Preschool Storytime

Dinosaur Preschool Yoga Storytime

Hello Friends Song

Introduce Pose of the Week: A new thing I am trying where we have one pose we can go back to throughout the storytime. This week’s pose was Warrior 3

Breathing Activity (Prayanama): “Dinosaur Breath” (aka adapted dragon’s breath 🙂 )

Interlace the fingers underneath the chin. 
Inhale and lift the elbows up to frame the face. 
Exhale, lifting the head up making a whispered ‘hah’ sound towards the sky, like a dragon breathing fire.
At the same time, lower the elbows back down to meet at the bottom again by the end of the ‘hah’ exhale. 
This breath technique builds strength and heat within so is a good energizer. 
It helps us feel brave when we might be nervous or pepped up when we’re a bit tired. 
from cosmic kids yoga

Adapted Sun Salutations

Each month I keep being unsatisfied with how I teach and do sun salutations,
so I am continually changing it (along with every other part of my preschool yoga wah!)
I think I may have found a version that works!

For this one, we are pretending to be dinosaurs of course,
and we stretch up tall and wave hello to the sky.

Then, bend at the hips all the way down to say hello to the ground.

Put your waving hands on the ground and go into downward dog
so you can see your toes and say hello to them one hand at a time!

Put your knees down and come into child's pose 
and let's hide here for a minute.

At the count of three, let's POP UP and say SURPRISE! 
(Count to three then pop up into hero pose)

Stand up tall again and have your hands face each other and say hello to each hand! 
Then put them together so we end with our hands at our hearts 
standing tall for our next activity!

Book: The Littlest Dinosaur’s Big Adventure by Michael Foreman

Poses for Book: Dinosaur Wake Up

  • Start in child’s pose (our dinosaur egg)
  • Happy baby (wiggling out of egg)
  • Hero Pose (we are out of the egg!)
  • Gate pose (stretch out!)
  • Tabletop Stretch arms and legs seperately

Dinosaur, Dinosaur Song

(Just the Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear song but changed the words to dinosaur)

Book: How Does a Dinosaur Eat Their Food? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Poses for Book: Dinosaurs Eating

  • Tree pose (A tall dinosaur eating leaves off a tree)
  • Locust pose (a flying dinosaur swooping down to catch some food)

We are the Dinosaurs song by Laurie Berkner : We just marched around the room being dinosaurs for a bit!

Rest/Savasana:

We laid down on our backs and stretched out dinosaur legs over our bodies.
Then I passed out beanbags and scarves so they could put the beanbag on their belly to feel their breathing and cover they face with the scarf. 

We laid like this for one short song (around 2 minutes). 

Then, I came around with the fox puppet and told them if they wanted Ms. Fox to come wake them up to continue to pretend they are asleep... 
if they don't want to be tickled by the fox they should wake up now. 
I added this option because I have many children who attend who are either shy or have sensory sensitivities 
and I didn't want to force fox tickles on them! 
However, usually almost all the children eagerly try to stay as still as possible so Ms. Fox can come get them.

Peace Begins With Me Rhyme

When you touch your index finger, say: PEACE.

When you touch your middle finger, say: BEGINS.

When you touch your ring finger, say: WITH.

When you touch your pinky finger, say: ME.

from aimhappy

We do this 4 times. The first time very loud with our hands above our head, normal voice with our hands by our shoulders, a whisper with our hands on our knees, then silently in our own head with our hands on our hearts. When we finish, and the room is silent I whisper “Did you still hear it that time? Inside your head?” And the kids all nod knowingly and it is such a sweet goodbye.

