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Letter K

2016
See below for the 2015 Letter K Storytime.

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

Mystery Bag objects: kaleidoscope, key, Kit Kat, kiwi (also, koala book & Hershey’s kiss & toy kangaroo)

Because we’d already talked about the letter, I introduced each story or song by having them guess what K-word it was about.

if-animals-kissedBook:  If Animals Kissed Good-Night by Ann Whitford Paul.  This was just ok.  It might have been better if I didn’t read it first.  I like more interactivity in a first book.  The recurring slow sloth was funny, and post-Zootopia a lot of kids at least know that sloths are supposed to be slow, but I don’t think they really got it.  At best, it served as an introduction to the song that followed.

 

Song: “Blow a Kiss [Like an Animal]” adapted from Laurie Berkner’s Under a Shady Tree.  More or less like last year.  We sang, “Blow a kiss.  Blow a kiss.  Blow a kiss like an [animal name], blow a kiss!”  and then we blew kisses in the style of the animal.  The kids got into this, although the animals and kisses didn’t quite make as much sense as last year.

stuck Book: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.  This time, I tried to build in my own repetition by often repeating, “But the [object] got … stuck!”  This helped keep their attention better; although some of them wandered a bit during the narration, the repetition focused them back each time.

Song: “All Around the Kitchen” from Family Dance by Dan Zanes.  I’ve used this song before, and it’s always fun.  Lots of clear actions to do, and in between, we just kind of walk around flapping our arms like chicken wings.

index.aspxBook: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood.  I was going to read a different book, but decided I’d better go for something that I knew would work, because this was our first storytime after the break and, honestly, it was a little bit flat.  And, sure enough, it was a hit.

 

Craft: king’s (or queen’s or prince(ss)’s crown.  We have a crown-shaped die cut.  Each kiddo got two pieces to decorate and attach together to make a crown.  I was going to make a bunch of yellow ones and then realized that paper comes in all the colors.  The fun thing about this was that a lot of kiddos ended up with multicolored crowns.  We decorated with dot stickers, star stickers, and markers, and attached the pieces with colored masking tape, which was also good for decorations.


2015

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

Mystery Bag objects: kangaroo, koala, kitten

Because we’d already talked about the letter, I introduced each story or song by having them guess what K-word it was about.

princess-super-kittyStory: Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis.  I love her books, and how they really focus on imagination.  The kids enjoyed this.  I would have preferred a story with more interactivity for a first story, although they did get to “meow” a few times.

Song: Adaptation of “Blow a Kiss” by Laurie Berkner on Under a Shady Tree.  I kind of mixed this with another rhyme I found (that of course I can’t source now) about different kinds of kisses.  I tried super hard to send them back to their caregivers to do the actual kissing, but I didn’t have much success.  We blew kisses and then did kitty kisses (nose rubbing), fishy kisses, butterfly kisses (eyelash to eyelash) and the kids suggested cow kisses (licking) before we finished with blowing kisses again.

index.aspxStory: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood.  Another of our storytimers used this book this week, so when I was trying to give hints for the word “king” (he rules a country, wears a crown), one of the kids shouted “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub!”  Nice to know the things we do stick sometimes.

stuckStory: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.  I love this story about how the kite sticks in the tree, followed by increasingly ridiculous items thrown to try to get the kite down.  It would have made a better storytime book for me if there was more patterned language to mirror the repetition in the action.  My littler guys were pretty wiggly by the end of this book, but the older preschoolers were still with me.

Closing Song: “See Ya Later”

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Craft: Make a kite and dance to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins.  This worked even better than expected.  The kids did the coloring and the adults helped with assembling the kite using yarn and fabric scraps for the tail.  I had the music playing on repeat in the background the whole time, and as kids finished, they came back to the carpet and danced with their kites to watch the tails fly. A lot of times when I try to get kids to dance with scarves or streamers they’re shy about it, but that did not happen this time.  They had a grand time “flying” their kites, without getting too totally wild.

 

Possible subthemes: kite, kindness, kittens, kitchen, kicking, karate, king, kangaroo, koala, kookaburra

Other possible titles:  

Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower (kitty)

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

No, No, Kitten! by Shelley Moore Thomas

Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen?  by Nick Sharratt

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