“Responsibility” kindergarten storytime

kindergarten responsibility

Opening
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

Open the Book, Close the Book

Arms, legs, both

Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.

Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together.

I asked them what responsibility meant. We discussed it for awhile, and then I read them Moo! so we could see if the cow was responsible or not.
Book – Moo! by David LaRochelle

Sometimes responsibility involves listening to what you are told.
Song – Ziggy Marley “Ziggy Says

Put Your Hands in the Air
Put your hands in the air,
And touch the ground.
Put your finger on your nose,
And your tongue all around.
Put your hands on your shoulders,
And your elbows on your knees.
Put your chin in your hands, & say,
“Read me a story please.”
Source: King County Library System

We then talked about libraries and what librarians do. How are librarians responsible citizens?
Book – Biblioburro by Jeannette Winters

We talked about librarians work really hard.
Hello, My Name is Joe
Hello, my name is Joe
I have a house and a dog and family
I work in a button factory
One day, my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey, Joe, are you busy?”
I said no.
Press the button with your right hand.
Repeat with left hand, right and left feet, head
Source: Childhood

Read your Books (Row your Boat)
Read, read, read your books,
Read them every day.
Books are fun (jazz hands!)
And make us smart (point to your amazing brain)
In every kind of way (swoop arms around!)
Source: King County Library System

Book – A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Just one more silly song before I go.
Form the Corn
First you form the corn
Form, form the corn
Then you husk the corn
Husk, husk the corn
Then you pop the corn
Pop, pop the corn
Form, peel, mash potatoes
Form, peel, squeeze the orange
Form, pick, squish the squash
Form, dice the onion, cry
Form, peel, go bananas
Source: GoNoodle

Good-bye
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: In order for children to learn responsibility, they must be given a little bit of freedom to make mistakes and to fix them themselves.

 

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