Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes Preschool Story Time, 3/1/13

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes Preschool Story Time, 3/1/13

Though most of my story times this week were about parts of the body, the official theme was "myself." Thus, the preschoolers got to read about bodies, growing, who they are now, and what they might be when they grow up.

Book: The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss
This is a quiet book, and the kids at this story time were not kids I generally think of as quiet, but they liked this story and really enjoyed the ending. 

Song: Shake My Sillies Out  
I can't remember when this fell in the line-up, but we definitely shook our sillies out at some point. 

Book: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Aside from having to explain to a five year old what "ain't" means, this was a fun one. 

Flannel Board Story: Quick as a Cricket by Audrey and Don Wood (from kizclub.com)
My library does not own this book, so I can't use it in story time, but since I was able to find a flannel board version, I turned it into an interactive experience. Many of my read-along story timers were at this story time with preschool siblings, so they were able to help me read some of the words - shy, quiet, happy, etc. - and everyone helped named the various animals. After story time, one of the three year olds set the flannel board up and retold the story to herself, which was adorable. 

Song with ukulele: Sammy by Hap Palmer
I practiced this song for over a week, and thankfully, the first time I played it perfectly was at story time. The kids really got into the movements and did a great job following instructions when it was time to sit down between verses. I originally learned this song at the Wimpfheimer Nursery School and have never forgotten it!

Book: When I Grow Up by Tina Louise
This is a weird celebrity picture book, but I decided to stick with it because of the bright illustrations. Not every part of the text makes sense, which is too bad, but the kids still liked naming the different jobs.

Coloring Page: Self-Portrait
This coloring sheet was a simple but fun activity to end the session. One little girl even gave me her picture as a present!

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.

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