September 7, 2012

Preschool Story Hour

We returned to our normal fall schedule this week. First up... preschool!

What are some of your favorite books to read together? Tell me in the comments section!

For this week, Miss Holly pulled some of her favorite storytime books and songs and we just had fun!

Here are some of the books we shared:

The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massiee
This one gave the kids a chance to be noisy and giggle and make silly sounds! While it is a bit long, they enjoyed it and stayed with me to the end.

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Mo Willems does such a great job of making his characters expressive and real! And children love the opportunity to repeatedly shout "No!" without getting into trouble.

Little White Duck by Walt Whippo
This month, we're focusing on singing as our preliteracy practice. Music slows words down and makes it easier for children to hear individual sounds and syllables in words. This book has the added benefit of putting the "sound" words such as "Quack" and "Hiss" in a larger, shaped font, which allows the children to see and begin recognizing the words. I usually go through the book once just pointing out the sound words and then go back and read the story. Then the children are able to join in.

There are so many fun songs out there. Our favorite of the day was Jim Gill's "Shakin' Everywhere."
Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense by Jim Gill

We ended storytime with a short video. Since we were doing favorites, I picked Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom... and Lots More Learning Fun!

And for our craft this week, we did this fun craft, which I found on Learn, Create, Love, which has TONS of great ideas and printable crafts.

 Such a cute little guy! We just cut, glued and used the pallets of water color paints.

Our next program for the 3-5 year olds is on Sept. 18! We're going to explore the circus with books, songs, games and a craft! Join us!

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