Play: Disco light on when they came into the room, and we practiced "Star Light, Star Bright.
The Way Home by Oliver Jeffers.
If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty. 629.4 This is just such an excellent book. Skipping bits, we got all the way through it. Afterwards, we sang Motor Boat, then Zoom Zoom Zoom, then we got up and floated through space, walked on the moon with our bouncy walks for a while, gathered moon rocks (invisible) and put them in a bag (invisible), got back in our rocket ships, buckled up, and flew back to Earth, landing with a bump.
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek. Adorable.
Another Day in the Milky Way by David Milgrim. Read with your most huh? voice. A very different treatment!
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. So nice that I just happened to have a starfish (rubber) on hand for the ending. I know they liked this simple but appealing tale of a boy trying to catch a star. I heard one child say, "That was a good story."
This is a Moose by Richard Morris.
Star Wars Colors. We read this as an intro to the craft, which was light sabers and balloons. I had them leftover, it was a rainy day, so we did them. It was something different, and the kids loved playing with them.
- Moon, Moon, Moon by Laurie Berkner. Great tutorial on her DVD.
- Zoom, zoom, zoom.
- Motor Boat, Motor Boat -- there's a rocket ship in "How to Catch a Star," even if it's just a paper one.
- I told them about the magic in seeing a star, and taught them the words to "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight." You get a wish, just like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. (Good calmer too.)
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Of course.
Does it get better than tissue paper scraps and glitter glue? "Go ahead and make it all bumpy" I said. "Because the moon has craters."