Preschoolers: Neighborhoods

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.

The Plan


Blackout by John Rocco
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle**
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy*
Say Hello by Rachel Isadora*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Macaroni**

Featured Track: #3 Alphabet City

Flannelboard: Little Mouse, Little Mouse**

Flannelboard: Seals on the Bus

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

Monday morning
Today, we read Say Hello! and How Do You Wokka-Wokka? in this class. The kids liked both books, but I think Say Hello! edged it out to be the favorite. I do have some repeat friends from last session, one of whom remarked the traditional “We read that book!”, but wanted to read it again once I asked. They really enjoyed when we talked about what makes a neighborhood and I was impressed with all of the places that they listed: houses, the park, police station, school, grocery store, the library, etc. A few of the kids didn’t think they lived in a neighborhood, but once we listed all of the places, they did finally agree that they were in a neighborhood!

Tuesday morning
This is my older class (average age is 4.5) and I definitely wanted to highlight Maybe Some Beautiful with this group. And I think they enjoyed the book and liked tracking the changing colors. They were excited once I told them that the story was based on something that had really happened in another state — I think it’s important to share non-fiction with kids and this picture book is a great place to start. Also, it should be noted that this group could not get enough of “Little Mouse”.

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