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EHS Books and Beyond

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

Changes to Environment

Books (homemade books, soft books, board books, texture books, etc) Books on tape / CD CD Cases DVD Cases Flannel Board and flannel board pieces Puppets (homemade, finger puppets, etc) Keyboard (cut cord) Headphones (cut the cord) Microphone Cassette Tapes Cassette Player Cardboard Box T.V. Newspaper Magazines Brochures Menus Alphabet foam letters Maps Food Pyramid Recordings of parents reading Old records with stories Record player Letter stamps Sign language books and poster Alphabet puzzle Phone made with PVC pipe “Phonics Phone” Toy laptop Story Stones happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/










Water table: foam letters,  Sensory table: shredded newspaper, 

Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Turn pages in a book 2. Stamp letters on paper 3. Tell children about books and other reading materials, show examples and let children look at them 4. Instruct children on how to use sign language to communicate, look at picture cards 5. Puppet time (let children tell stories with puppets) 6. Make a book 7. Scribble on paper 8. Push buttons on keyboard, pretend to be writing a story 9, Look at and compare different types of media

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Have children collect items outside and tape them in a blank book to make an outside book. 2. Book Jump (spread books out and jump over them) 3. Book Balance (see if children can balance a book on their head)

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Where is M? (tune: Where is thumbkin?) Use letter cutouts and hold up when you get to that letter Where is “M”? Where is “M”? Here I am. Here I am. Tell us what your sound is. Tell us what your sound is. Mmmm mmmm (Repeat with other letters of the alphabet and their sounds.) 2.  I Like Books I like books I really do – Books with stories And pictures, too. Books of birds And things that grow Books of people We should know. Books of animals And places, too, I like books, yes I do. 3. Parts of a Book First there’s a Title page Table of contents, Glossary, and Index too These are all parts of a book With information to help you. On the Title page On the Title page In front of the book Is the title, illustrator, And the author of the book. Table of Contents Table of Contents In the front of the book A list of titles, the starting pages of the chapters, take a look In the Glossary In the Glossary In the back of the book Words in ABC order from the story Plus definitions, take a look In the Index In the Index In the back of the book A list of subjects in ABC order And pages found on, take a look! 4. What do you do? (tune: Farmer in the Dell) The author writes the book. The author writes the book. Hi, ho, librario. The author writes the book. The illustrator draws the pictures… The publisher puts it together… etc. 5. There Are Three Parts (tune: My Darlin Clementine) There are three parts, there are three parts, There are three parts to a book. There are three parts, there are three parts, There are three parts to a book. There’s the title.  There’s the author. There’s the illustrator. Now we’ll tell you, what they all do, What the three parts do. The title tells you what the story is,What you’re reading about. The title starts with a capital, And is usually at the top. The author is a person,Who writes the words. The author thinks of a story, And writes it all down. The illustrator is a person, Who draws the pictures. The illustrator makes up pictures That go with the words. Now we know them, now we know them,The three parts of a book. There’s the title. There’s the author. And an illustrator, too.

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Alphabet Sign Language 2. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum Fee, fi, fo fum (uncurl fingers 1 by 1) See my fingers, see my thumb! (wiggle fingers, then thumb) Fee, fi, fo, fum (curl up fingers 1 by 1) Bye-bye fingers, bye-bye thumb! (curl up thumb) 3. Here is My Book Here is my book, (hold hands together as if a book, then open) I open it wide, To see all the pictures, that are inside. 4. This Is A Book This is a book This a book Look inside Look inside Read all the words Read all the words Don’t be shy Don’t be shy


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


1. Charades

Private message one child with the word card. This child then pantomimes this clue while the other children guess the answer.


Practice phonics skills with these read-along stories.


Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars.



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