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Preschool Storytime

Fruits and Veggies Preschool Storytime

 

Hello Friends

Talk about fruits and vegetables

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Soup Song w/play food and puppet

(tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Stir, stir, stir the soup
Stir it all day long.
Add some (insert food name here),
Take a taste (slurrrp!)
Soup will make us strong.

from Jenn In the Library

Five Fat Peas Fingerplay

Five Fat Peas in a peapod pressed (hand in fist)
One grew, two grew (pop out one finger, then two)
and all the rest! (whole hand open!)
They grew and they grew and they didn't stop (make hands wider and wider)
They grew and they grew until they POPPED! (clap hands together)

Big Book- The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

5 Ripe Strawberries Felt Rhyme with Bear Puppet

Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

(from http://craftlearnandplay.com/felt-board-five-red-strawberries/)

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Oral Storytelling- The Great Big Enormous Turnip

Retell with preschoolers

Get the bells out! Bell Activities:

            Shake to ‘Fruit Salad’ by Laurie Berkner

            Lemon in the Bowl

Five big lemons in the bowl. 
One fell out and started to roll. (shake bells)
It bumped the table and hit my toe (Shake bells against toe )
How many lemons in the bowl? 1-2-3-4 (Give a shake for each number)
(from Mister Roger's Neighborhood)

 If You’re Happy and you know it give a shake!

Storytime is Over Song

Craft – Lacing Fruit

I printed out outlines of apples on cardstock and punched holes along the edge, allowing the preschoolers to decorate it however they want with markers and crayons then practice their find motor skills by lacing yarn around the edge

How it went: I did this storytime a bunch of times at various outreaches and also at my branch for regular preschool storytime. Most of the time all the elements worked together really well. Creepy Carrots scared a lot of the kids and the ending always seemed to not make sense to them (I ask: why are the carrots happy? Did they want the fence? They reply: creepy carrots!!!!!). So when I went on to The Little Mouse and the Red Ripe Strawberry they were already in scared mode and were SO SCARED of the bear. I prefaced the story by saying it was one of my favorites which helped. Also after when I did the red ripe strawberry felts I brought out a tiny little bear puppet which they all found cute and were no longer scared of an ominous approaching bear.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime – Mail

Preschool Storytime

I am so behind in writing about my programs. (Imagine me ashamed right now)

I have sooo much fun stuff on my horizon that I cannot wait to get to, but for now I will step back and look at this preschool storytime I did 3 months ago 🙂

Mail! I love it! Another selfish choice in theme, but also the best storytimes and books are ones that the kids can tell you like. If you do not like it, neither will they! I am realizing that more and more as I choose books to read that I feel “meh” about. 

This storytime was well-received, though also overstuffed. I did not even get to the manipulatives because I had so many big ideas I wanted to try out. I definitely would pare it down in the future.

Hello Friends

 

Talk about Mail, Open a letter

I made a letter addressed to Preschool Storytime with the library name under, then address of the library. This gave us a chance to talk about our city, our state, and our homes! Inside was a library card that read “Have a great storytime!” They were a bit disappointed in the lackluster message. In the future, I may have written it from the perspective of a puppet with a special message.

Book: A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Each time I did this story the kids seemed to enjoy it.

Mailing Letters-tune of Mulberry Bush

This is the way we write a letter, write a letter, write a letter.
This is the way we write a letter so early in the morning.
2nd Verse-Stamp a Letter, 3rd Verse-Mail a Letter
(Courtesy of Verona Storytime via Out of the Box Programming)

Six Little Letters Felt Rhyme

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I edited the common Six Little Valentines to letters 🙂
Six  little letters were sent to my house,
The first one said, “Hello, From Mouse.”
Five little letters in my mailbox,
The second one said, “How are you, Love Fox.”
Four little letters full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, from Dove.”
Three little letters just for me,
The fourth one said, “Want to play, Love Bee.”
Two little letters mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, from Bear.”
The last little letter, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Have a happy Day!”

Source: Busy Crafting Mommy

Book: It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

I thought this book was funny and cute but the kids actually did not love it. My kids seem to not be drawn to funny books (maybe it is just my delivery with funny books??). For my outreaches, I switched this book out for Stanley the Mailman by William Bee

Letter Game

Put letters into envelopes and pass them out. Then sing this song as the children hold up their letter then come and put them into the mailbox.

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(Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man?)
Oh, have you seen the letter M
The letter M, the letter M
Oh, have you seen the letter M?
It makes the sound muh-muh-muh
Oh, yes I’ve seen the letter M
The letter M, the letter M
Oh, yes I’ve seen the letter M
It makes the sound muh-muh-muh
Spell out MAIL by the end!

