Preschool Storytime Emergency Plan, Print Motivation

preschool storytimeAbout Emergency Plans: At AACPL, we have Early Literacy Specialists that perform all of our early literacy programs. While we generally have enough ELS staff members to cover all of our programs, but we were directed to create a few emergency plans, just in case so that a non-ELS staff members could do a program in a pinch.

Preschool Storytime: Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school readiness through engaging books, songs and activities.

Supplies*:“If you give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff, “I’m Bored” by Michael Ian Black, ill. Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Early Literacy Explain Today, for our early literacy tip, we are going to focus on Print Motivation, which is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books and reading.
Opening Song Wave My Hands
Book “Count the Monkeys” by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell
Flannel Board Clown Hats
Calming Song Open, Shut Them
Book “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Calming Fingerplay I have ten fingers
Book “Dinosaur Zoom” by Penny Dale  (Skip a few pages, or words to shorten book)
Early Literacy Example You may have noticed that I skipped a few words or pages in our book. It’s more important to keep the child involved when you are reading, even if it means not reading the book word for word.
Fingerplay Itsy Bitsy Spider
Book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

(If you can fingerspell (sign language) spell out the letters as you go.)

Movement Song I’m a Little Teapot (Read two times)
Movement Song Row, Row, Row your Boat (Read two times)
Music/Shaker Eggs Shake Your Sillies Out; CD: The Wiggles, Yummy Yummy
Early Literacy Empower Our library has an excellent non-fiction section that your children will really enjoy. When reading non-fiction, follow your child’s interests, and focus on cool images and facts. This will help to prepare them for the type of reading that they do in school.
Goodbye Song or More Dancing Choose any CD/Song
Craft Coloring Sheet: Curious George (printed online)

Fingerplays and Songs

Wave My Hands (Welcome Song)

I wave my hands like this, I wave my hands like that

I clap my hands together, I wave my hands like this.

Clap, clap, clap your hands together,

Clap them high, Clap them low, Clap your hands together.

Tap, Tap, Tap your toes, tap your toes together

Tap them fast, tap them sloooow, tap your feet together.

I Have Ten Fingers (Calming fingerplay)

I have ten fingers, and they all belong to me. (wiggle fingers)

I can make them do things, would you like to see?

I can shut them tight, I can open them wide.

(close fists, open hands)

I can put them together, I can make them hide.

(cross fingers) (put them behind back)

I can make them fly high, I can make them fly low.

(put fingers in air, touch the ground)

I can fold them like this, and hold them just so.

(fold hands and place in lap)

Open, Shut Them (Calming Fingerplay)

Open, shut them, open shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open shut them, open shut them

Put them in your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, creep them, slowly creep them

Right up to your chin, chin, chin

Open up your little mouth,

But do not let them in!

My head is quiet, my shoulders are quiet, my knees …, my lips…

My hands are in my lap, and now I am ready for another story.




Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-spider went up the water spout,

(walk fingers up in the air)

Down came the rain and washed the spider out. (wiggle fingers downward to make the rain)

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,

(form a circle with above your head)

And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

(walk your fingers up again).


I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot

Short and Stout

Here is my handle,

Here is my spout

When I get all steamed up,

Hear me shout,

Just tip me over,

And pour me out.


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

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