Our last storytime of the season! After today, we have a short break and resume in earnest after Thanksgiving. Today we read, talked and sang all about food.
Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler
Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming
“Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter
Sign of the Week: Each week, I plan to teach 1 or 2 signs that correlate with our theme. Today, we learned the sign for Eat. My go-to site for learning new signs is ASL University.
Opening Song: “We Wave and Say Hello”
Book 1: Sylvie. We had a quick discussion about food, and about the foods we like to eat. Then I introduced Sylvie, a pink flamingo who changes color depending upon what she eats.
Fingerplay: “Open, Shut Them”
This is one item I repeat each week, to give our sessions some consistency. The kids are getting good at this. We sang it through twice.
Book 2: Seven Hungry Babies. This was a cute story, but maybe a little too long. After this, we needed to get some wiggles out. I turned, of course, to JBrary.
Song: “I’m a Knife, Fork, Spoon, Spatula!”
This was so much fun. I had printed out pictures of all four utensils, and we practiced making the shapes we’d need together. Then we sang through the verse about five times, trying to get progressively faster. We never got to lightning speed, exactly, but the kids seemed to have fun and it certainly got us moving.
Book 3: “Hi, Pizza Man!” A classic story with vintage illustrations, and lots of style. I thought the kids would enjoy making animal sounds more, but I had to prompt them quite a bit. The energy level was a little high at this point.
I changed the words a little bit for this one, but the idea was the same. I printed out five slices of pizza and had the letters at the top of each one, then we removed a slice for each verse.
Wrapping Up: Once again, I had 35 people in the room and the kids were antsy. I decided to wrap things up and bring out the toys. Before the kids left, I passed around lollipops that I had decorated to look like ghosts (like this), so they had some “food” to take home with them, and since this was our last session before Halloween the ghosts seemed like an appropriate choice. All in all, this was sort of a middling storytime. The stories didn’t go over as well as I’d hoped, and neither did the songs (although I personally loved “I’m a Knife, Fork, Spoon.”) In our next session, we’re going to move on to reading concepts like colors, counting, shapes and opposites. We’ll see if the kids take to that better. Until November!
On a side note, as I passed the bathroom after storytime I heard one of the regulars singing “The Handwashing Song” to her daughter as they scrubbed up. It warmed my heart.