Term three has started which means we are back for our newest round of Storytime and Pram Jam blogs. If you have missed any you should check them out by clicking on the YPS Amazing Shares tag (or the lovely link I just created). We have a lot of amazing things happening this term but the first is my Storytime Blog. This time I’m talking all about transport…cars, buses, boats, flotillas, all the regular ones.

Since Transport is our theme we have to think of as many Tt words as we possibly can…(take your time)

toy
two
teddy

tool
toe
train

time
top
truck

transport
terrific
terrible

If you highlight the blank space above you can see some of the Tt words that I came up with. I would love to know what Tt words you thought of that I did not.

Books

Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine by Peter Bently

Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines

The first book on my list is about terrible thieves wearing white sweaters…or are they sheep who have stolen a magnificent yellow flying machine? You shall have to see for yourself in this book about sheep who are excited to be leaving their boring old pasture for greener places – such as Egypt and France. Take a journey around the globe in this book which has some laughs for parents as well as children.

Big Yellow Digger by Julia Jarman

Big Yellow Digger

In this book full of imagination. Join two children, Ben and Bella, as they go through the earth…watch out for the fossil, and to Australia. With some of the most interesting drawings of Australian animals I have ever seen this the story is great and the text runs with a rhythm that makes this great fun to read aloud.

Rhymes

This time around we have two rhymes. Our first one uses Auslan signing for the actions.

To make the helicopter sign in Auslan hold out your right hand flat with the palm facing the floor. Poke your left pointer finger to the middle of your right palm and rotate your left hand back and forth. Do this action wherever helicopter appears in the rhyme.
You can also point up down and turn around if you want to.

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around

Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)

Our second rhyme is about a little aeroplane and will get bodies moving. There are a huge number of benefits to the actions associated with the movements we do in our rhymes including learning directions (up, down, left, right) as well as developing their gross motor skills. This action rhyme has a bit of both.

I’m A Little Aeroplane
(tune “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little aeroplane,
(children raise arms at sides to shoulder height.)
Now watch me fly!
(They spin one of their arms in front of them as if it were a propeller)
Here are my instruments
From down low to up high.
(With their other arm, they reach from the ground to above their heads.)
First I get revved up.
(Children make engine noises while still spinning their arms.)
Then I can fly,
(Children raise arms to shoulder height.)
Lifting off the runway
(They start walking forward.)
Up into the sky!
(They go up on their tiptoes and continue to move forward. Let them circle awhile before returning to their original positions.)

Craft

Letter recognition is one of those things that seems to take forever for children to pick up and it’s just a matter of repetition, repetition, repetition…
One good way to get children knowing at least some of their letters is by focussing on a select few. Schools look at SAT PIN as their first chunk of letters because they can be used to make so many words but here at Storytime we have a much more fun set to look at…the ones in our NAME. Whether you are a Romilly, a Fredrick, a Chantelle, or a George we all have a name and recognising it, and the letters that make it up, is very important. The craft we have for Transport this week is all about the letters in our names.

Train name craft (3)

The name train.
This craft has a number of advantages. Putting the first letter in the name on the train locomotive (engine) distinguishes it which connects to the concept of a capital letter being for the beginning of a word (proper nouns – names). Placing each of the following letters on one of the railroad cars reinforced the idea of letters making individual sounds (which is an important step in sounding out even when we have letter combinations like a double s because we begin spelling with simple CVC words. These are words like cat that can be sounded out easily with each sound connecting to one letter). Lastly, this craft gives children a chance to practise their name, a reference for later when they are trying to remember the letters and, most importantly, a fun experience.

The Craft
What you’ll need:
– Template,
– Paper to stick the train on (we use blue card for the background with green paper cut and glued for the grass) but you could colour this background or paint it,
– Coloured paper for the railroad cars,
– Dots for the wheels,
– Cotton balls for the steam, and
– Textas/crayons/etc.

What you do:
– Glue together the background (sky at the top and ground at the bottom – this also encourages children to be aware that the sky touches the ground)
– Draw the train tracks on the background.
– Colour in and cut out the locomotive.
– Cut the cars (you may want to check that they all fit on the background before you write on them)
– Write your name on.
– Glue the train together.
– Stick the wheels on.
– Glue on some steam coming out of the locomotive.
– Display somewhere that the children can see.

If you have any books, crafts or rhymes about transport that you would like to share we would love to hear about them. Please leave a comment below.

And don’t forget to check out our Cutting Practise. Cutting is an important skill for both hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. The sheets cover three stages of cutting practise with some tips for teaching your children the best techniques.