This year for my all-ages, drop-in storytime, I wanted to challenge myself to plan a little less thematically. I also wanted to revitalize some of the ways I include early literacy activities and skill builders into storytimes. But I also know that most kids respond well to themes, and my adults (mostly in-home daycare providers, love them too). My compromise? An ABC series. Some pieces will stay the same week-to-week, but instead of trying to find 3 or 4 great read-aloud books about Triceratops (for instance), I am allowing myself to focus on finding great activities for the letter of the day, regardless of their topic.
So without further ado, I bring you the Letter A.
(Note to self: Did not have time to read I Love Planes).
- Hand out letters as kids come to the storytime area and are seated nicely. Call them up to put the letters on the Chicka Chicka tree (we used colors this time); sing ABCs (Playing & Singing)
Pull letters out of the Alphabet Soup pot, practice matching them to the letter of the day (Talking)[did not do because Miss Amy forgot the special soup pot at home]
- Letter of the day writing practice with dry erase boards (Writing) [This was a big hit; the kids were so proud of the scribbles and shaky letters they drew. I discovered that the erasers were not secured to the caps in any fashion, so after storytime I pulled out the tacky glue and glued the erasers into the caps.]
- Alpha Gator folder story
- The Little Red House With No Windows and No Doors But With a Star Inside (many versions, I picked one of the shorter ones I could find as my group tends to skew more 2-3 than 4-5)
- "Can't Wait to Celebrate" by Jim Gill from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem
- "ABC Gospel" by Genevieve Goings from Choo Choo Soul [with egg shakers]
- "Reach for the Sky" by Wee Sing from Wee Sing Children's Songs and Fingerplays