Sunday, September 24, 2017

Preschool Storytime: Autumn

This Preschool Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on  September 20-21, 2017 .

Each Preschool Storytime includes activities that support all or most of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing – were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).
In celebration of the change of seasons from Summer to Autumn, our Storytime families came upon this sight as they entered the library this week.  


Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

A is for Autumn by Robert Maass


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)

Goodbye, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
We're glad you came today!

The children gathered leaves from the hallway and library entrance and brought them back to the Storytime room.  

Armed with handfuls of these multi-colored leaves we listened to "The Trees Weep Leaves" by David Huntsinger.  When the music was slow and quiet, the leaves floated gently from our hands.  As the tempo and volume increased, we helped the leaves whirl and twirl as though being buffeted by the wind.

What's in the Green Box?
(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the green box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the green box 
For us to play?

Our Green Box featured two writing activities.  Children were encouraged to use some of the leaves we had collected to make leaf rubbings.  The leaves were placed on a hard surface, with a piece of printer paper on top.  Using an unwrapped crayon, the children rubbed the length of the crayon across the paper and, voila!, the leaves appear!

The children also had the opportunity to make a Leaf Book, inspired by the book, My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington.

We used wallpaper samples and plain paper to make books in which the children can collect, examine, and learn about some of the leaves found in our community.

After listening to "Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, we set aside several minutes for children and adults to gather the leaves and enjoy talking about them.  Some families talked about the various colors and sizes of the leaves and others tried to identify some of the leaves by their shapes.  One child sorted the leaves by color, while another sorted by size. 

Children thrive when they are given opportunities to talk and be listened to as they explore and experiment with their world!

Grasping the crayons in order to make the leaf rubbings helps develop the muscles that will one day hold a pencil as letters and numbers are written!

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