Story Time Theme: Red

11 Nov

Today was our last storytime of the session and although I absolutely love storytime, this session has been rough!  I don’t know what it was – the kids, adults, some combination of the two, but it seemed out of control each and every week.  We’re changing the schedule a little bit for the winter and I hope it helps my storytime crowd as well as the others.  This week we focused on the color “red” and parents remembered to dress in red, which made the kids so excited!  I’ll be making some changes for the winter – adding even more interactive books to try and encourage the kids to pay attention, adding more high-energy music as well.

Opening

  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Yoga: Warm-up (Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog)

Puppet: Meet Willy (monkey) and give high fives!

Early Literacy Tip/Story Stretcher: Walk or drive around the neighborhood – find all the red stop signs and count them along the way.

ASL Sign: Red (Swipe “1” finger down lips)

Book One

  • Traditional: Red: Seeing Red All Around Us by Sarah L. Schuette
  • Yoga: Red: Seeing Red All Around Us by Sarah L. Schuette

Music Transition

  • Traditional (fine motor skills): “5 Little Monkeys” (traditional flannel board)
  • Yoga Sun Salutations (Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk Toward Hands, Repeat 3x)

Nursery Rhyme Cube: (small tissue box converted into a die with a nursery rhyme on each side) Roll cube and repeat nursery rhyme 3x with families.

Book Two

  • Traditional: Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Yoga: The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional (gross motor skills): “Little Red Caboose” (shaker eggs)
  • Yoga Focus: Strengthening (Camel, Chair, Shark, Table, Slide)

Book Three

  • Traditional: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
  • Yoga: Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Closing

  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths)
    • “Dokokade Yoruga Naita” (Putumayo Kids Presents: Asian Dreamland)
    • Namaste
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