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“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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“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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“Letter W” preschool storytime

letter w

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 “W” 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 – Windblown by Edouard Manceau

Washing in the Washing Machine
Washing in the washing machine,
Going round and round,
(roll arms in a circle)
Washing in the washing machine,
Going up and down,
(roll arms high and then low)
Round and round and up and down,
It makes a noisy sound,
(roll arms in a circle, speeding up)
Faster, faster, faster, faster,
Stop!
Source: King County Library System

Song – “My Wiggle Makes Me Giggle” Choosy Kids

Book – White is for Blueberry by George Shannon

Waddling Penguins
Penguins, penguins having fun
(waddle like a penguin)
Waddling in the winter sun
Waddling fast and waddling slow
Waddling to and waddling fro
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the winter sun
Source: King County Library System

Walk Around the Circle
(Ring Around the Rosie)
Walk around the circle
All around the circle
Walking, walking
Now do this
Action: Pat your head, clap your hands, hop on one foot
Source: I know I didn’t make this up, but I can’t find it anywhere. If you know where it comes from, let me know!

Book – Worms for Lunch? by Leonid Gore 

Felt Board – Little Worm, Are you in the Apple?

Hermie the Worm
Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
smack smack smack
Playing with my yoyo
Boing boing boing
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big
(hands about an inch apart)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I ate my breakfast.”
Repeat with other meals and Hermie getting bigger and bigger until the last verse when he is small again.
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I burped.”
Source: Traditional/camp song, but here is a video of the closest version I know. 

Song: Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s “Wiggle It!

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: W is for words, words, words! Children learn and master a large body of vocabulary through extensive reading and writing (telling stories). Families can make word learning fun and exciting and relate it to children’s interests.

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

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“Letter V” preschool storytime

letter v

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 “V” 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 – The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
*I play the My First Violin album while reading this story. It’s amazing how the music keeps the kids enthralled during a book I wouldn’t normally choose for storytime.

Song – “Beethoven’s Five Fingerplay” by Jim Gill

I’m a Little Vacuum
I’m a little vacuum,
Hear me vroom,
Over the floor and
All across the room.
When I get all revved up,
See me work,
Cleaning up the carpet,
And sucking up the dirt.
VROOM!
Source: Measured Mom

Book – Beep, Beep, Vroom, Vroom! by Stuart J. Murphy

Song – Ralph’s World – “Driving in my Car

Take Me Riding in the Car
American Sign Language: Car, Train, Boat, Airplane, Ride
Take me riding in the car, car;
Take me riding in the car, car;
Take you riding in the car, car;
I’ll take you riding in my car.
Source: King County Library System

Book – The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Zoo Animals
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high.
If you want to be a monkey,
If you want to be a monkey,
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high.
Eagle…flap your wings
Elephant…swing your trunk
Lion…roar out loud
Giraffe…stand up tall  (stretch high)
Snake…slither and hiss
Source: Adapted Traditional

Old Volcano
Old volcano is asleep
(rest cheek on prayer hands)
Shhh, don’t wake him;
let him sleep! (put finger to lips)
Rumble, rumble, rumble, when will it stop? (pound feet on floor)
Look, old volcano has blown his top! (thrust arms up and out)
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: V is for visual literacy!  Visual literacy is the ability to obtain meaning from images. To develop your child’s visual literacy skills, read wordless picture books, visit art museums, play games like “I Spy,” and practice drawing.
Source: Being Visual (link broken)

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“Letter U” preschool storytime

letter u

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 “U” 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 – A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young

I Wish I were a Unicorn
(Tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
Oh, I wish I were a lovely unicorn.
Oh, I wish I were a lovely unicorn.
Oh, I’d frolic and I’d play.
And I’d dream the day away.
Oh, I wish I were a lovely unicorn.
Source: DLTK Teach

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up
Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all over town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Up, Tall, and High (But Not Necessarily in that Order) by Ethan Long

Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree
Some little apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down fell the apples
Mmmm they were good
Source: King County Library System

Umbrellas Go Up
Umbrellas go up, umbrellas go down
When rain clouds are dark,
All over the town.
One raindrop and two
Two raindrops and three
My up and down umbrella, is up over me.
Four raindrops and five
Six raindrops and seven
Raindrops are tumbling,
Down from the heaven.
Drip, drip, drip, drip! I am dry as can be
My up and down umbrella, is up over me!
(With each “up” throw your arms over your head and jump up.  With each “down” bring your arms down to your sides)
Source: King County Library System

Song – “Leaky Umbrella” by Jim Gill

Book – What Color is your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd

Ugly Underwear
(Tune: If You’re Happy & You Know It)
Oh, I’m glad I don’t have ugly underwear;
Oh, I’m glad I don’t have ugly underwear!
It would make me switch and twitch;
And maybe even itch;
Oh, I’m glad I don’t have ugly underwear!
Source: DLTK Teach

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: U is for uninterrupted sustained silent reading! Each day, a child needs some quiet time to “read” independently. (Pre-readers can look at pictures/ look at wordless picture books.) Set up a time and place for this for the whole family!

  • Teaching Early Literacy by Diane Barone et al

 

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“Letter T” preschool storytime

letter t

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 “T” 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 – If I had a Tail by Karen Clemens Warrick

Ears and Whiskers, Tail and Feet
(Tune: Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Ears and whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet.
Ears and whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet.
Pet my fur and give a little squeak!
Ears and whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet.
Source: Adapated Traditional from King County Library System

Coffee
Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.
Coffee, coffee, coffee (say the words and move your arms very slowly)
Fish and chip, fish and chips, fish and chips (a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers (even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes (faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!  (Mimic a train whistle)
Source: King County Library System

Song – “Two for Tea” – Jim Gill

Book – The Gobble Gobble Moooooo Tractor Book by Jez Alborough

Song: Mr. Eric’s “One Two Three Whee!

