Outreach Storytime: 7/11

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was the circus.

The Plan



Circus by Lois Ehlert***
Circus Opposites by Suse MacDonald***
Circus Surprise by Sue Harris*
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell***
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer**
Song of the Circus by Lois Duncan*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Kernels”***

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”***

Props: “Song Cube”***

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”**

Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes”***

Song: “Sticky, Sticky Bubblegum”*

How It Went

This is my group with three storytimes:

I went very basic with the toddlers and stuck with Dear Zoo (which I changed to Dear Circus), Circus Opposites, and Circus. These basic books got the theme across very nicely and in an accessible way for the two year olds. I rolled the “Song Cube” a few times in this storytime to help get our wiggles out.

This group found “Five Little Kernels” to be the most hysterical thing ever. They laughed so hard when the popcorn appeared and loved shouting POP with me. Their favorite book was definitely Olivia Saves the Circus. They loved Olivia taking charge. They also enjoyed doing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes” really fast and slow.

I was pretty worried about the circus being a babyish theme for the school-age group. But it wound up being one of the best storytimes because the kids were really engaged and I found a great read for older kids: Song of the Circus by Lois Duncan.

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