(abbythelibrarian) 

Head and Shoulders

Book: Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier

Parachute if small enough group (15 or less)

Scarves if over 15 children

Storytime is Over song

Craft

          We decorated these simple postcards I designed with markers,  stickers, stamps, etc.

To_

Playtime!

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Yoga Storytime – Superheroes

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This was my smallest yoga storytime of the fall (5 kids). But the small group got reallly into our topic today of superheroes. I tried out some new things that really were a hit, including using my fox puppet to “Wake up” the kids while they were pretending to sleep in savasana.

Welcome Song: Hello Friends

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

It’s time to say hello!

Breathing Activity (Prayanama): Wonder Woman breath

With one hand up in the air, inhale as you spin your lasso. Exhale and throw that lasso out in front of you.

From Kid’s Yoga Stories

Partner Poses: Forward Folds

Sitting with legs extended and feet to feet with Mom or Dad, toddlers & parents reach up to the sky and down to touch their toes. With toddlers, it’s nice to do as much as you can with song, so we can sing:

This is the way we touch our toes, touch our toes, touch our toes. This is the way we touch our toes, in our stretching class.

Stick to the Glue song

Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position) (from yogibrarian)

Hello Stretch/Sun Salutations

(Call and Response)
Centered
Butterfly up.
Butterfly down.
Ragdoll.
Jump back..
Plank pose.
Downward dog.
Upward dog.
Downward dog.
Jump forward.
Ragdoll.
Butterfly up.
Centered

Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best.
Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best
(https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/buy-songs/using-our-music/sergeant-salutation/)

Book:  Max Speed by Stephen Shanksen

This book worked really well. The kids were engaged and intrigued throughout and loved retelling the book later during our poses.

Yoga re-telling of book

  1. Poses:
      1. Car – Staff pose/ dandasana. Get in the car. Point toes on one foot, then the other like pressing the gas and brake. (Yes, kids, don’t drive with two feet; this is just to stretch both legs and feet equally.) Twist to either sides as you drive.
      2. Volcano – Goddess/utkatakonasana. Jump up to erupt.
      3. Parachute – balloon breath.
      4. Shark – locust pose/ shalabasana Use hands over head like shark fin, or – if you have older kids who will call you out on where a dorsal fin is – hands in reverse namaste for  fin. Swim to each side, rolling over and coming back to center.
      5. When Max thinks about his toys, come into sukhasana/ easy seated pose. Close your eyes, with hand over heart or on knees.

original idea from yogibrarian

When I Stretch Up rhyme

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.

From Storytime Katie

Book: Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis

This book was slightly less popular than the first but I am still happy I used it to show some female superheroes.

Yoga Poses: Warrior I, Warrior II, Reverse Warrior

Activity: Monkey Toes/Toe-ga

Toss out pompoms around the room and have the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls.

Relax Poses

  1. Candle Breath

Hold a finger out. Pretend this is your candle. Take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly. Try not to blow your candle out. Just let the breath out slowly enough that your pretend flame would flicker and dance. Repeat this until the room is calm.

  1. Beanbag belly breaths

Rest/Savasana

Goodbye Rhyme: Peace begins with Me

Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.

(Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training)

Coloring Page/Small Activity

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime – Magic!

Preschool Storytime

This storytime was SO much fun that I did it 5 times! Haha! After it went so well during Preschool Storytime, I decided to do it with 4 of my outreaches. Each time was a huge success!

Talk about Magic

Before each storytime I like to give the kids a chance to talk about what they know about the subject. It helps get all of us excited.

Use Magic wand to “poof” preschoolers into animals!

I actually only did this once. We weren’t deep enough into the storytime or the idea of “magic” for them to care quite yet it seems. Also I heard “Your magic doesn’t work!” (Fair!) But I bet it would have gone better if I told them to use their imagination like I do later in the storytime.

 “Hat Trick”

Magic, magic, in my hat!
I’ll pull out a rabbit – (pull anything other than a rabbit)
Ahhhh! What is that?!
(repeat until ready for the rabbit)
Magic, magic, in my hat!
I’ll pull out a rabbit –
See! Look at that!
Credit: SLC Book Boy

Oh man, they loved this! Whenever I brought out something other than a rabbit they loved to scream out what it was and laugh. I used finger puppets for all of the animals besides the rabbit so they would fit in the hat and while I said the rhyme I held the hat up high so no animals could be spotted inside.

