Thursday, March 22, 2012

Friendship Storytime

Books:

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems



My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems

Cuddle Up Goodnight by Katie Cleminson


You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown

I want a Party! by Tony Moss



Songs:
I'm Glad That You Are Here My Friends
I'm glad that you are here my friends
Here my friends
Here my friends.
I'm glad that you are here my friends.
How are you?

Friends, Friends
Friends, friends 1,2,3
All my friends are here with me
You're my friend
You're my friend
You're my friend
You're my friend
Friends, friends 1,2,3
All my friends are here with me

If You're Friendly and You Know It
If you're friendly and you know it clap your hands....
Stomp your feet...
Shout hooray...
Do all three...

The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
'Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we'll be!

Fingerplay:
5 Good Friends
5 good friends went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
One good friend said, "I can't stay."
Then there were 4 good friends left to play

4 good friends went out to play

On a bright and sunny day
One good friend said, "I can't stay."
Then there were 3 good friends left to play

3 good friends went out to play

On a bright and sunny day
One good friend said, "I can't stay."
Then there were 2 good friends left to play

2 good friends went out to play

On a bright and sunny day
One good friend said, "I can't stay."
So just one good friend was left to play
So he went home on that sunny day.

Craft:
Friendship crowns



(Well boo, it won't rotate.  Sorry).

Found at  First Palette
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Caterpillar/Butterfly Storytime

Books:
Caterpillar Dance by Will Grace


A Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up by Eric Carle
Butterfly Butterfly by Peter Horacek


Songs:
Flutter, Flutter Butterfly (To the tune of Twinkle Twinkle). Found at SurLaLune
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the springtime sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter, butterfly
Floating in the springtime sky!

Fingerplays:
The fuzzy little caterpillar went up into a tree,
spun his cocoon and then he went to sleep.
While he was sleeping he dreamt that he could fly,
when he woke up (sigh) he was a butterfly.
(Found at Perpetual Preschool).  I used the caterpillar/butterfly puppet for this fingerplay

There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There's a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle. (children do wiggling action for this verse)
There's a big fat caterpillar on a leaf, munch, munch, etc (munching action)
There's a pretty butterfly on a leaf, flutter, flutter, etc (fluttering action)
(Also found at Perpetual Preschool).

5 Little Butterflies

Poem can be found at Suidoo's Butterfly Unit

Crafts:
For toddlers we made a linked-chain caterpillar

I got the idea for this craft from one of my awesome coworkers.  She uses this craft for her Bug Storytime.

For the preschoolers I used an Oriental Trading craft I had laying around.






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Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patty's Day Storytime 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
How exciting that storytime fell on the holiday!

Books:
Horray for St. Patrick's Day by Joan Holub

This book was extra fun since a leprechaun was hiding on every page.  We all had to look to find that sneaky leprechaun.



The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen



The Last Snake in Ireland by Sheila MacGill-Callahan

Instead of reading this book I did a dramatic retelling.  We had stuffed snakes that got thrown around for a bit and a box for St. Patrick to trick the sneaky snake into.

Flannelboard

5 Little Shamrocks found at My Preschool Corner

5 Little Shamrocks lying in the grass

Along came a leprechaun skipping down the path.
He took a shamrock and put it on a door
That’s for good luck and that leaves 4!

4 little shamrocks lying in the grass
Along came a leprechaun skipping down the path.
He pinned a shamrock for all to see
That’s for good luck and now there are 3!

3 Little Shamrocks lying in the grass
Along came a leprechaun skipping down the path.
He picked it up and put it on his shoe
That’s for good luck and now there are 2!

2 Little Shamrocks lying in the grass
Along came a leprechaun skipping down the path.
He picked one up and held it towards the sun
That’s for good luck and now there is 1!

1 little shamrock lying in the grass
He left it lying there so there’d always be one.
That’s for good luck!

He Lived Under a Rainbow (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O) found at DLTK Holiday's

There was a little leprechaun,

He lived under a rainbow.

R - A - I - N - 'bow'
R - A - I - N - 'bow'
R - A - I - N - 'bow'

He lived under a rainbow.


Action Song:

I'm a Little Shamrock also found at DLTK Holiday's page.
I'm a little shamrock look at me
oh what color can I be
If you said that I was the color green
then stand right up and YELL
YIPPEE!

Crafts and Activites:
We played Leprechaun Bingo for a few rounds and then they started on their craft. I had originally bought the Shamrock Wreath craft from Oriental Trading.  But when I opened it I saw how many tiny little pieces that were involved in the craft and just how much glue was required.  So I sent those home. :)  Instead the backup craft was the Magic Color Shamrock Craft.  I do have to be honest that as of late my experience with Oriental Trading and their quality has been anything but great.  It makes me very sad.  I think it is time that I start looking elsewhere.

Everyone went home with a the wreath craft and a few holiday cookies.  It was a fun day had by all.

Like the gold of the sun,
Like the light of the day,
May the luck of the Irish
Shine bright on your way-
Like the glow of a star
And the lilt of a song,
May these be your joys
All your life long.

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