Storytime Theme: Sunflowers

25 Jun

Sunflowers-SeedsThis was our first week back to story time after a relatively long break and it was so busy!  Sumer is always really interesting because so many people take vacation, a lot of families are around that I don’t see very often during the school year and I seem to get a lot of new kids for my toddler story times.  This summer, I’m doing a traditional toddler story time with music, fingerplays, and puppets as transitions as well as a parachute story time that involves parachute games in place of traditional transitions.  As usual for the first week, it was a little crazy with a lot of kids, but I think everyone had at least a little bit of fun.  My parachute story time ended up in a room with broken AC on a 90 degree day, but the kids had a great time as we focused on sunflowers and learning about spirals in nature.

 Like the Sun

ASL Sign: Flower (Touch a “squished O-hand” to your cheek on one side of your nose and then the other.)

 Opening

  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: Parachute Bop (Shakin’ the Chute)

Book 1: The Surprise Garden by, Zoe Hall

 Transition

  • Traditional: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Parachute: Popcorn with ball pit balls (Battu ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)

Book 2: To Be Like the Sun by, Susan Marie Swanson

 Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional:  Rocketship Run (Laurie Berkner Band)
  • Parachute: Beach Ball Popcorn (Rocketship Run ~ Laurie Berkner Band)

 Book 3: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by, Joyce Sidman

Closing

  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: Freeze!! (Shakin’ the Chute)
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