Monday, September 25, 2017

Preschool Storytime: Dogs!

This Preschool Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on September 13, 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).


A Small Thing...But Big by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Puppy Pool Party by Seth Casteel


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!)


There was a farmer, had a dog
and Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O,
and Bingo was his name-o.


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

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


I Have a Dog and His Name is Rags

I have a dog and his name is Rags.
He eats so much that his tummy sags.
His ears flip-flop,
(hands wave at ears)
And his tail wig-wags,
(wiggle hips)
And when he walks he goes zig-zag.
(one arm in front of body, then cross with other arm)

He goes flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag (3 times)
I love Rags and he loves me!

After My Bath:

After my bath I try, try, try
to wipe myself 'til I'm dry, dry, dry.

Hands to wipe and fingers and toes
and two wet legs and a shiny nose.

Just think how much less time I'd take
if I were a dog and could shake, shake, shake!

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?

Attendees had the opportunity for some creative play with several of the library's dog puppets!

Two activity sheets featured dogs and supported color recognition, the use of crayons, number recognition and counting.

Kibble to Nibble activity sheet can be found here.

How Many Dogs? activity sheet can be found here.

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

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