I Choo Choo Choose You…

… to be my Valentine! For “Valentine’s Day” this year, I did a Train Storytime. And, I threw in a Valentine’s Day rhyme at the end so it was a festive Choo Choo Celebration 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: And the Train Goes… by William Bee
Song: A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track
Action Song: Peanut Butter and Jelly
Read-aloud #2: I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges
*Fingerplay: Choo Choo Train
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Read Aloud #3: Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
**Flannel: I Spy
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read Aloud #4 (Big Book): Freight Train by Donald Crews
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
*Fingerplay: The Train
Prop Rhyme: Valentine Friends
“Dancing” Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

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

*I found these rhymes on childfun.com

**I Spy flannel (Source unknown)
I spy with my little eye
And you can hear with your little ear…
A yellow school bus go beep beep beep
And we all go traveling by by by
And we all go traveling by!
—>Other vehicles to add: a shiny red truck go rumble rumble rumble, a shiny black train go choo choo choo, a bright pink bike go ding ding ding, a little blue boat go row row row

Other Great Train Books: Trains by Patricia Hubbell, A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London, The Goodnight Train by June Sobel, Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton, and Hey Mr. Choo-Choo, Where Are You Going? by Susan Wickberg

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

Things that Go!

Vroom! Choo Choo! Beep! Whoosh! Today’s storytime was all about transportation or things that go…

Books Shared:
Row Your Boat by Anthony Lishak (pop-up)
Sputter Sputter Sput! by Babs Bell
Freight Train by Donald Crews
I Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Rhymes sheet.):
Sometimes
My Eyes Can See
Tommy Thumb
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Bonus Song:
The Wheels on the Bus
(Melody and lyrics can be found here.)
(Patterns can be found here, though link does not always work.)

Music:
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Little Old Wagon and Hokey Pokey)