Intro: Pete the Cat and the 4 Groovy Buttons
Physical: Molly at the Dentist by Angie Sage. Molly the Monster has two teeth now so her mother takes her to the dentist so he can look at her teeth. This short, bright lift-the-flap is a perfect intro to a dentist's visit. And it turned out that everyone in the room had teeth -- even Nicholas, nine months old, had just gotten one that week!
Gripping Tale: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. Bright pictures, funny rhymic text with predictable rhymes -- this book was a great opening number! The newcomers were immediately enthralled.
Science & Math: Whose Nose is This? by Randolph.
Wiggling: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. OR Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin -- try doing it Simon Says OR Bounce by Doreen Cronin.
This is the Way We Wash Our Face
Clapping: Mother Mother I Feel Sick, Send for the Doctor Quick Quick Quick by Remy Charlip. I asked them to clap while I read the words of this jump rope song in book form. I noticed out of the corner of my ear that the clapping diminished three quarters into the book, so maybe I'll shorten it a little next year, but it was fun.
Dr. Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker, No. 9. (and other favorites). This was the first time we sang this sang together, and it was a bit of a challenge but I like it so much -- the numbers go up instead of down! There are so many countdown songs; five little pumpkins, five little snowmen, that I'm happy to do one that counts up for a change. Sorry I couldn't find a published copy of it available, but if you want to see what it's supposed to sound like, check out the Wiggles' version here:
Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica
performed by the great Eric Litwin himself!
Craft: Fourth of July. Painting with the tines of forks to get that sparkly effect.
Fingerprint art. Remind the kids: Use a different finger for each color!