Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Story Mix for Three to Six: Lunchtime Laughter

This week in Story Mix, our theme was lunchtime! Below are rhymes and stories we shared at this week's class.  Talking and sharing lunch with your child is a great way to start a conversation.  What does your child like to eat?  Has your family ever been on a picnic?  Is there anything you remember about lunchtime you can share with your child, like your favorite lunch box or snack?   Talking about food and the different mealtimes of the day, such as lunchtime, can help introduce new words to your child. 

To become skilled readers, children need rich language and broad vocabulary to understand messages conveyed in print.  Word knowledge can be developed through exposure to new words, such as 'lunchbox' or 'munch', and also new experiences, such as having a picnic.

Try these rhymes for lunchtime laughter that your 3-6 year old is sure to enjoy.  For even more fun, share them over a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Picnic Basket Rhyme
A-tisket A-tasket
Let’s pack a picnic basket
We’ll fill it up with food to munch
What should be in our lunch?

Little Mouse Rhyme  
(Sung to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?")
Are you hungry?  Are you hungry?
Little Mouse, Little Mouse
It is time for lunch, It is time for lunch
Eat right now, Eat right now

Counting Baby Mice Rhyme
Where are the baby mice?
Squeak squeak squeak
I cannot see them
Peek peek peek
Here they come out of their hole in the wall
1,2,3,4,5, That’s all!

If you're hungry for more lunchtime laughter, check out these books we read at Story Mix.

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson
Gladys the gorilla is tired of eating nothing but bananas, until the day she smells something wonderful that lures her from the zoo in search of a new treat. 
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I Need a Lunch Box by Jeannette Caines
A little boy yearns for a lunch box, even though he hasn't started school yet. 
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Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore
Easy-to-read text and die-cut illustrations allow various creatures to reveal what they like to eat. 
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