Storytime Themes

Letter R Storytime

OPENING:  “Hello Friends” (with sign language)
Credit: Jbrary

BOOK:  The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

RainbowFish

One of my childhood favorites!  I love the story of the Rainbow Fish and its message of generosity.  I have heard the complaints about this book, and I realize that some people struggle with the subtexts.  But, everyone at my storytime seemed to like it, so I will choose to focus on the positives.  

SONG:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Credit:  Jbrary

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the Nile,
If you see a camel,
Don’t forget to smile.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the river,
If you see a polar bear,
Don’t forget to shiver.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently to the shore,
If you see a lion there,
Don’t forget to roar!

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the creek,
If you see a little mouse,
Don’t forget to squeak.

This is one of my new favorite storytime songs.  I love the extra verses and how they incorporate fun animal noises.  I’m definitely going to use this song more regularly from now on. 

BOOK:  Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

RhymingBunnies

Another great Jan Thomas book!  I’m not sure how well my storytime kids understood the rhyming-and-not-rhyming concept in this book, but my dramatic voices earned some giggles.

SONG:  “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, No More
Credit:  Jbrary

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more
Oh no, it’s up to my toe
But it ain’t gonna rain more.

Verses:
Oh gee, it’s up to my knee
Oh my, it’s up to my thigh
Oh fiddle, it’s up to my middle
Oh dread, it’s up to my head,
I’m just going to swim on home.

BOOK:  My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

Rhinoceros

I just recently discovered Jon Agee’s books, and I have already found several that I really like.  My Rhinoceros is a fun story about a seemingly-disappointing pet that I think would be especially appealing to little boys.  Robbers are always engaging.  

BOOK:  RRRalph by Lois Ehlert

Rrralph

I have a love-hate relationship with Lois Ehlert’s books, and RRRalph is one of the “loves”.  I feel like I’m telling a steady stream of dad jokes while reading this book, but it is a fun collection of puns.  I don’t know if my kids understood the humor (the adults did), but a few of them enjoyed barking and growling along with me.    

CRAFT:  Rainbow Fish CDs
Credit:  Healthy Happy Thrifty Family

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My primary motivation for reading The Rainbow Fish was this craft.  We have a huge collection of old CDs in our craft room, and I’ve been looking for some ways to use them up.  This craft was a perfect opportunity, and it was pretty low prep.

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