I'm doing Caldecott themed storytime for preschool storytime in January-April.Check out all my Caldecott Storytime plans here.
Theme: Making friends
Open: Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles
Skill: Tell Stories
-I opened this book by asking the kids if they ever wanted to play with animals. I told them about how the little girl in this book just wanted to make some new friends, but the animals would run away or hide. As I read the book, one little girl kept repeating after each page "but she just wants to play!!" She got the rest of the kids giving a call and response as well and they loved the book because of it.
Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner
-I opened this book by talking about measuring and talking about how the inchworm was very small and made very small movements. The kids really liked this one too, but I did have to point out where the inchworm was on the page for the large group.
Song: Boogie Walk by Greg and Steve-I used the Boogie Walk song and asked the kids to move like an inchworm and measure our steps. We tried small steps, big steps, and medium size steps throughout the song.
-Bug/Animal Mural-I hung paper on the wall, put out crayons and some diecuts and asked the kids to draw about what animal they would love to play with.
-Measuring Station-We have a big stash of rulers that were donated to the library, so I pulled those out with a bunch of various items like a shape-sorter, a tissue box, and a bean bag and put them on a table and asked the kids to measure the various objects. This was by far the most popular station of all and the kids loved measuring the objects. They even found other objects around the room they could measure.
How It Went: I was really happy with my idea to incorporate some math into this storytime with our measuring and it was a huge hit! The kids would have happily measured things longer if I had had more items out for them to play with. The books went over much better than I was expecting as well. I wasn't sure how they would respond to the illustrations, especially since Play With Me is an older title, but they loved it! It was a great storytime that I will happily repeat.