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Storytime: Letter M

Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock (race fingers up arm)

The clock struck one (clap once)

The mouse ran down (race fingers down arm)

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory, dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock (race fingers up arm)

The clock struck two (clap twice)

The mouse said “BOO!”

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory, dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock (race fingers up arm)

The clock struct three (clap three times)

The mouse said, “Whee!” (raise arms up)

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory, dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock (race fingers up arm)

The clock struck four (clap four times)

The mouse said, “No more!” (shake finger)

Hickory dickory dock

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…

BLAST OFF!

Source: Jbrary

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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Five little monkeys jumping on the bed (bounce five fingers)

One fell off and bumped his head (tap head)

Mama called the doctor (pretend phone to ear)

And the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed” (shake finger)

(count down)

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!

M is for Mouse!

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Storytime: Two Year Old Alphabet Outline

When I first started doing story times for two year olds I was lost! I had done programs for 3 to 5 year olds for 3 years and I felt like I was being thrown to the wolves. Don’t get me wrong, I love two year olds, they are adorable and fun and energetic but I had no clue how to provide them with a structured story time. I scoured the internet, sat in on some co-workers and tried to come up with a game plan. The first month was a learning experience, I was doing the story time 3 times a week and quickly realized what was and wasn’t working. Since I relied so heavily upon my fellow librarian bloggers I figured I’d post the format I developed for my two year olds. They seem to respond to it very well and after just a few weeks they have the majority of the hand motions and words down. Every week we go over a different letter of the alphabet, the kids are very neutral to this but the adults love it.

 

At the beginning of story time I like to inform the parents that they are encouraged to join in!! It’s no fun for me and the kids when I’m the only one singing and that adult participation will encourage their child to participate as well. I also tell them that I don’t expect the twos to sit perfectly still, there will be some wandering but I do ask that if their child is disruptive to others that they take the child outside of the room until they calm down and then bring them back in.

 

Without any further ado, here is the format that I use for two year olds! Please be aware that I don’t always follow this format verbatim (they are two after all). I do like to have some back up songs, books, dances and rhymes just in case.

 

1. Opening Song: My Hands Wave Hello

(Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

My hands wave hello (wave both hands)

My hands wave hello

Every time I see my friends

My hands wave hello

(repeat with…)

My feet wave hello (wiggle feet)

My elbows wave hello (wave elbows)

My tongue waves hello (stick tongue out while singing)

2. 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!

3. Open Shut Them

Open shut them (open and close hands)

Open shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap (clap x3)

Open shut them

Open shut them

Put them in your lap, lap, lap (tap lap x3)

4. Longest Book

5. A finger play, action rhyme or song related to the first book

6. Body recognition song

This is a song or rhyme that encourages the children to participate and teaches them parts of their body, opposites, colors, etc.

7. Action song

My action song consists of playing a song that encourages movement.

8. I Wiggle My Fingers

I wiggle my fingers (wiggle fingers)

I wiggle my toes (wiggle feet)

I wiggle my arms (hold arms out and shake them)

I wiggle my nose (hold nose and wiggle it)

I think that the wiggles

Are all out of me

Now I can sit down

And hear a story

9. Book

10.A finger play, action rhyme or song related to the book

11. Body recognition song

This is a song or rhyme that encourages the children to participate and teaches them parts of their body, opposites, colors, etc.

12. Action song

My action song consists of playing a song that encourages movements. For the second one I like to incorporate bean bags, egg shakers or scarves.

13. Bean Bag, Egg Shaker, Scarves

If I am using one of these for the previous action song I will have a little song or rhyme ready to do. Once we are done with them we say goodnight and put them in their box.

14. If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap)

If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap)

(repeat with…)

Stomp your feet (stomp)

Shout hooray (HOORAY)

Sit down quietly (shh)

15. Book or Flannel board

By this time the kids attention spans have shrunk, I like to read a book or do a flannel board that is interactive. I love using books that ask the children to guess what comes next or has them make animal noises and for flannel boards I try to use ones that are bright and colorful. We don’t always make it this far but I have something prepared just in case.

Parachute

This is a crowd pleasure! 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)! At the end there is usually a mad dash to grab the letters and bring them to me. I have tried saying “Just one letter,” I have tried spreading the letters out but it doesn’t seem to make a difference.  Sometimes I take this portion out and we add beach balls or something else fun to the parachute.

ABCs

Craft

For the craft I use the letter of the day and we turn it into something else! I always tell the parents to 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!

 

 

For more information on my two year old alphabet program, the crafts made and the songs used please check out my Storytime Themes page.

 

 

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Storytime: Letter L

Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

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!

Ladybug Ladybug

Ladybug, ladybug, flying through the air (arms out like an airplane)

Ladybug, ladybug, landing in my hair (fingers in hair)

Ladybug, ladybug, what should I do? (shrug shoulders)

Ladybug, ladybug

Shoo shoo shoo (shoo with hands)

Source: King County Library System

Pretty Ladybug (Tune: Muffin Man)

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The ladybug has one black spot,

One black spot, one black spot,

The ladybug has one black spot,

Pretty ladybug!

