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Letter Q!

The Plan

Books

Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Mooshka: A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis
Quarters by Mary Hill
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill & Laura Huliska-Beith

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter Q”

Flannelboard: “Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came back
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Loud and Quiet”
Quietly, quietly not a sound
I’m listening and I’m listening
As I look around
No sounds as I nod (nod)
No sounds as I clap (clap)
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap (tap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
All that noise, well fancy that!
Credit: Preschool Storytime Outlines

Fingerplay: “Quiet Mouse”
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house (hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT! popped he! (pop out thumb)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Craft

I thought up this craft on my own, making up a quick coloring sheet and using the tissue paper squares to make a quilt!

How It Went

This was my first storytime back at daycare in over a month! Bad weather combined with a sudden influx of kids made it very hard for everyone to walk over during the summer months. Once summer reading was over, I started driving back to make it easier on us all. The kids were super excited to have storytime back and they listened very carefully to most of the stories. Things got a little wiggly towards the end, so I did leave out some of the extension activities I had planned. Their favorite books were “Be Quiet, Mike” where they joined me on the refrain and “Little Quack” where they helped me count the ducks!

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Letter P!

The Plan

Books

Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe
Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
Polly’s Pink Pajamas by Vivian French

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Pigs So Squeaky Clean”

Flannelboard: “The Pirate Wore a Red Patch”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter P”

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)
These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Fingerplay: “Pizza Man!”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, pizza man [Clap hands together.]
Make me a pizza as fast as you can [Shake finger.]
Roll it [Roll as if with rolling pin.]
Toss it [Pretend to toss dough in the air.]
Sprinkle it with cheese [Sprinkling motions.]
Put it in the oven [Pushing motion with hands.]
And bake it fast, please!
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Song & Puppet: “Did You Ever See a Penguin?”
Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin?
Did you ever see a penguin swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way, swim this way and that way?
Did you ever see a penguin swim this way and that?
Modified from Childhood

Craft

This was the same craft that I made for pizza storytime. I just saved all the left-over yarn for this storytime.

How It Went

The kids were particularly impressed by the two books that had multiple P words in the titles. And I think that “Polly’s Pink Pajamas” was the overall favorite; mostly because it inspired a chaotic conversation about what color was best for pajamas. Our big extension activity hits were definitely the flannelboards and the rhyme “Pizza Man.” Their pizza crafts were very creative — I had a lot of kids who made rainbow pizzas!

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Letter O!

The Plan

Books

I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera
One Love by Cedella and Bob Marley

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter O”

Flannelboard: “Open Up the Barn Door”
Open up the barn door, the spring goes “Boink.”
There’s a pig in the barn, saying, “Oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two.
There’s a cow in the barn, saying, “Moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day.
There’s a horse in the barn, saying, “Neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door, singing, “Tra-la-la.”
There’s a sheep in the barn, saying, “Baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door, while the sky is blue.
There’s a rooster in the barn, saying, “Cock-a-doodle-do!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track.
There’s a duck in the barn, saying, “Quack, quack, quack.”
Credit: Addison Public Library

Action Rhyme: “Old Shoes, New Shoes”
Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three four,
Now I stomp them on the floor!
Credit: Preschool Education

Action Song: “Owl Hokey Pokey”
You put your right wing in
You put your right wing out
You put your right wing in
And you flap it all about
You do the owl pokey and you fly yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Hoo, hoo!
(left wing, right claw, left claw, beak, whole self)
Credit: Ms. Hegna’s Storyroom

Song: “One, Two, Three, Four, Five”
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This craft idea came from No Time for Flashcards, which I found on Pinterest. I printed out Letter O coloring pages and used some tissue paper scraps from the last time we made windsocks with the grade-school kids.

How It Went

Whenever I am feeling weary of work or summer reading, I am re-energized by my daycare group. These kids are just so genuinely happy to see me and the library — I feel like a rock-star when they come in! I read two of my favorite EVER storytime books: “I’m Not Cute” and “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean,” which of course wound up being their favorites. And I did sing “Old MacDonald” and thought about singing “One Love,” but decided against it at the last minute. They had a lot of fun gluing down the tissue papers and their octopuses turned out beautifully!

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Letter N!

