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Caldecott Storytimes: Week 3

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, I am doing Caldecott themed storytimes with my preschool storytime group this semester. Read about my previous Caldecott storytimes here.

Alright it's time for week three!


Theme: Animals

Opening Song: Where is Thumbkin and Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

Literacy Skill: Tell Stories (our crafts especially worked on telling stories this week)

Read:

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

-I started this one off by talking about what interrupting means and I tried to tell the interrupting cow joke, but the kids were so quiet they didn't keep up with the answer part of the knock knock joke. This one was somewhat popular but it didn't go over as well as I had thought, especially since this one had been on our state book award. The kids all really liked the artwork though.

Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner

Read:


Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

-I had to of course explain what a typewriter was to start this book off, which made all the parents laugh. The kids loved this book and thought it was hilarious. I had a display set up with books from all the authors for kids to check out and all the Doreen Cronin books checked out at the end of storytime-success!

Song: Old MacDonald-an old favorite and the kids loved suggesting what animal should be next

Read


Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

-The kids of course loved this book and they were the quietest group I've ever read this book to! They still had lots of fun as they quietly would say "no!" to each of Pigeon's requests.

Song: Animal Action 2 by Greg and Steve (this complemented Animal Action 1 we did the previous week)

Crafts/Activities:

This week was especially craft heavy which is a bit odd for me-I have a hard time coming up with crafts!

-Alphabet stamps-to "type" like the cows

-Pigeon Craft-I made diecuts of a small bus and had the kids glue the bus onto white paper and color in passengers and Pigeon

-Nursery Rhyme Flannels-we have a storytime tub of rhymes that has lots of great flannel  boards of nursery rhymes. I set this up to go with Interrupting Chicken and the kids had fun telling stories.

-I made copies of the Interrupting Chicken doorhanger that came in a Candlewick Storytime kit and passed these out at the end of storytime along with the storytime stickers the kids get every week.

How it went: I think this was my favorite Caldecott storytime so far. The books worked well together and the kids had a blast with the crafts. This was a storytime that I had them wanting to linger and make sure they  got to do every activity in the room. They also loved the doorhanger craft to take home. I plan to repeat this storytime plan again-it was so much fun!


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