Monthly Archives: February 2013

Preschool and Pre-K storytime–Dancing!


Dancing was last week’s theme for both my preschool storytime at the library and the outreach storytimes I do at Lee County Pre-K.







Preschool Storytime:

Opening song:  We hit our knees together (from Mother Goose on the Loose)

Opening rhyme:  Open them shut them

017Book:  Wiggle, by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin. (E DOGS CRON)

Activity:  Wind, Oh Wind (with scarves–from Mother Goose on the Loose)

Song:  Hokey Pokey with scarves






016Book:  Dancing Feet, by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown. (E POETRY CRAI)

Activity:  Rum Pum Pum (from Mother Goose on the Loose).  For this game, I use a drum or tambourine.  I say “Rum pum pum this is my drum.  Rum pum pum this is my drum.  My name is Er-in, what’s your name?”  Then the children take turns patting out the syllables of their name on the drum.  This is a great exercise for promoting phonological awareness, or hearing the smaller sounds that make up words.  Then, we stand up and march, run, and tiptoe until the drum says STOP!

Closing game: Rhyme cube

Closing rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big (from Mel’s Desk)

Closing song: My hands say thank you

For our craft, we made dancing sticks by taping crepe paper onto craft sticks as seen here.


Pre-K storytime:

The cardinal rule of storytime at Pre-K is “thou shalt not enter Pre-K without a puppet.”  This means that whatever I do, I have to link it to a puppet somehow because the  Luckily, I have a really great supply of puppets at my disposal, which includes my lovely hippo Hilda, pictured in her tutu, above.  I started the storytime by pulling Hilda out of my bag and asking the kids if they knew what Hilda *loved* to do.  They guessed dancing because of her tutu.  We talked about how hippos are big animals as a lead-in to the first book, Hilda Must Be Dancing, by Karma Wilson.

015Fritz Danced the Fandango, by Alicia Potter and Ethan Long.  (E DANCE POTT)







Song:  Head Shoulders Knees and Toes–we started slow and got faster and faster!  So fun!

018Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andrae and Guy Parker-Rees. (E DANCE ANDR)




Pre-k storytime–Friends!


002Instead of doing a full-out Valentine’s storytime, I decided to do a storytime about friends for my pre-k groups this week.

Hello My Name is Bob, by Linas Alsenas.  (E FRIENDS ALSE)  Bob is boring, his friend Jack is not.  Despite their differences, they are the best of friends.  Since I do not dare go to pre-k without a puppet, I decided to incorporate the puppets for this storytime into this story.  [I started out with just the brown bear puppet.  I talked to him a bit, but all did was sigh sadly.  Then we read his book.  After we read the book, I got Bob out again and asked him if reading a book about himself made him happy.  He was still sad until Jack came out!  Jack pulled Bob away, saying that they were going to have ice cream, and go to Chuck E. Cheese, and then to the alligator swamp (book reference)!]

003Grumpy Bird, by Jeremy Tankard.  I LOOOOOOOVE this book!  In the past, I have used it for a feelings storytime, but in a way I think it was a perfect fit for this Friends storytime.  Bird wakes up grumpy–so grumpy he can’t even fly.  But as his friends join him, Bird remembers he has a lot to be happy about.  Since Bird’s friends copy him during the story, it was a great lead-in to the song I chose, and gave the perfect opportunity for a little trick (heh heh heh!)

Song:  Will you be my friend today?  (to the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb)

Source: CanTeach

(start clapping) Will you be my friend today, friend today, friend today?  Will you be my friend today and clap along with me?  (We did things from the book like walk, stand on one foot, jump, fly, and eating a worm!)



005My Friend is Sad, by Mo Willems.  (E WILLEMS)  I think that the Elephant and Piggie series is brilliant and just perfect for the emergent readers in pre-k, so I’ve been trying to share some of these books in storytime to get them hooked!  Gerald is sad, so Piggie tries to cheer him up by dressing up in different costumes.  However, it turns out that all Gerald really wants is to be with his friend.






I have 5 different pre-k groups, so the plan I use sometimes gets changed along the way.  My first group always has the most time, so I was able to share Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack with them.  With another class, I shared Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems instead of My Friend is Sad.  In the end, I felt that the plan I have listed above worked the best.