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School Story Time

Since school started here last week, I thought it would be fun to do a school themed story time for those kids who just started. So, we started with my usual opening song “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, we read our first book:  Foxy by Emma Dodd.

The kids really liked the silly magic gone wrong in this story. I’d highly recommend it.

After that, we had to have a round of “The Wheels on the Bus” as well as another song I found on Preschool Education: “I Like to Go To School.”

I Like To Go To School
(To the tune of “The Farmer In the Dell”)
I like to go to school.
I like to go to school.
High-ho-the-derry-oh!
I like to go to school.

I like to sing new songs.
I like to sing new songs.
High-ho-the-derry-oh!
I like to sing new songs.

I like to play with friends.
I like to play with friends.
High-ho-the-derry-oh!
I like to play with friends.

Then, I decided to include an appropriately themed parody of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. This one was called There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro.

We didn’t just read this book, however. We brought out my friend “Miss Edna” who was made by Alma’s Designs.

I bought this doll a few days ago because I’d seen it used by a teacher about a year ago, and I fell in love. I knew that it would pay off with the number of parody books about the Old Lady (i.e. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose,  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow, etc.). It’s only about $25, and the kids loved her! They kept asking what else was in her tummy!

Instead of trying to find props for each parody book that would fit inside her mouth, I decided it would be easier and cheaper to print off clip art, laminate it, and use it to tell the story. For my smaller story times, the children loved being able to feed her themselves.

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Then, we jumped right into our next book:  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney.

This book was just okay. This kids weren’t crazy about it like they were for Foxy, but the Llama Llama books read really well with the verse.

Then, we stood up and had time to “Shake Your Sillies Out.” I also sang the “Button Factory” song for some of my story times.

Button Factory
Hello, my name is Joe,
And I work in a button factory.
I have a wife, a dog, and a family.
One day, my boss came up to me and said, “Hey, Joe!
Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
He said, “Push this button with your right hand.”

(Repeat with left hand, left foot, right knee, forehead, tongue, or whatever else you’d like.)

Then, we sat back down for our last book:  How Does a Dinosaur Go to School? by Jane Yolen.

I didn’t know if they kids would like this book, but I didn’t find a ton of options for this particular theme. So, I gave it a try, and they loved it! After every page, I got a resounding, “Noooo!” from the kids when asking about the dinosaur’s behavior. They thought it was so crazy for a dinosaur to go to school with kids! Overall, they were pretty tickled by this book.

Then, we sang the “Skinnamarink” song and my “Goodbye, Goodbye” song and called it a day. There wasn’t a craft this week because I couldn’t find one that I thought would be easy enough to do, so I just printed off some school-themed coloring sheets.

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