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

I Want to Ride My Bike!

It’s been lovely weather for bike rides!

This week, I did another “Transportation” storytime. This one focused on bikes. I admit it didn’t go as well as I would have liked… The bike picture books out there aren’t as lively as I’d like… except “Duck on a Bike”, of course. Oh well. It wasn’t terrible. 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Wheels Around by Shelley Rotner
*Flannel: Parking Lot Rhyme
Read-aloud #2: Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
Action Song: “My Bike”
Read Aloud #3: Along a Long Road by Frank Viva OR The Best Bike Ride Ever by James Proimos
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Action Song: Tommy Thumb
Read Aloud #4: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Song/Flannel: Five Little Ducks (Patterns found here.)
Read Aloud #5: The Best Bike Ride Ever by James Proimos OR Who is Driving? by Leo Timmers
Action Song: Tony Chestnut
(“Dancing” Song: “Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck” from Barney’s Favorites Volume 1)

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

*Parking Lot Rhyme (Source unknown)
There are many machines to take us places.
Here they come to their parking spaces.
Here comes the fire truck, shiny and bright.
Here comes the ambulance, blinking its light.
Here comes the train; its whistle blows.
Here comes the bus; it stops and it goes.
Here comes the car with a family inside.
So many machines in which to ride.

Have Book- Will Travel!

Have Book- Will Travel… that’s our Summer Reading theme this year! More information about Fox River Valley Public Library District’s program and special events can be found here.

This week, I did a “Transportation” storytime to correspond with our theme. It went really well!

I hope that everyone has a summer full of adventure 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: I Wish I Were a Pilot by Stella Blackstone
*Flannel: Five Fast Race Cars
Read-aloud #2: Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence
Rhyme: A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track
Read Aloud #3: Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
Read Aloud #4: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Song/Flannel: The Wheels on the Bus
Read Aloud #5: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
(“Dancing” Song: “Singing in the Rain” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet)

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

*Five Fast Race Cars (Source unknown)
Five fast race cars speeding round the track.
The first car said, “I can’t look back!”
The second car said, “Oh, no! I’m out of gas!”
The third car said, “Beep! Beep! I’m fast!”
The fourth car said, “Watch my tires spin.”
The fifth car said, “Vroom, vroom. I win!”
Then beep went a horn and flash went the lights,
And five fast race cars sped out of sight!

Royal Roaming

Another “transportation” storytime… Only three more weeks of “royal reading”. My, has the summer flown by!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Arthur’s Tractor by Pippa Goodhart (I’m not sure that I’d use this for storytime again. It was kind of confusing to read-aloud… and may be more suitable for one-on-one sharing as the illustrations tell a lot of the story. I was being stubborn and insisted on continuing my summer trend of combining royalty AND the week’s theme into one story.)
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #2:  Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Song (with puppets): Five Little Ducks
Read-aloud #3: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Song/Fingerplay: The Wheels on the Bus
Read-aloud #4: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

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

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

Getting Places with Transportation

“Things that Go” storytimes are always very popular, and this was a great way to finish up our Winter Storytime Sessions. We will start up again in two weeks on the week of March 29. Signups for the Spring Storytime Session over at the Buena Vista Library start next Wednesday, March 17 (St. Paddy’s Day!). Storytimes over at the Central and Northwest Libraries will remain open with no registration required. Have a great spring break, everyone! I am going away to have fun at the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon 🙂 See you in two weeks!

Books Shared:
Who is Driving? by Leo Timmers
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Rhymes sheet.):
Open, Shut Them
Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum
Where is Thumbkin?
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Thank You
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Song:
The Wheels on the Bus
(Melody and lyrics can be found here.)
(Patterns can be found here.)

Music:
Music for Little People: Most Amazing Truck, Train & Plane Songs
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Little Old Wagon)
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

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)

Runaway Engine…Things that Go!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Runaway Engine
Runaway engine,
Ricketty rack,
Running around the
railway track.
All the way there and
all the way back,
Runaway engine
Ricketty rack.

Books Shared:
Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! by Margaret Mayo
Row Your Boat by Anthony Lishak (pop-up)
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Peanut Song
Ten Little Fingers
Fun with Hands
Animals on the Bus
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Autumn Leaves

Music:
Barney’s Favorites Volume 1 (Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck)