Pre-K Storytime was a little crazy this morning. Wait, I said that wrong… Storytime was a raucous, craZY, ROWDY RUMPUS!!!! I have a pretty high threshold for kid-craziness, but my preschoolers were running amok this morning. I’m not exaggerating one bit; at one point–while I was reading a story– a spontaneous game of tag broke out among 4 boys. At some point, after trying a few “quieting rhymes” I decided to throw caution to the wind, and integrate as much movement as I possibly could. If nothing else, I figured I would get a good workout out of it. But I am getting ahead of myself… Here’s how
My right hand waves hello
My left hand waves hello
Every time I see my friends
My hands wave big hellos
Con’t belly, feet, fingers, toes and by request: hair, head, knees, tongues, bottoms, eyes, noses.
Circle Meeting: To Do List & Introduce Theme
We discussed all the things that we think are yucky. Of course there was some disagreement among the members of the group, but in the end we all decided worms, mud, and poop are yucky.
We made our to-do list:
- Hello Song
- Morning Meeting
- Book #1: Toad by Ruth Brown
- Action: Baby Bumblebee
- Book #2: Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond
- Book Number #3: Yuck! by Mick Manning
- Action Rhyme: Littlest Worm
- Coloring Journals
- Goodbye: The More We Get Together
Toad By Ruth Brown
He is about as gross as it gets. He’s a warty, smelly, bug-crunching creature, who hobbles half-blind through the toxic, sludgy swamp. Predators beware! For when a “monster” believes eating toad is like taking candy from a baby, he quickly realizes his mistake. He launches toad into air with a resounding “YUCK!” And our now “confident” triumphant hero lands safely in his cozy, oozy swamp. This book is really fun to read aloud. The wording is beautifully rhythmic, and rolls off the tongue. However, I don’t think this is an immediate winner with kids. It’s full of big words, and this can work for it and against it. On one hand, I think Brown selected the perfect words for this story, and I think she was very economical with the language. However, some of my preschoolers may have been a little on the young side. I tried to look around a little as I read, and I saw a couple of nervous faces. I would recommend this for kids 4.5 and older. Still, everyone loved the ending, and even my girliest among the little girls in the class, loved toad’s enormous grin on the final page.
Baby Bumble Bee
I am always nervous when to do sing this song (the same goes for my all-time favorite: Little Bunny Foo Foo), particularly if there are any parents in the room. Luckily this wasn’t a problem this time. So we had fun smooshing up our baby bumble bees. I decided to skip the licking and barfing up our baby bumble bees, just to be on the safe side. I know, I know… I’m a chicken.
Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond
When all the animals at the zoo wake up sniffling, snuffling, and looking a little green around the gills, the zookeeper is at a loss to explain the misery that has struck his menagerie. In order to find the culprit we must go back in time several days when, “pale, sniffly girl named Felicity Floo wiped her runny nose without a tissue” on her visit to the zoo. We can track Felicity’s movements through the zoo by following the sticky, green trail of boogery hand prints she left along the way. This book is always a huge hit in storytime. Don’t ask why, but I am always surprised that it goes over so well. My first impression was that it was that the rhyme scheme was a little rigid, and/or it was too cutesy. But I’ve used it several times, and each time, the kids love following Felicity’s germy rampage. In fact, I gave each child a chance to find, point out, and touch a hand print–the hand prints are made from a sickly yellowish-green puffy paint– and every single kid recoiled in what can only be described as ghoulish delight. Felicity Floo is a winner, and it pack a powerful lesson: WASH YOUR HANDS!!!
We skipped the littlest worm at this point because the aforementioned chaos. I decided we needed to dance it out so I popped in my special surprise-dance mix, and it played 1, 2, 3, 4 by Laura Freeman.
Yuck! by Mick Manning
This is an awesome read aloud, that discusses all the most disgusting things critter babies eat for breakfast–worms, rotten eggs, just to name a few. After descriptions of each meal, an enormous “Yuck” explodes across the page. This story makes anyone who is, or ever was a human baby feel very fortunate to have been fed milk for breakfast. I directed the kids to jump as high as they could and yell yuck everytime I pulled my earlobe. They seemed to enjoy this element quite a bit. But a more low-key reading of Yuck! would work just as well.
Finally, it was time to color, and then sing The More We Get Together.