Books If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSeig Extension Activities Flannel Activity: Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree Flannel Story: Ten Apples Up on Top I found… Continue reading Letter A Storytime
Books Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book by Dr. Seuss The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault Extension Activities Flannel Story: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Credit: Adapted from Little Page Turners; Literary Commentary also has a similar… Continue reading Alphabet Storytime
Books First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg Otter Goes to School by Sam Garton How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin Extension Activities Song: "The Wheels on the Bus" Credit: childhood Egg shaker song: "Everyone Can Shake, Shake, Shake" Credit: Jbrary https://youtu.be/dyY459vzH_Y Egg shaker song: "Shake… Continue reading Back to School Storytime
The Most Magnificent Thing is a really great book, and the kids seemed to appreciate and understand it. For this storytime, I was determined to find a good nonfiction picture book about a famous inventor. The problem with most picture book biographies is that they tend to be long and wordy. Long and wordy doesn't usually work for my crowd, so I had to search high and low to find a shorter book.
Originally, the theme for this storytime was recycling, but I had a hard time finding good books about recycling that weren't too preachy, so I stretched the theme to include gardening. In our intro time, I tried to stress that we were talking about "building a better world" by making the earth greener.
This storytime was Week 2 of our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. This particular theme started out very vague when I was planning it last spring, but it ended up coming together really well. I tried to tie it into the CSLP theme by emphasizing that acts of kindness and service can help build a better world.
I'm glad that I planned for four books instead of three because the kids stayed with me the whole time. They especially liked Book! Book! Book! because they got to make animal sounds with me. I don't know if they understood the play on words at the end of the story, but they enjoyed mooing and clucking. Raffi's song went very well, as I knew it would, but I wish that I had incorporated motions with "Take Me Out to the Library." I need to use that song again and do it right.