Outreach: Animals

This week I performed my first outreach at a school. I was asked to do two 20 minute story times for 18 preschoolers. I watched a former colleague perform an outreach story time but I had never actually done one myself. What I learned from my co-worker is that you cannot bring all of your props and that you have to do a scaled down version of your typical program (mine usually consists of at least one flannel board, musical instruments, scarves, bean bags, and music cds). All I brought with me was a few books and a puppet. I was nervous it wouldn’t be enough but the children were very engaged the whole time and one of the teachers told me she had never heard of some of these books and really enjoyed them. It was a great experience for me (even though I lost my voice after it oops).


Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer











“Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” was by far the group favorite, the children (and teachers) all stood up and pretended that they were standing on chicken’s sofa. While I riled them up with the jumping and dancing, the ending nap is perfect to calm the children back down. I have never used this book in a program before and I definitely plan on using it again.


Five Little Kittens

Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)

They run to the left (move hand left)

They run to the right (move hand right)

They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (stretch fingers out)

Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (make fist with other hand and move it slowly)

MEOW! See those five little kittens run (bring fist to fingers and hide fingers behind back)


Tommy Thumbs Up

Tommy thumbs up (raise thumbs up)

Tommy thumbs down (lower thumbs)

Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town (wave thumbs side to side)

Dance them on your shoulders (bounce thumbs on shoulders)

Dance them on  your head (bounce thumbs on head)

Dance them on  your knees (bounce thumbs on knees)

And shhh tuck them into bed (bring thumbs into fist)

(repeat while jumping up and down)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon

If you want to take a trip

Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1


Source: Jbrary


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