(add spots)

Source: Storytime Katie

Did You Ever See a Llama?

Did you ever see a llama, a llama, a llama

Did you ever see a llama go this way and that (lean side to side)

Go this way and that way, go this way and that way

Did you ever see a llama go this way and that

(repeat leaning front and back)

Lunch (Flannel board)

photo 3-3 I made felt pieces for Denise Flemming’s Book “Lunch” and used a mouse puppet to grab the pieces off the board. Before verbally telling the story we went over what each item was and what color it was. The kids loved this board (and so do I)!

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!

L is for Ladybug!

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Storytime: Letter K

All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

Pouch by David Ezra Stein

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Kangaroo, Kangaroo

Kangaroo, kangaroo turn around

Kangaroo, kangaroo touch the ground

Kangaroo, kangaroo dance on your toes

Kangaroo, kangaroo touch your nose

Kangaroo, kangaroo jump high now

Kangaroo, kangaroo take a bow

Kangaroo, kangaroo stomp your feet

Kangaroo, kangaroo take a seat

I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug

I can hop, hop, hop

I can kiss, kiss, kiss

I can stop, stop, stop

I can nod my head for yes

And I can shake my head for no

And I can sit down veerry slow

Different Kinds of Kisses

Grandma kisses (grab cheeks and squeeze)

Fish kisses (fish face)

Movie star kisses (blow kiss)

Rabbit kisses (Wiggle nose)

Dog kisses (stick out tongue and lick)

My Kitten’s Mitten (Flannel board)

kitten

My poor little kitten lost her mitten
And started to cry, boo-hoo.
So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten.
Her beautiful mitten of blue
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my mother’s bed.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored red
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my father’s pillow.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored yellow
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
On the hand of my brother’s toy clown.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored brown
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the laundry so clean.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside a grocery sack.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored black
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my sister’s kite.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored white
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the kitchen sink.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored pink
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside my favorite shoe.
And this time the mitten was just the right mitten,
For it was colored blue

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!

K is for Kangaroo!

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Storytime: Letter J

Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Jump by Scott M. Fischer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABC Magnets

letter j

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!

Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree

Five little monkeys swinging in a tree (hold up 5 fingers)

Teasing Mr. Alligator “You can’t catch me, no you can’t catch me” (shake finger)

Along comes Mr. Alligator, as quiet as can be (put hands together and move slowly)

And snatch that monkey right out of the tree (clamp down hands)

…count down

Jungle Animal Box (Tune: The Muffin Man)

An hour before the program I realized I needed an activity for the kids, I quickly put this together. I must it is not my best work (clip art and a random box) but the kids loved coming up and putting their animal in the box. I will admit that some animals were harmed in the process, a few were torn and one was partially eaten.

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If you have a lion, a lion, a lion

If you have a lion, put him in the jungle!

(repeat with other jungle animals)

Source: Abby the Librarian

Jumping Joey

The kids jumped during the rhyme, they were more focused on jumping up and down than the actual rhyme.

Jumping Joey went a jumping joyfully to town

Jumping Joey got so tired jumping up and down

Jumping Joey asking his mother, “Could I have a ride?”

Jumping Joey’s mother answered, “Sure, just jump inside”

Source: King County Library

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

Driving Round in My Little Red Jeep

Driving round in my little red jeep

Driving round in my little red jeep

Driving round in my little red jeep

Beep beep beep beep beep

(repeat with different colors)

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!

I had some issues trying to find a letter J craft that I liked, I stretched it a little this week and went with J is for Jaguar.

jaguar

 

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Storytime: Letter I

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Bunnies on Ice by Johanna Wright

I Like Ice Cream by Robin Pickering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABC Magnets

I

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 Have an Itch

We pretended that we had an itch on different body parts, sometimes the kids had to itch their own itch but other times the adults did it for them!

I have an itch,

it’s on my head!

(repeat with other body parts)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Ice Cream Colors

Before I added each scoop to the flannel board I asked the kids what color the ice cream was and if they could guess the flavor, some flavors were difficult (purple anyone?) so I just didn’t ask about those.

ice cream

We have ice cream, the best in town,

Let us begin with chocolate brown.

Now, lets scoop us some bubble-gum pink,

It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.

Here is ice minty and green,

It is the creamiest I have ever seen.

Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,

We like its taste from the very start.

Scoops of blueberry would make my day,

Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!

Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,

All these scoops are a heavenly sight.

Vanilla white is a popular flavor,

It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.

Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,

Good and yummy till the very last lick.

Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,

We love ice cream in any combination.

