All Fall Down Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time

 

 

  

All Fall Down By Helen Oxenbury

A short action text for adults and babies to enjoy together. The engaging illustrations are sweet and bold.
 

Key Message for Parents | The best learning happens in nurturing relationships

Encourage parents and families to engage with babies in lovingand playful ways when ever they can. 
 
Share how:
• Babies with positive bonds with carers have lowerlevels of stress hormones.
• Babies with strong attachments to carers learn better
• Reading and playing together supports a strong relationship between adult and child.
 

Australian Early Years Learning Framework | Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of identity

When Educators encourage and support children in exploring their world in a range of ways, then:
• Children feel safe, secure and supported
• Children learn about themselves
• Children may explore aspects of identity and culture though role play
 
Before Reading
Provide cushions and encourage carers to sit comfortably with their child so they can engage in eye contact with each other and see the story. The children may like to hold a teddy (like on the cover of the book) or another comfort toy or blanket.
Read the title of the book and show the cover. Say something like, “Let’s see what we notice on the cover,” and talk about the babies and the teddy. Count the babies together. Point out the babies’ hands and feet and ask the group to point to their own feet, wriggle their toes, waves their hands etc. Point to the teddy and ask the children to hold up their teddy.
 
During Reading
This is a very short story that can be shared twice in one sitting. First, read the book once through and maybe pause to make one brief comments about the lovely illustrations on each page. Say things like, I can see this baby is singing because her mouth is wide open. I think this baby is smiling - he looks happy to be running. Look at the babies bouncing up and down – bounce, bounce, bounce. The babies have a nice safe place to land.
Read the story a second time and give opportunity for the group to copy some of the actions in the story (where appropriate) with support from their carers. This will depend on your space and the age of the children. For little babies, carers may be able to gently help the babies with actions.
 
For example, instead of ‘running round and round’ babies on their back can ‘kick’ their legs and make a running motion.
Another option is to use the children’s teddy bears to act out the actions while you read the story.
The bears can run on the spot, jump up and down and fall down while everyone remains seated with their toy.
 
After Reading
Let’s keep moving our bodies with a Hokey Pokey song. (You might like to use the lyrics below adapted for babies, or another version of the Hokey Pokey.)
 

Song: The Baby Hokey Pokey

You put your arms up
You put your arms down
You put your arms up
And you wave them all around
 
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The baby hokey pokey is fun!
 
You put your legs up
You put your legs down
You put your legs up
And you wave them all around
 
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The baby hokey pokey is fun!
 
You put your baby up
You put your baby down
You put your baby up
And you wave her all around
 
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The baby hokey pokey is fun!
 
Sourced from:
http://acldstorytime.pbworks.com/w/page/1325402/Song%3A%20The%20Baby%20Hokey%20Pokey
 

For full Learning Time please download the attached PDF

 

 

 

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