The group is becoming a little more static, but I always have new kids. Even if I had the same group every month I think I'd still do some kind of icebreaker activity. It helps with the taking of turns, and of course loosening everyone up a bit.*
Anyway, back to the book. I considered having the kids listen to the story on the cd that's included with The Jack Tales by Ray Hicks. However, I had a hard enough time focusing on it that I don't want to count on the kids being able to follow the heavily accented round about telling. (I checked the Digital Library of Appalachia, a great resource, for a different telling, to no avail.)
So do I
*I'd love suggestions for icebreaker activities for 1-3 graders. I'm running out of ideas.