Add construction paper birds, grass, and a watering can.

Refreshments

Serve sunflower seeds without shells. Explain to the children how a sunflower grows and where the seeds come from. Bring some sunflowers and some seeds still in the shell to show them.

Guest Speakers

Invite someone from your local botanical gardens or gardening club to speak about growing flowers. Ask them to bring flowers with them and talk to preschoolers about simple ways to grow their own flowers at home.

Audio Recordings

“The Dancing Flowers” on Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins by The Wiggles.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

Planting a Rainbow. (6 minutes)

Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! (15 minutes)

Web Sites

Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Kids Page on Wildflowers


http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/kids/wild_things/wildflowers/index.phtml


Texas Park and Wildlife has a nice page for kids on the wildflowers of Texas. There are color photos, coloring pages, and links to other information on Texas.

Professional Resources

Flannel Graphs: Flannel Board Fun for Little Ones, Preschool-Grade 3 by Jean Stangl.

The Best Kids Book Site


http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/


Storytime ideas, books, crafts, and fingerplays are available on this web site.

Can Teach


http://www.canteach.ca/index.html


This web site contains lesson plans, recipes, songs, poems, and numerous other resources for elementary teachers.

It’s Storytime!


http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime/


This web site includes several thematic preschool storytimes. In each, the author includes books, fingerplays, songs, flannel boards, and craft ideas.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express


http://www.preschoolexpress.com/


This web site includes Toddler and Preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts and patterns. The pattern section is useful when trying to make nametags.

Oriental Trading Company


http://www.orientaltrading.com/


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

Project Gutenberg


http://www.projectgutenberg.org/


Project Gutenberg, which began in 1971, is the largest collection of free electronic books.

Craft Materials

One Little Seed (Pattern 1 of 5)

Seed, Roots, Sprout Pattern

One Little Seed (Pattern 2 of 5)

Sprout, Bud Pattern

One Little Seed (Pattern 3 of 5)

Sunflower Pattern

One Little Seed (Pattern 4 of 5)

Watering Can Pattern

One Little Seed (Pattern 5 of 5)

Sun Pattern

Pattern Recognition - Flower Pattern

Picture of Nine Book-Flowers, Sun, and Soil

Grow a Good Book



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


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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