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

Flannel Friday: Sylvie (The Flamingo)

It’s been such a long time since I participated in Flannel Friday and I really miss it.  I just had to look up how long it’s been.  April, wow.  That’s 6 months!  I definitely need to participate more often!  So I finally made a flannel that I’ve been putting off for a little while.  As soon as I read the book Sylvie By: Jennifer Sattler I knew it would make the PERFECT flannel.  If you haven’t seen this book, be sure to check it out or buy it for your collection.  I promise you won’t be sorry 🙂

It’s a story about a flamingo named Sylvie and she learns that she is pink because of what she eats, so she decides to try eating other things.  As you can imagine, she has some crazy results!

Sylvie

The end is my favorite part!

Sylvie 2

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Halloween Storytime

Pumpkin Storytime

This week we talked about Halloween! (My FAVORITE holiday) And we all dressed up in our costumes!

Songs:

We Will Stomp By: Mr Eric and Mr Michael (This was great because in the song they’re pretending to be monsters)

Hip Hop Body Rock By: Mr E and Mr M (We used shakers)

Flannel Board:

Pumpkin Faces

Books:

Leonardo the Terrible Monster By: Mo Willems

What Am I? By: Margaret Lewis

The Spooky Box By: Mark Gonyea

Check out my Halloween tag on my Shelfari page for more good books that I didn’t have time to read!

Craft:

I cut out BIG pumpkins with our Ellison machine and we colored them!  Easy but really fun for everyone.

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Parachute Playtime-Second Edition!

Parachute playtime 4

I just completed my 2nd Parachute Playtime and It went great!  My boss was able to be there to help me, which was nice.  Just having another person to help guide the children was very helpful.  Although, this one was about half the size of my first one I did so it was much easier to manage and not as crazy.  All the people were new and hadn’t been to the previous playtime.  I hope I didn’t scare the first group of people away!  Here is my outline:

Parachute Playtime!

Ages 2-5

Begin with children sitting on the parachute and explain the rules and how we use it.

  • Always hold with two hands
  • There are younger kids so don’t shake it too hard, be aware
  • Don’t pull the parachute
  • If I ring my bell then you must stop shaking the chute and put it on the ground and put your hands on top
  • Take our shoes off
  • Don’t lift the chute when someone is on it
  • Have parents sit behind the child and guide them

Songs:

  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Roll the Ball By: Carole Peterson
    • We used the play balls and rolled and bounced them
  • Mover Music (Jump Up!) By: Imagination Movers
    • GREAT SONG!
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed By: Mr Eric
  • Ring Around a Rainbow By: Georgiana Stewart
    • Held the chute and went in circles
  • What Falls in the Fall By: Laurie Berkner
    • Used leaves on the chute, really fun
  • I hear the Water By: Mr Eric
    • Made the sound of rain by tapping on the chute, very calming, swayed back and forth

     

Overall it went really well!  Since we had a smaller group, the parents mostly sat next to their child and held the chute.  I used the bell again.  They of course loved using the play balls and bouncing them all around.  I discovered the Imagination Movers from Disney because my daughter used to watch them.  Be sure to check out their CDs, they are fabulous!  Very upbeat and perfect for little ones.  I wanted to incorporate leaves in this one because it’s now fall outside and I found a great Laurie Berkner song.  I had some fake leaves that we had been using for decoration and we used those, it was so realistic!  Again, we ended with I hear the Water by Mr Eric and Mr Michael.  I really loved that calm and soothing song.  I’m going to be doing a baby playtime at the end of November that I’m very excited about!  Be on the lookout for that one!

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