The Plan

Books

Just How Long Can a Long String Be? by Keith Baker
Not Me! by Nicola Killen
Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera
Whose Nose and Toes? by John Butler

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Napping House”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter N”

Action Rhyme: “On My Face”
On my face I have a nose,
And way down here I have ten toes.
I have two eyes that I can blink.
I have a head to help me think.
I have a chin, and very near,
I have two ears to help me hear.
I have a mouth with which to speak,
And when I run, I use my feet.
Here are arms to hold up high,
And here’s a hand to wave goodbye.
Credit: King County Library System

Fingerplay: “Five Little Nails”
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails left to pound.
(count down)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Fingerplay: “This Little Squirrel”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come, climb this tree.” (run fingers up other arm, quickly)
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! (clap hand three times)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Craft

I made this craft up, based on the book “Just How Long Can a Long String Be?” I had the kids color a bird and then we glued down ripped paper and string to make a bird’s nest. The kids had a ton of fun ripping up the paper, but they did have some difficultly gluing down the string.

How It Went

I made a grave mistake in this storytime — I did not check our copy of “One, Two” since I had read it before in storytime. We were missing not one, but two pages, so I had to make up the rhymes on the spot. The biggest hit of storytime was “Five Little Nails” since it’s such a noisy one! Their favorite book was probably “Whose Nose and Toes?”

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Letter M!

The Plan

Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun
I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Cirumsanti

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Little Mouse

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter M”

Fingerplay: “Baby Mice”
Where are the baby mice?
Squeak, squeak, squeak
I cannot see them
Peek, peek, peek
Here they come out of their hole! (bring your fist forward)
One, two, three, four, five, and that is all! (open your fingers one at a time)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Action Rhyme: “Monster Monster”
Monster, monster, turn around
Monster, monster, touch the ground
Monster, monster, reach up high
Monster, monster, touch the sky
Monster, monster, touch your nose
Monster, monster, grab your toes
Monster, monster, touch your knees
Monster, monster, sit down please
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll be there very soon!
So, if you’d like to take a trip
Just step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll be there very soon!
Credit: Library School

Craft

This is a craft from Totally Tots. This is one of my favorite of their letter crafts, and I was super thrilled to use it!

How It Went

Another successful storytime with my daycare group. Letter M is a great letter, with lots of different ideas so this storytime was a breeze to plan. Their favorite book was “Kitten’s First Full Moon,” which made me super happy since Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite picture book authors of all time. And as always, my Little Mouse flannelboard thrills them to no end!

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Letter L!

The Plan

Books

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Song: “Pretty Ladybug”
The ladybug has one black spot,
One black spot, one black spot
The ladybug has one black spot,
Pretty ladybug!

Flannelboard: “Lunch”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter L”

Fingerplay: “The Lamb Went”
The lamb went…
Around the cow in the corn (trace circle in palm)
Under the haystack (go under the hand)
Up the hill and down the hill (go up the arm and down the arm)
Over the fence (go above the hand)
Through the door (slide hands and clap)
And was back in time to meet the teacher (trace circle in palm)
Credit: Hubbard’s Cupboard

Puppet & Song: “Did You Ever See a Llama?”
Did you ever see a llama, a llama, a llama?
Did you ever see a llama go this way and that?
Go this way and that way, go this way and that way?
Did you ever see a llama go this way and that?
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Song: “The Leaves are Falling Down”
The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green, and brown
The leaves are falling down
Credit: Preschool Education

Craft

This craft was based on an idea that I saw on KidsSoup. I spiced it up by buying glitter foam stickers, which the kids loved. As with most of my sticker crafts, at least a quarter of the stickers wound up on the kids instead of the paper.

How It Went

Only half of my daycare group made it this week, so it was a much smaller storytime. This was good and bad because the kids got a lot of individualized attention, but it also seemed to make them more restless. Their favorite stories were “Lola at the Library” and “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.” And they have a great time when I brought out my llama puppet to sing — most of them had no idea what a llama was!

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Letter K!

The Plan

Books

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter K”

Flannelboard: “Kites”

Action: “Different Kinds of Kisses”
Grandma kisses (grab cheeks and squeeze)
Fish kisses (purse lips and move them)
Movie star kisses (blow big ones)
Rabbit kisses (wiggle nose)
Dog kisses (stick out your tongue and lick)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Action Song: “Here We Go Jumping”
Here we go jumping high,
Here we go jumping low.
Here we go jumping around,
That’s how a kangaroo goes.
Here we go jumping fast,
Here we go jumping slow.
Here we go jumping everywhere,
That’s how a kangaroo goes.
Credit: Baraboo Public Library

Fingerplay: “Two Little Kittens”
Two little kittens sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Credit Modified from Childhood

Craft

This was a very simple craft to do. I modeled it after an Oriental Trading craft that I did last year at this time, but just used paper supplies instead of foam since I had thirty crafts to prep for. The kids really enjoyed watching me curl the curling ribbon, they kept saying that I was using magic.

