Under My Hood I Have a Hat: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

January 10, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin

We’re also GIVING AWAY: Animals of the Polar Regions by Creative Edge. From penguins to seals to polar bears, discover some of the amazing animals that live around the frigid lands of the North and South Poles. All of these animals live in “winter” type weather.

We’re also GIVING AWAY: A set of Animals of the World fact cards by Creative Edge. The cards highlight facts, including habitats, of animals around the world. Animals from Arctic regions can be highlighted during this winter study.

Why we love this book:

The text is a simple rhyming chant, taking children through the steps of getting dressed for snowy, winter weather. Children love the sing-song pattern, the colorful pictures and the main character. However, the girl’s little dog, who helps her get dressed and sips tea, is the real show stealer in this book. The children just love that little dog. Under My Hood I Have a Hat opens the door to many winter weather learning activities . . .

Sorting: Invite the children to bring winter hats, gloves, mittens and scarfs.

During center time the children can sort winter clothes items into the correct tubs.

Quick early literacy tip: We prefer to write and label the tubs with our children. Often in an effort to be organized, teachers label everything prior to class. However, when labeling with the children, we have the opportunity to engage the children in early literacy foundations.

What do you hear at the beginning of mitten, scarf, hat . . . ?

What do I need to add to the end of mitten to change it to mittens?

Keep it simple and meaningful: We LIKE things simple! And we like doing as much as possible with the children, rather than preparing for the children. By engaging the children in labeling the tubs, we’ve kept the activity simple and engaging. Encourage the children to read the labels for their parents as they are picked-up from school.

Matching: Place all of the mittens and gloves in a big tub together. (If you want to purchase your own sets of gloves and mittens, Walmart has 2 sets of gloves for only $1.00.)

Let the children dig through the tub and match the sets of gloves and mittens.

Early Literacy: Brainstorm a list of clothes you need for snowy, winter weather. This is the perfect time to model letter sounds and letter formation. Building early literacy foundations is all about experiences, experiences, experiences. We always try to keep brainstorming sessions short with preschoolers! When they start wiggling we stop brainstorming.

Wintery Self-Portraits: Those of you who have been with us a while know we are not big fans of black line color sheets. But once in a while we run across a runoff that allows children to express their unique personality. This sheet allowed the children to dress themselves for winter weather. This little girl is far from finished with her self-portrait but if you look closely you’ll notice that she has dressed herself complete with earrings.

This little girl is all dressed and ready for winter fun!

We’re GIVING AWAY Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kushin, Animals of the Polor Regions by Creative Edge and a Set of Animals of the World cards by Creative Edge.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

How do you spell scarf (s) plural? We two sisters, who can not spell, had a spelling debate over this word. So we looked it up. You can spell it scarfs or scarves. Is the English language confusing or what? So we’re taking a little pole. How do you spell scarf (s) plural?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, January 13, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 14, 2011. Check back it might be you!

Miss Trisha is sharing a Snowy Day Art adventure you’ll want to explore with your children.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara January 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’ve never thought about it before, but without looking I probably would have spelled it scarves.

Tiffany January 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I think for the slang term scarf, as in scarf down food, I would just add an “s”. (I am aware it is suppose to be “scoff down food”, but I was raised in a small Texas town. What can I say) For the thing that goes around the neck on chilly days I’d go with scarves.

Robin January 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Scarves for me. Think I need to go find one for this cold week we are going to have. I saw it was snowing in Dallas today.. will it come down here so we can put a scarf on a snowman?

Brandy January 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I agree with Tiffany above. I use “scarfs” meaning inhaling food. But for the winter wear, it’s scarves all the way. I did read that both are plural forms of the word but that scarves is the one more commonly used in today’s society, while scarfs was more common a long time ago. I learned something new here today. Thanks!

Anissa Telle January 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Plural winter accessory = scarves! Fun giveaway….wish me luck!

Mom and Kiddo January 11, 2011 at 5:09 am

Scarves, for sure!
I love this giveaway because my littlest loves penguins and my oldest loves facts!

Deb January 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I spell it scarves, but it irritates me to do so. I don’t know why…

Merelyn January 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I love the matching game with the gloves!

maryanne January 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

I agree with Tiffany! “He scarfs down food while wearing three scarves.” =)

Alice January 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I spell it scarves and now that I’ve had to think about it I think that scarf is a weird word!!

Jessica M. January 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I never thought aboout it before! I spell it scarves. As long as its not itchy I don’t care:) Thanks!

Michelle January 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

I always spell it “scarves”. That just looks right to me, I think ‘scarfs’ sounds silly. :)

Janelle January 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Interesting question. I spell it like “scarves” in my writing. Ever tried making easy no sew scarves out of a remnant of fleece fabric?

Stasia December 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

I spell it “scarves” because “scarfs” just sound wrong.

Ellie December 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

I would also spell it “scarves”. It just seems to follow the pattern that I would use with the plurals of other similar words, for example:
wharf –> wharves
dwarf –> dwarves
hoof –> hooves

But I looked up all of the above words, and all of them also have two acceptable plural forms, just like the word ‘scarf’ does! I never knew that before! I love it when spelling is flexible and accommodating. After all, the main thing in writing down a word is that it be understood!

Jeannine January 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

The English language is just crazy! For those of us who are spelling challenged too many “acceptable forms” drives us just plain mad. We never know if we’re spelling words correctly! When teaching a spelling challenged child it makes things difficult because they notice, “That doesn’t follow the rule! That doesn’t make sense!”

Jackie January 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

scarves. I had to invisibly write it on the table with my finger to figure out how I spell it, but that’s how I do it!
This is a great idea. We were sorting winter and summer clothes with my 2 year old the other day but my 3.5 year old could probably handle sorting with the labels like that. It would give him a little extra challenge!

Debra MOULTRIE January 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Hope I win!

Val January 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Definitely – scarves! I love your sorting tub activity for hats, mittens and scarves. We are using Under My Hood, I Have a Hat for our January theme! Love that book

Alvia Compaore January 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

The plural of scarf is scarves. I love your brainstorming idea. It is very important for Early Childhood educators to model writing for young children. This is how children develop basic concepts such as writing from left to right and making connections between letters and their respective sound (s). They will also understand that we use writing for different purposes such as making lists, notes, signs etc. I ave never heard of the book Under My Hood, I Have a Hat and will be searching for it. It will certainly go well with our Winter theme.

Rachel Schneider January 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I feel like it should be scarves, but that sounds so weird! Thanks for your ideas with the book, will be using them with my Kindergarteners tomorrow :)

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