Story Time

Moving Day
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
A new room for William by:Sally Grindley
When William and his mother move, he is unhappy about having a new room, but he changes his mind after he gets dinosaur wallpaper and makes a new friend.
A new house for Smudge by:Miriam Moss
Smudge and Stripe move to a new house.
I like where I am by:Jessica Harper
The rhyming story of a six-year-old boy who is sad about moving to a new home but ends up being happy when he gets there.
The best-ever good-bye party by:Amy Hest
Depressed about her best friend's upcoming move to a new apartment, Jessica tries to cheer herself up by throwing a going away party.
Good-bye, house by:Robin Ballard
A child says goodbye to the old house before moving with Mama and Papa to a new home.
My best friend moved away by:Nancy Carlson
After her best friend moves away, a little girl misses the special times they had together.
See you later, alligator by:Bobette McCarthy
Playful alligators help a friend get ready to move to a new house.
My new town by:Kirsten Hall
While giving a tour of his new town, a young boy introduces the reader to his teacher, dentist, barber, and police officer, as well as to his newly adopted baby sister.
Songs
Craft
This month?s art project is based on ?The Little House? painted by Vermeer. Vermeer loved to paint all the little details he observed in his surroundings. Have you noticed your street and the houses and buildings on it lately? Have you stopped to watch the people on your street as they go about their daily tasks?

STEP 1-For this art project you need to look around your street and choose a house or building you may want to draw.

First take sometime to observe your surroundings very carefully. Notice the shapes of the houses or buildings. What colors are the roofs? Which way do the lines on the windows and doors go? What is the texture of the shrubs, flowers or trees? How does this scene make you feel?

STEP 2- Using pencil very lightly, sketch your landscape. You may use any medium for this project, but if you use color pencils, crayons or markers it may be easier to draw details.

STEP 3-After you do your sketch, start by filling in the background. Is the sky cloudy? What shape are the clouds? Can you think of other things you see in the sky?

STEP 4-Fill in the middle ground by using the lightest colors first and then the darkest last. You can draw here the building or house you chose, people or animals if any.

STEP 5-Do the foreground by including people, pets, trees or cars. Whatever you see in front of the home that you may want to include. You do not have to draw all the things you see in front, you may want to leave some out.

STEP 6-When you are finished go back and add any details you may have missed.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
This project could be adapted so the child could create a drawing of their new home or the home they are leaving. Either way, this project would promote communication and allow the child to express how they may be feeling.
Notes
ADDITIONAL ADVICE WORTH READING

"Understanding Children: Moving to a new Home."
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/publications/PM1529G.pdf

"Kids Who Are Moving Should Do"
http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/home_family/moving.html