“Mo Willems” preschool storytime

preschool mo willems

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 – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Song – Ziggy Marley’s “Ziggy Says

If You’re A Bird
(“If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings
If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings
If you’re a bird and you know it,
Then you really ought to show it,
If you’re a bird and you know it, flap your wings
Additional verses:
Shake your tail feathers
Say tweet – tweet
Drive the bus
Source: Adapted traditional

 

Book – That is NOT a Good Idea!

Song – Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken

Sometimes I am Tall
Sometimes I am tall.
Sometimes I am small.
Sometimes I am very, very tall.
Sometimes I am very, very small.
Sometimes tall.
Sometimes small
See how I am now. (sit)
Source: King County Library System

Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam
A ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli
A ram sam sam
A rafi A rafi
Guli guli guli guli
A ram sam sam
Source: Storyblocks

Book – Leonardo the Terrible Monster

If You Want to be a Monster
If you want to be a monster,
Now’s your chance.
‘Cause everybody’s doing the monster dance.
You just stamp your feet,
Wave your arms around. (Stomp, wave arms.)
Stretch ‘em up, stretch ‘em up, (Stretch up arms.)
Then put them on the ground. (Put hands on the floor.)
‘Cause you’re doing the monster stomp. (Stomp feet.)
Source: Storytime Katie

Monsters Galore
Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar.)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions.)
Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap.)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down.)
Source: Storytime Katie

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:Mo Willems uses simple illustrations to convey complex emotions. Find pictures in magazines or online of people being happy, sad, scared, embarrassed, etc. Show your child these pictures and have them practice making similar faces in the mirror. Being able to read emotions in others teaches children sympathy/empathy and allows for smooth social interactions.

 

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