For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.
Five for a Little One by Chris Raschka
Hooray for Hoppy! by Tim Hopgood**
I Hear a Pickle by Rachel Isadora**
Rain by Manya Stojic
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: Chicken & ABCs**
Featured Track: #8 Five Senses Blues
Prop: Texture Beanbag Sort
Letter of the Day: S**
Repeating Extension Activities
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes*
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
- Movement Cube
How It Went
This class was really engaged with the theme. I asked them to point to what part of their body they used for each sense and we went through that a couple of times before I started reading the books. I think that really helped them and I was surprised at how many of them already knew the senses, but they didn’t know the word “senses”. This group enjoyed both books equally; there wasn’t a clear favorite book between Hooray for Hoppy! and I Hear a Pickle.
On the other hand, this class was kind of all over the place today and I’m not sure why. It seemed like everyone was having a hard time concentrating. I had to utter phrases like, “Please put your tongue back in your mouth, we don’t lick friends in storytime.” So, while everyone was paying attention to the material (which I knew based on their knowledge), they were also fidgeting and rolling around on the ground. Movement activities only seemed to make it worse. Towards the end of I Hear a Pickle, they all lined up to see me their ouches since the book talks about not touching ouches. I guess I can be thankful that they were engaged in the material even if they weren’t on their best behavior.