Category: Preschool Storytime

Preschoolers: Pumpkins & Apples

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

pumpkinsapples

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon*
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson & Jennifer Rofe*
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Ladybug Green Music**

Featured Track: #2 Apples and Bananas

Flannelboard: Five Little Apples**

Flannelboard: Five Little Pumpkins

Letter of the Day: A & P**

Props: The Pumpkins Are Here**

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
I had an AMAZING turn-out for my last class. And a wonderful storytime. The kids were shocked when I said that I had two Letters of the Day because we were talking about two things: pumpkins and apples! They really enjoyed guessing what animal might be coming next to eat the apples during our flannelboard and they had a great time talking about how much of the apple the different animals ate. They also really enjoyed having their own foam pumpkins as we did the rhyme “The Pumpkins Are Here”!

Tuesday morning
Another wonderful class comes to a close. I had a great job using two letters — I had enough objects in my Letter buckets to let each kid hold an object or a letter. They were really excited to be helpers for me. I absolutely love using Tap the Magic Tree in storytime because it’s so interactive and really gets everyone involved. This group had a little bit of trouble settling down after our flannelboard and action rhyme, but it eventually happened!

Preschoolers: Alphabet

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

alphabet

ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker*
Oops Pounce Quick Run! by Mike Twohy*
Square Cat ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Here Comes the ABCs*

Featured Track: #15 Who Put the Alphabet in Alphabetical Order?

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom*

Letter of the Day: A*

Props: Foam Letters on the Parachute*

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
My storytime crowd was very talkative this morning! One of my kiddos announced that we were reading a ladybug book when I pulled out LMNO Peas and another kiddo immediately said, “No, it’s an ALPHABET book.” I immediately ended the argument by saying, “Well, maybe there is a ladybug, let’s keep our eyes out!” Little did I know! There’s a small ladybug on nearly every page spread in the book and my group had a great time looking for it. We spent a bit more time on this title, but it was time well-spent in my opinion!!

Tuesday morning
No storytime today, sadness! It was election day and our meeting room serves as our local polling place.

Preschoolers: Farm

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

farm

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: B-I-N-G-O

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

Monday morning
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.

Tuesday morning
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.

Preschoolers: Ocean

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

ocean

Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins**
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry*
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett K. Krosoczka
The Three Little Fish & the Big Bad Shark by Will Grace**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Victor Vito**

Featured Track: “The Goldfish”

Flannelboard: Five Little Ocean Friends*

Letter of the Day: O**

Props: Slippery Fish**

Puppets: Did You Ever See a Shark?*

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
I had two new friends in storytime today. One made the transition immediately into the room and the other became my special helper for the Letter of the Day. By the time we had said all of our objects and practiced our letter sounds, my friend was able to sit down and join the group. Thumbs up! The kids LOVED the re-telling, The Three Little Fish & the Big Bad Shark. I had one friend who kept saying, “The wolf says huff and puff; the shark says munch and crunch!” It was a great connection that the stories were the same! This group also appreciated the BURP! at the end of “Slippery Fish”. Burps are great preschool humor!

Tuesday morning
My friend who has had a REALLY hard time adjusting to storytime came into the room like a pro today: took my hand, walked up to the board and added their name tag, found a seat on the floor. It was so wonderful and allowed me to help another friend separate from their grown-up! We had kind of a “eating animals humor” themed class with The Three Little Fish & the Big Bad Shark, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!, and “Slippery Fish” that just happened to be all ocean animals. I really enjoyed my time with this class today and am already dreading the end of session in four weeks.

Preschoolers: Clothes

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

clothes

How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin*
Hurry Up, Alfie! by Anna Walker*
Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming*
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
Under My Hood, I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Anna and the Cupcakes**

Featured Track: “Shoes”

Flannelboard: Froggy Gets Dressed*

Flannelboard: Socks Match-Up**

Letter of the Day: C**

Props: Crown for a Day*

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
It was a smaller crowd in today’s storytime because of a day off of school. We tend to be a travel for the long weekend library population. The smaller group let me really get to have one-on-one time with each of the kiddos. Each of them got to assist in a special task today! Our best book was Maggie and Michael Get Dressed — the group just loved the silliness of watching Michael try to dress Maggie. And they were also in stitches over “Froggy Gets Dressed” on the flannelboard.

Tuesday morning
I had 100% attendance today; it’s such a rare occurrence that I always feel the need to celebrate it! I did an almost completely different storytime for this group. Clothes is such a great theme full of awesome materials. These kiddos really responded to the “Socks Match-Up” game and were jumping off the floor waiting for their turn to match up a sock. I love letting the kids handle flannelboard pieces now that they’re older. Their favorite book was How to Dress a Dragon.

Preschoolers: Dinosaurs

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

dinosaurs

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont**
Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein*
Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds
Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Best of the Laurie Berkner Band**

Featured Track: “We Are the Dinosaurs”*

Flannelboard: Little Dinosaur, Little Dinosaur*

Flannelboard: Ten Little Dinos

Letter of the Day: D**

Props: Two Little Dinosaurs**

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
First week of preschool storytime. I had one kiddo that had trouble separating and did wind up having the caregiver stay in the room. (Afterwards, caregiver told us the child’s birthday and the child was only two and a half, so they signed up for a toddler storytime.) So many of the kids in this group I had in babies and toddlers! I feel old! They loved doing the “Two Little Dinosaurs” rhyme with me and enjoyed washing themselves along with Dini Dinosaur.

