Friday, May 20, 2016

This Week at Preschool Storytime: Moms

I always struggled to love my "Moms" storytime. After years of tweaking, I've almost gotten it where I want it to be. What themes do you struggle with?

Sing: Welcome Song

Read: Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (a great book for working in a literacy tip about rare words and building vocabulary)

Sing: If You're Happy and You Know It (We sing this every week and make up a verse. This week it was, "If you're a mom and you know it, blow a kiss.")

Talk: Puppet play adaptation of Marjorie Flack's Ask Mr. Bear

Read: Dinosaur  vs. Mommy by Bob Shea

Sing: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Read: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? (A very simple book, but filled with opportunities for discussion. I talked to parents about informational books and pointed out the great notes in the back of the book.)

Sing: ABC song

Play: Letter of the Week app routine. The letter was M. We introduced the letter with Drawnimal. We practiced writing and M with LetterSchool. We played with an M word in Endless Alphabet.

Muscial Sound Recording: Skidamarink (We used cut up pool noodles as rhythm instruments)
Noodle "Sand Blocks" from Nancy Music

Craft: We made simple bracelets for our moms--a variety of beads on pipe cleaners. We practiced a few patterns they could make with their beads if they chose. Most bracelets were pretty free-form, but at least I got a math concept in.

Book recommendations from my toddler storytime days: Pouch! by David Ezra Stein, No, Silly! by Ken Krug, The Mommy Book by Todd Parr.

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