Whisky Frisky, Hippity Hop,
Up He Goes,To the tree top!
Whirly, Twirly, Round and round,
Down he scampers, To the ground.
Furly, culy, What a tail!
Tall as a feather, Broad as a sail!
Where's his supper? In the shell,
Snap, cracky, Out he fell!
~From Favorite Poems Old and New, pp.169~ Seamus has already memorized the first two stanza's!!
I've been as busy as a little squirrel gathering books and ideas for our next learning unit in the Preschool Learning Corner!! Seamus is taking the lead here and has requested that this fine furry little fellow be his next unit study! I am more than happy to follow his lead and so off we go into the world of Squirrels and Chipmunks!! I am taking many cues from MacBeth's Wonderful Squirrel Unit and well as Dawn's fabulous photos and ideas at By Sun and Candlelight, many thanks to both you very squirrely ladies (sorry, I couldn't resist)!
So here's a run-down of our many busy activities we are about to embark on:
Picture Books (As always, we have a nice list that we will be dipping into daily!)
Moon of the Chickarees by Jean Craighead George
Chipmunk Song by Joanne Ryder
Squirrels (Welcome to the World of Animals) by Diane Swanson
Busy Busy Squirrels by Colleen Stanley Bare
Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant
Squirrel and The Moon by Eleonore Schmid
Squirrels Brian Wildsmith
Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris Tibbets
The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
Chessie the Long Island Squirrel by Sachiko Komoto
Squirrels at My Window by Grace Marmor Spruch
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
Woody, Hazel and Little Pip by Elsa Beskow
Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks Take-Along Guide by Mel Boring, Linda Garrow
Gray Squirrel at Pacific Avenue by Geri Harrington, Michele Chopin Roosevelt
What do Squirrels eat?
Why do they gather nuts?
What happens to the nuts that are not found by the squirrels? (Look at Oak Tree from our Tree Basket)
Which other foods do they gather?
Where do they make their nests and of what?
Do they "sleep" all winter and what is that called? (Learn briefly about hibernation)
Why do they have bushy tails?
Acorn File Folder Game (in progress)
Gathering and Sorting (different sizes nuts)
Arts & Crafts:
Squirrel Poem Placemat: decorated with drawn and cut out pictures of Squirrels and Chipmunks, stickers, and autumn stamps
Visit parks to observe Squirrels in their natural habitat!!
Nut gathering and music play!
We are already busy busy and having fun with Squirrels. Squirrels and Autumn just seem to go together, don't they!
Thanks for visiting the Preschool Learning Corner and May God Bless you in your learning today!