This session, our Preschool/Toddler storytime themes for each week are drawn from our new picture book neighborhoods. We’ve actually had 4 of our neighborhoods for a while, but we are adding 4 more and wanted to highlight them somehow. My first storytime of the session was the week before Halloween, so I chose to use the Monsters neighborhood in my plan. Makes sense, right?

Because I am sharing this session with 2 other presenters, we planned the songs and fingerplays we would be using together. So here’s the plan:

Opening Song – The More We Get Together

Song – Alphabet Song

Letter of the Day – B is for Boo!

Song – BINGO

I’m focusing on alphabetic knowledge this session if you couldn’t tell! The early literacy tip I had for parents this storytime was: Alphabetic Knowledge is one of the best indicators of success when children are learning to read. We can help to make sure they know the names and sounds that letters make by pointing out letters in signs we see throughout the day, naming them, and making their sounds.

Book #1 – Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane – this is a fun Halloween/Monster twist on the counting rhyme Over in the Meadow – I planned to have the children make the sounds that each beastie or critter makes, but I wound up not using this book because the group I had was all 2’s, not very verbal, and I didn’t think they would have the attention span for this one. But I really love this book and will probably give it a try in the future.

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Flannelboard – 5 Little Pumpkins (again I forgot to take photos of this flannelboard, but it was pretty cute!)

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
The fifth one said, “It’s just Halloween fun!”
Then Ooooooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Book #2 – If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley – We sang this one and it was awesome!

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Song – Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes – this and the next rhyme were big hits!

Action rhyme –  Monster, Monster Turn Around

Monster, Monster, Turn Around! (turn around)
Monster, Monster, Touch the ground! (touch ground)
Monster, Monster, Reach up high! (stretch up high)
Monster, Monster, Squint your eyes!  (squint eyes)
Monster, Monster, Show your teeth!  (bare teeth and make claws)
Monster, Monster, Stomp your feet!  (stomp)
Monster, Monster, Slap your knees!  (slap knees)
Monster, Monster, Jump up, please!  (sit down)

Monster, Monster, Turn Around! (turn around)
Monster, Monster, Touch the ground! (touch ground)
Monster, Monster, Reach up high! (stretch up high)
Monster, Monster, Squint your eyes!  (squint eyes)
Monster, Monster, Show your teeth!  (bare teeth and make claws)
Monster, Monster, Stomp your feet!  (stomp)
Monster, Monster, Slap your knees!  (slap knees)
Monster, Monster, Sit down, please!  (sit down)

Book #3 – Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage – This rhyming counting book offers lots of opportunities for interaction. I had the children count the pumpkins with me on each page, repeat the exclamations after me, and tell (or point to) where the last pumpkin had disappeared to (a mummy carries one off all wrapped up and lightening strikes another one).

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Song – Form The Orange – (snagged from this video)

Form the orange,
Form, form the orange.
(hold hands apart in half circles, slowly bring together)

Peel the orange,
Peel, peel the orange.
(keep thumbs together, slowly separate finger-tips)

Squeeze the orange,
Squeeze, squeeze the orange.
(give yourself a great big hug)

Form the banana,
Form, form the banana.
(slowly bring palms together over your head)

Peel the banana,
Peel, peel the banana.
(slowly separate palms)

Go bananas,
Go, go bananas!
(dance any way you please)

Book #4 – Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming – this book has great rhyming text and is a simple story about Halloween night for young children. We counted more pumpkins and kept our eyes open for the cat wandering through the various illustrations in this one.

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