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Circle Time Presentation

Ask the children to tell you their favorite kind of jam or jelly and their favorite kind of berries. Have one child look at the cover of the book and tell whether the book will be a funny book ornot. Read JAMBERRY at least twice. Encourage the children to join in as they recall the rhyming lines. Announce all the berry activities you have planned for the day.

STORY STRETCHER

For Art: Silly Berry Jamberry Pictures

What the children will learn-
To draw a happy and silly picture with many berries in it

Materials you will need-

  • Paper
  • crayons or chalks

What to do-

  1. Talk about the illustrations in JAMBERRY and how they make us feel happy and silly when we see them.
  2. Ask the children to think of happy and silly pictures with lots of berries in them. JAMBERRY had a canoe filled with berries, a goose driving a train load of blackberries and elephants skating onraspberry jam.
  3. Encourage the children as they are getting started with their silly pictures, then leave them to work on their own.
  4. Display the silly berry JAMBERRY pictures on the bulletin board.

Something to think about-
If you have a child who doesn't want to draw a silly berry picture, encourage him to draw a picture where he is eating one of his favorite berry foods.

STORY STRETCHER

For Cooking And Snack Time: Tasting Berries

What the children will learn-
To compare the tastes of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries

Materials you will need-

  • Fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • large bowls and serving bowls
  • spoons
  • whipped cream (optional)

What to do-

  1. Have several children assist you in washing the berries and preparing them for the snack table.
  2. At snack time, let the children serve themselves a few of each berry
  3. Taste the berries and compare the tastes. Discuss some of the foods we prepare with berries, jams, pies or cobblers, fillings for pastries.

Something to think about-
Add the whipped cream topping only after the children have tasted the berries in their natural forms. If you use frozen berries, select those which do not have sugar added.
(Adapted from Nancy Robbins' classroom.)

STORY STRETCHER

For Music And Movement: Berryland Marching Band

What the children will learn-
To march while playing rhythm band instruments

Materials you will need-

  • Rhythm band instruments
  • recording of march music
  • record or tape player

What to do-

  1. Have all the children seated on the circle time rug. Distribute the rhythm band instruments.
  2. Ask the children to place their instruments on the rug in front of them.
  3. Start the recording of the march music and have the children clap their hands in time with the music.
  4. Let the children pickup their instruments and play them in time with the music while they are seated on the rug.
  5. Then, lead the children in a march around the room while they play their rhythm band instruments.

Something to think about-
Some of the rhythm band instruments are more popular than others. Invariably, many children want to play the drum and few want to play the triangle. We suggest you have all the instruments in a largebox and distribute them around the circle without asking children for their choices. On some days, have smaller marching bands during free play and then the children can choose theirinstruments.

ANOTHER STORY STRETCHER

For Music And Movement: Dancing In The Meadow

What the children will learn-
To move and dance with streamers

Materials you will need-

  • Crepe paper streamers or scarves
  • recording of light, happy music
  • cassette or record player

What to do-

  1. Show the children Bruce Degen's illustration of the bear, the boy, the ponies and the lambs dancing in the meadow with the paper streamers.
  2. Have the children sit on the circle time rug and play some light, happy music. Have them move their arms in a swaying motion to feel the rhythm of the music.
  3. Then, play the recording again and move rhythmically around the room with the children in response to the music.
  4. Place the crepe paper streamers across a table and let the children select a streamer.
  5. Play the recording again and have the children move in response to the music. Tell them they are happy like the boy and the bear dancing in the meadow with the ponies and the lambs.

Something to think about-
At the first of the year, some children feel too inhibited to move with abandon. Encourage their participation gently without pressuring them or calling attention to their non-participation.
(Adapted from Debbie Phillips' classroom.)

STORY STRETCHER

For Science And Nature Center: Berry Plants And Berry Bushes

What the children will learn-
To recognize how berries grow

Materials you will need-

  • Strawberry plants
  • small blueberry, blackberry and raspberry bushes from a garden center

What to do-

  1. If possible, visit a garden or farm where some berries are grown and let the children pick fresh berries from the vine or bush.
  2. Ask a gardener or garden center owner to bring in plants for the children to see and talk with the children about the care the plants need to grow.
  3. Place the plants in the science and nature center for the children to examine and care for.

Something to think about-
Create a display of berries, juices, jams and jellies for the children to associate with their plants. If possible, add pictures of the plants at various stages of development.

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