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox

This book was always generally well received. I had to explain what was happening in the beginning because the full, busy illustrations sometimes led to the preschoolers “missing” seeing the people being poofed into animals from the hat.

Chalk in Hand- drawing story

The magician has an empty hat. (draw an upside down magic hat)

Turned upside down, with a brim like that.

Then suddenly a head appears,               (draw round circle)

With two bright eyes.                              (draw eyes in circle)

And two long ears.                                 (draw rabbit ears)

And a small round nose.                         (draw nose)

And whiskers too,                                   (draw whiskers)

And magic stories just for you.                (put the word, ‘magic” in the hat)

Chalk in Hand by Phyllis NoePflomm

I did this on a whiteboard and stopped after each phrase so they could try to guess what was coming out of the hat. I switched up the order the first time so that the ears would be the last clue. Then, the second time I would say the rhyme all the way through in the correct order, erasing each part as I said it so that by the end it would be “disappeared”!

Magic Finger Rhyme

Magic finger in the air

Magic finger in my hair

Magic finger on my hip

Magic finger on my lip

Credit: Youth Literature

Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee

This book is a little long, so I did not do it with my daycare outreach. However, during Preschool Storytime it went great and they were able to pay attention.

Sleeping Bunnies Song after “poof” into bunnies

See the little bunnies sleeping til it’s nearly noon

Come and let us gently wake them with this merry tune

Are they ill?

They’re so still….

Wake up bunnies!

And hop, hop, hop.

Wake up little bunnies and hop, hop, hop (x4)

After the bunnies, I would “poof” them into other sleeping animals such as fishies who would swim after waking and elephants who would stomp after waking. It was a hit!

Magic Box by Katie Cleminson

This one was okay! Short and sweet, not a lot of responses to it.

Scarves

We Wave Our Scarves Together

Popcorn Kernals

This Is The Way We Wash

Magic trick

I filled a plastic bag with water and poked sharpened pencils through it. Beforehand, I asked what they thought would happen if I poked pencils into a bag of water then I said I will do magic and no water will come out.

 Closing Song

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is done, I hope that you had fun

Storytime is over clap your hands

Craft

Magic Wands

Large popsicle sticks with yellow paper stars to glue to the top and glitter and gems to glue to the stick.

           

 

 

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Yoga Storytime – Jungle

My very first preschool yoga storytime was so much fun! To be sure it was wild, wild, wild too. There was one little one who literally screamed the entire time, only maybe 40% of the kids were doing a pose at any one time, and the room was filled! However, all this only made it better in my opinion! I loved the energy and the excitement in the room. My goal is not to turn these kids into little yoga experts or any deep lesson at all. I just want to have fun, move around, and think a little deeper for a second about our bodies or breathing or thoughts.

Before we started, I tried to ‘set the stage’ a little bit. Here were the general announcements:

1.) This storytime is designed to focus on early literacy skills and movement. Yoga poses and stretching greatly benefit young children by helping to increase their focus, increase body awareness, improve coordination, and develop techniques to calm down.

2.) I encourage all adults to participate with their child in at least the partner poses if not entire storytime.

3.) No one is expecting perfection or skill, the focus is on trying! Some poses may make us fall down, tip over, or slip! That is ok! Get back up when you can and rejoin.

4.) If it hurts or feels bad please stop! Listen to what your body is saying.

Then we jumped right in!

  1. Welcome Song: Hello Friends

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

It’s time to say hello!

  1. Breathing Activity (Prayanama): Lion’s Breath

I started this breathing exercise by talking about times we get angry and how this breathing can help us feel calmer and get rid of bad or hurtful feelings inside of us.

Kneeling on the floor, sitting upright, hands should be relaxed on your lap. Inhale through your nose. Open your mouth wide, stick your tongue out and exhale strongly while making a “Haaaa” sound.

