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The Little Rabbit Unit {a Before Five in a Row Book}

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Preschool CornerThis week we had so much fun reading the book The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn and doing some fun activities to go along with the story. The real pictures in the book make it even better – and the fact that we have a white rabbit too, well, that’s just a huge bonus.

Our weeks that are based on a theme make it a little harder to squeeze in all of the typical school week activities {like reading and our science program}, so we try to tie in things in those areas to the book that we are reading.

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Ready to see what we did this week during our Little Rabbit unit? We usually spend four days at home doing our work and Fridays are the day that we are at one of the co-ops that we are a part of, so I divide out our work to cover four days.


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  • Brought out our own white rabbit, Vanilla, to play with us! and fed him carrots of course!


    • Read The Little Rabbit together again and talked about the different flowers we saw in the book.
    • Tried to remember the different animals and insects that Buttercup meets.
    • Talked about how plants and animals are the same {need water and food, etc..}
    • Talked about the parts of a turtle and labeled parts from The Little Rabbit Printables

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“The little girl found the rabbit in her Easter basket. She played with the rabbit. The rabbit was white. Her friends played with her. Then the girl took a nap and Buttercup found some friends. One was a slow turtle. One was a pretty butterfly because it was orange and black. Then she found a rabbit. It was brown. It was fast.

It started raining. She got stuck in rhubarb. She watched the rain. It stopped raining. The little girl found the rabbit. They went on a picnic and she always brought carrots. She put her in her hutch and watcher her eat and drink.

The rabbit grew and had seven babies. When they were old enough to get out of their nest, they sat in the girl’s lap and ran around. The rabbits were named Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The little girl gave the baby rabbits to her friends and she lived happily ever after with the mother rabbit.

– Kaleb, age 6

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  • We played the ‘find the rabbit’ game from The Little Rabbit Printables, Kaleb helped put all the numbers in order from 1 to 20 in our tabletop pocket chart and then I hid the rabbit behind one of the numbers {this is one of his FAVORITE games}. To make it a little harder, I started giving him 3 clues and only one chance to find the rabbit.  For example – the rabbit is behind an odd number; the number has a one in it; add up 5+6 to get this number
  • Lowercase letter beginning sounds from The Little Rabbit Printables

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  • We made a chalk pastel of buttercup flowers {because the rabbit’s name is Buttercup}. Since Kaleb loves the smudging and chalks, this was a great project for all of the kids to do together. He took some artistic liberties and added red flowers and a small tree with apples to the bottom just for fun.

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That is a sum-up of our Little Rabbit unit. I think that’s all of it! Below are resources that would go along great with the book The Little Rabbit.


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  1. Claire @ angelicscalliwags says

    What a great study! We loved this book and it almost made us go out and buy a couple of rabbits for the little ones! We already have cats, dogs, fish….so we changed our mind, but it sure was tempting!
    I know it’s probably me but I don’t seem to be able to find the linky thing to link up with??

  2. great lessons! I do not see a linky to link up my post.

  3. My son loves this book! I just might splurge and buy him that Schleich hutch — we have one little Schleich rabbit, those are the best little animal toys! I think I love them more than my son :) I went out and bought all “The Little Animal” books by Phoebe Dunn. they are just too irresistible! thanks for sharing your printables and your wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to utilize more of them when my son is a bit older!

  4. Discovering Montessori says

    Love seeing all the smiles.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Discovering Montessori says

    Here is the link I would like to submit http://theworkplan.blogspot.com/2013/01/geography-work-for-all.html

    Thank you!

  6. nicole pope says


    Here’s my link up! We studied clouds and had a blast! Love when I learn as much as the kids!

  7. What an awesome week!! Its always nice when you can add in a real live hands on animal to the mix! Here is my link for the week: http://www.bytesofmemory.com/2013/01/non-desk-school.html I hope things go well at the hospital!

  8. C. OneMommy says

    Anything with rabbits ! My link this week is for preschoolers — all about the ABC’s….. http://theresjustonemommy.com/?p=5136

  9. What a fun unit!!! Can you add me http://tolchin.blogspot.com/2013/01/kindergarten-science-taste.html?m=1. Kindergarten science ages 3-6

  10. My link is: http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/2013/01/hand-hand-fingers-thumb-preschool.html Title: Hands, Hands, Fingers, Thumb (p-K) Thanks~!

  11. anne, learningtable says

    Thanks for the link-up. I love these rabbit themed ideas, and I am going to try some with my son. I’ve added your button to my sidebar!

  12. FIAR is such a great way to learn — I loved reading about your experience with this book. I am going to be so sad when our rowing days are over.

  13. What a great week! I love all of the activities you did to go along with this book. I really need to research Before Five in a Row a little bit more. It seems like everyone has such a great experience with the program.

  14. I am SO looking forward to doing some of these activities with my kiddos when we get closer to Easter- EXCELENT job (as usual), Mama!

  15. added it, thanks! :)

  16. got it, Sarah.

  17. Elaine Goh says

    What a wonderful unit, thanks for sharing!

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