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Group Time Week of July 25, 2011

Preparing the mask.

I can't believe it is almost August!!!  This week our book was "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Joffe Numeroff.  We explored the story through art, music and movement. Using their creative skills, the children made pig masks complete with curly tails on their hamhocks.  Wearing our masks, we played song games but the hit was the "Pig Hokey Pokey".  A game of "What Time is it Mr. Wolf" ended group time with a very hungry wolf chasing the little pigs.
Sharing resources.
Waiting for Mr. Wolf


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