Source: Step By Step

Too Many Scoops

1 scoop, 2 scoops, 3 scoops, 4 (pretend to scoop out ice cream)

5 scoops, 6 scoops, 7 scoops, more

8 scoops, 9 scoops, 10 scoops, wait

I think I’m going to have a tummy ache! (hold stomach)

Here’s a Hill

Here’s a hill (tilt one arm)

And here’s a hill (tilt other arm)

All covered with snow (flutter hands down)

I’ll put on my coat (pretend to put on jacket)

And jump on my sled (bounce)

And zoom, down the hill I go (clap and slid hands)

(repeat)

Snowflakes Dance around (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground

Snowflakes, snowflakes in the air

Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere

Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around

Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.

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!

I is for ice cream!

CRAFT

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Storytime: Letter H

Whose Hat? by Margaret Miller

Clip-Clop! by Nicola Sme

Building a House by Byron Barton

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I read “Clip-Clop” I had the parents put their child on their lap and turned the book into a bounce, the parents and kids alike really got into it.

 

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!

Building a House

I’m going to build a little house,

[Form arch over head.]

With windows big and bright.

[Circles around eyes.]

With chimney tall and curling smoke

drifting out of sight.

[Stretch up arms, make drifting motion.]

In winter when the snowflakes fall,

[Flutter hands down.]

Or when I hear a storm,

[Cup hand to ear.]

I’ll go inside my little house,

[Crouch inside.]

And I’ll be safe and warm.

[Hug self or child.]

Source: SurLaLune

Silly Hat Song (Tune: This Old Man)

On my head, I wear my hat.

It is such a silly hat

That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro

Where else can my silly hat go?

(repeat with other body parts)

Ten Galloping Horses

Ten galloping horses, (hold up ten fingers)

Came through town. (slap hands on legs like galloping)

Five were white, (hold up five fingers)

And five were brown. (hold up five fingers on other hand)

They galloped up, (slap up toward top of thighs)

They galloped down, (slap down toward knees)

Ten galloping horses, (hold up ten fingers)

Came through town. (slap hands on legs like galloping)

Source: King’s County Library System

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!

H is for Horse!

horse

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Storytime: Letter G

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea

Where is Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

 

 

 

 

 

I love the book “Giraffes Can’t Dance” but I knew that my two year olds would be too antsy during such a long book. I decided to paraphrase and shortened the book, I ended it right when giraffe started dancing and none were the wiser. One of the little boys actually owns this book and pretty much knew it by heart, even he didn’t seem to mind my edited version.

 

ABC Magnets

g

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!

Spotted Giraffe

The spotted giraffe is tall as can be (raise arm up)

His lunch is a bunch of leaves off a tree (nibble with fingers outstretched)

He has a very long neck and his legs are long too (point to arm and legs)

And he can run faster than me and you! (running motion)

Source: Fingerplays & Action Rhymes

Little Seed in the Ground

Little seed in the ground (crouch down)

Sitting so still

Little seed, will you sprout?

Yes, I will! (jump up)

Source: SurLaLune

Our Garden (Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

We’ll plant our garden seeds (digging motion)

We’ll plant our garden seeds

Heigh-ho, the derry-o

We’ll plant our garden seeds.

The rain will water our seeds (flutter hands down)

The rain will water our seeds

Heigh-ho, the derry-o

The rain will water our seeds.

Our seeds will grow so tall (stretch arms up)

Our seeds will grow so tall

Heigh-ho, the derry-o

Our seeds will grow so tall.

Red, Red

Red, red is the color I seee

If you’re wearing red, then show it to me.

Stand up, take a bow, turn around

And sit back down

(repeat with other colors)

Source: Everything Preschool

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!

We turned the letter G into a giraffe!

giraffe

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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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Storytime: Letter C

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough by Karen Beaumont

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

The Wheels on the Race Car by Alexander Zane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Making Cookie Dough

I’m making cookie dough (hold out arms in a circle like a bowl)

Round and round the beaters go (roll hands)

Add some flour from a cup (shake a pretend cup)

Stir and stir the batter up (stirring motion)

Roll them, cut them nice and neat (rolling pin motion)

Put them on a cookie sheet (place arms out)

Bake them, count them 1-2-3 (count on fingers)

Serve them to my friends to eat (take a bite)

Driving Round in the My Car

Ask children what their favorite colors are!

Driving round in my little red car (steering wheel motion)

Driving round in my little red car

Driving round in my little red car

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep! (pretend to beep horn)

Cocoon

You Spin a cocoon (spin in a circle)

Then you wait inside (crouch down low)

And when you come out

You’re a butterfly! (jump up and flap arms)

The Rain is Falling Down (Tune: The Ants Go Marching)

The rain is falling down in drops (wiggle fingers down)

Drip drop, drip drop (tap thighs)

The rain is falling down in drops

Drip drop, drip drop

The rain is falling down in drops

We can’t go play until it stops (wag finger side to side)

Oh the rain is falling down

To the ground (wiggle fingers to the ground)

Where is makes lots of mud

Squish, squish, squish (tap floor)

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!

C is for caterpillar!

C

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