- 1-22-14: I split this into an ABC storytime and a butterfly storytime, so the ABC books will show up later. I didn't need Flutter Flutter Butterfly or Waiting for Wings. This went really well and the strummies were a success, as was the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I remembered this time it's easier to put the book on my lap, instead of trying to hold it in one hand. I'm doing well in my goal to have more puppets and activities in storytime!
- 1-23-13: This went really well. When I explained our early literacy theme, one little boy said "this is just like school!" I did much better with the Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet and boards, actually having him talk and so on. I also brought out my metamorphosing caterpillar/butterfly puppet for the kids to pass around while we talked through Nic Bishop's Butterflies and Moths (we don't really, technically, read that one). I didn't read Waiting for Wings and I felt like Z is for Moose was a big over the kids' heads. The craft was really, really popular with the kids and parents.
- 1-18-12: Caveman was GREAT. We did it interactively, practicing the alphabet and it was a huge hit. The story kinda derails near the end, but it didn't matter. We skipped "the insects in the meadow" everyone was too wiggly and wanting the last story. Also belatedly realized that this was supposed to be letter knowledge, not print awareness and have updated it accordingly for the next time I use this plan.
Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art Club Butterfly celebration is tomorrow.
Opening name song: The more we get together
Long story: Houdini the amazing caterpillar by Janet Pedersen
Movement: Flutter, flutter butterfly
Nonfiction: Nic Bishop's Butterflies and Moths
Early Literacy Aside: One of the ways we practice to be ready for writing is controlling our motor skills. Playing an instrument can be a good way to do that. We're going to practice fast and slow with an easy instrument you can make at home yourself - a strummie! Listen carefully to the music and play fast and slow.
Movement: Samantha the Butterfly by Fox and Branch from Things are coming my way with Strummies from Teach Preschool (I made ours with kleenex boxes ahead of time)
Short story: Waiting for wings by Lois Ehlert
Movement/Flannelboard: Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, interactive flannel board/puppet
Closing song: Sunny Day
Process art: Fold 'n' Paint
Prep: Fingerpaint paper, fingerpaint, paper towels
Kids paint and then fold the paper to create symmetrical designs
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