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.
Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek**
Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt*
Black White Day Night by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox**
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: Best of Laurie Berkner**
Featured Track: “Fast and Slow”**
Flannelboard: Big, Bigger, Biggest*
Letter of the Day: O**
Props: Green Says Go**
Repeating Extension Activities
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
- Dance Your Fingers Up
- Everyone Can March
How It Went
I enjoyed playing with this group and the book Animal Opposites today. When the words were “heavy” and “light”, I pretended like the book was heavy/light and let the kids call the words out and I would react. I did the same with a few other page spreads and it really engaged them. This group really appreciates the flannelboard as a different kind of story, so I do my best to always use it with them. And of, course, they loved the shaking the parachute to Laurie Berkner’s “Fast and Slow”.
And if Monday’s group loved shaking the parachute, I don’t have a word to describe the group on Thursday’s enjoyment. One of my “omigosh” moments came this week though as I realized that I would have to explain long and short vowels concepts because I was doing the letter O as the Letter of the Day. Thursday’s group definitely grasped the concept better, though I do have two six-year-olds in the class that missed the kindergarten cut-off.