Pre-K Outreach storytime–Fall!

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Opening song: Hands are Clapping/Hey Hey How are You?

Puppet:  Grizz was dressed in hiking gear and was shocked that he found a leaf that WASN’T GREEN.  I asked him if he knew about the four seasons and he said “You mean like salt, pepper, garlic…” I told him no, those were seasonINGS.  Then we talked about the four seasons: fall, winter, spring, summer.  We decided to read some books about it to find out more.

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In the Middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek.  Bold, beautiful illustrations about the moment between fall and winter, leaves and snow.

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Song/flannel: [Red] leaves are falling down (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)

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Tap the Magic Tree by Christine Matheson.  This is one of my all-time favorites.  It uses interactive elements (tap the tree to make the leaves grow, make your fingers wiggle to brush the petals away, blow a whooshing breeze to make the leaves fall, clap to make snow fall, etc.) to illustrate the cyclical nature of the four seasons.  LOVE!

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Flannel Story: Fall is Not Easy.  This simple, yet funny and beautiful story is from a book by Marty Kelley.  I love it, but while the text is AMAZING and perfect, the illustrations are sort of small and not really bold enough to use with the large groups that I sometimes have.  So like many others before me, I made a flannelboard for it, which I used and loved for years.  I recently changed libraries, however, and had to recreate it.  I used the opportunity to add a few “leaves” that I thought the kids would enjoy.  I added Batman, a doughnut, and Pete the Cat, which they LOVED.

Before I left we did “Way Up High in the Apple Tree” and “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” then I sang “See You Later Alligator” with my ukulele.

 

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