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BLAST Early Learning
Let's Start School!

Books:

Llama Llama Misses Mama
by Anna Dewdney   

Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

 

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague

Explains how young dinosaurs should behave
during a typical school day

 

Open-ended Questions for Llama Llama Misses Mama

  • Llama Llama missed his mama. What do you do when you miss home?
  • What is your favorite thing to do while you’re at school? Why?
 

Song :

I Like To Go To School
(tune: Farmer in the Dell)
I like to go to school.
I like to go to school.
Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh,
I like to go to school.
I like to sing new songs.
I like to sing new songs.
Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh,
I like to sing new songs.
I like to play with friends.
I like to play with friends.
Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh,
I like to play with friends.

 

Movement Activity :

School Boogie
(tune: Hokey Pokey)
You put your crayons in
You take your crayons out
You put your crayons in
And you shake them all about
You do the school boogie and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about

(Replace the word "crayons" with "markers," "books," or any other school supplies the students can think of.)

 

Vocabulary Word:

llama: n. a wooly mammal that looks like a camel
“Llama misses Mama so…
Why did Mama Llama go?”
(taken from Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney)

 

Activities:

Math: Sequencing Daily Schedule
Use 3x5 cards and put pictures of the daily activities and then have the children sequence the pictures in order on a clothes line attaching them with clothes pins.

Art
Copy a picture of a school house with 6 windows onto a piece of paper for each child. In each window write different things like, “My favorite food is…” “My favorite thing to do at school is…” “My favorite thing to do at home is…” Then let the students draw pictures in each space for their answer. You can label each picture and then display the m and see if the parents can guess which one belongs to their child.

Science
(taken from www.perpetualpreschool.com)
Gather a class supply of old, “dirty” pennies, a box of salt, and a bottle of vinegar. Tell the children you need to clean your pennies and sprinkle some salt over 2 or 3. When nothing happens, pour vinegar over a couple more. Next, mix the salt and vinegar in a pie pan, and add the pennies. Let them help stir. Voila! They will appear noticeably shinier. Talk about how the salt and vinegar worked together and ways we can work together to get things done. Depending on the age of your students you may wish to give each one a penny to take home, or give to parents with a note about the experiment. You may also want to try salt and vinegar potato chips for a snack.

 

Literature:

Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker
Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.

 

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
by Lauren Child
When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her.

 

If You Take a Mouse to School
by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
Follows a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school

 

Sumi's First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak
By the time Sumi finishes her first day of school, she decides that school is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.