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Trains Story Time

As usual this week, we began with “If You Want to Hear a Story,” and I introduced the theme this week.

Then, we sang the song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

After that, we read our first book: Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

This book is a little long, so I had to trim it a bit to maintain interest, but the animals and toys on board the train kept the kids pretty interested throughout the book, especially once we got to the ice cream car!

Then, we sang the “This Little Train Flannel” song from SurLaLune Storytime.
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(Sung to the tune of “This Old Man”)

This little train, painted black
It comes chugging down the track
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car painted blue
It has seats for me and you
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car painted yellow
It shimmies and shakes like a bowl of jello
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car, painted green
It’s the fanciest car you’ve seen,
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car; it is grey
It takes you places far away
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

This caboose; it is red
It will take you home to bed
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.

Then, we sang ” Train” from Preschool Education:
(To the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Ride, ride, ride the train
Quickly down the track
Clickety clack, Clickety clack
When will you be back?

Our next book was And the Train Goes by William Bee.

This book had a bit of audience participation with all the repetitive noises the train makes, but it does drag a bit at the end. I had a bit of trouble finding good train books for the age groups I work with. I was surprised there wasn’t more of a selection.

Then, we sang “Down By the Station” and “Little Red Caboose.”

We did the “Little Choo-Choo Train” rhyme from Bklyn Public Library.
Here’s a little choo-choo train
Chugging down the track (move arms in a “chugging” motion
Now it’s going forward (lean forward)
Now it’s going back (lean back)
Now the whistle blows
Whoo! Whoooo!
What a lot of noise it makes (cover ears)
Everywhere it goes.
Choo-chooo-chooo!

Our last book was The Goodnight Train by June Sobel.

This book was pretty cute, and the kids got a kick out of the weird train cars (especially the bathtub). They also liked finding the hidden pictures in the smoke and clouds. It was the biggest hit out of all the books at this story time.

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song,” and that was it. We didn’t do a craft this week.

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