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Making Popcorn

Read "Popcorn" and enjoy a popcorn snack

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  • Make a popcorn snack (be aware of possible choking with kernels)
  • Use a saucepan with glass top or popcorn maker where you can see the kernels pop
  • 2 tablespoons of unpopped kernels and 1 teaspoon of oil make about 1 quart of popcorn
  • A child can add kernels and oil before the saucepan is placed on the stove.  ADULT WILL BE IN CHARGE OF POPPING THE CORN
  • Chat about why popcorn can be a healthy snack - fiber, low in calories, etc.
  • Here is a video about how the popcorn kernels pop
  • Why not enjoy a snack of popcorn while reading this month’s book, “Popcorn” by Frank Asch or Read/Listen here
  • Reading at different times of the day introduces a preschooler that books and words are used throughout the day and not just at storytime or bedtime

Simplify

Open a bag of pre-popped popcorn or make a bag of popcorn in the microwave while reading the book "Popcorn"

Extend

The video about popcorn showed the different types of corn and that only one type of corn plant pops! 

Explain how the corn plant looks the same from the outside but inside the corn is different - sweet corn, field corn, ornamental corn, and popcorn. 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

How are people the same on the outside but different in the inside?

What is your favorite snack to eat and why?

Materials

  • Book "Popcorn" by Frank Asch or Read/Listen here (use full screen and pause as needed)
  • saucepan with lid, stove or popcorn maker
  • 2 tablespoons unpopped kernels
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • salt to flavor (optional)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Green
  • Number - Five, 5
  • Alphabet Letters - G, Y
  • Senses - Review
  • Character Trait - Confidence
  • Target Words - Stop, Go, Slow, More

Monthly Proverb

Hasidic- The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

Did You Know?

 "Advances in cognitive science make it clear that very young children are capable of much more academically than was previously imagined." The Albert Shanker Institute 

Books to Read

"Sheep In A Shop"
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7) (audiobook option)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog"
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn"
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

"Sheep in A Shop". VIDEO
by Nancy Shaw (Activity 7)

"I Don't Want To Be A Frog". VIDEO
by Dev Petty (Activity 8)

"Popcorn". VIDEO
by Frank Asch (Activity 16)

Music Playlist

"I Believe in You"
by Divo and Celine Dion Album IL Divo/Ancora (Vocal Classical) (Activity 18)

"She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain"
by Gay Blazers Album The Treasury of Barbershop Quartets (Barbershop Quartet) (Activity 19)

"What’s Your Name"
by Mike Soloway Album Hungry for Manners (Childrens) (Activity 1)

"What's Your Name" VIDEO
by Mike Soloway (Activity 1)

"She'' Be Comin Round the Mountain" VIDEO
by Gay Glazers (Activity 19)

"I Believe In You" VIDEO
by Divo and Celine Dion (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Red says STOP

(Activity 14 Month 6)

Red says STOP 

Green says GO

Yellow says WAIT

You better go SLOW

5 Little Ducks Went Out to Play

(Activity 26 Month 6)

Five little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only four little ducks came back.

 

Four little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only three little ducks came back.

 

Three little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only two little ducks came back.

 

Two little ducks Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But only one little duck came back.

 

One little duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

But none of the five little ducks came back.

 

Sad Mother Duck Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

The sad Mother Duck said

"QUACK QUACK QUACK."

And all of the five little ducks came back.