Weekly Theme: Noah’s Ark

Our theme this week is Noah’s Ark. and I’m really pleased with how easy it was to put together – there are so many books and craft ideas to choose from, and I was even able to find some simple songs to integrate into the theme!

The books we’re reading for story time this week are:

  • All Afloat on Noah’s Boat (Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees)
  • On Noah’s Ark (Jan Brett)
  • The Animals Watched: An Animal Alphabet (John Warren Stewig and Rosanne Litzinger)

I settled on these three after searching our county library’s OPAC (online public access catalog, for those of you that don’t speak librarian) by subject for children’s books featuring Noah’s ark.  I checked out about six books, and read through them to find the ones I thought were most appropriate for this unit.  Those that didn’t make the cut included the Caldecott-winning Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier; though the watercolor illustrations are lovely, it’s primarily a wordless book and I prefer something with a strong storyline for reading aloud.  I might let Mr. S look through that one while I read him the story from the Bible, though; but even then, it might be more distracting than effective.

For crafts this week, there were once again many online resources to choose from – but my search was narrowed down by the fact that Mr. S doesn’t especially like to color.  Today we cut out an ark, waves, and sun from colored paper and glued them onto a white background – then we opened up a package of animal crackers and glued pairs of them onto the ark.  (After that, Mr. S ate the rest for a snack, of course!)  Later in the week, we’ll be making another cut-and-paste mobile that will have him doing a little bit of coloring but also making clouds out of cotton balls, and then on the last day we’ll make a Fruit Loops rainbow on a paper plate.  The original idea for the rainbow project involved colored marshmallows, but I couldn’t find any at the grocery store so I settled for Fruit Loops.  The hardest part will be getting him to make the rainbow rather than just eating them!

Mr. S is also starting his co-op enrichment classes this week.  He’s not as excited about that as I am, but I think he’ll have a good time once he settles in.  We had a picnic yesterday with many of the other co-op families and it went well, there are several other boys his age so I’m looking forward to him making new friends!

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