Presented by: Susie Dinsmore -firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Librarian Librarian Stone Spring Elementary School Stone Spring Elementary School Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Susan Surratt – firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Librarian Waterman Elementary School Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Entering the library… I usually sing the following song – eventually they sing along with me: (To the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie) Lets sit for a story, a story, a story. Lets sit for a story. Please come sit with me!
Another Song (To the tune of Mamas Little Baby Loves Shortnin Bread) Everybody sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, Everybody sit down on the rug. Everybody sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, Everybody sit down on the rug. Not on the ceiling, not on the ____________, Everybody sit down on the rug.
Beginning of a Lesson Choose one student to be the helper that day. Allow the student to choose a hat and a wand. The student leads the class in the chant, Zoom, zoom, take us away. Where? Oh, where? Will you take us today? The student waves the wand over the magic book as the class is chanting. And then the book magically opens.
Start of School Activities Preschoolers love this story about Chester Raccoon who goes off to school for the first time. Chester has all of the same fears that most young children have about leaving home for the first time to go to school! Mommy helps calm his fears by kissing Chesters hand so that he can hold on to her love all day long! Preschoolers love this story about Chester Raccoon who goes off to school for the first time. Chester has all of the same fears that most young children have about leaving home for the first time to go to school! Mommy helps calm his fears by kissing Chesters hand so that he can hold on to her love all day long!
I take each childs picture before they leave the library. On their second visit during the week, I give them a hand to take home to their parents with their picture on it. On the back of the hand is a note telling the parents what their child did in library this week.
Our preschoolers check out books starting the second week at school. (They keep them at school.) I read Mr. Wiggles Book by Paula Craig and Bobbie Houser to them during their first visit of that week. We talk about how important it is to take good care of books. (Another good title to use is What Happened to Marions Book? By Brook Berg.
On their next visit, we gather in a circle and look at items from a plain bag. The children decide if these items are ok to use with their library books. If so, we put them in the Yes, Yes, Always Bag and if they are not appropriate to use with a library book – we put them in the No, No, Never Bag!
Walking in Line As we work on walking in a line, we read the book, Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway. We sing our song, Wear a Smile (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat). Then we make smiley faces so we will remember to walk quietly with a smile in the hallway. As we work on walking in a line, we read the book, Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway. We sing our song, Wear a Smile (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat). Then we make smiley faces so we will remember to walk quietly with a smile in the hallway.
Fall Themed Activities: Mouses First Fall by Lauren Thompson Young children are delighted by this story of Mouse and his friend Minka who walk through the leaves on a fall day. This story lends itself well to the teaching of colors, shapes, and sorting! (All of the Mouses First books are good ones to have!) Young children are delighted by this story of Mouse and his friend Minka who walk through the leaves on a fall day. This story lends itself well to the teaching of colors, shapes, and sorting! (All of the Mouses First books are good ones to have!)
After reading the story, I have volunteers come up to the flannel board to sort leaves by color and shape. We also count as the leaves are put up on the board.
Before Thanksgiving, I read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. This is a humorous story about a turkey who hides from the farmer on the day before Thanksgiving.
Before reading the story of Run, Turkey, Run, I show my students a cutout of a bald turkey. I ask them if they can guess what kind of animal this is. Finally, with help, someone will guess. I ask them what is he missing? – Feathers! We then go on a hunt through the library looking for Turkeys lost feathers. After we find most of them, we return to the story area and the students take turns giving Turkey back his feathers! (You can buy a package of feathers from WalMart or any craft store – or you can make them from construction paper!)
In December, I usually read The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone. Before reading the story I pass out small gift-wrapped books to each child. (We are sitting in a circle.) Each time I read the word ran in the story, the children will pass their wrapped book to the person on the right. At the end of the story, each child gets to keep the book that was passed to them last. This idea came from this website.website Some good songs and fingerplays about gingerbread man are available at this site.site
A good winter read aloud is Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London. Beforehand discuss the importance of clothing and why we wear different types of clothing for different seasons. Merry HeartsMerry Hearts, I use flannel board props to assist in telling the story. I purchased these from, Merry Hearts, an online store.Merry Hearts
As a follow-up to Froggy Gets Dressed, I use activities from the following website: Froggy Gets Dressed Lotto. Froggy Gets Dressed LottoFroggy Gets Dressed Lotto Froggy Clothespin Math
As a follow-up to winter stories, students enjoy playing this fun concentration game on the SmartBoard. concentration game concentration game
Robert Munsch books Acting out Thomas Snowsuit. Help the children change clothes as you read the story. They absolutely love to do this!
In February, I read aloud the book A Circle is Not a Valentine by H. Werner Zimmerman (from the Alphonse Knows series…). Alphonse gets mixed up with his shapes when he tries to paint a picture to give a friend for Valentines Day. This is a great story to use with preschoolers to review shapes. I use our Accucut die cutter to make shapes to use on the flannel board. Students can sort the shapes by color and type or they can make patterns. Accucut die cutter Accucut die cutter
We celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday the week of March 2. After reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss. I use a red and a blue hula hoop (borrowed from the P.E. Staff) as a Venn diagram. The students sort the fish by color and count by color.
Another activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday, is to read Dr. Seuss by Cheryl Carlson. Then read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. After reading the stories, lead the kids on an egg hunt of green eggs. Inside each egg tuck a fact about Dr. Seuss (author, illustrator, creator of the Cat in the Hat, etc.) Have the kids find the eggs, and one at a time open the eggs. Then you can read the facts.
