Friday, October 27, 2017

Preschool Storytime: Let's Pretend!

This Preschool Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on  October 25 & 26, 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).


If I Were a Jungle Animal by Tom and Amanda Ellery

"Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel


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!)

I Wish I Was a Rabbit
(tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")

I wish I was a rabbit, a rabbit, a rabbit.
I wish I was a rabbit, 'cause rabbits can hop!

They hop and hop and hop and hop!
I wish I was a rabbit 'cause rabbits can hop!

Additional verses:
I wish I was a fish... 'cause fish can swim!
...a snake...'cause snakes can slither!
...a bird...'cause birds can fly!

Clap Your Hands, 1,2,3
(tune: “This Old Man”

Clap your hands, one, two, three.
Play a clapping game with me.
Now your hands have gone away.
* Bring them back so we can play!

(* last time: “We’ll play this game another day!”)

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

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

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 today?


Our green box was filled to the brim with some of our top-shelf puppets, the nicer ones that are kept for use during Storytimes.  Here are just a few of the puppets available to the children and adults for engaging in imaginative play:

It was fun to sit nearby and listen to the wonderful exchanges between parent and child.  I overheard conversations about what a particular animal might eat, whether or not two of the chosen animals would live in the same place (an early introduction to BIOMES!), and observations about the animals' coverings, such as feathers, skin, scales, etc.  Interactions such as these help to build a child's "database" of knowledge, paving the way for more in-depth observations as the child grows!

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