I had a LARGE group for this program today -- 20 kids and 13 adults. With some newbies and kids ranging from infants to six year olds ... It was all I could do to keep the attention (and control!!) of the crowd and make sure everyone was as engaged as possible and having fun ... Forget about any "talking points" on ECRR to the adults!
That's one reason I am a stickler about making and giving the program handout below. Before I begin, I make sure I put it in the hands of every grown up and say, "This is what we are doing and why we are doing it." True, a few handouts get left behind, but it's an effort at communicating the importance of the early literacy skills.
(If the embedded image does not display, visit the upper right hand corner of this blog. Under "Youth Services Programs and Resources," choose "Music and Movement (and Early Literacy!) Programs)." Then choose "(2011 2 24) Birthdays (Letters Bb and Cc)."
For the "Four Candles" rhyme, I had four plastic, battery operated candles that turned off and on. Below are the images I used to tell "Rub a Dub Dub." (They are available in the "Graphics" folder.) They were also in the Sound Suitcases. (I had a Bb and a Cc sound suitcase today.)