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G is for Good Night and Gorilla

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G is for Good night and Gorilla!

This is my shortest list so far, but it marks a milestone in our home. Up until now, our almost 2 year has not been very engaged with books. We keep trying to read to her: while she drinks her milk, before she goes to bed, at random times through out the day, but nothing seems to entice her to sit still. Even if big sister is sitting and listening, Maggie just wants to move, move, move!

Thankfully, one of these books was a MOVING book 🙂 She love Eric Carle’s book From Head to Toe because it invited her to participate and get moving: “I’m a gorilla. I thump my chest. Can you do it? I can do it!”

Shortly after that she fell in love with the Little Gorilla book by Ruth Bornstein. I am thankful for a small victory! She has started bringing us books to read to her!

Books

  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
    • This is a favorite board book in our home! Simple, Clever, and on repeat!
  • Good Night, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Good Night, Good Night by Carin Berger
    • A sweet good night book about some little bunnies who do not want to go to bed. Make sure to get your kiddos with a surprise attack tickle at the end.
  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
    • This is a great one to let children act out.
  • Ranger Rick: I Wish I Was a Gorilla by Jennifer Bové
  • Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
    • A suprisingly sweet story about a little gorilla who isn’t so little any more.
  • Busy Gorillas by John Schindel
    • Simple board book. 20-40 words total. Good for very young kids. Cute pictures.

Literacy

Print out this FREE Good Morning, Gorilla Mini-Reader. Tell your kids that now the zoo keeper is going through the zoo and telling all the animals good morning. There is a space for them to draw their own animals and fill in some additional animals. Good Morning Gorilla Mini Reader

  • Make your own Gg is for Good Night and Gorilla watercolor page.
  • Talk about the sound that G makes. We use the Letter Factory Song (to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell):
    • The G says, “guh” The G says “guh.” Every letter makes a sound. The G says “guh.”
  • See if your child can think of any other words that start with “guh.”
    • Goat, girl, grass, goose, gum, good, go, gate, God, garden, give, gull
    • Check out books on these topics too!
  • Draw bubble letters Gg and have your child put stickers in the open space. This is good for fine motor skills as well.
  • Download this free letter of the week coloring sheet. You can use this for dot-a-dot, coloring, or stickering. Alphabet Coloring Sheets (variety pack) PDF
  • Try these Upper and Lower Case Dot-a-Dot sheets that include a letter recognition portion.

Music and Art

PE

  • Go to the park to climb and swing like a gorilla.
  • Act out all the pages of Eric Carle’s From Head to Toe.
    • Think of some other animals and movements to add.

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