“The Letter Z” preschool storytime

letter-z

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 “Z” 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 – Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo

Song: Laurie Berkner’s “Rocketship Run

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Far, far, far, we’re going to the stars
Fun, fun, fun, we’re going to the sun
Source: Jbrary

Book – Construction Zone by Tana Hoban

Song – Barry G and the Dream Jam Kids – “Hammer Ring

Zip your Lips
If you’re quiet and you know it, zip your lips (run finger across lips to close mouth)
If you’re quiet and you know it, zip your lips
If you’re quiet and you know it,
Then zipped lips will surely show it
If you’re quiet and you know it,
Zip your lips
Source: King County Library System

Book – Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox

Animals in the Zoo
The monkeys in the zoo,
The monkeys in the zoo.
They scream and shout and swing about,
The monkeys in the zoo.
The zebras in the zoo: They prance and play, away the day,
The elephants in the zoo: They swing their trunks and eat peanuts.
The lions in the zoo: They claw and roar ’till they get bored
Source: King County Library System

Song – Ziggy Marley “Ziggy Says

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: Z is for zone of proximal development! In the educational field, the zone of proximal development is the distance in a child’s ability between the child can do by him/herself and what he/she can do with the support of a parent, caregiver, or knowledgeable adult. Families need to support their children as much as possible but also need to withdraw that support gradually as the child becomes more confident and capable to read and write on his/her own.

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

 

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