Last Thursday was my last storytime for HeadStart. 😦 I have been seen them once a month at their school and once a month at the library since February, so I will really miss them! I decided to use our last storytime to tell them about our summer reading program, Dream Big–READ!
Of course, my troublesome bear puppet Grizz had to make an appearance:
Grizz was too excited about summer reading to sleep, so I decided to do an “I Can’t Sleep!” storytime!
I did two of the same books I used for our Teddy Bear Sleepover in March: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems and Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. In this post, I want to note two things that I did differently.
First, since this group was all younger kids (ages 3-5), we sang Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed using my monkey glove puppet. As suggested by Hi Miss Julie! I ended with kissing the monkeys’ boo-boos, covering them with a blanket, and we sang them to sleep with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This is a fantastic idea, and the kids loved it!
I also read Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson. I prepared by setting out a purple crayon and taping a large white sheet of paper on the board. Near the beginning of the story, Harold draws a moon, so I drew a moon. Harold draws many other things throughout the story, but I decided not to draw them for simplicity’s sake. I just drew the moon at the beginning and read the rest of the book up until this point: “Then, suddenly, Harold remembered. He remembered where his bedroom window was, when there was a moon. It was always right around the moon.” (draw window and curtains around the moon). It was very effective to do it this way, and it jazzed up the story a little bit.
I ended with telling them about some of the things we have coming up for summer reading and distributing stickers and coloring sheets to the kids, and handing the teachers a stack of packets to send home for parents.