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Things I Never Thought I’d Say in Storytime #142

23 Feb

“If your shoes are going to talk during storytime then you’ll have to take them off.”

(She was wearing some kind of animal slippers and was making them talk to my puppet)


11 Jan

But...but I'm so CUTE!

Today, we were reading stories about dinosaurs. Many of which are posted here.

A young lady felt the need to inform us all of this: “My brother is scared of monkeys.”

Duly noted.

Your incredibly awesome word for today

30 Nov

I was telling (with flannelboard) the story of “Barnaby Bear’s Batter Bowl,” in which our hero, Barnaby, falls into his birthday cake batter bowl and is unable to get out. One by one, his friends join him and try and pull him out; to no avail. Finally, Mouse arrives, and wants to help too. The other animals tease him, saying he can’t possibly help because he’s too small. Mouse thinks, and comes up with the perfect solution: he crawls into the bowl, tickles Bear on the nose with his whiskers, and causes Bear to sneeze, thus blowing himself out of the bowl.

I asked the kids what they thought happened.

One young man answered: “He blesshooed!”

I do believe that word is a combination of “Bless You” and “Ah-choo.” And I’m going to begin using it in my daily conversation.

What is this, like, the 1950s?

17 Nov

Today in storytime we used my “Best Dressed Bear” flannel pieces to get bear ready for a party. I have pants, a shirt, socks, shoes, a jacket, hat, tie, and gloves.

He also has underwear,which I made for him due to popular preschooler demand (they kept telling me he had to put them on before pants).

Today, a young lady, responding to my question about what bear should put on before his pants, said this: “a girdle.”

Ahem…I believe the current correct term is “shapewear.”

I also had this priceless exchange with a young man:

Boy: “What are you? Like, a librarian?”

Me: “Yes, I’m a librarian! That’s exactly what I am!”

Boy: “I’m going to be a librarian when I grow up.”

Teacher: “I thought you said you were going to be a teacher!”

Boy: “I changed my mind.”



13 Oct

Today a young man told me that last night, he “had a heart attack in my knee.”

Whatever it is, it sounds painful. Sorry, buddy.  Tell your knee to cut out the salt and trans-fats.

Keeping Books Safe: Duct Tape Edition

17 Sep

We were talking about taking care of our books, as we always do at the beginning of a new school year.  I have been asking the kids what books are made out of, to get across the point that PAPER IS NOT STRONG AND THEREFORE BOOKS SHOULD NOT BE SAT ON, THROWN, OR USED AS A SLED.

One little girl responded to my “what are books made of” question with this awesome answer: “reading!”  Yes, my dear, books ARE made of reading.

A young man said that if a page was ripped down the middle, you could fix it with duct tape. I pointed out that you can’t see through duct tape, and if we put it on the page, we wouldn’t be able to see the pictures or words (demonstrating by putting my arm over the page).  He replied that we could instead use “white tape”.

Okay, kid has a point (as I think he mean’t clear scotch tape), but let’s all try not to rip our books in the first place, okay? Okay.

Succinctness, thy name is preschooler

14 Sep

Dear Zoo has been an excellent source of preschooler stories this year! Today, I was pointing out the word “danger” that is on one of the animal’s boxes. I asked the kids: “what does ‘dangerous’ mean?” 

The answer, according to one young lady: “You don’t touch”.


Also, do you know what this is?:

One hump or two?

This is a “canimal”.

I LOVE it!

I got it in a story

8 Sep

Today, after reading Dear Zoo, the kids and I were taking turns telling the group what kinds of pets we have at home. There were the usual dogs and cats, and some sad-faced kids who said they didn’t have any animals at home. One young man, however, said this:

“I have a crocodile.”

I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio

“Oh? You do?” I replied.

“Yes. I got it in a story.”

Thinking I had heard him wrong, or he’d meant something else, I corrected him: “You got it in a store?”

“Yes,” he replied, “I got it in a story.”

Kids will often say they have unusual things at home, like dinosaurs, or rocketships.  So saying he had a crocodile at home wasn’t all that strange.  However, the thing is, he really DID mean he got it in a story. NOT a store. After further questioning, he said he had a bear too, and they were in a book.  His pets were in a book.

Anything is possible in stories. Even having a crocodile as a pet.

Big words: not just for grown-ups anymore

10 Jun

Words I heard used by preschoolers in storytime yesterday:

1) Transparent. Used incorrectly, to describe something black, but in the right context. We discussed what transparent means and its opposite, “opaque”.

2) Transformative. Not used in a sentence, but still!  She was showing off her big words.

3) Thingamabob. Used repeatedly, until I had to tell the little guy that yes, he said thingamabob, I heard him, that’s enough.

See? Teach kids vocabulary and they will remember and use it. These guys also knew that penguins and polar bears do NOT live together. Smart kids!


27 May

I’ve been such a blog slacker lately. Slogger? I promise I will remedy this situation in the near future; I’ve got storytimes on frogs, dogs and cats, music and movement, birds, and more that need to be aired!

In the meantime, enjoy this bit of knowledge from a preschooler:

Starring Simon the Super Rabbit!

We read I Don’t Want to Go To School  by Stephanie Blake. Simon the Super Rabbit is anxious about his first day of school.  Once that first day is over, however, and he’s enjoyed some drawing, ball-playing, and drumming (as well as chocolate mousse in the cafeteria — how you know this book was originally published in France), he decides he doesn’t want to go home.

I asked the kids, “why do you think he doesn’t want to go home now?”

Typical answer: “because he likes school”.

Unexpected answer: “because he has a girlfriend”.

Gulp. Um. Okay?

Apparently, according to a teacher, this is not too far-fetched for preschool.

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