Storytime: Animals


“Katie Loves the Kittens” by John Himmelman
“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes
“Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” by Jan Thomas

Five Little Kittens

Five little kittens standing in a row
(hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so
(bend fingers)
They run to the left
(move hand left)
They run to the right
(move hand right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
(stretch fingers out)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun
(make fist with other hand and move it slowly)
MEOW! See those five little kittens run
(bring fist to fingers and hide fingers behind back)

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom (rub hands together in the air)
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip (pretend to climb imaginary ladder up arm)
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (count down on fingers)
Blast off! (raise hands)

Source: Jbrary

How it Went: This week I performed my first outreach at a school. I was asked to do two 20 minute storytimes for 18 preschoolers. I watched a former colleague perform an outreach storytime but I had never actually done one myself. What I learned from my co-worker is that you cannot bring all of your props and that you have to do a scaled down version of your typical program (mine usually consists of at least one flannel board, musical instruments, scarves, bean bags, and music cds). All I brought with me was a few books and a puppet. I was nervous it wouldn’t be enough but the children were very engaged the whole time and one of the teachers told me she had never heard of some of these books and really enjoyed them. “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” was by far the group favorite, the children (and teachers) all stood up and pretended that they were standing on chicken’s sofa. While I riled them up with the jumping and dancing, the ending nap is perfect to calm the children back down. I have never used this book in a program before and I definitely plan on using it again. It was a great experience for me (even though I lost my voice after it oops).

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