“Letter Y” preschool storytime

letter-y

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 a “Y” 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 – Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

This is Big
This is big, big, big
(stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short
(hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall
(hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Source: Originally from Mel’s Desk. Here is a Storyblocks video

The More we Get Together
Signs for more, together, happy, friends
The more we get together,
Together, together,
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends,
and my friends are your friends.
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
Source: Traditional. Here is a video of the ASL from King County Library System.

Song – Koo-Koo Kanga Roo “Shake Yo Foot

Book – I Dare You not to Yawn by Hélène Boudreau 

Yawning Yaks
Five yaks yawned a lot
(Hold up 5 fingers and yawn.)
Time for bed believe it or not.
(Lay hands aside of face as asleep.)
For your mother you must obey.
(Shake pointy finger.)
And when you get up, just yell yea!
(Jump up and say “yea.”)
Source: Preschool Education

Felt Board – This Yellow Bird
(sung to the tune of “This is the Way”)
This Yellow Bird he flaps his wings
Flaps his wings, flaps his wings
This Yellow Bird he flaps his wings
And flies away in the morning!
Blue bird, red bird, green bird
Source: King County Library System

Book – You are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s Head Shoulders Yoga Pose

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: Y is for year-long reading! Family involvement with a child’s literacy development should be year-round. This will have a cumulative effect on a child’s growth in literary knowledge and skills. Don’t take a summer vacation from reading!

  • Teaching Early Literacy: Development, Assessment, and Instruction by Diane M. Barone et al

 

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