Monday, May 23, 2011

S is for S'mores

S Is for S'Mores: A Camping Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press Sports & Hobbies)

I loved K is for Kick and P is for Putt so, it's natural that I'd like S Is for S'Mores: A Camping Alphabet! As with the other books in the series, there is catchy text associated with each letter of the alphabet in addition to several facts about camping. Here are some more fun activities to try:
  • Trail Mix S'mores: Mix mini marshmallows, teddy grahams, and mini chocolate chip cookies in a bag and you have all of the fixings (without the mess) for the perfect s'more!
  • Animal Collage: Make a collage of animals that you might see while camping.
  • Map It: Mark the National Parks on a map of the United States.
  • Pop Up Tent: Add a small pop up tent to housekeeping or block area. Add a few props such as blankets, flashlights, sleeping bags etc
  • Starry Night: Buy glow in the dark stars to put around your classroom (particularly on the ceiling) and turn off the lights to pretend you are camping under the stars.
  • Coloring Pages and Patterns: Use these coloring pages to enhance the theme. Children can color them or teachers can use them to create bulletin boards or concept activities.
  • S is for S'more and C is for Camping: Print and color 2 tent patterns. On one tent, write the letter S and on the other, write the letter C. Have a variety of pictures or objects that begin with the letters C and S. Children sort the objects by placing them on top of the correct tent.
  • North, South, East, and West: Teach children to use a compass.
  • Camp Fire: Make logs by wrapping paper towel tubes in brown construction paper. Use red, yellow and orange tissue paper "flames" to add to the logs. Add a small mini-flashlight under the "fire" to make it glow! Large white cotton balls attached to the end of the stick make great "marshmallows!"
  • Nature Sounds: Play a CD of nature sounds such as Echoes of Nature: American Wilds.
  • Camp Fire Stories: Have children bring sleeping bags. Sit around the pretend campfire, turn out the lights (remember to have your Starry Sky ready), eat your s'more trailmix and tell camping stories.

More Camping Books
Maisy Goes Camping: A Maisy First Experience BookWhen We Go CampingA Camping Spree With Mr. Magee

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping PoemsCurious George Goes CampingBailey Goes Camping [BAILEY GOES CAMPING]

Camping Day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Back on the Wagon

As regular readers know, I've been spending the last five months learning to live a new normal. It's been difficult most times, but my niece and nephew keep me and my entire family going strong.  My new normal, however, leaves little time for blogging. But I've promised to make writing more of a priority. Although I work in the early childhood field each day, many of you in management know, the day to day tasks sometimes leave little room for the good stuff (curriculum, developmental milestones, training, etc) and this blog is my outlet for all things early childhood! So I've promised to not abandon it, as it provides me with a reminder of my reason for getting into this awesome early childhood field. Having said that, my blog posts may be farther apart but I'll never be too far away from my little blog home. My Book of the Day posts will likely become Book of the Month and I'd love to have some volunteer GUEST BLOGGERS who also share a passion for early childhood. Please connect with me via direct message on Twitter  or via email earlyliteracycounts AT if you'd like to write a guest post.

Back on the writing wagon,

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