Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin, 2011
1. Let’s trace some of these spirals in the book with our fingers (a pre-writing skill).
2. Let’s look for a spiral somewhere in this room/house/outside. Can we find other shapes?
3. (Adult) Have a group of children hold hands and create a spiral.
Stars by Mary Lin Ray. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane Books, 2011
1. Let’s look for stars in the world around us. (e.g., Are there stars on the wall or calendar in your house/classroom? Flowers with starlike shapes outside? Cut an an apple through its equator and look at the star inside.)
2. The story begins, “A star is how you know it’s almost night.” What are some other ways you can tell when it’s almost night?
3. (Adult) Make a star for each child (or have each child make a star). Ask child/children: what kinds of things their star can do (e.g., Is it magical? If so, what kind of magic can it do? Does it shine?)