This week's storytime was all about storms and weather. Monday was the perfect day for it because we had thunderstorms and rain all day long! Here's what we did:
Opening Song: "Shake Your Sillies Out" by Raffi. The kids really know it now!
Memory Box Item: This week's Memory Box item was a mushroom from the book Stormy Day.
Stormy Day by Claire Henley. I think I have realized that unless I do our Memory Box book first thing, the kids forget all about it. ;) Maybe I need to remind them...
Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We have a purchased felt set for this rhyme and we do it first with the itsy bitsy spider and then we do it in a deep voice with a BIG, FAT spider and then in a high voice for the eensy weensy spider.
Book: Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry. One of the kids said, "We read this one before!" because we had read Duckie's Ducklings last week. They enjoyed the other Duckie book, so I wanted to share this one with them, too! They loved naming the colors on each page.
Book: The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri. As the weather starts to get bad, different forest animals duck into a cave to wait out the storm. But what they don't realize is that there are two bears sleeping in the cave! I read the book, but this would transfer very well into a felt story.
Five umbrellas stood by the door.
Riley took the pink one, and then there were four!
Four umbrellas, pretty as can be.
Ben took the blue one, and then there were three!
Three umbrellas with nothing to do.
Ollie took the green one, and then there were two!
Two umbrellas having fun.
Lincoln took the yellow one, and then there was one!
One umbrella alone in the hall.
Ashly took the purple one and that was all!
Closing Song: Do You Know What Time It Is?
Alternate Books: If you don't like or don't have any of the above books, here are some other weather and storm books you might use:
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Clifford and the Big Storm by Norman Bridwell
If Frogs Made Weather by Marion Bauer
Just a Thunderstorm by Gina & Mercer Mayer
Mr. Bear to the Rescue by Debi Gliori
Rain by Manya Stojic
Rain Romp by Jane Kurtz
Storm is Coming! by Heather Tekavec
Next week's our last week in our spring storytime series. We do our registered preschool storytimes in the spring and in the fall. Over the summer we'll have drop-in family storytime.