Families: Pets

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



If You Were a Dog by Jamie A. Swenson
Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett*
Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne*

Early Literacy Tip

When you enjoy a book, let your children know that you like it and why. Sharing your enjoyment gives them a positive attitude towards books. This positive attitude will influence them when they get to school and learn to read. Let your child choose books and tell you why he/she likes them.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Laurie Berkner’s “Best of Laurie Berkner Band”*

Featured Track: #13 The Goldfish*

Flannelboard: “Dear Zoo”*

Flannelboard: “B-I-N-G-O”*

Prop: “Scat the Cat”

Song: “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?”
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale
Credit: Childhood

Repeating Extension Activities

I had four back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I rarely used them, but here they are:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

“This Book Just Ate My Dog” is fabulous fun and a book I definitely recommend for preschool aged storytimes! “Dear Zoo” remains one of my most successful flannelboards ever. And yes, I did repeat “The Goldfish” from earlier in the session when we did ocean as our theme. But the kids just loved it so, so much. I felt the repeat was more than justified.

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