Highlights from a recent flow virtual storytime plan below! Access the full script here.
Sing: Hi, Hello and How Are You?*
Sing: If You’re Ready for a Story…*
Read: Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez
Before reading this book, we checked out the back jacket and learned more about Eric Velasquez and his inspiration for the story. Part of developing print awareness (in the context of writing development) is understanding that PEOPLE write the words in books, so I always try to show pictures of the author whenever I can!
“Remember what kind of animal Bongo was? That’s right, Bongo was a stuffed antelope! What kind of stuffed animal do you sleep with?”
“Well MY lovey is a teddy bear… but I lost it! Can you help me look under the blanket squares and find it? Which blanket do you think my teddy bear is hiding underneath?”
Photograph: Four pattern felt squares against a red flannel background. A brown teddy bear hides underneath the unicorn pattern square.
Sing: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / ¿Estrellita, Donde Estas?
“Now that you helped me find my teddy bear, we can get ready for bed! Let’s sing a lullaby.”
Sing: Sleeping Bunnies by Kathy Reid Naiman (x2)
Read: Calling Dr. Zaza by Mylo Freeman
Our next story was one of my favorite toddler storytime books from the Zaza series! In this installment, Zaza plays doctor with her adorable stuffed animals.
Sing: The Cow Says Moo… (Puppets)
“Do you know what doctors who take care of animals are called? That’s right, they’re called veterinarians! Veterinarians have to know a lot about the animals they take care of. I bet you know a lot about animals, too. Can you help me make the right animal noises during our next song?”
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell
The cow says moo, the cow says moo.
Hi-ho, the derry-o, the cow says moo!
(repeat with other farm animals)
Lit Tip: Building Phonological Awareness with Animal Sounds
Grown-ups, I love singing songs and reading books with animal noises because they help children become familiar with vowel sounds. Vowel sounds are notoriously hard for little ones to hear and recognize in words. The more you make animal sounds together NOW, the more you prepare your child to recognize these tricky sounds when they learn to read and write LATER!
Read: Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer
…Speaking of animal sounds and veterinarians… what better time to read Bark, George!?
“Our last story is about a dog named George. George is NOT making normal dog sounds, so his mother takes him to the veterinarian.”
(P.S. Have you read the new Smart George yet? It’s SO WEIRD!)
Sing: Goodbye, Goodbye, We’ll See You Soon
*Please visit this page to learn more about my regular storytime songs and routines.