Tuesday morning
One of my kids was crying really hard at the start of storytime, but agreed to take my hand and come into the room. By the end, the kiddo was rolling on the carpet with laughter. It was a great experience! This group’s average age is 4.5, so I wanted to make sure to use a more advanced book. And for dinosaurs, there’s nothing better than names and explaining why they are called the way that they are, cue: Inside-Outside Dinosaurs. Interestingly enough, I had a child ask if we could roar softer during “Two Little Dinosaurs” and I was very proud when the whole group obliged!

Preschoolers: Jobs

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

preschool-jobs

Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin
Guess Who? by Margaret Miller*
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto**
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Growing Up**

Featured Track: “I Got a Job”

Flannelboard: Five Brave Firefighters*

Flannelboard: Little Cat, Little Cat**

Letter of the Day: J**

Props: Community Helper Puppets

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Everyone Can March

How It Went

Monday morning
Oh, the kids were so sad that today was the last class! I had so many long faces and hugs at storytime today. Both books (Kitten Red Yellow Blue and Trashy Town) were equally successful with this group. I think that we played “Little Cat, Little Cat” probably five or six rounds since the kids were enjoying it so much. And we had one last song of “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” to get them ready to start class.

Thursday morning
The kids in Thursday’s group were very involved in talking about the different jobs that boys and girls can have. I had to do a lot of redirected speech, “That’s a mail person” or “That’s a firefighter’s hat” to hopefully get the point across that jobs are equal and everyone can do the job that they would want to. I think that Kitten Red Yellow Blue really helped with that because it does feature many different gender/job pairings. I also used Guess Who? here which I would love if they’d release a new edition of with updated photographs!

Preschoolers: Spring

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

preschool-spring

Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek**
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Split Splat by Amy Gibson*
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: More, Please!**

Featured Track: “Take the Sun”

Flannelboard: Five Little Ducks

Flannelboard: It Looked Like Spilt Milk**

Letter of the Day: S**

Props: Five Little Bunnies*

Props: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Everyone Can March*

How It Went

Monday morning
This storytime went amazing. I really feel like we hit our groove just before it’s about time for session break (this was week six out of seven). The kids really enjoyed Split Splat and the different noises that I made to go along with it. I did have one child who chose not to take a butterfly prop and say our rhyme with us, but he sat quietly while the other kids participated. This group LOVED “Five Little Bunnies” and were excellent at hopping around!

Thursday morning
I had to manage a crying child in today’s group (an outside issue not relating to storytime) and that did interrupt the flow of our first story When Spring Comes. We took a moment to take about our rain boots since they come up in the story while the caregiver checked in with the child and was able to get him to calm down and rejoin the group. The kids were really engaged today with the flannelboard in Thursday which isn’t always the case. But none of them guessed cloud until I asked them to look out the window!

Preschoolers: Opposites

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

preschool-opposites

Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek**
Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt*
Black White Day Night by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Best of Laurie Berkner**

Featured Track: “Fast and Slow”**

Flannelboard: Big, Bigger, Biggest*

Letter of the Day: O**

Props: Green Says Go**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Everyone Can March

How It Went

Monday morning
I enjoyed playing with this group and the book Animal Opposites today. When the words were “heavy” and “light”, I pretended like the book was heavy/light and let the kids call the words out and I would react. I did the same with a few other page spreads and it really engaged them. This group really appreciates the flannelboard as a different kind of story, so I do my best to always use it with them. And of, course, they loved the shaking the parachute to Laurie Berkner’s “Fast and Slow”.

Thursday morning
And if Monday’s group loved shaking the parachute, I don’t have a word to describe the group on Thursday’s enjoyment. One of my “omigosh” moments came this week though as I realized that I would have to explain long and short vowels concepts because I was doing the letter O as the Letter of the Day. Thursday’s group definitely grasped the concept better, though I do have two six-year-olds in the class that missed the kindergarten cut-off.

Preschoolers: Zoo

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

preschool-zoo

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle*
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall**
Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora**
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: What a Zoo!**

Featured Track: “Wimoweh”*

Flannelboard: Color Zoo*

Flannelboard: Dear Zoo*

Letter of the Day: Z**

Puppets: You Can Hear*

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Everyone Can March*

How It Went

Monday morning
Today’s big hit was My Heart Is Like a Zoo. The kids spent time on each page and wanted to count the hearts on all the animals. They also laughed appreciatively as the animals did sillier and sillier things. I think the page that got the most laughs was the herd of hippos drinking apple juice. The Letter of the Day “Z” did trip them up a bit with “zigzag” and “zucchini”. Many of the kids thought that the zucchini was a cucumber. So, it was a great day for new vocabulary!

Thursday morning
I had the very best fake snorers in this group while we were reading Stop Snoring, Bernard. This group also got to get up and practice their American Sign Language with me during our song “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree”. This was also the group that needed to get up and march around the room to the song “Wimoweh”. Or as they prefer to call it, “The Lion King song!”