June 19, 2017
Earlier this week, we met some new faces at the Cornery Creamery for storytime and some delicious ice cream. And while there was no actual screaming, we sure did share lots of giggles at the silly stories!
The books that we read were selected because they shared TWO things in common--ice cream and . . . friendship. Each story portrayed what happens when you share (or don't share), how it makes the other person feel, and how you might feel too. Here are two of the ways we pulled these lessons from the pages:
- PICTURE CLUES: We looked to the illustrations of the story (specifically the character's faces) to let us know how each character was feeling. During our reading we paused to check out their facial expressions and wondered aloud how they might be feeling--happy, left out, frustrated, excited, worried, etc.
- MAKING PREDICTIONS: While reading each book aloud, we would pause before turning the page, asking "What do you think will happen next?" If you encounter blank stares and silence, continue prodding by asking a yes/no question like "Do you think this will happen? Or do you think that will happen?"
Early childhood studies have shown that when readers look for PICTURE CLUES and practice MAKING PREDICTIONS, their rate of fact recall and comprehension are vastly improved. So try out these techniques at home when reading aloud!
BOOKS We Shared
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinsaurs / Eric Litwin
This book features lots of repetitive text, helping children to "read" right along with you. There is also a silly song that the characters repeat over and over (and children love to hear a grown-up sing the story). A great tale for making predictions!
All Tutus Should Be Pink / Sheri Brownrigg
A particularly girly tale but easy for everyone to like. These best friends LOVE everything pink--from their ballet tutus to their strawberry ice cream. Lots of positive facial expressions and examples of how to make your friend feel good.
Should I Share My Ice Cream? / Mo Willems
This story tells the tale of Elephant, a rather reluctant sharer. Elephant does considers his friend's feelings, but wavers on whether or not to share with Piggie. (Most interesting about this text is that there is no conversation, per se. Instead, all of the text is in speech bubbles, allowing the reader to "hear" what each character is thinking/feeling). In the end, it's Piggie that teaches Elephant a valuable lesson about friendship.
Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star / Kevin Henkes
This story of Wemberly tells the tale of what happens when sharing doesn't quite work according to plan. This is a great "if life give you lemons . . . " tale with a happy
More BOOKS to Check Out
More SONGS and RHYMES to Share
Ice Cream Scoops
First we need a cone, nice and crunchy.
Then we need some ice cream, sweet and yummy,
Scoop 'em on; stack 'em on', up to the sky.
We love ice cream, my oh my!
First comes vanilla, cold and sweet.
Then comes chocolate, a delicious treat.
Here's some strawberry, orange sherbet, too.
A super-duper scooper cone just for you!
One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, four,
We love ice cream--let's have some more!
Ice Cream Cones
Five little ice cream cones so good to eat.
The first one said, "I'm a summer time treat."
The second one said, "It's such a hot day."
The third one said, "I'm melting away."
The fourth one said, "Don't lose your top."
The fifth one said, "Oh dear, ker-plop!"
Eighteen luscious, scrumptious flavors
Chocolate, lime and cherry,
Coffee, pumpkin, fudge banana
Caramel cream and boysenberry.
Rocky road and toasted almond,
Butterscotch, vanilla dip,
Butter brickle, apple ripple,
Coconut and mocha chip,
Brandy peach and lemon custard,
Each scoop lovely, smooth and round,
Tallest ice cream cone in town,
Lying there (sniff) on the ground
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet,
Eating some chocolate ice cream.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And said, "Gimme some now or I'll scream!"
Recipe for Home-Made Ice Cream
Pour whole milk and cream into large bowl; stir.
Sprinkle sugar into mixture, add salt and vanilla; stir.
Add fruit, nuts or crushed candy.
Pour batter into small coffee can, leave approximately 2 inches or more between batter and top of can.
Snap lid on can. (Wrap tape around it for a tight seal.)
Place small can inside large can; sprinkle one and a half cups chopped ice around the small can.
Add a couple hands full of rock salt.
Continue alternating layers of ice and rock salt til full. Place the lid on large can
Let kids go outside and "ROLL AWAY" (push the can to each other along a sidewalk or porch for about twenty minutes).
EAT immediately! Best when fresh!
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
Rock salt (purchase at hardware store)
Crushed ice cubes
Coffee cans (one small 12oz, one large 39 oz, both with tight fitting lids
1/2 cup chopped fresh fruit or whole berries
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Crushed candy bars