Favorite Quotes

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
— Emilie Buchwald

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
-- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Every Child Ready to Read Storytime/Preschool: Spring theme


Welcome everyone to storytime and do introductions as appropriate.

To the adults: "Today we will be doing activities and reading stories about Spring. Many of today's stories will allow the children to practice the early literacy skill called, Narrative Skills. These skills are the ability to describe things and to talk about events and tell stories. These skills eventually help children to be able to understand what they read."

Opening Rhyme

Hands on…

Hands on head, hands on knees,

Hands behind you if you please.

Hands on tummy, hands on toes,

Hands on cheeks, hands on nose.

Hands wave high in the air,

Hands on shoulders, hands on hair

Clap your hands, one, two, three,

Now rest your hands on your knees.

Author unknown.

Repeat as appropriate.


Spring Is Here (Sung To: Are You Sleeping)
I see robins,
I see bird's nests,
Butterflies too,
flowers too.
Everything is growing,
The wind is gently blowing.
Spring is here, spring is here.

Author unknown

Have this song on a large poster at the front of the room. You could have pictures for robins, bird's nests, butterflies, flowers, and the wind blowing. Repeat several times and have children take turns retelling the song using the pictures to assist them.

To the adults: "Having your child retell a story or rhyme using the picture aids is a great way for them to develop their narrative skills."

Picture Book Sharing

Thompson, L., & Erdogan, B. (2005). Mouse's first spring. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Have the children tell you something they remember that happened in the book.

To the adults: "Children enjoy talking about what they have read. It is a good way to engage them in a conversation and it helps them remember what happened in the story-Narrative skills."


Planting Flowers (Sung to: Ferez Jacques)
Planting flowers, Planting flowers,
In the ground, In the ground,
Water them and they grow,
Water them and they grow,
All around, All around.

Author unknown.

Repeat as appropriate.

Movement Activity

April Rain
Dance little raindrop (wiggle fingers)
Tap with tiny feet (tap feet)
The seeds will awaken (pretend to sleep and awake)
When they hear our beat (cup hand over ear)
Grow little seeds (make growing motion)
And see the cloudy sky (point to sky)

Author unknown.

Repeat as appropriate. You can also have the words printed on a poster at the front of the room.

Picture Book Sharing

Carle, E. (1987). The tiny seed. Natick, MA: Picture Book Studio.

Use flannel board pieces to help tell and retell the story.

Music Sharing

Roberts, R., & Katz, B. (1998). Spring songs that tickle your funny bone. Port Chester, N.Y.: Michael Brent Publications.

Play the titles: "Spring is" and Every Spring I'm a little bigger" Encourage the children to sing and dance along to the music.

Picture Book Sharing

Cole, H. (1995). Jack's garden. New York: Greenwillow Books.

This story should be told as a clothesline story. Use the clothesline pieces to help read the cumulative portions of the book. After reading through the story once and placing the clothesline pieces, have the children help retell the story using these props.

To the adults: "Cumulative stories like this one lend themselves to retelling with props. These props help the children to remember the order of the story-Narrative skills."

Picture Book Sharing

Ehlert, L. (1988). Planting a rainbow. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Have the children guess the letter that will be on the next page.

If time allows, you can share the video of this picture book.

Mironiuk, E., Tercek, K., Verhoest, P. J., & Ehlert, L. (2005). Planting a rainbow. Norwalk, CT: Weston Woods Studios/Scholastic.

Closing Song

Where is Thumpkin? (Sung to Frere Jacques)

--- Start with holding your hands behind your back; with thumbs out,

Where is thumbkin?
Where is thumbkin?

Here I am (bring out one thumb)
Here I am (bring out the other thumb)

How are you this morning? (make thumb talk to the other thumb when singing that line)
Very well; I thank you (and vice versus with this thumb)

Run A-way (put one thumb back behind your back)
Run A-way (put the other thumb back behind your back)

Repeat with the other fingers-pointer, tall man, ring man, pinky and end with all the men.

Optional Extension Ideas


This site has several different flower craft ideas with detailed directions. I like the coffee filter flowers or the handprint tulips.

Children could also decorate a pre printed picture of a birdhouse.

Children could color pictures of various types of flowers.

Children could even plant their own seeds to take home with them.

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