I’m doing two preschool storytimes now. One is 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday at the Leesburg Library and the other is 10:00 a.m. every Thursday at the Oakland Library. We have a playgroup after every storytime.
Opening song: We hit our knees together (from Mother Goose on the Loose)
Opening rhyme: Open them, shut them
Activity: Jingle bells bracelets. I made these using jingle bells I had on hand and some pipe cleaners. We used them briefly and in a closely supervised environment. As I often do, I took the sequence from Mother Goose on the Loose: “We ring our bells together”, ring up high/down low/in the middle, “Ring your bells”, up high/down low/in the middle, then we finished off with “Jingle Bells”.
Story: That’s not Santa! About a year ago, when I was less than a month into my new career, I saw a wonderful children’s librarian tell this story to a group of preschoolers. It was SO GOOD! I found myself listening as enthusiastically as they were. So this year, when I was putting together my own Christmas storytime, I was determined to include the story. There is a beginning reader called “That’s Not Santa!” by Leonard P. Kessler. But I really wanted to tell it as a story since it’s such a fun story to tell. I ended up scanning some of Kessler’s illustrations and printing them out onto cardstock. This story was a hit every time I told it!
Poem: Rudolph, Rudolph. I got this idea from Katie at Storytime Secrets. I wish my stuffed Rudolph was a little bigger, but it’s such a fun idea I couldn’t resist.
Rhyme cube: The wheels on the bus
Closing rhyme: This is big, big, big (from Mel’s Desk)
Closing song: My hands say thank you