Our second week in England had us exploring castles and we had so much fun! Here are the plans that I used for this week.
Passport Pals England – Castles
Sing Welcome Song — Come on everybody and clap your hands . . . stomp your feet . . . jump up high . . . get down low . . . spin around . . . hop on one foot . . . sit right down . . . watch me spin the globe . . . on the way to Passport Pals.
What country are we studying this month? England! What continent is England on? EUROPE! Let’s do our Continent Cheer.
Continent Cheer (GGM #3)
Suitcase — castle, crown, flag, stone, hat
This week we are going to talk about CASTLES! Let’s start off by taking a look inside a castle!
Read “Look inside a Castle” by Jenny Moss
Who lives in a castle? Let’s do this fun action rhyme about the people who live in a castle! (Have the kids do the actions with each verse)
“I am the king of running,
I run and run and run.
My subjects all run with me
And we have so much fun!
I am the queen of jumping,
I jump and jump and jump.
My subjects all jump with me
And fall down with a bump!
I am the prince of turning,
I turn and turn and turn.
My subjects all turn with me,
It’s an easy thing to learn!
I am the princess of dancing,
I dance and dance and dance.
My subjects all dance with me
And sit when they get a chance!
Who lives in the castle in England today? The QUEEN and her family! England still has a queen . . . her name is Queen Elizabeth and this is what she looks like today. (At this time I showed a picture of Queen Elizabeth). She also has a son, who will be the king when Queen Elizabeth is no longer queen. (show picture) And this is her grandson and his family (show a picture). Let’s read about a day when the Queen lost her hat.
Read “The Queen’s Hat” by Steve Antony
Craft: Make a crown. Have kids put the crowns on their heads while you read the next book. There are lots of crown crafts you can use, but this is the one we did.
A long time ago, there was another Queen named Victoria. She wanted to be able to go swimming, but she had a problem. This fun book is going to tell us what happened.
Read “Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine” by Gloria Whelan
Song: “I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine” by Jim Gill #4
Now let’s work together to make a castle! Use blocks to make castles, play music while you work. (I played Dr. Jean’s nursery rhyme cd while the kids worked together to make castles using blocks that I got from our children’s play area.)