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Little Bird Story time

Posted by lmcshane Apr 10, 2014

Open with circle time - and singing of the Pete Seeger favorite "Fly through my window" :


Bluebird, bluebird, fly through my window

Bluebird, bluebird, fly through my window

Bluebird, bluebird, fly through my window

Buy molasses candy.


Fly through my window, my sugar lump

Fly through my window, my sugar lump

And buy molasses candy



Featured books:

Birds by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek,  Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and illustrated by Steve Jenkins,  and Have you Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray with pictures by Kenard Pak.



Craft activity will be similar to this w/o the paint - just glue and paper components and possibly feathers. We use construction paper -see  template.



Thumbelina, Thumbelina, tiny little thing
Thumbelina dance, Thumbelina sing,
Thumbelina, what's the difference if you're very small?
When your heart is full of love, you're nine feet tall!


Preschool boys and girls were enthralled by the Brian Pinkney adaptation of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson-


We also shared several lovely poems from Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Baker -Spring Magic is a favorite.

For display - What Happens in Spring? by Sara Latta and Flowers by Patricia Whitehouse.


Kids were then given card stock, crayons and paper flowers with a message to their parents to help them grow - kids' versions of the craft were far more interesting than the example shown - and the exercise also helped them to practice folding paper and writing their own names.


Busy Town - Stop and Go

Posted by lmcshane Mar 18, 2014

Stir-crazy kids are experiencing first opportunity to get outside after a rough winter.  Caution them to be careful in a busy town!


ACTIVITY- as kids arrive, have them run in place after you announce GO - then say "STOP" - alternate- until they are tired enough for a story


Possible Books to share--anything by Richard Scarry and the following:

Go! Go! Go! Stop!  

Harper, Charise Mericle  (Book - 2014)


Whose Shoes? 

A Shoe for Every Job

Swinburne, Stephen R. (Book - 2010)


Close with Rhyme

Traffic Light Song


Twinkle, twinkle traffic light,
Round the corner shining bright.
Red means stop,
Green means go,
Yellow means v-e-r-y, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w.
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light,
Round the corner shining bright.


Craft activity:Color Matching Activity - Traffic Light


Hello Day-Welcome Back Sun!

Posted by lmcshane Mar 5, 2014

Hoping to help kids recognize that each day starts with ritual of welcoming back the sun and that greeting the new day with right attitude helps -us see the world in a friendly light.


Open with Hello Song by Ella Jenkins:


Possible books to share:

Hello Day by Anita Lobel

Welcome Back Sun by Michael Emberley

Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett

Dusk by Uri Shulevitz


For the craft activity - we will generate word trace sheets for hello, sun, dog, cat, cow and owl.

A to Z Teacher Stuff Tools


Simple craft activity for our Valentine's Day Preschool presentation - We opened with class making a circle and then discussed the shape of a heart. 
We talked about candy, roses, poetry and valentines - sharing Roses are red, violets are blue - Be my valentine - Because, I Love You!


Practiced two ways of saying I Love You with sign language -

Shared two books:

A Kiss Means I Love You by Kathryn Allen
Tweet Hearts by Susan Reagan



We passed out the cardboard templates and kids traced out their hearts, colored, and later the day care will work on scissor skills to cut them out for their parents.

Year of the Horse.jpg


This year the books we featured include :

Chinese New Year by Kieran Walsh  -great photo introduction to the holiday

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz -great outline of the traditions:

-Red banners, cut paper

-Cleaning house
-Blossom branches

-Ancestor altar

-New clothes/hair cut

-Dumplings/ feast/visiting relatives/special foods

-Red envelopes/good luck

Chinese New Year begins at the second new moon after winter solstice and the holiday lasts 15 days


Also good for cross-cultural explanation:

The Next New Year by Janet Wong

As the narrator explains "I call it Chinese New Year, even though I am half Korean...My best friend Glenn, who is French and German, calls it Chinese New Year, too."


This year we were able to show some of the puppets (photo above) from Asia Town Center - an Asian market in Cleveland - and kids crafted their own horse puppet from the template attached.  We pre-cut the horses and kids decorated-then taped the horse to a tongue depressor stick.


