Counting Books [May 24, 2013]

Songs & Rhymes

Books Read

  • 9 Fruits Alive by Mindy Macdonald
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Eight Silly Monkeys by Steven Haskamp
  • 10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel




8sillymonkys10hungry rabbits

Posted in Counting Books | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Color Red

Books Read



redridinghoodlittle red hen











Rhymes & Songs

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




IMG_1750Hope the Bunny

  • We do “Hope the Bunny” [like “Elf on the Shelf”].  We bought the Resurrection Eggs, and I have a green gingham bunny that we named Hope.  For the weeks before Easter, Hope sits on the shelf in our kitchen with the empty yellow 12-count ceramic egg crate.  
  • Every couple of days, Hope will be missing from the shelf because she hid an Easter egg.  My girls run through the house looking for Hope the Bunny and the missing egg (from the Resurrection Eggs set).  When they find it they bring it to me and hear the story and Bible verse that match the mini object inside the egg.  And I of course give them a piece of candy to go with it.  
  • The Resurrection Eggs come with a small booklet that describes each mini object as a significant symbol of Jesus’ triumphal entry, death and resurrection — the Easter Story.  I also made up a few of my own eggs (since there were only 12) using the names or characteristics of God, and we would read (and they would repeat) the verse from the Bible that goes along with the name or characteristic.  For example I put a tiny heart in the egg, and then we read 1 John 4:8, “God is love.”
  • After I tell the story and they get their candy, we put the egg in the yellow crate next to Hope the Bunny on the kitchen shelf.
  • The last egg in the Resurrection Eggs is empty because “He is Risen!”, so we’ve incorporated that into our egg hunt on Sunday with all of the cousins.  We hide all the empty plastic eggs, and when they finish hunting the eggs, we sit down, and I ask them to open one… it’s empty… we ask what it means… HE IS RISEN!… and then we use the last pages in “The Story of the Resurrection Eggs in Rhyme and Song” by Miss PattyCake (Jean Thomason) to help tell the story.  And then they get special treats to celebrate.
  • I love Miss PattyCake’s book and DVD.  We use it for our preschoolers and little ones.  We watched the DVD on our drive to Grandparents’ house, and we read the 1-2 pages each time it went along with the egg/mini object symbol.  It’s a great resource, and even the book includes songs to sing (that you can learn from watching the DVD), and the history of the Easter Egg.

Books Read

Rhymes & Songs

Posted in Easter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transportation, Trucks, Trains & Engines

Books Read:

  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • Early in the Morning
  • Freight Train
  • Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • Busy, Busy City Street
  • busy busy city streetfreight train  little engine that couldconstruction site









Rhymes & Songs:

  • This is the way we… jump up and down, stand on our tiptoes, etc.
  • Walking, walking, walking, walking, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop…
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Up, up, up
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Shake our sillies out
  • Down by the station
  • This is a choo choo train, puffing down the track (bend arms and rotate in direction).  Now it’s going forward, now it’s going back.  Now the bell is ringing (pull string ding ding).  Now the whistle blows.  What a lot of noise it makes everywhere it goes (cover ears).
  • I wiggle my fingers
Posted in Transportation & Construction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Books Read

  • “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” by Iza Trapani
  • “Old Bear” by Kevin Henkes
  • “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson
  • “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen
  • “Orange Pear Apple Bear” by Emily Gravett
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle


old bear

bear snores on

going on a bear hunt




orange pear apple bear

brown bear what do you see






Rhymes & Songs [click on name below to go to website with words]


Posted in Bears | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas

The Advent Jesse Tree tells stories from the Bible starting with Creation and the sneaky snake [that’s what my daughter calls him] to the birth of Jesus [on Christmas Day].

I bought the tree from Paul Michael Co. in Canton, TX last year [and added the ribbon to the tree for tying on the ornaments].  I like using the wood tree because of its meaning from Isaiah 11:

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord…”

Ornaments are from NavyMango shop on Etsy.  I wrapped each ornament in a box (from Michaels Arts & Crafts with the number for each day written on bottom so they can be re-used each year) for the girls to open, and then we tell the story of the day. 

* I really like the felt ornaments from NavyMango because they can’t break, and our little ones of all ages can play with them.  You can make your own ornaments (like coloring pages) from numerous websites found online or from other Etsy vendors.

