“Letter R” preschool storytime

letter r

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

Alphabet Monster (with puppet)
I’m the Alphabet Monster
And nothing tastes better
To the Alphabet Monster
Than eating a letter.
Today I will eat an “R” if I may
With the million more letters
I munch every day.
I’m hungry now. What shall I do?
I think I’ll eat a “y” an “o” and a “u” . . . . . . That means YOU!
Source: Storyblocks (adapted)

Book – Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Song – Lunch Money – “Are You a Rabbit?

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

Book – Rah Rah Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre

Ravioli (Tune: Alouette)
Ravioli, ravioli,
Ravioli, that’s the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your sleeve?
Yes, I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve? On my sleeve.
Ra-vi-o-li…
(repeat with other body parts or articles of clothing. I printed and laminated small pictures of ravioli so that the kids could each use one during the song.)
Source: Apparently it’s an old camp song, but I found it at King County Library System.

Run (tune: Frere Jacques)
Run, run, run,
Run, run, run.
Hop, hop, hop,
Hop, hop, hop.
Tiptoe very quietly,
Tiptoe very quietly.
Then you stop
Then you drop!
KERPLOP!
Source: King County Library System

 Book – Rain by Manya Stojic
I used egg shakers for rain, bells for lightning, and a select few “mature” kids got rhythm sticks for thunder. 

Ring Them on the Floor (with the instruments I had passed out)
tune: “Jimmy Crack Corn”
Ring them in the air and
Ring them on the floor
(repeat two more times)
And ring them all day long.
Play them quiet and
Play them loud
(repeat two more times)
And play them all day long.
Source: Can’t seem to find where I got this from. If anyone knows, let me know so I can give credit!

Rain
Rain on the green grass.
(flutter hands down to the ground)
Rain on the tree. (arms up like branches)
Rain on the rooftop (fingers together over head to make peak of roof)
But NOT on me! (brush shoulders with fingers)
Source: King County Library System

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:  R is for read-alouds! Children should not go to bed without the experience of being read to; even older children enjoy it. It doesn’t always have to be books, either! You can read a newspaper article, advertisement, or cereal box. Encourage children to say words they recognize!

  • Teaching Early Literacy by Diane Barone et al

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