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BLAST Early Learning
Bedtime Stories

Books:

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

A pigeon comes up with many reasons why he should not go to bed.

 

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: a bedtime story from Alphabet Town written by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Sleepy letters of the alphabet get ready for bed.

 

The Squeaky Door retold by Margaret Read MacDonald; pictures by Mary Newell DePalma

When Little Boy is frightened by a squeaky bedroom door, his grandmother brings in various animals to help him feel secure enough to sleep. Includes notes on the story's origins.

 

Open-ended Questions for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus:

  • ·What kinds of things do you do when you want to stay up late?

    ·What does it mean that something is educational?

 

Rhyme:

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

(Continue all the way down to one.) End with:

No little monkeys jumping on the bed
None fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
“Put those monkeys back in bed!”

 

Song:

Ten in a Bed

There were ten in a bed
And the little one said
"Roll over, roll over."
So they all rolled over
And one fell out

There were nine in a bed
And the little one said
"Roll over, roll over."
So they all rolled over
And one fell out

There were eight in a bed
And the little one said
"Roll over, roll over."
So they all rolled over
And one fell out

(Continue all the way down to one.)

End with:

There was one in a bed
And the little one said
"Good night!"


 

Vocabulary Word:

educational: adj. teaching  something new
“‘I hear there’s a good show about birds on TV tonight. Should be very educational.’”

(taken from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems)

 

Activities:

Math

Singing the song “10 in the Bed” is a great way to practice counting backwards with preschool students! Set up a “bed” with a blanket and 10 stuffed animals and sing this song, removing a stuffed animal at each verse. This gives preschoolers more of a concrete example of the math used in this song.

Art/Craft

Make monkey finger-puppets using this pattern. Make enough for each child to have 5. After they color them, you can fold them in half and tape the sides. Then after they slip one on each finger, you can sing, “Five Little Monkeys” and remove one puppet on each verse.

Science

Look at a globe with your students and talk about where the sun is shining when it is nighttime. Then discuss with them how different places in the world are in different time zones. While you might be laying down for a nap, there are children in Moscow that are getting ready to go to bed for the night, and children in Hawaii who are getting up in the morning.

 

Literature:

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

As winter comes and Big Bear prepares to hibernate, he keeps thinking he hears Old Man Winter giving him exhausting orders that prevent him from sleeping.

 

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

 

Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

 

Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Jen Corace

Little Hoot wants to go to bed early, like all of his friends do, and he is hopping mad when Mama and Papa Owl insist that he stay up late and play.