Little Me: Bugs and Insects

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 26 April: Bugs and Insects

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundten little caterpillars

-Book

  • Ten Little Caterpillars / Bill Martin, Jr.

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehive

-Bookbutterfly butterfly

  • Butterfly, Butterfly / Petr Horacek

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Little Bo Peep

-Finger Plays

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee
  • Five Little Flowers

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-Finger Plays

  • I’m a Little Planted Seed
  • Dig a Little Hole
  • The Gardener Plants a Seed

-Big Bookhungry caterpillar

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar / Eric Carle

-Musical Movement: Scarves

  • Wave Your Scarves
  • We Wave Our Scarves Together

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

It was an antsy crowd today, so I skipped a book and some songs to shorten the story time session down.

Little Me: Flowers and Gardens

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 19 April: Flowers and Gardens

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundmy garden

-Book

  • My Garden / Kevin Henkes

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehiveflower garden

-Book

  • Flower Garden / Eve Bunting

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Little Bo Peep

-Finger Plays

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee
  • Five Little Flowers

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-Finger Plays

  • I’m a Little Planted Seed
  • Dig a Little Hole
  • The Gardener Plants a Seed

-Big Bookvegetable soup

  • Growing Vegetable Soup / Lois Ehlert

-Musical Movement: Shaker Eggs

  • Shake Your Shaker
  • We Shake Our Eggs Together

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

 

I think everyone was having a rough day today…lots of tears! Because of that, I cut some of the songs out to shorten it.

Little Me: Baby Animals

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 12 April: Baby Animals

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundwee little buny

-Book

  • Wee Little Bunny / Lauren Thompson

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehivea book of babies

-Book

  • A Book of Babies / Il Sung Na

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Little Bo Peep

-Finger Plays

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee
  • Five Little Flowers

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-Finger Plays

  • I’m a Little Planted Seed
  • Dig a Little Hole
  • The Gardener Plants a Seed

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  • Barnyard Banter / Denise Fleming

-Musical Movement: Bells

  • Let’s Make a Rainbow
  • Wave Your Ribbons

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

 

I was feeling a little under the weather, so I cut this story time short. I learned a valuable lesson…always, always, always bring your water bottle into story time!

Little Me: Spring

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 5 April: Spring

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundmouse's first spring

-Book

  • Mouse’s First Spring / Lauren Thompson

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehivewhen spring comes

-Book

  • When Spring Comes / Robert Maass

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Little Bo Peep

-Finger Plays

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee
  • Five Little Flowerssomething in my garden

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • I’m a Little Planted Seed
  • Dig a Little Hole
  • The Gardener Plants a Seed

-Big Bookin the tall tall grass

  • In the Tall, Tall Grass / Denise Fleming

-Musical Movement: Bells

  • Shake Your Bells
  • 1, 2 Shake it on Your Shoe

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

I used the ASL sign for “bee” in the Bumblebee, Bumblebee song, and everyone picked it up quickly! I was also able to use it in some of the later songs and In the Tall, Tall Grass, and people remembered it then, too.

A note about the books, I skipped a lot of pages and words in When Spring Comes. I used it mainly for the pictures and talked about spring arrivals.

Little Me: Boats

Monthly Theme for March: Things That GO! / Transportation

Weekly Theme for 22 March: Boats

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Around9461137

-Book

  • Busy Boats / Susan Steggall

-Finger Plays

  • I’m Sitting in a Boat
  • Zoom Down the Highway
  • Little Red Train61EXN2YcJ8L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

-Book

  • Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! / Patricia Hubbell

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

-Finger Plays

  • Stop Light Colors20170322_134838
  • A Little Tire

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
  • Pete the Pilot
  • My Bike61znPJM-TQL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

-Book

  • Boats Afloat / Shelly Rotner

-Musical Movement: Animal Shaker

  • Animal Shakers Up
  • 1, 2 Shake it on Your Shoe

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

For all three books, I skipped some sections to shorten them down to a reasonable length for this story time.
Also, I was gone on vacation last week, and it was so sweet to have all the caregivers tell me that their child missed me and noticed I was missing. One girl even came up to give me a hug! It made my heart quite happy.

Little Me: Trains

Monthly Theme for March: Things That GO! / Transportation

Weekly Theme for 8 March: Trains

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundchugga chugga

-Book

  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo / Kevin Lewis

-Finger Plays

  • I’m Sitting in a Boat
  • Zoom Down the Highway
  • Little Red Traini love trains

-Book

  • I Love Trains! / Philemon Sturges

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

-Finger Plays

  • Stop Light Colors
  • A Little Tire20170320_134950.jpg

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
  • Pete the Pilot
  • My Bike

-Big Bookfreight trains

  • Freight Train / Donald Crews

-Musical Movement: Shaker Eggs

  • We Shake Our Eggs Together
  • Can You Shake Along with Me?

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Little Me: Cars and Trucks

Monthly Theme for March: Things That GO! / Transportation

Weekly Theme for 1 March: Cars and Trucks

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butterred light green light
  • Up, Down, Turn Around

-Book

  • Red Light, Green Light / Anastasia Suen

-Finger Plays

  • I’m Sitting in a Boat
  • Zoom Down the Highway
  • Little Red Traintruck goes rattley

-Book

  • A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa/ Jonathan London

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

-Finger Plays

  • Stop Light Colors
  • A Little Tire20170320_135305

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
  • Pete the Pilot
  • My Bike

-Big Bookwheels on the bus

  • The Wheels on the Bus / Jerry Smath

-Musical Movement: Scarves

  • Wave Your Scarves
  • Toss Your Scarves

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

Stop Light Colors has three different ASL signs: stop, go, and wait.