Valentine’s Day!

The Plan

Books

The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Sweethearts by Jan Carr
Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Song: “H-E-A-R-T”

Flannelboard: “Six Little Valentines”
Six little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.”
Five little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”
Four little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.”
Three little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”
Two little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.”
The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Fingerplay: “Heart”
I put my hands together,
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around,
And I can make a heart!
Credit: Everything Preschool

Craft

This was another kit from Oriental Trading. I was a bit frustrated when I opened the kit and it was not self-adhesive, like the website said. However, since I had such an older crowd at storytime it turned out to not be a problem, thank goodness!

How It Went

This was a bizarre, but really wonderful storytime. We had just hosted a Valentine’s Day party/card making event in our department and five of the eight-year-olds at the party really wanted to go to storytime when I called for line-ups. I said “yes” before I could really think about it and then suddenly we were downstairs, about to sing the welcome song. My preschoolers were clapping, waving, and singing and the eight-year-olds were frozen on the rug. I whispered, “Just go with it!” and minutes later, they were all stomping their feet gleefully. The rest of the storytime went AWESOME. Everyone participated in the flannels, stories, and fingerplay; and the craft went over much smoothly since the older kids helped the preschoolers around them. All in all, I was VERY glad that I said yes!

4 Comments on “Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Erin
    March 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I just started doing preschool storytimes at my library, and I’m so glad I happened upon your blog. It’s been very inspirational! I’m curious though, do you have an opening song/rhyme you use for each storytime?

    • Katie
      March 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      I have two opening songs and a closing song every storytime. I use “We Clap and Sing Hello” for my welcome song (tune of Farmer in the Dell), and then I sing my opening song “If You’re Ready for a Story” (tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It). For my closing song, I sing “We Wave Goodbye Like This” also to the tune of Farmer in the Dell. The lyrics to all of these songs & actions are here: http://storytimekatie.com/songs-rhymes/openingclosing-songs/

  2. Jess
    February 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Katie, do you memorize your rhymes before storytime or do you have a cheat sheet? I have been trying to memorize mine but I have found my mind often goes blank at the last minute!

    • Katie
      March 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

      I do memorize before storytime, but I also have a cheat sheet along with me. Everyone’s mind goes blank — we’re all human!

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