In March, I read Hooray for St. Patricks Day by Joan Holub, an interactive lift-the-flap book. (Children can find the hidden leprechaun on each page.) I use extension activities from this website to go along with the story. website Who took the shamrock? (sung to "who stole a cookie) author unknown Teacher: who took the shamrock from the leprechaun? Child's name took the shamrock from the leprechaun. (Have each child come up and take a shamrock from the pot ogold.) Child: who me? Class: yes, you. Child: couldn't be. Class: then who? Child: child's name took the shamrock from the leprechaun.
A math extension to go along with St. Patricks Day is to have the children sort and count gold coins from the leprechauns pot o gold! Here is a link to a St. Patricks Day concentration game to play on the SmartBoard. concentration game
Our preschool students continue to love the Mouse books. In the spring, I read Mouses First Spring by Lauren Thompson. As Mouse and Momma walk along on a spring day, Mouse discovers all sorts of creatures. (I have puppets for all of these animals and I pass them out to the students. As I read the story and come to a page with a new creature on it – that child stands up with the puppet.)
As a follow-up, students can play a spring-themed concentration game found at this website. website
Here is another great website for spring activities. website Daffodils (this is a great felt board or glove activity) One little daffodil had nothing much to do, Out popped another one, then there were two. Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee, Out popped another one, then there were three. Three little daffodils were growing by the door, Out popped another one, then there were four. Four little daffodils were glad to be alive, Out popped another one, then there were five. Five little daffodils were wearing gold crowns, They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.
We learn a new nursery rhyme almost every week during library time. I send home a copy of the nursery rhyme with a note about library on the back. Here is the link I use to get my nursery rhyme posters - firstschool.ws firstschool.ws
I have several nursery rhyme posters and cutouts that I purchased with my Scholastic dollars at Scholastic Instructional Resources. Scholastic Instructional ResourcesScholastic Instructional Resources The Tell-A-Story Nursery Rhyme Kit from Lakeshore is very handy. It has an easel with a felt board, 5 nursery rhymes with their cut-out figures.Lakeshore Also, Puppets & Storytime by Dr. Jean Feldman is a book with many puppet ideas and great story ideas to teach nursery rhymes. This book is also available through Scholastic.
Mother Goose Rhyme Time: Night and Mother Goose Rhyme Time: Animals by Kimberly K. Faurot are also available at Scholastic Instructional Resources. These books contain activities, extensions, and reproducibles to go along with the nursery rhyme posters. Scholastic Instructional ResourcesScholastic Instructional Resources
Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines is another good nursery rhyme book to use with Preschool. This hardback copy was purchased at Green Valley Book Fair for $5.25. It is very colorful and lends itself well to counting, sort, and patterning activities. Using free clip art, I have made signs to use when saying the rhyme after we read the story together. Green Valley Book FairGreen Valley Book Fair
During the last few minutes of most library visits, the children view the nursery rhyme we just learned from one of the Mother Goose Treasury videos. These are available from The Mother Goose Treasury Series on DVD. Mother Goose TreasuryMother Goose Treasury
Flannel board stories are always good to use to mix up storytime! You can make your own or purchase them from vendors such as Merry Hearts, Lakeshore Learning, or Highsmith. Repetition is usually the name of the game with preschoolers. I will read a story such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. Then, using the flannel board characters, the children will say the story with me. Merry HeartsLakeshore LearningHighsmith Merry HeartsLakeshore LearningHighsmith
As we prepare for summer, we read It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. It is a great story to use for shapes and/or clouds.
After reading the story, we look at shapes (using the overhead projector or document camera) – and they decide what the shape is. (I use die cuts with my Accucut to come up with the shapes.) Accucut
Another day, we may read The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch. After reading the story, I pull out a tote bag of things and suitcase. The kids help me to decide if I need to pack that item to take to the beach.
Leaving the library… Our preschool and primary teachers usually use this song: (To the tune of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall) My hands are hanging by my side, Im standing straight and tall. My eyes are looking straight ahead, Im ready for the hall! Give me a bubble!
Where can you find great props and ideas to use with preschoolers? Yard Sales Yard Sales Auctions Auctions Castoffs from your own children or grandchildren Castoffs from your own children or grandchildren Teacher swap - (at start or end of year have a swap in the library or foyer of things you no longer use – one persons trash is anothers treasure!) Teacher swap - (at start or end of year have a swap in the library or foyer of things you no longer use – one persons trash is anothers treasure!) Food Lion (They usually have a bin of greatly reduced books!) Food Lion (They usually have a bin of greatly reduced books!) Merry Hearts Merry Hearts Merry Hearts Merry Hearts Evan-Moor Evan-Moor Evan-Moor Lakeshore Learning Lakeshore Learning Lakeshore Learning Lakeshore Learning Highsmith Highsmith Highsmith Green Valley Book Fair (located near Harrisonburg, VA) Green Valley Book Fair (located near Harrisonburg, VA) Green Valley Book Fair Green Valley Book Fair Scholastic Instructional Resources Scholastic Instructional Resources Scholastic Instructional Resources Scholastic Instructional Resources Ollie's Bargain Outlet (this is a chain outlet and is located throughout VA) Ollie's Bargain Outlet (this is a chain outlet and is located throughout VA) Ollie's Bargain Outlet Ollie's Bargain Outlet Education Station/Teacher Store Education Station/Teacher Store Education Station/Teacher Store Education Station/Teacher Store Accucut Accucut Accucut
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