Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

I'm sure many of you have heard of or read the children's book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, co-authored by Bill Martin. I was familiar with the title of this book, but before this week, had never actually read it. In our pre-k curriculum, we are spending some time exploring letters, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is the focus book for the week. I went over to Carisa's site, and printed out her activity pack for this book, and it's been invaluable to me this week.

We used the upper and lower case letters to play Go Fish, and we also colored the coconut tree coloring books together. Miss O really liked the coloring books, but she didn't understand the Go Fish. Little Bean loves all card games, and caught on quickly to this one.

I also checked out the book and companion CD from our local library, and we read through the book several times along with the CD (read by Ray Charles!). Following that, the CD had a number of songs, with the words to the story set to a rhythm. We had a good time singing along with those.

We also made a coconut tree out of green handprints and taped that to the dish washer. We used magnetic letters to re-enact the story on our coconut tree.

And just before dinner this evening, we used lower case letter stamps and made a bit of artwork resembling the letters climbing the coconut tree. I love how these turned out!

I can't wait to continue the fun and letter learning tomorrow! :)


Annette said...

Such fun!! Great job doing lots of activities with it!

Miller Moments said...

One of our favorite books! Great activity.

Letters,Numbers and Books said...

we love that book too! how is the new curriculum going?? I'm toying with the idea of spending the summer writing my own and implementing Itty Bitty Bookworm too!

Christy said...

We love the book too. We also love Chicka Chicka 123. Have you read that one yet? I still want to make the coconut tree. I think we are the only family in the blogging world that has not done that yet!

Jennifer said...

Letters, Numbers and Books--wow, writing your own curriculum is a huge task! Good for you! We are liking Moving Beyond the Page a lot!

Christy--We haven't gotten Chicka Chicka 123 yet, but I guess we'll have to check it out sometime soon!

N said...

lol - I just had to say that in that first picture it looks like you have a baby lying alone on the couch in the background (yes, I know it's a doll, it just made me laugh!)

love the re-creation on the fridge! :)

Jenny said...

I really like this :)this is one of my daughters favorites!

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