Animal Tracks by Arthur Dorros – We read, “Animal Tracks” together. Although she was focused and listening at the beginning, she lost her focus as the book was longer than most books she is used to. So instead of continuing to read, we looked at all the pictures. The front and back of this book has pictures of tracks made by different animals. We took a close look at these pages and I named the animals for her.
1. Quiet Time Poem – I first read the poem aloud and demonstrated the actions to R. During the second read, I made R do the actions with me by guiding her arms and body. We repeated this a number of times and she always giggled when crouching down at the very end. I then said the poem again and had her do the actions on her own while I did them along with her.
Next, I read the poem aloud a number of times while pointing to each magnetic foam animal. When R and I did the poem together, I would hand her one foam animal at a time and she would stick it onto the fridge for me.
a. Older children can make their own foam animals for this fun puppet play poem.
b. Have the child demonstrate animal recognition. I asked R to hand me one animal at a time at random. The first time she did this, she handed the correct animals to me. The few times after it was hit or miss. So, we can’t be certain if she does recognize all 8 animals yet. I’ll try this again in the future and make note of her progress.