Storytime: Letter E

I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

The Ear Book by Al Perkin

 

 

 

 

 

ABC Magnets

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I like to start and end the Alphabet program by singing our ABCs. To start I put out all of the letter magnets and have the children tell me what letter is missing, that becomes our letter of the day. After we go through the letter and some words that start with it I invite each child up to take two letters off the board and put it into my bag. At first all the children like to swarm up and will grab as many letters as they possibly can, but after a few weeks they begin to understand that they must wait until they hear their name called. To help them stick with two letters only I count out loud (this program maxes out at 12 children so I know I will have enough letters). The children get very excited when it is their turn, plus this helps them learn patience and how to take turns!

I’m a Little Chickie (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little chickie (crouch down)

Ready to hatch

Pecking at my egg shell

Scratch, scratch, scratch (tapping motion)

When I crack it open,

Out I’ll leap (jump up)

Fluff my feathers

And cheep, cheep, cheep (flap arms)

(REPEAT)

Shake Your Shakers (Tune: London Bridge)

Shake your shakers in the air

Shake it here, shake it there

Shake your shakers in the air

Shake your shakers.

Shake it high and shake it low

Shake it yes, shake it no

Shake it high and shake it low

Shake your shakers

Shake it up and shake it down

Shake your shaker on the ground

Shake it up and shake it down

Shake your shakers

Shake it near and shake it far

Drive your shaker like a car

Shake it near and shake it far

Shake your shaker

Shake it fast and shake it slow

Shake it stop, shake it go

Shake it fast and shake it slow

Shake your shaker

Source: Jbrary

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Ears

I Dream of An Elephant Flannel Board

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Five Elephants in the Bathtub

Five elephants in the bathtub

Going for a swim (swimming motion)

Knock, knock (clap twice)

Splash, splash (slap knees)

Come on in (motion with hand)

Five elephants in the bathtub

Going for a swim

Knock, knock

Splash, splash

They all fell in (raise both arms)

Source: Jbrary

Marching Around the Alphabet by Hap Palmer

This song has become a story time favorite! Every week the children line up on the outside of the alphabet rug and start to march with their adult. When the whistle blows the children stop, bend down and point out which letter they are standing on. I like to participate as well and sometimes I will ask a child what letter they stopped on and the color of the square.

Parachute

The children all grab on and we make some waves (fast, slow, big, small) then I ask the parents to hold on to the parachute. The adults lower the parachute and then pop it into the air, the children then go under (lots of happy squeals) and we gently shake the parachute over their heads. We do this 3 or 4 times, there is always one child that doesn’t want to come out but the parents are pretty good about it. Next I have the children hold on again and place foam letters on the parachute. We shake the parachute and watch the letters fly (again lots of happy squeals)!

ABCs

Craft

I always tell the parents to please do not do the craft for their child, feel free to help them use the glue stick but if they want to put an eye where the foot should be well then that’s just artistic license!

E is for Elephant!

E craft

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