Turn Around (Frere Jacques)
Turn around, turn around
Touch your toes, touch your toes,
Do a little jumping, do a little jumping,
Squat down low, squat down low.
Source: King County Library System

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up
Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all over town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed.
Source: King County Library System

Book – It’s a Tiger! by David LaRchelle

Three Terrifying Tigers
Three terrifying tigers.
Terrifying teeth.
Terrifying nails.
Terrifying toes.
Terrifying tigers.
Three totally terrifying tigers.
Source: King County Library System

T-I-G-E-R
There was a big cat had some stripes and TIGER was his name-o.
T-I-G-E-R, T-I-G-E-R, T-I-G-E-R and
Tiger was his name-o.
Source: Adapted Traditional from 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: T is for thematic exploration! One way for families to integrate children’s literacy experience is through thematic exploration. For example, family members can read, draw, build, explore, and talk about anything related to a topic: summer, robots, weather, travel, food, camping, etc. This way books and reading become more relevant to children’s lives!

  • Teaching Early Literacy by Diane Barone et al

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“Letter S” preschool storytime

letter s

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 “S” 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 – Go! Go! Go Stop! by Cherise Mericle Harper

Song – Kira Willey – “Stop and Go

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)
 

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly very slowly
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Up the wooden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Round about the house
Source: Jbrary 

Book – Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Spider on the Floor
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor,
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
Who could ask for any more
Than a spider on the floor,
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor!
Oh, no! It’s on my toe!…
I think I better go I have a spider on my toe,
Oh, no! It’s on my knee!
There’s a spider on my knee…I think I better flee
There’s a spider on my thigh…I think I’m going to cry
There’s a spider on my neck…I feel like such a wreck
There’s a spider on my head…I’m filled with such dread
BUT, it jumped off!
There’s a spider on the floor…
Source: King County Library System

Song – Jim Gill’s – “Spaghetti Legs”

Book – The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

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
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:  S is for spelling words! Point out the letters that make up words. Start with the first initial of your child’s name.

  • Teaching Early Literacy by Diane Barone et al

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“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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“Letter Q” preschool storytime

letter q

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 “Q” 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 – Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

What Begins with Q? (The Farmer in the Dell)
What begins with Q?
What begins with Q?
We all know.
We’ll tell you so.
What begins with Q?
Quack begins with Q…
Queen begins with Q…
Quiet begins with Q…
Source: Mother Reader

I’m a Little Patch Quilt
I’m a little patch quilt warm and nice
(Cross arms, hug self)
Cozy and snug in snow and ice
(Move hands down as if snow is falling)
When the winds start blowing cold outside (Blow and move hands from side to side in wind like motions)
Put me over your bed inside!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman 

Quietly
Quietly, quietly not a sound
I’m listening and I’m listening
As I look around
No sounds as I nod (nod)
No sounds as I clap (clap)
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap (tap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap
All that noise, well fancy that!
Source: Library Meow

Song –Mr. Eric’s “Jumping Song

Book – The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

My Hat (while wearing some sort of silly hat)
On my head I wear my hat
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else should my silly hat go?
On my hands I wear my hat
It is such a quiet hat
That my hands don’t wiggle
They just go clap.
Then I rest them in my lap.
Source: King County Library System

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
When mama duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack,”
Four Little ducks came running back.
Four …Three… Two…One little duck…
No little ducks went out to play,
Over the hills and far away,
When mother duck said
“QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!”
Five little ducks came running back.
Source: Traditional but here’s a video from 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:  Q is for quotes from a text! A family member and a child get a notebook and vertically fold each page in half to make 2 columns. Together, select favorite quotes from a book and write these in the left column. In the right column, write your responses – how it made you feel, or something silly like a nonsensical sentence that rhymes. Share the quotes and responses with another family member. This helps the child learn to respond to a book and to appreciate other perspectives.

  • Teaching Early Literacy by Diane Barone et al

 

 

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“Letter P’ preschool storytime

letter p

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 “P” 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)

Everyone had a TON of wiggles today so we started out with a song:
Mr. Eric’s “Polka Dot Pants,” and I even had a break dancer!

Book: Too Pickley by Jean Reidy

Popping Hopping Popcorn
One little kernel (crouch down)
Sleeping in the pot.Turn on the heat
And watch it pop. (Jump into the air)
Popping, hopping popcorn; (hop around)
A munchy, crunchy treat.)
Pour on the butter
And let me eat!
Source: King County Library System

Song: Laurie Berkner’s “Pig on Her Head

 Felt Board – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Source: the book by Bill Martin, Jr. 

Book – Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Song – Jim Gill’s “Poison Ivy

Two Mother Pigs
Two mother pigs lived in a pen
(show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten
(show fingers & thumbs)
These four babies were black as night
(thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed
Till they fell fast asleep.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

If You’re a Pirate and You Know It
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
Swab the deck (Swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
Swab the deck (Swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin’.
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
Swab the deck (Swish, swish)
“Walk the plank” (Stomp, stomp)
Say ahoy: Ahoy!
Source: Adapted Traditional

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:  P is for predictable books! Predictable books, like Pete the Cat or Bill Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, make reading aloud an interactive experience for children, as they can join in as they become familiar with the sentence patterns. Have your child predict what may come next in the book.

  • Teaching Early Literacy by Diane Barone et al

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