How Mysterious…

In honor of my former library‘s One Book, One Community mystery book selection (events for grown-ups going on right now!), I am posting a mystery-themed preschool storytime! (I also find it a little mysterious how I was actually able to finish packing in time! We’re hitting the road tomorrow!)

Mystery Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: May 15, 2007

OPENING:
Intro Song: “Wake Up” (Guthrie)
Puppet Act: Mouse puppet wants some cheese!
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh
*Flannel: Little Mouse
Read-aloud #2: Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
**Action Rhyme: Jumbo the Elephant
Read-aloud #3: Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? By Bonnie Lass and Philemon Sturges
Chant: Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

MOVIE:
Goldilocks and the Three Bears

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Bear Masks

*Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

**Jumbo the Elephant
Jumbo has a great big trunk
That goes swinging to and fro.
[Clasp hands to make trunk swing.]
And he has tiny, tiny eyes
That show him where to go.
[Put hands to eyes.]
His great big ears go flopping
[Put hands to ears.]
While his great big feet go stomping, stomping, stomping on the ground
[Stomp feet on the ground.]

Beach Time!

Summer is not quite over yet! Let’s go to the beach!

Beaches Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: May 22, 2007

OPENING:
Intro Song: “Under the Sea”
Puppet Act: goldfish
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: How Will We Get to the Beach? By Brigitte Luciani
Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Flannel: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
Read-aloud #2: Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae (only read first part)
*Fingerplay: Catching a Fish
Read-aloud #3: Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me

MOVIE:
Fish is Fish

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let him go again!
Why did I let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
The little one on the right.

Travelin’ Places this Summer!

I’m going post crazy today! I hope that everyone is having a great summer! I was thinking about all of the traveling that takes place during summer vacation, so I decided to share a Transportation preschool storytime of mine. You can see my actual format that I used. Come back next Friday for another preschool storytime post!

Transportation Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: May 1, 2007

OPENING:
Intro Song: “Riding in My Car” (Woody Guthrie’s Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs)
Fingerplay: The Airplane (found in book I’m a Little Teapot, p190)
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Flannel Song: Wheels on the Bus
Read-aloud #2: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Rhyme: Peanut Sat on a Railway Track
Read-aloud #3: The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Song (Chant): Down By the Station

MOVIE:
Trashy Town

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Fire Engine Coloring Handout

Bunny Pajama Time

More bunny fun at this month’s pajama storytime! It was a hit… 105 people! WOW.

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (Pete Seeger)
Book: A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
Song: Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! By Candace Fleming
Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo (Lyrics and Music here)
Fingerplay: Here’s a Bunny
Oral Story (using puppets and masks): “El Conejito” from Shake-It-Up Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald
Rhyme: Fun with Hands

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO:
Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: The Tortoise and the Hare (~10 min)

“Here’s a Bunny”
Here’s a bunny with ears so funny,
(Make curved bunny ears with two fingers of one hand.)
And here is his hole in the ground.
(Make an open fist with the other hand.)
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
(Raise bunny-ear fingers straight and tall.)
And jumps in his hole in the ground.
(Tuck bunny-ear fingers into the fist.)

“Fun With Hands”
Suit actions to words.
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”.

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

All About Love Pajama Time

This week, we had a “love”-ly pajama storytime to prepare ourselves for Valentine’s Day!

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: A Father’s Love: Golden Slumbers
Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Song: Tony Chestnut
Book: The Frog Prince by Susanna Davidson
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Book: Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning
Song (with flannels): Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
Book: No More Kissing! by Emma Chichester Clark
Song: Will You Be My Valentine?

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO
A Kiss For Little Bear (32 minutes)

Will You Be My Valentine?
(Sing this to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine? My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
And love you every day.

Let it Snow! in the Winter

HO HO HO– I hope that everyone is having a great holiday season! I’ve started doing some monthly pajama family storytimes over at Buena Vista. This month, I did some winter stories. It was a delight to see families cuddled up in their pjs enjoying the stories and singing Christmas songs. Tomorrow, Buena Vista is holding a special holiday storytime at 10 am… I will be making a special appearance there (along with SANTA CLAUS!).

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: Hap Palmer: Holiday Magic
Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Book: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Book (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Book: Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner
Song: Raffi’s Christmas Album (Jingle Bells)
Storytelling: The Mitten
Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO
Disney’s Sing Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs (approx. 30 minutes)

Even More Chicken Stories

I am going through storytime withdrawal during our summer break. Lucky for me, I was able to visit Bright Horizons this week to share stories with their preschool and school age children. We had fun with my favorite theme: Chickens!

Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (Pete Seeger)
Read-aloud #1: The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
Storytell: “The Little Red Hen” (used a singing refrain from storyteller Heather Forest’s sound recording Sing Me a Story, children wore headbands and participated)
Read-aloud #2: Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
Song: The Barnyard Gate (kids wore headbands and participated in making animal noises)
Read-aloud #3: Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
Storytell: “Chickens!” (based on Priscilla Howe’s audio recording)

We’re still working on figuring out this upcoming year’s storytime schedule! Stay tuned for more details…

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf???

Sometimes (especially during the summer), I get to take my show on the road and present storytimes at schools/daycares and outreach events. It’s kind of fun getting out in the community! This week, I did Wolf Storytimes for Bright Horizons and for the Relay for Life (both in Burbank).

Stories Shared
Book! Book! Book! (Storytold) (Not about wolves…but lead nicely into the next story about wolves and chickens!)
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
The Three Little Pigs (Storytold)
Wolf! by Becky Bloom
Gunniwolf (Storytold)