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PETER RABBIT STORYTIME: Picky Eaters

Peter Rabbit storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. One of the reasons we hold storytime for preschoolers is to build their letter knowledge. Letter knowledge is knowing that letters are different from each other and that the same letter can look different ways. It also includes knowing that letters represent sounds. There are many activities you can do throughout the day to help develop your children’s letter knowledge in enjoyable ways - by reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing with them.

Listed below are the books and songs we used during storytime, which, hopefully, will inspire you to choose more books, songs, and rhymes on this theme to share with your children as you play and talk together.  

Books and Songs Shared:

There’s A Spider on the Floor (from Raffi’s Singable Song Book)

There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
Who could ask for anything more, than a spider on the floor.
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.

Now the spider’s on my leg, on my leg.
Now the spider’s on my leg, on my leg.
Oh, I wish I had some Raid for this spider on my leg!
Now the spider’s on my leg, on my leg.

Now the spider’s on my chest, on my chest!
Now the spider’s on my chest, on my chest!
Oh, I’d squish him in my vest, if it didn’t make a mess!
Now the spider’s on my chest, on my chest!

Now the spider’s on my neck, on my neck!
Now the spider’s on my neck on my neck!
Oh, I’m gonna be a wreck, I’ve got a spider on my neck!
Now the spider’s on my neck on my neck!

Now the spider’s on my face, on my face!
Now the spider’s on my face, on my face!
Oh, what a big disgrace, I’ve got a spider on my face!
Now the spider’s on my face, on my face

Now the spider’s on my head, on my head!
Now the spider’s on my head, on my head!
Oh, I wish that I were dead. I’ve got a spider on my head!
Now the spider’s on my head, on my head!
But he jumps out!

Now there’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
Who could ask for anything more, than a spider on the floor.
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.

leeandlow:

Great NYT article: “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” Read the full article here.

I challenged my book club kids to count how many POC they could find on book covers over the next month. I wonder how many they’ll find.

(via brkteenlib)

PETER RABBIT STORYTIME: Counting

Peter Rabbit storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. One of the reasons we hold storytime for preschoolers is to build their symbol knowledge. This means recognizing numbers both as symbols and as words. Reading number books is one way to help children become aware of numbers and how they look. When they’re very young, it’s best not to quiz your children on numbers or letters. Instead, turn it into a game. The more fun your kids are having, the more likely they are to want to keep going.

Listed below are the books and songs we used during storytime, which, hopefully, will inspire you to choose more books, songs, and rhymes on this theme to share with your children as you play and talk together.  

Books and Songs Shared:

A-counting We Will Go

A-counting we will go / A-counting we will go / 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 / A-counting we will go

We’re going to count our fingers / We’re going to count our fingers / 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 / We’re going to count our fingers

We’re counting as we stomp / We’re counting as we stomp / 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 / We’re counting as we stomp

PETER RABBIT STORYTIME: Giant Vegetables

Peter Rabbit storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. One of the reasons we hold storytime for preschoolers is to build their background knowledge. Children must have a lot of background knowledge, knowledge about the world around them, in order to later understand what they read. Gaining background knowledge begins from birth and children with strong background knowledge are more likely to understand what they read in grades four and up and are more likely to become successful readers. One way for them to accumulate knowledge is by talking with them about everything you see and do together, including making lunch!

Listed below are the books and songs we used during storytime, which, hopefully, will inspire you to choose more books, songs, and rhymes on this theme to share with your children as you play and talk together.  

Books and Songs Shared:

  • The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson
  • What Am I? Looking at shapes through apples and grapes, by N.N. Charles and Leo & Diane Dillon (storytelling collection)
  • Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
  • Lunch, by Denise Flemming
  • Cookie Count: A tasty pop-up, by Robert Sabuda (storytelling collection)
  • Pease Porridge Hot

I Had a Little Pumpkin

I had a little Pumpkin / I put it down just so / And then I waved my magic wand / And it began to grow…and grow…and grow!

I had a giant pumpkin / And quick as you can blink / I waved my magic wand / And it began to shrink…and shrink…and shrink!

I had a tiny pumpkin (repeat from top)   …’til I said STOP!

We have craft day at WEB, too! It’s coming up on Thursday, March 13 at 3:30pm.

Legos, Legos, LEGOS! We have Lego Day at all three branches every month. 

  • Saturday, March 8 at 2pm at Main
  • Thursday, March 20 at 3:30pm at BFI
  • Thursday, March 27 at 3:30pm at WEB

Come join in the fun!

Next craft day is coming up! Thursday, March 6th at BFI. Fun starts at 3:30pm.