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.
1 Big Salad by Juana Medina*
123 Peas by Keith Baker*
One Family by George Shannon
The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Numbers Day by Ashley N. Sorenson**
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: Here Comes the 123s**
Featured Track: #6 High Five!
Flannelboard: Five Little Birds**
Flannelboard: Picture Counting Windows**
Letter of the Day: N**
Repeating Extension Activities
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree**
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
- Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
- Movement Cube
How It Went
Oh, this group had a great time counting with me. Their favorite book was easily 123 Peas — this group was much of the same friends from this alphabet storytime and they remembered the ladybugs. So, we went on a ladybug hunt. I wound up calling each kiddo individually to have a chance to find the ladybugs as we counted. This was an unscheduled departure from what I had planned and took up a lot of class time, but it was hugely rewarding (and very Whole Book Approach) to spend this time with a single book!
This group LOVED The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Numbers Day, which is a book that I’ve had pinned on Pinterest for quite a while to read in storytimes. And this group also requested to do “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree” in American Sign Language like we had done during Languages storytime. They also wanted to start off doing it silently, but I led them into using ASL slowly since they were having trouble remembering all the signs.