Building & Engineering!

The Plan



Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Dreaming Up by Christy Hale
Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastian Braun
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Building Blocks

Flannelboard: Red Crane, Red Crane

Flannelboard: Toolbox

Song: London Bridge
London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady
Build it up with god and silver
Gold and silver, gold and silver
Build it up with gold and silver
My fair lady
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do combined classrooms. For this second and third visit of the summer, I saw the toddler classrooms combined (two classes), preschool classrooms combined (two classes) and the pre-k classrooms combined (two classes).

This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum.

This was the hardest one to choose books for. I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for the Monarch Award reading that I had done in the previous year — the Monarch had two great choices for this storytime: Building Our House and Dreaming Up. For toddlers, I used Meeow and the Little Chairs, Tip Tip Dig Dig, and Dreaming Up with some pages clipped. For the preschool and pre-k classes, I used a variety, but included at least one older title for each group.

My favorite memory of this storytime day was watching all the teachers immediately request the titles of each of the books I had chosen. One of the teachers (who’s in charge of books & curriculum) was so thankful to learn about Dreaming Up since it was exactly the book she had wanted and couldn’t find. Librarian win!

3 comments on “Building & Engineering!

  1. Ashley Waring
    January 26, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    I’ve done “Dreaming Up” with a small mixed-aged group. It was so awesome! They loved guessing about where the real buildings are, talking about how the shape of the poem mimics the shape of the building, and just discussing architecture in general. The parents in attendance we’re totally engaged, as well. It’s one of the best nonfiction titles I can think of using in a storytime where you want a lot of dialog and participation.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      Absolutely! I love DREAMING UP!


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