Because planning a program doesn't just take 5 minutes


Though this is intended to be a preschool storytime, today I had 40 children attending, many of them toddlers, so my comments are reflecting a bit of the chaos I was feeling!

Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)

i-spy-farmStory: I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs.  I don’t like this as much as I Spy with My Little Eye, but it’s nice to start with an interactive/guessing book, even if it’s really easy.  It’s amazing how much fun even the older kids have being right.

And then, to riff on the animal sounds some more, The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo, by Jonathan Allen.  I shortened the text a little bit, because I had a big and fairly rowdy crowd, but for each page we counted to three and then yelled the sound together.little-rabbit-moo

Song: “Old McDonald.”  We have a red stuffed barn with animals in it.  I called on kids to pull animals out of the barn to choose the next verse.  This was probably a bad idea with 8 animals and 40 kids.  I told them several times that not everyone could get a turn, and they were really crowding the front to be the one to choose the animal.  At the end, I said that they could all play with it carefully during craft time if they wanted to, but no one really did.

chickens-to-the-rescueStory: Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman.  He also now has Pigs to the Rescue and Cows to the Rescue, and Duck to the Rescue is coming soon, but I like this one the best.  It was fun to hear all those kids hollering “Chickens to the Rescue!”  The older preschoolers definitely got the plot better than the toddlers, but it is short, and the language on each page is brief even if the ideas aren’t super-simple, so it went fine.

lazy-daisySong: “When Ducks Get Up in the Morning”.  I taught the song and then introduced the craft, a mixed-up farm animal flip book.  Then we used the flip book to make up more interesting verses.  So instead of more typical animal sounds, we did made-up animals and made-up sounds.  What does a dorse say?  “Woof! Neigh!” of course.  For some reason, this engaged even the chatty nannies.  Go figure.

Story: Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie by Mary Ellen Jordan.  This is another short one, with limited rhyming text on each page, so even though the toddlers may not have gotten every word, at least they didn’t disrupt the older ones.

Ending Song: “See You Later”

mixed-up-bookCraft: Mixed-up farm animal flip books.  I made this quite a while ago at another library and forgot about it, but when I found it, I wanted to try again.  It was a bit of work – I printed the pages 2-up, copied, cut, collated, and stapled.  The kids got to color, cut, and play.  It seemed like a good trade-off.  I did warn them that there was cutting involved, so some of the families with unreasonably wee ones for a preschool storytime left before doing the craft.  Which was good, since otherwise I would have run out of books.

“When Ducks Get Up in the Morning”

When ducks get up in the morning,

They always say good day.

When ducks get up in the morning,

They always say good day.

“Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

That is what they say.

“Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

That is what they say.


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