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Winter Story Time

As I said last week, I’m still trying to catch up, so here’s my winter story time from December.

We started with our usual opening song: “If You Want to Hear a Story.” Then, I introduced the theme since a lot of the kids might not remember or even know what snow is. We talked a bit about what winter looks like here to get them interested. Then, we read our first book: Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer

This is a really cute book about all the things that are warmer in winter (blankets, clothing, drinks, food, hugs, etc.), and it has some great illustrations that the kids enjoyed.

Then, we sang “Dance Like Snowflakes” from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Dance like snowflakes,
Dance like snowflakes
In the air
In the air.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes.
Here and there.
Here and there.

Then, we used a “Mitten Match Flannel” that a former youth facilitator made and left. She originally got the idea from Miss Mary Liberry.
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After that, we sang “Who Is Made of Snow?” which is also from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?”)
Who is made of snow
When the temperature is low?
Who stands outside
When the ground is cold and white?
Who starts to melt
When the warm sunshine is felt?
Who is made of snow?

Of course, the kids loved shouting out the answer to the riddle!

Then, we read our next book: Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner

This is a cute book, but, surprisingly, some of my classes found it a bit scary. So, I ended up cutting it from my younger classes and only using it for my 4 and 5 year olds.

Then, we stood up for our next action rhyme: “Five Little Snowmen Fat.” This is also from Preschool Education.

Five little snowmen fat (cheeks puffed out, arms open wide)
Each with a great big hat (place imaginary hat on head)
Out came the sun (point to the sky)
And m…e…l…t…e…d one! (melt whole body to the floor)
Oh, how sad was that? (wipe away tears)

I cannot stress enough how much the kids loved this action rhyme! They wanted everything to melt after this.

Then, we sang “Dance Around Our Snowman” from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we dance around,
Dance around,
Dance around.
This is the way we dance around
Our snowman in the morning.

Other verses:
skip around
twirl around
crawl around
hop around
gallop around
spin around
sneak around

Our last book was Hello, Snow by Hope Vestergaard

This was a pretty cute book, and the kids thought the crash was so silly!

Then, we just had to sing “Frosty the Snowman” before our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song.”

Our craft this week was a snowflake ornament made from popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and, yes, some glitter. You know it’s a special week when the glitter comes out! The kids and parents loved them!
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Fall Story Time

Luckily, it finally started feeling like fall outside this week, just in time for my fall story time. I started off by talking about what autumn is, what colors the leaves turn, etc. because we don’t often see a lot of it down here. You really have to look to see fall colors outside. Then, we sang our normal opening song–“If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, we danced our hands like falling leaves and sang, “Leaves Are Twirling.” I found this song on the KCLS website. It’s to the tune of “Frerer Jacques.”

Leaves are twirling, Leaves are twirling
All around, All around
They are falling softly
Very, Very softly
To the ground, to the ground.

Then, we read our first book–The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

This is a very cute little story. It can be a bit long for the younger crowds (I had to cut it down for my 2 year olds, but the threes and up loved it. They liked making the faces back at the scarecrow, and it really draws them in with the way it’s written.

Then, it was time for my favorite flannel that I’ve ever made! It was based on Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

I love this book! I cannot stress this enough! Every time I did this flannel this week, the kids loved it, the parents loved it, the teachers loved it, and I loved it! It’s absolutely adorable! Apparently it’s popular, but I had never heard of it before this semester, and no one at any of my six story times this week had heard it before either. My system didn’t have the book, so I had to get it through ILL, but it was worth the wait! I also added a verse in there so I could draw out the silliness and add a few more odd leaves. Here’s my verse:

“Oh, what can I do? I can’t get it right! My odd leaves have become quite a sore sight!”

And here is my flannel.
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Then, we stood up and acted out this “Pumpkin, Pumpkin Rhyme.” Again, this was from the KCLS website.

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round? (stretch arms and then make a circle)
Once you were a seed so small, (pretend to hold a seed)
Now you are a great big ball! (make big circle with hands)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round? (stretch arms and make a great big circle)

Then, we discussed how the leaves make a mess, so we have to rake them into a big pile and sang, “This Is the Way We Rake the Leaves.” I found this song on Positive Providers Online’s website.

This is the way we rake the leaves, rake the leaves, rake the leaves.
This is the way we rake the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

This is the way we jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves.
This is the way we jump in the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

Then, we read our next book–When Autumn Falls by Kelly Nidey

This was a pretty cute book that was better for the younger groups. It basically just explains all the things that fall in the autumn and why it’s called “fall.”

Then, we acted out “The Floppy Scarecrow.” I found this little rhyme on St. Aiden’s Homeschool website.

The floppy, floppy scarecrow
Guards his fields all day.
He waves his floppy, floppy hands
To scare the crows away!

(Repeat with arms, head, legs, feet, etc.)

Then, it was time for our last book–Fall Is For Friends by Suzy Spafford

This was a very cute book that I really enjoyed. The kids liked making predictions about whether or not the girls’ plans would work to make the leaves fall off the trees. I’d recommend it.

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and it was time to go.

Our craft this week was a tree. We just glued yellow, orange, and red tissue paper to a cardstock tree shape and then attached it to a recycled toilet paper roll. It was easy and free!
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NOTE: I did this storytime again at my second branch and used Fall Mixed Up by Robert Raczka, Pick a Circle, Gather Squares by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, and We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger with great success. Fall Mixed Up was especially successful, and I would highly recommend it for an autumn story time.

We also made a paper bag scarecrow at this story time. Instructions can be found here.

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