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.
I’m Fast! by Kate and Jim McMullan
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz**
Race Car Count by Rebecca Dotlich**
Supertruck by Stephen Savage**
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: Ladybug Music — Green Collection**
Featured Track: “Big Fire Truck”**
Flannelboard: Lots of Cars*
Letter of the Day: T**
Prop: Stoplight Sorting**
Repeating Extension Activities
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
- Dance Your Fingers Up*
- Everyone Can March*
How It Went
The first class of our preschool storytimes can be difficult as children separate for the first time from their families. But Monday’s group? Not a problem. Every child came in and sat down and stayed throughout the whole storytime. It does help that most of the kids in preschool storytimes were my first and second group of toddlers. So at this point, I am a familiar person to them and they’re happy to see me. We had a great success with our Stoplight Sorting and I taught the kids our storytime routine. Their favorite book was Supertruck which timed nicely with a later snowfall in Chicagoland.
My Thursday group had one child who wasn’t ready to separate. Their caregiver sat in the back of the room with the child and I continued on with storytime as usual. (Full disclosure: this child never wound up separating throughout the entire seven-week session. It happens. But since the caregiver was willing to keep trying, I was too.) This group LOVED Race Car Count with the kids voting by hand-raise about who they thought would win!