Older kids are able to trace and cut out the template for themselves.  The idea and horse template are borrowed from the Eric Carle inspired craft activity provided at the Cleveland Museum of Art - in celebration of the new museum wing featuring the Asian collection.


Simplified Chinese symbols for happiness, prosperity, good luck and riches can be found in:

Paper Crafts for Chinese New Year by Randall McGee


Snowman Storytime

Posted by lmcshane Dec 17, 2013

I love being able to share these two favorites with the preschool storytime - photos by Carl Sams II and Jean Stoick and lovely paper art of Denise Fleming -


Stranger in the Woods - by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick
First Day of Winter - by Denise Fleming


First Day of Winter lends itself to song - with verse that uses same song as Twelve Days of Christmas.  We'll also share Jingle Bells with the kids and craft a reindeer to take home.

reindeer craft.jpg


Give Thanks

Posted by lmcshane Nov 21, 2013

Opening rhyme-

I have a turkey - big and fat (thumbs up and out)
He spreads his tail and walks like that  (fan hands - and wobble them)

His daily corn he would not miss (thumbs down pecking the ground)

And when he talks, he sounds like this -  (open and close hands to talk)



Books -

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated by David Catrow - David Catrow is an Ohio -based illustrator and this is a great book to introduce the traditional song -that was originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Greg Shed


For school visits - this craft is just as popular with grades 1-3 - after a read along to We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck



Craft activity - counting out five pre-cut feathers and adhering them to precut body - adhering googly eyes, pre-cut beak and pre-cut waddle.  Last step adhering a paper loop that allows our turkey to be used as a table setting or napkin holder.


We plan on closing out the program by teaching the kids the first stanza of the Over the River song - and using our egg shakers to shake out the rhythm.


Preschool Bear Program

Posted by lmcshane Nov 13, 2013

Opened the program w/the familiar jump rope rhyme:


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Turnaround (spin)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Touch the ground (touch the ground)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Jump up high (jump)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Touch the sky (reach up)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Turn-off the light (pantomime turning off light)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (clap-clap, clap-clap)

Say goodnight (pantomime sleep)


We displayed a number of bear books and read and discussed the following:


You're a Bear by Mavis Jukes, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher - I love this book!  It engages the kids and has lush illustrations and rich lyrical text.  We followed up with Bears by Emma Helbrough, designed by Michelle Lawrence and Josephine Thompson.


See teddy bear craft that involved kids decorating their bears and working with string to complete a slip knot - we had sixteen three-five year-olds and no problems w/this craft, which they really enjoyed.  Kids wore their bears home.


Other good titles:

Bear has a Story to Tell by Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead - adorable cast of bear friends...beautiful illustrations.

Brown Bear by Suzi Eszterhas - phenomenal photos by an internationally renowned wildlife photographer

Bears by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak - a simple classic and good for interaction as kids can guess the rhyming words.


Football and Falling Leaves

Posted by lmcshane Nov 4, 2013

We have a plush football toy and plan on having the kids work on coloring fall leaves with their first names for a display -the day care visit this week will feature the following books:


Footballs and Falling Leaves : A Fall Counting Book by Rebecca Fjelland Davis -check out the other great counting books by this author.

At the Football Game Learning the Symbols <,>< and = by Joanne Mattern - while this book may seem too advanced - I think the kids will readily understand the concept of counting  money, scoring and keeping time.




Craft activity: coloring fall leaves - there are plenty of templates available on line.


Bats for kids

Posted by lmcshane Oct 25, 2013

Our daycare class enjoyed a presentation today that featured an EASY bat puppet - Ms. Cathy cut out the forms and we were able to demonstrate folding in half and then again-- the form is taped in the back - and it allows students to use their finger for a realistic flying bat!


Here is the template - Bat Puppet Template - we used purple, black and orange for variation.


The program started with Open, Shut rhyme Open, Shut Them (fingerplay song for children) - YouTube - you can exchange the one verse from birds to bats.


