Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

There’s No Place Like Home

Books to Share

A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Jack’s House by Karen Beil.

Lizard’s Song by George Shannon.

The Old House by Pamela Duncan Edwards.

Whose House? by Barbara Seuling.

Books to Show or Booktalk

Building a House by Byron Barton.

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.

This Is My House by Arthur Dorros.

The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone.

Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern.

Bulletin Board

Snuggle up with a Good Book

Decorate the bulletin board with animals reading books in their homes. Include a mama bird and a baby bird reading in a nest, a papa duck and a baby duck reading in a pond, and human parents and a child reading in a house. Include any other animals desired.


Home Sweet Home

Use the house pattern from Preschool Express at pattern_station02/house_patterns_nov02.pdf to create nametags for the children.


Display books on homes and home life appropriate for preschools. Arrange small replica or toy birdhouses, dog houses, teepees, and any other house that you have.


Ask a local Boy Scout or Campfire group to erect a teepee in the storytime room.

Introductory Flannel Board Activity

In advance, make a Texas Traveler out of flannel using the template from Making Friends at Also in advance, use the patterns from Making Friends at friends/f_pajamas_b&w.htm to make pajamas out of felt and flannel pieces. Place the “Texas Traveler” on the flannel board. Talk to the children about homes. What kinds of homes do people live in? Explain to the children that people live in the country and in cities. They live in apartments, huts, yurts, and other structures. Show pictures to the children of various types of homes. Let the children come up and dress your traveler in comfortable sleeping clothes.

doll with yellow baby pajama outfit


This is the Way

(Traditional. Sing to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.”)

This is the way we wash our clothes, (move hands up and down as if dipping clothes in water)

Wash our clothes, wash our clothes.

This is the way we wash our clothes,

All on a Monday morning.

This is the way we iron our clothes, (move hand back and forth as if ironing)

Iron our clothes, iron our clothes.

This is the way we iron our clothes,

All on a Tuesday morning.

This is the way we mend our clothes, (move hand with thumb and forefinger together as if holding a sewing needle and sewing)

Mend our clothes, mend our clothes.

This is the way we mend our clothes,

All on a Wednesday morning.

This is the way we sweep our floors, (hold hands together as if holding a broom and move them back and forth in a sweeping motion)

Sweep our floors, sweep our floors.

This is the way we sweep our floors,

All on a Thursday morning.

This is the way we scrub our house, (move hands back and forth and in circles in a scrubbing motion)

Scrub our house, scrub our house.

This is the way we scrub our house,

All on a Friday morning.

This is the way we bake our bread, (squish hands as if kneading bread)

Bake our bread, bake our bread.

This is the way we bake our bread,

All on a Saturday morning.

This is the way we take our seat, (move up and down as if sitting and rising.)

Take our seat, take our seat.

This is the way we take our seat,

All on a Sunday morning.

Rhymes and Poetry

My Family


Here is Daddy. (hold up thumb)

Here is Mommy. (hold up index finger)

Here I am for three. (hold up pinky)

Together we're a family,

As happy as can be! (clap)

Here is the Beehive


Here is a beehive. (make a fist)

But where are all the bees? (shrug shoulders)

Hidden away where nobody sees. (shake head to express “no”)

Watch them come creeping (creep fingers)

Out of their hive.

1,2,3,4,5 (Open up one finger at a time while counting)

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (Buzz fingers away)

Recite the action rhyme, “Build a Home,” using the lyrics and actions available from Kididdles at

Perform “Building a House” from 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays by Diane Thom. If the book is not available, words and motions can also be found at Harris County Public Library’s Kidsite, story_time/

Audio Recordings

“Some Houses” on What Kind of Cat Are You? by Billy Jonas.

“This Happy House” on Rhythm in My Shoes by Jessica Harper.

Reader’s Theater

Perform “The Three Little Pigs” on pages 22-24 in Readers Theatre for Beginning Readers by Suzanne Barchers. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare database.)

Stories to Tell

Lizard’s Song

Retell Lizard’s Song based on the book by George Shannon. Another version is available from the UUA, faith/creatinghome/session4/sessionplan/stories/60032.shtml. Before beginning the retelling, teach the children lizard’s song, "Zole, zole, zole, rock is my home. Zole, zole, zole, rock is my home." Have them sing the song several times until they have learned it. For the retelling, have lizard, bear, rabbit, and duck stuffed animals or puppets available. A bag and a flat rock big enough for the lizard to lie upon are also needed. Select two children to the front of the room and hold the rabbit puppet and the duck puppet. Stand one child on each side of you. Retell the story using the props. At the appropriate place in the story, the children act out the rabbit and duck parts. End the story by singing lizard’s song for lizard, bear, rabbit, duck and for the children. Ask them where they live. Sing the song substituting the word rock for house, apartment, your city, your state, and even your country. Once the children learn the song they will want to keep singing it.

The Three Pigs

Tell this traditional tale using the simple patterns on pages 150-151 in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra. Make a set of six pigs, three wolves, a straw house, a stick house, a brick house, and a large, blue lake. Alternately, play “Lots of Little Pigs,” a slightly altered version of the tale, on Buzz Buzz by Laurie Berkner. Place the pieces on the board while the song is playing. Alternately, retell the traditional tale.

The Little Round Red House

Tell “The Little Round Red House” presented on pages 68-72 in Once Upon a Time: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and Reader’s Theater with Children in Grades Pre-K -6 by Judy Freeman. The little round red house is an apple and ends with the apple being cut in half to show the star the seeds make in the middle. Use a real apple as you tell the story.


My Home

  • Construction paper scraps
  • Glue sticks
  • Sheets of 9” x 12” blue construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Rickrack or yarn

Distribute one sheet of blue construction paper and construction paper scraps to each child. Provide cotton balls and other decorative supplies like buttons, glitter, or yarn. Cut and glue geometric shapes to create a house. Glue the geometric shapes on to the blue paper. Glue on cotton balls for clouds or smoke coming out of the chimney. Color the grass, people, and pets using markers or crayons.

photo my home


Pre-assembled “Color your own teepee” craft kits are available from Oriental Trading Company, This paper craft uses pipe cleaners, feathers, and string to embellish the teepee after it has been colored.

My Book About Homes

Enrich early literacy skills by using the instructions from DLTK at to allow each child to create a book about homes that he or she can read alone. The templates are provided in black and white for children to color or in color to use as is.

Games and Activities

Little Mouse Flannel Board Game

Play “Little Mouse, Little Mouse” using the instructions and patterns on pages 188-189 in Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes. For this flannel board game, make several houses in different colors. Make one mouse. The children cover their eyes while the mouse is hidden behind one of the houses on the flannel board. Recite the rhyme included in the book while the children take turns trying to guess which house the mouse is hiding under.

Photo Little Mouse

Guest Speakers

Ask your local Boy Scout troop or Campfire group to demonstrate how to build a teepee.

Professional Resources

Raising the Roof: Children's Stories and Activities on Houses by Jan Irving. (This book is available through NetLibrary, a Texshare database.)

Child Fun

This site offers an ever-increasing supply of activities, resources, fingerplays, songs, and more on a variety of themes, including families and houses.

Texas Reading Club 2010 Programming Manual / Catch the Reading Express!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011