  1. Partner Poses: Forward Folds (I wanted to do this but ended up skipping it because I got too nervous to feel like I was “making” the adults do stretches. There were many grandparents in attendance and I didn’t want to make anyone feel bad.. I still love the idea and hope I will try it next time)
  2. Stick to the Glue song

Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position) (from yogibrarian)

  1. Hello Stretch/Sun Salutations

(Call and Response)
Centered
Butterfly up.
Butterfly down.
Ragdoll.
Jump back..
Plank pose.
Downward dog.
Upward dog.
Downward dog.
Jump forward.
Ragdoll.
Butterfly up.
Centered

Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best.
Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best
(https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/buy-songs/using-our-music/sergeant-salutation/)

  1. Book: Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lancome
  2. Yoga re-telling of book
    1. Poses:
      1. Enter Jungle: Tall Grass/Tree Pose
      2. Cobra Pose
      3. Tiger Pose (Cat/Cow with growl)
      4. Elephant Pose (Forward Fold with hands together, swing trunk)
      5. Lion’s pose
      6. Monkey Pose (squat, rock side to side with monkey noises)
      7. Crocodile Pose (crocodile pose)
  1. Book: There was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog by Jennifer Ward
  2. One New Pose: Frog Pose (Jumping while squatting)
  3. Activity: Monkey Toes/Toe-ga (Skipped this because the room was too wild and too many kids! I want to try with a smaller group another time)
  4. When I Stretch Up rhyme

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.

From Storytime Katie

  1. Relax Poses
    1. Happy Baby
    2. Beanbag belly breaths
  2. Rest/Savasana: Walk through the Jungle, What do we see?
  3. Goodbye Rhyme: Peace begins with Me

Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.

(Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training)

  1. Coloring Page/Small Activity
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime – The Moon!

 

I feel such a strong love for the moon that I couldn’t help but to make my first storytime of the fall cycle on the moon! When working in preschools, I would have so many discussions with children about the moon. It was the perfect mix of mysterious and visible for them that resulted in many great insights and joys. This storytime was able to also form so many great conversations, observations, and sharing about the moon. I would much rather have conversations with the kids throughout my storytime even if that means needing to skip or change my original schedule so I found this storytime a success! I did the moon storytime for my first outreach with four year olds at a local daycare and at the library for preschool storytime.

One strength of the storytime was using the kitten puppet before and after the story Kitten’s First Full Moon. The kids LOVED to talk to the kitten after the story to ask it questions about what happened in the story! Did she really get hurt when she fell down the steps?? They also loved giving her advice for next time “Do not jump into a pond, only drink from it!” or “Next time ask for some catfood!” It was truly a delight to watch and also an amazing opportunity for literacy and comprehension.

For next time, I want to incorporate more ‘known songs’. While my songs were fun and very on theme, I want to be able to get more children and parent involvement which I think would be improved by songs they already know or songs I can repeat and teach them over many storytimes!

  • Hello Friends

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

It’s time to say hello

  • Talk about moon yesterday!
  • Hey Diddle Diddle felt rhyme (skipped for outreach)
  • Kitten Puppet
  • Kittens First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  •  Kitten Puppet
  • If You’re Going to the Moon
    Sing to: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots

…wear your suit (ziiiip!)
…wear your gloves (clap clap)
…wear your helmet (pat your head)

 (http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=5971)

  • I’m Going Out in Space

Sing to: Farmer in the Dell

I’m going out in space
I’m going out in space
I think I’ll see a planet there
I’m going out in space

((http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=5971)

  • Way Out There by Oliver Jeffers
  •  Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom,

We’re going to the moon

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon

If you want to take a trip,

climb aboard the rocketship

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon.

  •  5 Little astronauts (w/ finger puppets)
    • I got this rhyme and the images from spelloutloud.com. I printed the images on cardstock then hot glued a felt finger thing-y to the back!

1 astronaut when out to play

on the moon so far away

he had such galactic fun

that he called for another astronaut to come

  •  Mooncake by Frank Asch (Higher, Higher for outreach)
  • Parachute (skipped for outreach)

Focus on “slow” and “fast” while moving the parachute to “Moon, Moon, Moon” by Laurie Berkener off of her Victor Vito CD

  • Closing Song

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is done, I hope that you had fun

Storytime is over clap your hands

  • Craft (skipped for outreach)

Straw Rockets

http://buggyandbuddy.com/straw-rockets-with-free-rocket-template/

  • Play (skipped for outreach)