In this weeks storytime, you can look at a new flannel board (building a house out of shapes), learn the signs from our closing song, and focus on tips related to integrating writing and shapes into everyday.
Children ages three to five (with caring adult) build the early literacy skills needed for school readiness through engaging books, songs and activities.
Adults 39 Children 42 + 1 teen
Housekeeping: Doors, Emergency Exits, Participation
|Opening Song||Wave My Hands|
|Early Literacy Tip||Today we’re going to focus on writing as an early literacy practice, prepping kids to write in their everyday. Writing begins with scribbles and other marks. Encourage this by providing many opportunities to draw and write.|
|Book||A Bed for Bear – Clive McFarland|
|Preschool Activity||Mat Color Activity
Red, Red is the color I see
|Calming Song||Open, Shut Them|
|Book||In a people house, by LeSieg, Theo., 1904-1991. Seuss, Dr|
|Flannel Board||Build a Shape House|
|Early Literacy Tip
|Pointing out differences and similarities between shapes helps later when they are focusing on the similarities and differences between different letters.|
|Book||A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek|
|Fingerplay||Here is a House|
|Book||The house that Jack built / Mayo, Diana.|
|Dance Party!||Choose a random song for Freeze Dance|
|Early Literacy Tip:||Encourage literacy in your child’s daily routines by writing thank-you notes or making shopping lists together.|
|Goodbye Song||The More We Come Together (with Sign)|
|Craft||H Is For House|
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.
Preschool Activity: Mats
Red, Red is the color I see
If you’re standing on red, then show it to me.
Stand up, take a bow and turn around,
Show me your red, and sit back down.
Flannelboard: Build a Shape House
Some Houses are wood,
And some are stone.
But let’s build one
With shapes alone.
Start with a square
But we won’t stop.
Add a triangle
up on the top.
Then a rectangle
for the door.
Now square windows
1, 2, 3, 4!
A little circle
just for fun.
Now our shape house
Is all done!
Fingerplay: “Here is a House”
Here is a house built up high (hands over head to make a roof)
With two big chimneys reaching for the sky (raise arms up high)
Here is a window (draw a square)
Here is a door (pretend to open a door)
If we look inside (peek through fingers)
There’s a mouse on the floor! (scamper fingers away)
Credit: Perry Public Library
SONG CUBE (Learn More, and Lyrics here!)
- Ants Go Marching
- Banana Song
- This Little Piggy
- Mary Had a Little Lamb
- I’m a Little Teapot
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
The More We Get Together (Closing Sign Song)
You can learn this sign song, courtesy of another wonderful librarian here:
A Bed for Bear – Clive McFarland
Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley
Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler.
Building a House by Byron Barton
Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? by Melanie Walsh
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson