Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Things that Go

Beep beep, vroom vroom, choo choo! Does your little reader love all things that go?  Board the Freight Train at home before joining us as we explore transportation this week. All aboard!

READ – Freight Train by Donald Crews

Freight Train by Bowers

READ

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All aboard the freight train! This Caldecott Honor Book features bright colors and bold shapes. Even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he or she has watched a freight train passing after reading Freight Train.
Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:

  • Before you read look at the cover together. Ask your little ones to predict what the book will be about. 
  • Ask your little readers to name the colors of the train cars. 
  • Point out the pattern of the train colors. 
  • Practice making train noises. 
  • Talk about the movement of the train. Practice moving your bodies fast and slow. 

SING: Choo-choo, toot-toot! Sing along and practice naming colors with This Little Train. 

This Little Train (Tune: This Old Man)

This little train, painted black

It comes chugging down the track

With a "Choo-choo; Toot-toot"

Hear the whistle blow

this little train goes chugging home.

his little car painted blue

It has seats for me and for you

With a "Choo-choo; Toot-toot"

Hear the whistle blow

this little train goes chugging home.

This little car, painted green

It's the fanciest train car you've ever seen,

With a "Choo-choo; Toot-toot"

Hear the whistle blow

this little train goes chugging home.

This caboose; it is red

It will take you home to bed

With a "Choo-choo; Toot-toot"

Hear the whistle blow

this little train goes chugging home.

EXPLORE: Freight Train Painting

child's drawing of a freight train

You’ll need:

  • Paint 
  • Paper 
  • Toy trains 

Pour a small amount of paint on a piece of paper. Encourage your little ones to use the train wheels to spread the paint across the paper. Provide as many choices as possible, and allow your little ones to explore colors and the movement of the trains.

JOIN: Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to ride as we explore things that go! 

Little Movers & Shakers: Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills. We will get moving with Old Macdonald’s Things That Go by Jane Clarke and Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter. 
Each week we will use an instrument to sing a song and explore sounds and movement. This week we will be using an egg shaker. If you’d like to participate, you can use an empty plastic container or water bottle and fill it with dried rice, beans, popcorn kernels, coins, or anything else that makes a sound.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – 1pm

Friday, September 11, 2020 – 10 am

Little Explorers: Bam, smash, and crash with construction vehicles! This exploration-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will use books to nurture curiosity, create, and discover the world around us. This week we will read Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney and Smashy Town by Andrew Zimmerman and David Clemesha. After investigating our theme through stories, songs, and a game we will conclude our program with a hands-on activity. 
Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home for our exploration activity. This week’s needed materials are:

  • Used/empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Liquid glue 
  • Piece of paper or cardboard

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 10 am

KEEP READING: Check out one of these books about things that go!

 

 

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