Preschool Storytime Spotlight: Sweet Treats for Snowy Days

Guess who got to sub and do preschool storytime last week?! I was so excited when this opportunity arose. Preschool storytime is my absolute favorite! It was the first day of winter break for our schools, so boy did I have a lot of kiddos (and siblings) to corral. We ended up having a blast but I was wiped out afterwards!


*Sing: Good Morning to You

Welcome & Set Expectations

*Sing: I Wake Up My Hands…

Read: Red Sled by Lita Judge

I told the kiddos our first book would be about winter and asked for their help finding the right book from my bag:

20191220_123744.jpg

I read the titles and encouraged them to look at the covers for clues. We talked about how they could tell which one was the right book. This was supposed to set the stage for my awesome literacy message, but alas, the moment wasn’t quite right.

Lit Tip: Building Print Awareness by Talking About Books

Grown-ups, part of learning to read is knowing how books work! In fact going through the parts of a book was very first step in the reading assessment I gave when I taught kindergarten. When you talk about the cover before you read the story, you help your child build the print awareness they need to be good readers.

Sing: Can You Bounce the Stretchy Band?

This is one of my favorite songs for introducing the stretchy band to a new group! It’s a great way to get familiar with the motions before launching into an actual stretchy band song.

Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man?

Can you bounce the stretchy band,

The stretchy band, the stretchy band?

Can you bounce the stretchy band

And hold it way up high?

Repeat with other motions: twist, pull back, lean to the side, etc.

_____

Credit: original

Sing: Little Red Sled

Love this action song with the stretchy band! First we bounce the band, then we hold it up high in the air, then we fall back off into the snow. Super fun!

Tune: Little Red Wagon

Bouncing up and down in my little red sled

Bouncing up and down in my little red sled.

Bouncing up and down in my little red sled.

I love when it’s winter!

Flying down the hill in my little red sled – whee!

Flying down the hill in my little red sled – whee!

Flying down the hill in my little red sled – whee!

I love when it’s winter!

Falling in the snow off my little red sled – whoah!

Falling in the snow off my little red sled – whoah!

Falling in the snow off my little red sled – whoah!

I love when it’s winter!

 _____

Credit: original

Sing: Hands Are Clapping

This is a great song to help the littles let go of the band! There’s several additional verses if you need more time to transition, too.

Tune: Skip to My Lou

Hands are clapping, clap clap clap.

Hands are clapping, clap clap clap.

Hands are clapping, clap clap clap.

Clap your hands together!

_____

Credit: Jbrary

Rhyme: The Sneeze Game

After being outside in the cold snow, your nose might get really red and sneezy! Where’s your nose? Where are your eyes?

You see with your eyes, touch your eyes.

You sneeze with your nose, touch your nose.

ACHOO!

You hear with your ears, touch your ears.

You tap with your toes, touch your toes.

_____

Credit: adapted last line, original from Teach a Toddler

Breathe: Hot Chocolate from Kara Willey

When I’m cold after sledding I like to drink hot chocolate! Let’s take some deep breaths and breathe out very slowly to cool our cups down.

Rhyme: Down Around the Corner at the Bakery Shop

20191225_083133

What goes with hot chocolate? The kiddos suggested marshmallows and I suggested cookies! They really enjoyed the different animal puppets poking around the room looking for treats. Here’s a snapshot from our math talk:

  • How many cookies are there?
  • Which cookie is the BIGGEST?
  • Which cookie is the smallest?
  • Which cookie should cow eat if she is VERY hungry?

*Sing: If You’re Ready for a Story…

Read: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont

Sing: Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

After eating all that cookie dough and sugar, I bet baby kangaroo was really hyper. He was probably jumping all over the place!

Since I didn’t say my planned early literacy message earlier, I took this moment to tell parents why I love stop and go songs (because they build self-regulation) and why self-regulation is important (because it leads to better success in school and better relationships/workplace success later in life, too).

Sing: Sleeping Bunnies by Kathy Reid-Naiman

I took suggestions for additional verses and we also went to sleep as alligator/lions and kangaroos. Yes, alligator lions. It was fun to imagine what an alligator lion might do when it wakes up!

*Sing: Goodbye, Goodbye


*Please visit this page to learn more about my regular storytime songs and routines.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s