Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." -Shel Silverstein

Beach Partaaaaay!

My most recent special program I did was a beach party for preschoolers.  I decided to make it a brief storytime then the main part of it was the children going to different stations to do different things.  Let me just say, IT WAS AWESOME.  I started off by reading I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, and of course all the kids loved it.  Next we sang the sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus.  I had puppets that I used and everything!  Here is the song:

Sharks in the sea go chomp chomp chomp

Fish in the sea go swim swim swim

Octopus wiggle wiggle wiggle

Crabs pinch pinch pinch

Clams open and shut open and shut open and shut

So that was my brief ST.  Next I told all the kids about each station they got to go to.  There were a total of 5 stations and thank goodness for teen volunteers, they were great station helpers.  Here are the stations: 

Station #1-Sea Snacks.  This was by far my favorite station.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it but you will have to use your imagination instead.  I made blue Jell-O in clear plastic cups.  Basically each kid got make their own beach in a cup.  We crushed vanilla wafers and that made our sand.  We had goldfish crackers, swedish fish AND a giant gummy octopus.  To top it all off I had mini paper umbrellas.  The kids absolutely loved it.

Station #2-Beach Ball Bowling.  I found some inflatable bowling pins in our storage closet, yes, we have lots of random stuff in there.  Anyways, I got some cheap mini beach balls and the kids got to go beach ball bowling!  After they knocked them all down they got a fish sticker.

Station #3-Treasure Hunt.  I bought some sand from our local Lowes home improvement store, it was really cheap and REALLY HEAVY.  Thanks Seth.  Anyways, I poured it into a bin and buried all kinds of treasure for the kids to find. 

Station #4-Sea Shape Painting.  This was simple.  I cut out different sea shapes from out die cut machine and the kids got to pick one to paint with watercolors. 

Station #5-Beach in a Bottle.  I collected old water bottles and the kids got to fill a bottle with sand and all kinds of other things.  Sea shells, sequins, beads etc.

Overall this was a great program to do, especially if you have the extra help!

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Alphabet Storytime! “C” is for…

Okay, this week in storytime we learned about the letter “C”.  I had 38 people in my first session, and 31 in my second so there were some good crowds.  Here is what we did!

Welcome song Can’t Wait to Celebrate By: Jim Gill

We learned some sign language for things that began with the letter “C”.

We played “Little Mouse” using the feltboard.

We read Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes.  This is such an awesome book, please take the time to read it if you haven’t already!  Also, watch this clip of it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUubMSfIs-U 

 

Sang The Color Game By: Jim Gill.  I (lovely teen volunteers) made circles of all the colors and passed them out to each child.  They had so much fun with this song.

Next we read Dog’s Colorful Day By: Emma Dodd.  This is one of my favorite stories to read.  I wanted to make it into a feltboard but didn’t have the time.

After that we did the rhyme/song 5 Little Cats.

For our last thing we did our goodbye rhyme!

Our craft this week we made paper chain caterpillars.  They were really cute!

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Alphabet Storytime! “B” is for…

I’m a little behind on my blogging.  LAST week we talked about the letter B.  Here are the things we did in ST that week:

Welcome song is Can’t Wait to Celebrate By: Jim Gill

We learned some sign language for things that began with the letter “B”.

We played “Little Mouse” using the feltboard.

We read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  I love anything Mo Willems and this is a great book to get the kids involved in.  We were all yelling “no!”

cover from Amazon.com

  Sang The Wheels on the Bus.  A classic in storytime.

Next we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear By: Bill Martin.  I used the feltboard to go along with it.

Cover from Amazon.com

After that we did the rhyme/song 5 Little Birds.

Sang Bubblegum By: Dr. Jean. 

For our last thing we did our goodbye rhyme!

Our craft this week we glued little bunnies together and glued them to popsicle sticks.

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Do you know…Mo?!

I won my very own one-of-a-kind Mo Willems art sketch!  This wonderful blog http://ripplesketches.blogspot.com/ got some great illustrators to donate sketches to be bought and all the proceeds go to help save the animals in the gulf.  Basically the way it worked was every half hour she would post a new sketch and if you were the first one to email her about it, then you would donate and it’s yours!  I figured, hey why not try?  He’s one of my favorite author/illustrators AND the money goes to a great cause.  What could be better?!    Well, I tried for the first 3 sketches with no luck.  I was only able to try for one more (there were 5 total to give away) due to the fact that I had to go pick up my daughter from daycare.  So I tried…and I got it!   This has made my month!  And here is a look at the wonderful sketch that I WON.

I can’t wait until I get my awesome sketch (Mo is sending it to me personally)  hehe.   OH!  AND guess who won the very last sketch?  Seth did!  So now we are both the proud owners of our very own Mo Willems art.  Hooray!

On a side note, if you don’t know who Mo Willems is, then I feel bad for you 🙂

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Alphabet Storytime! A is for…

Today was my first storytime in about three months and it was so much fun!  I wasn’t sure what kind of crowds we were going to get because of our new building and being closed for so long.  I had 16 people in my first group and they were very good listeners and not too wild.  Now in my second group I had 27 people and it was a whole nother story.  Lets just say I was already losing my voice from the first one, and this one made it go almost completely away.  They all participated and had lots of fun, they were just slightly noisier.  Overall both ST sessions went very well.  Here is an outline of what we did this week:

Our Welcome song is Can’t Wait to Celebrate By: Jim Gill

We learned some sign language for things that began with the letter “A”.

We played “Little Mouse”.  This is by far my favorite thing about ST.  The kids come back every week ready to choose a house that they think little mouse is hiding behind.  Plus, you can’t help but love the little rhyme that goes along with it.

We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By: Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.  I had a feltboard along with it so the kids could help me put the letters on the coconut tree.

 

Sang Alabama, Mississippi By: Jim Gill.  We used egg shakers along with the song.

Next we did the folder story for Alpha-Gator.

After that we did the rhyme/song 5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree.

For our last thing we did our goodbye rhyme!

It was a great storytime and I can’t wait for next week’s!

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