Bookstore – Set up a pretend bookstore on a shelf in your classroom with a variety of books (ABC, fiction, fairy tale, poetry, cookbook, magazine, etc.). Choose one child at a time to go shopping. Describe what kind of book you are interested in and send them to the “bookstore” to select the right book for you.
Poetry Month – April is National Poetry Month and a great time to read a poem a day.
Poetry Songbook – Each child will need a pocket folder. As you introduce new songs give children copies to save in their songbooks. Encourage children to illustrate the songs. Start each day by singing from the songbook.
Some good songs might include: “Twinkle Little Star,” “BINGO,” “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “The Farmer in the Dell,” “London Bridge,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Jack and Jill,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “The Alphabet Song,” or “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”
Poetry Café – Ask children to bring in an old coffee mug and a box of instant hot chocolate. Every Friday afternoon let them prepare a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy it as you read poems and say rhymes.
T-Chart - Use a T-chart to sort books that are fiction and non-fiction.