“Rain” Preschool Storytime!

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Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Rain by Linda Ashman

Song – “Leaky Umbrella” by Jim Gill

Come Under My Umbrella
(Tune: The More we Get Together)
Come under my umbrella, umbrella, umbrella (arch arms over head like umbrella)
Come under my umbrella, it’s starting to rain. (wiggle fingers as hands descend)
With thunder and lightning (slap thighs for thunder, arms in air for lightning)
And thunder and lightning.
Come under my umbrella, it’s starting to rain.
Source: Jbrary

Up and Down Umbrellas
With each “up” throw your arms over your head and jump up. With each “down” bring your arms down to your sides.
Umbrellas go up, umbrellas go down
When rain clouds are dark, all over town.
One raindrop and two
Two raindrops and three
My up and down umbrella, is up over me.
Four raindrops and five
Six raindrops and seven
Raindrops are tumbling, down from the heaven.
Drip, drip, drip, drip! I’m as dry as can be.
My up and down umbrella, is up over me!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Windblown by Edouard Manceau

Felt Board – It Looked like Spilt Milk (based off the book by Charles G. Shaw)

The Wind is Blowing
(All Around the Mulberry Bush)
The wind is blowing all over the town,
Over the town, over the town
The wind is blowing all over the town,
Just like so. (Child blows)
Oh, the trees are bending way down low,
Way down low, way down low.
Oh, the trees are bending  way down low,
Just like so. (Child bends low)
Oh, the kites are flying. Watch them go,
Watch them go, high then low.
Oh, the kites are flying. Watch them go
Just like so.
Source: Preschool Express

Book- Rain by Manya Stojic
I use instruments with this book: egg shakers for rain, bells for lightning, rhythm sticks for thunder.

Song – Laurie Berkner’s “Boots”

 

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Repetition is crucial to learning. Every time you repeat a story, add another element, like a musical instrument. Use as many senses as possible. Humans remember:

  • 10% of what we read
  • 20% of what we hear
  • 30% of what we see
  • 50% of what we see and hear
  • 70% of what we say
  • 90% of what we say and do

Source: Changing Minds

 

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