How It Went

I just have to keep writing what a dream group this daycare group is; they are fully engaged in the material, they participate with me, and they retain knowledge from the previous weeks’ storytimes, so I know that these hours are mattering to them! Letter K was an especially fun storytime to do because the kids kept pointing out that my name starts with “K.” In our flannelboard puzzle this week, I put a picture of myself on it and saved it for last. The kids laughed really hard when I pulled my picture out since they have been telling me the whole time that I started with “K.”

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Letter J!

The Plan

Books

Dinosaur Jokes by Pam Rosenberg
If You’re Happy and You Know It by James Warhola
Jellyfish by Carol K. Lindeen
Joey and Jet by James Yang
Jump! by Scott Fischer

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Seals on the Bus”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter J”

Fingerplay: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
(Countdown)
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Peanut Butter and Jelly”
First you take the peanuts and you crunch ‘em, you crunch ‘em
First you take the peanuts and you crunch ‘em, you crunch ‘em
For your peanut, peanut butter and jelly
Peanut, peanut butter and jelly
(Grapes/Squish ‘em; Bread/Spread it; Sandwich/Eat it)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

This was a super simple craft; I ordered some jungle foam stickers and the kids went to town. The very funniest part was when they discovered dolphins and penguins in the stickers and told me that they didn’t belong! I agreed on the penguin part, but did let them know about the Amazon River dolphin!

How It Went

A super hard letter! I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to find Letter J books and activities. The kids were SO grossed out by the jellyfish; every time I turned a page they screamed “ewwww.” Again, I really like using non-fiction with this group and they like seeing the photos as well. The best book was probably “If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition” and you know why — they got to pretend to be jungle animals, which is the very best thing in the world if you’re a kid!

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Letter I!

The Plan

Books

I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
Isaac the Ice Cream Truck by Scott Santoro
An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone
Look Inside an Igloo by Mari Schuh
Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ice Cream Colors”
We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.
Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.
Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.
Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.
Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!
Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a heavenly sight.
Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.
Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.
Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter I”

Fingerplay: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
(Great big hairy spider, teensy weensy spider)
Credit: Childhood

Craft

I got the idea for this craft (and used their printables) from First School. Teen volunteers again cut everything out and had everything glued down for the daycare. The kids spent their time coloring and making up flavor combinations. I had a lot of rainbow-flavored ice cream cones!

How It Went

With some of the harder letters, I’ve been pulling some of the Pebble Book non-fiction from our collection. I sometimes skip pages and tend to skim over any complicated parts, but I love letting the kids see some photograph-based books. Igloos BLEW their minds! Also, this was the first opportunity I’ve had to read “Mañana Iguana” and it is my very favorite new storytime book! I’ve read it four more times since this storytime.

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Letter H!

The Plan

Books

Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
Heads by Matthew Van Fleet
Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Where Is Maisy Mouse?”

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter H”

Action Rhyme: “How Do You Say Hi?” (Do actions as they are said.)
Hey! Hi! Howdy! Yo!
There are many ways to say hello!
Wave your hand. No your head.
Smile big or wink instead.
Blow a kiss. Tip your hat.
Shake your hands. Give a pat.
Of all the ways to say hello,
Here’s the way I like to go…HELLO!
Credit: Transitional Songs

Action Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Fingerplay: “Houses”
Here is a nest for robin (cup both hands)
Here is a hive for bee (fists together)
Here is a hole for bunny (make a circle)
And here is a house for ME! (make a roof)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Craft

I found this WONDERFUL letter craft at Totally Tots. I haven’t been doing every craft with the letter in the craft, but have been instead striving for the easiest craft possible at the daycare setting!

How It Went

This was probably my last easy letter before a couple of ones I’ll struggle with (I and J), so I made sure to have a lot of fun picking books for letter H! I’ve had “Heads” in our storytime collection for over a year at the library and haven’t used it in a storytime until now — the group went NUTS for this interactive board book. It was definitely the hit of the day. (Really, all of the books went amazing because I LOVE all of the books so!) It’s been a while since I played “Little Mouse” with this group, but they still remember/love the Maisy flannelboard when it comes out. All in all, just another perfect storytime with this group.

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