Tag Archives: preschoolers

What Monsters Are Made Of

14 Apr

Today we were reading The Dark, Dark, Night by M. Christina Butler, in which frog discovers what he thinks is a pond monster.

I was informed of this by a young man: “Monsters are made out of costumes.”

I think he has a point.

I’m sure there are LOTS of things you can do better than Justin Bieber.

26 Mar

After storytime, a girl came up to me and said excitedly, “I’m going roller skating after school today!”

“That sounds like fun,” I replied.

“Yeah, but I have to ask my mommy and daddy first. Because you can’t go skating every day by yourself!” she said knowingly.

“That’s true.”

“I can skate really fast,” she said excitedly.

“Can you?” I replied.

“Yes. I can skate faster than a cheetah, and faster than Justin Beiber!”

Now I haven’t done an exhaustive search for information on Justin Bieber’s*skating skills, but I suspect she’s telling the truth.

*Yes, I did have to go back and correct the spelling of Justin BIEber’s name. And I’m not ashamed of that.

There is no downside.

14 Mar

We were reading Chris Haughton’s Little Owl Lost (one of my new

He's upside up!

favorites; I adore the color palette!). On the first page, we see Little Owl and his mommy in their nest in the tree, sleeping. There are no words on the page. I asked the kids: “what’s happening?”

Girl: “They’re sleeping upside-up.”

Of course. If there’s an upside-down, can’t there be an upside-up? Or is that downside-down?

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)

Eee Eee AAAAAHHHHHhhhh!

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.

Cookies and Cakes and Cows, oh my! Another storytime

2 Dec

‘Tis the season when my thoughts turn to baked goods. So why shouldn’t we have a storytime about cookies and, more deliciously, cake?

My first difficulty was coming up with an appropriate puppet to introduce the theme. It’s not like I have a talking cookie lying

Cake + Cookie = AWESOME.

around. Or even a cookie monster (I used to have a Grover, but he went to live on a farm in the country). I wracked my brain, trying to figure out what animal would be appropriate. Lion who eats cookies instead of small children? No. Coyote? Of course not. Hairy Tarantula? Cool, but what does that have to do with cookies? Finally, it came to me. Cookies (and cake) go with milk. Milk comes from a cow. Cow puppet to the rescue!

So Clara the Cow introduces our theme, by telling the kids that not only does she eat grass, but she also really likes cookies. She sits down to listen, and the stories begin:

  • Emberley, Rebecca and Ed Emberley. The Red Hen. This is the classic story of the Little Red Hen (or la pequeña gallina roja – the first words I ever learned in Spanish, in preschool), told with cake instead of bread. Simple, and with the common “Not I!” refrain so the kids can help with the telling.
  • Carter, David A. Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar? Carter’s is a pop-up version of the classic chant, while Philemon Sturges and Bonnie Lass also have a nice, southwestern-y, non-pop-up version.
  • After reading the book, we continue the chant, but using the children’s names. Each child will have a turn to say “who me?” and “couldn’t be” before pointing or saying the name of the child next to them, and we continue. If you’re not familiar with the words of the chant, here they are. Pat legs and clap along in rhythm.

(All): Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?

(All): [Child’s name] took the cookies from the cookie jar!

(Child): Who me?

(All): Yes, you!

(Child): Couldn’t be.

(All): Then who?

(Child names another child, and we continue…)

  • Beaumont, Karen. Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? Another VERY participatory story, with a rhyming refrain that has a distinct rhythm. A perfect phonological awareness skills-building book.
  • Flannelboard: “Barnaby Bear’s Batter Bowl”. Here’s a version of it, although I made a few changes:
    • In MY version, a mouse is the last animal to arrive, and instead of helping to pull Barnaby out of the bowl, he climbs in and tickles Barnaby’s nose with his whiskers, causing Barnaby to sneeze himself out of the bowl.
    • Also, I changed the animals to ones that were easier for me to make: along with Barnaby Bear and the Mouse, there is an Elephant, a Monkey, and a Rabbit.
    • When Barnaby gets out his biggest bowl, we all use our arms to make giant bowls and pretend to put cake ingredients in. The kids get to practice/expand their food vocabulary.
    • In order to add some print to the flannel, I wrote “BOWL” on the smallest bowl, “BIGGER BOWL” on the next one, and “BIGGEST BOWL” on the largest. I read the words and underline them with my finger.

This is usually enough stuff to get us through a 25 minute storytime. However, I have some additional books stashed away in case I feel like changing things up:

Oh boy. I really want cookies now. Do you think Mrs. Fields delivers?

 

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.

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