Intro: Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton. Watch the rhythm. It's not always there.
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson. New. This is like a Tap! The Magic Tree sort of book. A lovely book.
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. So nice that I just happened to have a starfish (rubber) on hand for the ending. I know they liked this simple but appealing tale of a boy trying to catch a star. I heard one child say, "That was a good story."
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek. Adorable. It's not often kids laugh out loud over a book.
Goodnight, Moon. Read with a flashlight shining on the little mouse, etc., and the lights off. "I have that book," said Carson. "That's a nice book.
Star Wars Colors. We read this as an intro to the craft, which was light sabers and balloons. I had them leftover, it was a rainy day, so we did them. It was something different, and the kids loved playing with them.
Ten Twinkly Stars by Julian
- Moon, Moon, Moon by Laurie Berkner. Great tutorial on her DVD.
- Zoom, zoom, zoom.
- Motor Boat, Motor Boat -- there's a rocket ship in "How to Catch a Star," even if it's just a paper one.
- I told them about the magic in seeing a star, and taught them the words to "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight." You get a wish, just like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. (Good calmer too.)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Of course.
Story: I had the Big Book for Goodnight Moon, and read it together with the moms. It was a wonderful, sweet ending to the storyhour. "I have that book," said Carson. "That's a nice book."
Play: Disco light.
Does it get better than tissue paper scraps and glitter glue? "Go ahead and make it all bumpy" I said. "Because the moon has craters." They left dangling their crescent moons from strings, just in time for Halloween.