Preschoolers: Gardens

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

Books

Dig In! by Cynthia Jenson-Elliott**
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn**

(I had additional titles, but they are Caldecott eligible so I won’t be discussing them on the blog.)

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: More, Please!**

Featured Track: #5 Rocks and Flowers

Flannelboard: Planting a Rainbow

Flannelboard: Six Little Bumblebees**

Letter of the Day: G**

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
The last week of the spring session went off wonderfully. We were able to read three books in each class! Unfortunately, two of the books I won’t be discussing on the blog. But what I can tell you is that all books were well-received in Monday’s class. They were disappointed that we didn’t get through all four books that I had pulled and wanted to stay late to finish the last book. But their grown-ups were waiting. We also sang two of their favorite songs “one last time” in class.

Tuesday morning
This group is where I will lose the most friends to kindergarten this year, so this storytime was bittersweet to me. I actually thought as I reminded a friend to sit on their bottom that it was the last time I would be telling this particular friend that! I think their favorite book of the day was Dig In! which is really more of a toddler book, but worked so lovely as an interactive book.

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