Sunday, March 17, 2013

Caldecott Storytime: Week 7

I'm doing Caldecott themed storytime for preschool storytime in January-April.Check out all my Caldecott Storytime plans here. 

Theme: Animal Friends

Opening Song: Shake Your Sillies Out and Where is Thumbkin by the Wiggles (both were requested this week!)

Literacy Skill: Tell Stories-our crafts especially focused on telling stories


-Before I started this one, I talked about what safety rules are, what some rules we follow are (one of the older siblings had read the book and shared the tip from the book "don't stand on swivel chairs!") I also talked about how we had to look at both the pictures and listen to the words of this book to tell the whole story. It was cute, but my group was a bit too young for this one.

Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner


This is one of my favorites and I love sharing it with the kids. The kids and parents liked it too and we had fun talking about how kind the animals are and what good friends they are.

Rhyme: I Went to the Zoo (To the tune of London Bridge)

I adapted a rhyme I found (and now I can't remember where I found it! I think Storytime Katie?) and turned it into this song:

I went to the zoo today, zoo today, zoo today
I went to the zoo today and I saw a: (have children fill in the blank with the name of an animal)

--This was lots of fun and the kids had a blast yelling out animal names.


-I love this story about a family who finds a dog in the park and it was a fun book to read aloud.

Song: Dancing with Wags the Dog by The Wiggles 

-Great song to do because of the actions

-Zoo animal craft-I made a "zoo cage" by drawing lines on paper and copying the pages. I then had the kids glue die cut animals into their zoo cage and draw an animal scene. 

-Safety Rules coloring sheet-I found a safety rule star on Pinterest that I copied off and had the kids fill out with a safety rule.

-Dog house-We have two pop up tents that I put out as dog houses with some books the kids could read inside.

How it Went: This was a fun storytime and the kids loved the animal songs and books. The parents had lots of fun helping the kids fill out the safety tip sheets which ended up being a hit. I would do it again but mix up the stories and add some more books for the younger preschoolers. 

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