Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes Drop-In Story Time, 2/26/13
Book: Dancing Feet by Lindsay Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown
This book often gets mixed results. Most of the kids were too young to guess at the animals, though by the end, one preschool girl was willing to call out a few of them. The kids were not very responsive throughout the book, but there was an unusual quietness in the room which suggests they were actually listening.
Song: It’s Dancing Time (based on "Warm Up Time" from Action Songs for Preschoolers)
I have been looking for more movement-based songs, which is part of why I chose a bodies and self theme for this week. I heard this song the first time on a CD which my library owns, and found it again on Spotify when I was at home yesterday. I usually can't predict whether a song will go over well or not, and I actually thought this one might not work. It did, though, and I got great participation from the adults as well as the kids.
Book: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
I thought the kids would like this more than they did, but it was still okay. It has wonderful rhyming in it, and it's not that long, but they did get restless by the last third of the book. Thankfully, our next song was highly energetic.
Song: I Can Walk With Two Feet
The tune for this song is Mary Wore Her Red Dress, which I have used many times with flannel boards. Using it this way was much better, and the kids got really into it. We showed how we walk, march, run, and jump with our two feet.
Book: Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
This poor little book always looks so promising and almost always bombs. The book is probably too small, and the story is repetitive in a way that isn't particularly interesting. Still, that last page, where I had to turn the book to show the girl's full height, got everyone's attention.
Song: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Letter of the Day: F
- Song with Puppet: I’m a Little Green Frog
- Flannel Board Rhyme: Four Colorful Flies
- Flannel Board Song: Five Little Fairies (This flannel board works because the pieces are large, clear, and colorful. I have to start making more large pieces if I'm going to keep using flannel boards with this group.)
Song: I'm a Little Teapot
Song: Here We Go Up, Up, Up
Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Song: If You're Happy and You Know It
I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.