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.
Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins**
Rain by Manya Stojic*
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood**
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: Songs for Wiggleworms**
Featured Track: “If All the Raindrops”*
Flannelboard: What’s the Weather?**
Flannelboard: Ten Little Umbrellas/Raindrops*
Letter of the Day: W**
Prop: Rhythm Sticks*
Repeating Extension Activities
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
- Dance Your Fingers Up
- Everyone Can March*
How It Went
Since my Monday group is smaller, I was able to let them have rhythm sticks and they tapped out different rain beats with me. I love using Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book since it is a pop-up book and I don’t have it circulating in the general collection. This storytime flew by! I felt like we had just gotten into the room and were already starting our goodbye routines. The kids really had our routines down by this week and did excellent direction following.
I had a bunch of wiggleworms in this group today! Both of the extension activities (Icky Sticky Bubble Gum and Everyone Can March) were both used with this group and did help re-direct the group towards paying attention since I had them stick their bottom to the ground in “Icky Sticky” and ended with “everyone can sit, sit, sit” with “Everyone Can March”. Since the Thursday group is in a room with a window bank, the kids were able to look outside and tell me what the weather was like during “What’s the Weather?” which was a nice change from the windowless room on Monday!