Saturday, March 7, 2015


Brightly Beaming Steps to Reading Program
Preparatory Curriculum Ages 2 - 4

Lesson 7

This week's theme is STARS.  The vocabulary word is twinkle - to twinkle is to flash, sparkle or gleam.

Books to read aloud that support the theme:  
The Happy Star by Yaroslav Kostrov
What Are Stars For Children? 
I Want To Know: Stars and Constellations 
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Iza Trapani
Ten Wishing Stars by Treesha Runnells 
The Big Dipper by Franklyn M. Branley
The Sky is Full of Stars by Franklyn M. Branley
The Sleepy Little Star by Kymberli W. Brady
There are 508 Stars in the Sky by Marky Allen
Where Do Falling Stars Go? by Melanie Friedersdorf
Stars by Seymour Simon (use for the pictures)

Poem that support the theme:  
Star Light Star Bright

Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish, I wish tonight.

Songs that support the theme: 
A Bright Stars Shine All Around
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 
Would You Like to Swing on a Star:  


“Galumph!” went the little green frog one day.
“Galumph!” went the little green frog.
“Galumph!” went the little green frog one day,
And his eyes went “blink, blink, blink!”

(M) Gross Motor Skills Activity:  Reach for the stars... walk on tip toe reaching for stars.  (You could have glow in the dark stars up on the ceiling.)
Jump like a star... jump out like in jumping jacks and make a star shape.
All these activities can be done with music playing in the background.

(T-W-TH) Shape/Color 
This week you will teach the shape of a star.
  • Collect 3 - 5 everyday objects in the shape of a star... ie: earrings, cookie cutters, toys, make one out of felt, etc... to share with your child and discuss.
  • Walk through your home looking for stars.  (If this is difficult, look in magazines and books.)
  • Cut stars out of playdough or cookie dough... bake the cookies!
  • Put a drawing of a star on your learning poster.

(W-TH-F) Letter 
The letter this week is G.
G - big curve, dash
g - little curve, hook forward
  • Give your child a printout of the (capital) letter G to color.  ~Letter Printouts~
  • Teach your child to trace the shape of the letter G using his finger.  You can trace in pudding, finger paint, a shallow tray (cookie sheet) filled with rice or beans, etc.
  • Point out the letter G in signs, cereal boxes, etc.
  • Post the letter G on your learning poster.
 G is for GOAT

(TH-F) Number  The number this week is the number 7.
Across the sky and down from heaven.
That's the way to make a seven!
  • Show your child 7 objects to count, or eat 7 crackers, 7 cheerios, etc.
  • Show your child the written symbol (numeral) for 7 and put on your learning poster.
  • Add 7 stickers to your counting book.
  • Show your matching index cards for the number 7 to your child.
  • Draw 7 stars on a piece of paper and count them with your child.
  • Walk around your home counting 7 of many different objects.

(F) Fine Motor Skills Activity:  Let your child put shiny gold or silver star stickers on a piece of black construction paper.  Create the night sky.

Apple Painting - Story of "The Little House with No Doors, No Windows and a Star Inside"

My daughter and I go to a Joyful Parenting class every Thursday morning.  Yesterday her teacher, Ms. Lori, read us a wonderful story about a little boy on a mission to find a little house with no doors, no windows and a star inside.  It was such a cute story I thought I would share.  After the story, the kids did apple printing by dipping the cut apples in paint and stamping them onto paper.  Before reading the story, I strongly recommend having an apple, cutting board and knife on hand so your kids can find the star in their own apples.


Once there was a little boy who had played almost all day.  He had played with all his toys and all the games he knew, and he could not think of anything else to do.  So, he went to his mother and asked, “Mother, what shall I do now?”

His mother said, “I know about a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside.  You can find it, if you go look for it.”

So the little boy went outside and there he met a little girl.  He asked, “Do you know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”

The little girl said, “No, I don’t know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside, but you can ask my daddy.  He is a farmer and he knows lots of things.  He’s down by the barn and maybe he can help you.”

So, the little boy went to the farmer down by the barn and said, “Do you know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”

“No,” said the farmer, “I don’t know, but why don’t you ask Grandmother.  She is in her house up on the hill.  She is very wise and knows many things.  Maybe she can help you.”

So, the little boy went up the hill to Grandmother’s and asked, “Do you know where there is a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”   “No,” Grandmother answered, “I don’t know, but you ask the wind, for the wind goes everywhere, and I am sure he can help you.”

So, the little boy went outside and asked the wind, “Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”

And the wind said, “OHHHH!  OOOOOOOO!”  And it sounded to the little boy as if the wind said, “Come with me.”  So the little boy ran after the wind.  He ran through the grass and into the orchard and there on the ground he found the little house – the little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside!  He picked it up, and it filled both of his hands.  He ran home to his mother and said, “Look, Mother!  I found the little red house with no doors and no windows, but I cannot see the star!”

So this is what his mother did (cut the apple across the middle from side to side, not top to bottom). “Now I see the star!” said the little boy.  “Do you?”

My daughter had so much fun, we did it again at home!

Star Pasta Stars - Toddler Shape Activity

My daughter loves stars, which makes me happy because I do too.
I found this pasta at the store and knew I had to grab it for some crafts. They are tiny and perfect for kids that re putting things in their mouths. She popped a few in and spat them out and kept doing the activity.
You will need some paper, pasta, glitter and glue. That's it.
Let them play with the pasta before you start the craft, feel it, play with it and explore.
Add glue to the paper in star shapes. If they are older let them do this.
Tell them that they get to cover their stars with stars!
Pour it on ( we used a spoon and hands) and add glitter.
Let dry.
Explore it some more after it's dry.
Toddlers learn through their senses so let them explore as they create.

(F) Nursery Rhyme  The nursery rhyme this week is Wee Willie Winkie.  
Recite often!
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs, downstairs, in his nightgown;
Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,
"Are the children in their beds? For now it's eight o'clock." 


Here are Grandma’s glasses.  (make circles with thumb and index finger and hold up to face like eyeglasses)
Here is Grandma’s hat. (make a triangle on head with hands)
This is the way she folds her hands (fold hands)
And lays them in her lap. (set hands in lap)

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