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.
Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! by Anne Vittur Kennedy*
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig**
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera**
Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka*
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee**
Featured Track: #11 – Back to the Farm
Flannelboard: Open Up the Barn Door**
Letter of the Day: F**
Puppets: When Animals Get Up in the Morning*
Repeating Extension Activities
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
- Movement Cube*
How It Went
A smaller group this morning, but it was Halloween and I know that my families have a lot of things going on in the community. Most of our schools do a costume parade during the morning which did create conflicts if families had older children. But because the group was smaller, we got through THREE books at storytime! The kids had a great time reading me the story of Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! by telling me the animal noises. And they really enjoyed guessing what animals would be coming up next in Old MacDonald Had a Farm.
It was another great day with my preschoolers. I’m so proud at all the progress this group has made over the past few weeks. Several of my kids ran into the room and hugged me/told me they missed me last week. (I was home sick with a head cold.) It was really lovely and made me feel very important. This group was the group that I specifically picked out Punk Farm for. They LOVED it. They thought it was the best, most hilarious book ever. They were several requests to read it again. This group also really loves to sing, so “When Animals Get Up in the Morning” was another hit.