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.
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek**
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Split Splat by Amy Gibson*
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes**
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: More, Please!**
Featured Track: “Take the Sun”
Flannelboard: Five Little Ducks
Flannelboard: It Looked Like Spilt Milk**
Letter of the Day: S**
Props: Five Little Bunnies*
Props: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly**
Repeating Extension Activities
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
- Dance Your Fingers Up
- Everyone Can March*
How It Went
This storytime went amazing. I really feel like we hit our groove just before it’s about time for session break (this was week six out of seven). The kids really enjoyed Split Splat and the different noises that I made to go along with it. I did have one child who chose not to take a butterfly prop and say our rhyme with us, but he sat quietly while the other kids participated. This group LOVED “Five Little Bunnies” and were excellent at hopping around!
I had to manage a crying child in today’s group (an outside issue not relating to storytime) and that did interrupt the flow of our first story When Spring Comes. We took a moment to take about our rain boots since they come up in the story while the caregiver checked in with the child and was able to get him to calm down and rejoin the group. The kids were really engaged today with the flannelboard in Thursday which isn’t always the case. But none of them guessed cloud until I asked them to look out the window!