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Thursday, May 15, 2014

On Mother's Lap

Book Cover of "On Mother's Lap"

Hi all!  I found this treasure, On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott, among my Mother's Day books and decided to use it this week.  You may ask why it's a treasure.  Well, I think it has a great lesson, that a mother's love is all-encompassing and there is always room on her lap.  This book is especially good for any little one in your classroom who has a new baby sister or brother.  We forget sometimes, as adults, that it can be difficult for youngsters to share.

I also like this book because you can have your kids rock "back and forth, back and forth," as you say the words in the story.  It's kind of funny, because I'm talking about different movements and motions in science right now.  So I added a new graphic organizer page to my Motion and Matter set that includes a rocking chair.  The kids really made the connection between science and reading.  If you're interested in looking at this science pack, here's the TPT link.  These graphic organizers are really wonderful to use as assessments for science.

Ok, so here are some freebies.  I use these pictures to teach the lesson and to discuss different types of movement:

I also used scarves to have my children simulate "around and around", "back and forth", "side to side", and "up and down."  Some of the songs that I used were "The Freeze" by Greg & Steve, "The Body Rock" by Greg & Steve, and "Spin and Stop" by Music Together.

Last, but not least, for comprehension I used this graphic organizer to see if the children could notice details by choosing which items Michael took with him on Mother's Lap:

I hope this post is helpful!


  1. Thank you for the great freebies! I love that book, too. It is so calming and comforting. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Carolyn, it's nice to know that other people like this book too. What is your favorite book? Do you have just one? Maybe I can make you a graphic organizer.

  2. Sharon,

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I will for sure have to play that song for my kiddos. They have been busy getting ready for their Kindergarten celebration :)

    Tara West
    Little Minds at Work

    1. Thank you, Tara. We're getting ready for our end-of-the-year performance, too. I'm going to make pictures to go with the song "Doe, A Deer." We're also going to read in pairs for the parents. I've noticed that reading in pairs gives my kids more confidence.