* Know that each Advent Jesse Tree devotional book and/or ornaments can be different.  Some are “character” driven [starting with God {made the world} then going through Noah, Abram, Moses, Ruth, etc.]  and others are “symbol” (or concept) driven [such as God’s creation, The First Sin, The Flood, God’s Providence (through Joseph), the prophecies in Isaiah, etc.].   I’ve started to make my own chart that combines several devotional books and has the character/symbol/concept, Scripture verses, children’s books that tell the story (with pictures and are age appropriate), and songs to sing as a family.  [For example see below: today in Lit & Lyrics we read the story from the “Read Aloud Bible Stories” book for today’s ornament of Joshua and the Fall of Jericho (trumpet ornament).

Books Read:

  • I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by by Alison Jackson and Judy Schachner
  • Jesus, Me and My Christmas Tree by Crystal Bowman and Claudine Gévry
  • Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
  • The Advent Jesse Tree Devotional Book by Dean Lambert Smith
  • [“Joshua And The Wall” from the “Read Aloud Bible Stories, Vol. 4 for today’s Advent Jesse Tree ornament]
  • Luke 2 [the children dressed up and acted out the story]
  • A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck and Sarah Jane Wright
  • Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Daley Mackall, Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
  • The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats [I love these pictures… we sang as we turned the pages and played drums with sticks or tapping our laps with our hands]

Cool Toys Games and Books for MikeProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct Details Product Details

Rhymes & Songs:

The Candy Cane Poem [author unknown]

A significant symbol of Christmas
Is the simple candy cane.
It’s shape is the crook of the shepherd
One of the first who came.


The lively peppermint flavor is
The regal gift of spice.
The white is Jesus’ purity.
The red is sacrifice.

The narrow stripes are friendship.
And the nearness of his love.
Eternal, sweet compassion
A gift from God above.

The candy cane reminds us all
of how much God cared.
And like His Christmas gift to use
It’s meant to be broken and shared.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas [with a couple of “action” modifications]

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year

Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
and a Happy New Year

Let’s all do a little jumping
Let’s all do a little jumping
Let’s all do a little jumping
and a Happy New Year

Let’s all do a little twirling
Let’s all do a little twirling
Let’s all do a little twirling
and a Happy New Year


Posted in Christmas | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving (11.13.2012)

Books Read:

Product Details Product Details Product DetailsProduct DetailsProduct DetailsProduct Details

Songs & Rhymes:

  • If you’re [thankful] and you know it, clap your hands
  • This is the way [we jump and down]
  • Up, up, up, down, down, down
  • Poem: Five Little Turkeys
  • Shake our sillies out
  • Open, shut them
  • Where is thumbkin [pumpkin]
  • {our prayer before the cookies}  Thank you God for the world so sweet.  Thank you God for the food we eat.  Thank you God for the birds that sing.  Thank you God for everything.
  • My hands say thank you

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Cream the butter and sugars together.  Add the egg and vanilla then the dry ingredients and combine well.  Stir in the oats and coconut.  Drop by teaspoonfuls (very small drops, they expand) onto an ungreased cookie sheet.   Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7-10 minutes.  Don’t overbake.



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tspn soda
  • 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/4 tspn salt
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
Posted in Thanksgiving | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Books Read:

Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details Product DetailsProduct Details

Songs & Action Rhymes:

  • This is the way [we jump up and down, wiggle our toes, reach to the sky, etc.]
  • Poem: Five Little Jack-O-Lanterns by Jean Warren (read with 5 little pumpkins that we counted and took away as a group)
  • I planted little pumpkin seeds right into the ground, but day by day they grew and grew and grew to be big and round
  • “I’m a Little Pumpkin” [to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”]: I’m a little pumpkin, orange and round.  Here is my stem, there is the ground.  When I get all picked up, Don’t you shout!  Open me up and scoop me out!
  • Ring around the ‘Rosies
  • Shake your sillies out
  • I can plant a pumpkin seed just like this, just like this.  I can plant a pumpkin seed just like thi-is in the ground [I can plant it with my hand, I can water it, etc.]
  • Pumpkin Thumbkin: Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin, round and fat, round and fat.  Harvest time is coming, harvest time is coming.  Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Have you done anything to creatively read this book with your child or in a group?  Leave a reply below.

Posted in Pumpkins | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From Head to Toe

Books Read

Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details Product Details


  • Head & shoulders, knees and toes
  • Swing our hands
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Ring around the rosies
  • Nose, nose, where’s your nose
  • Shake your sillies out
  • Open, shut them
  • Where is thumbkin

Have you done anything to creatively read this book with your child or in a group?  Leave a reply below.

Posted in Head to Toe | Tagged , , | Leave a comment