Siblings: Me

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings 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



Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden (Board book)*
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*

Early Literacy Tip
If we always place objects in a child’s right hand, we unconsciously encourage right-handedness. By alternating hands, we give our children a chance to experience use of both hands. This simple exercise allows children to use their dominant and non-dominant hands equally and gives them the message that they are free to use whichever hand they prefer.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Baby Beatles*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “This is the Way the Ladies Ride”
This is the way the ladies ride
Prim, prim, prim, prim
This is the way the gentleman ride,
Trim, trim, trim, trim
This is the way the farmer rides
Trot, trot, trot, trot
And this is the way the hunter rides
Gallop, gallop, gallop!
Credit: King County Library System

Lift: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

Partnering: “Cheek Chin”*
Today, we encouraged the toddlers to gently touch baby’s cheek, chin, nose, and toes. When caregivers/parents lifted up baby, toddlers were asked to jump in the air!
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, nose (touch baby’s nose)
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, toes (touch baby’s toes)
Cheek chin cheek chin, up baby goes! (lift baby)
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

Snow and cold/flu season hit this week and my poor families kept calling in sick throughout the morning. My class was very small, but I was able to give each child a lot of individualized attention. We read ALL three books (okay, I ended the Cabrera on “give kiss kiss”) and I told the group that they were storytime legends for getting through three books. I had some LOVELY gentle touches as we did cheek/chin on our caregivers and then on our younger siblings. The best book of the day was definitely Peek-a-Who? with its surprise mirror page at the end!

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