Featured books:

Hello Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde

National Geographic Kids BATS by Elizabeth Carney


Another good resource - for older kids: Bats in the Dark by Doreen Gonzales


The kids were engaged during both books - but second book is used mostly to discuss the photos.  First book is excellent in question and answer format that allows kids to think about their answers.  We also were able to compare big and small - with photos of the bumble bee bat and flying fox found in the National Geographic book.


We closed the program with kids flying their bats and singing along to this song provided by the

Bat Poems - The Reading Lady

Brown Bat's Beetles

tune(London Bridge)


Old brown bat is out tonight,

Flying high, in the sky

Old brown bat is flying by

With a----------Beetle!


Old brown bat is catching more,

More that four----bugs galore!

Old brown bat is keeping score

Of his ----------beetles!


Old brown bat has gulped a heep,

Now it's time for him to sleep.

I don't think that he'll count sheep

Just more-------beetles!



Posted by lmcshane Sep 30, 2013

Prepping program for day care and third grade visit this week - theme is Spiders-


For daycare books to consider:


Open Rhyme: Eeency Weency Spider and Little Miss Muffet

Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk

Spiders by Simon Seymour (for photos of real spiders)



Craft Spider hat - with eight legs

LBT: Spider Hat - Another Fun and Easy Kids Craft...NICE!


Closing circle song:

Spider on the Floor - YouTube.


Third Grade -Read along:
Why Do Spiders Spin Webs? | Wonderopolis

A Spiderling Grows Up - and Diary of a Spider  Book Flix available on Smart Board via Brooklyn Branch Library.


Dogs and Cats

Posted by lmcshane Aug 31, 2013

We just completed a program on dogs - based around a folding craft for the kids.

And featuring two books -

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats and Waggle by Sarah McMenemy.

Program commenced with a circle time to get the kids focused.

Here is the craft- the kids will have prefolded cats and dogs will just have to glue the cats and dogs together and decorate.


This week we focus on CATS !


Possible Books:

Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

Dogs and Cats by Steve Jenkins



Smelling the Flowers

Posted by lmcshane Aug 15, 2013

A story time on senses, emotion and taking time to be nice - featuring:


The Story of Ferdinand  by Munro Leaf



Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger



Craft: coloring page of Ferdinand -and discussion of MAD, SAD, GLAD feelings - Ritter Public Library also offers
The Story of Ferdinand with stuffed animal bull.

If time permits Mouse was MAD!  by Linda Urban is also very good.



May also try these ideas for older students:





Also - I brought in lavender to share with the preschoolers.  I plan on extending this to second grader class visits.


Polka Dots and Ladybugs

Posted by lmcshane Aug 7, 2013

This week features the theme of dots and ladybugs -

opened with chorus from  It's a Small World and how we all start out very, very small - just a tiny dot.

Every one can draw a dot!

So, the first book we read is The Dot by Peter Reynolds.


Followed by Ladybug by Karen Hartley and Chris Macro - The Heinemann Library non-fiction series is EXCELLENT!



A go-to collection for any programming need. The illustrations are lush and the descriptive text provides great lead-in to
class participation.  We talked about "bugs" as heroes - and Ladybugs vs. Ants in the conquest of aphids. Also,  the"tranformer"
wing design of ladybugs for lift-off.


For display - and one-and-one reading there are several possible follow-up titles.

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons are both appropriate for kids who can sit for a longer time period.


The craft and timing of this story time helps to promote  the Cleveland Metroparks Bug City event - Saturday August 10th at the Garfield Nature Center.  Kids get precut black base and using glue stick - adhere first left wing, the right wing, then spots, and finally, add their eyes and use black marker to complete with their own "DOT."


Follow-up rhymes: Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children are gone  - - 

Ladybugs all dressed in red/Strolling through the Flowerbed/If I were tiny just like you/I'd creep among the flowers, too! -- 

Five little ladybugs, climbing on some plants/Eating the aphids, but not the ants/The first one said, "Save some aphids for Me!"/The second one said, "They're as tasty as can be!"/The third one said, "Oh, they're almost gone!"/The fourth one said, "Then we'd better move on."/The fifth one said, "Come on, let's fly!"/So they opened up their wings and they flew through the sky.


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