Summer Story Time 8-9-17

By Awnali Mills

Today’s storytime was all about summer.  The books I chose were Duck’s Vacation by Gilad Soffer and The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.

We started off by talking about some of the things we do when it’s hot, and I played my ukulele to accompany us as we sang Hot Summer

http://www.preschooleducation.com/ssummer.shtml

(Let each child name his/her favorite summertime activity to sing in the song)
Sung to: “Farmer in the Dell”
C
In the summer it is hot
C
In the summer it is hot
F                       C
Oh, when it’s hot, I _______ a lot
G7                        C
In the summer when it’s hot.

Then we read Duck’s Vacation, in which Duck just wants to be left alone, but we keep turning the pages of the book and making his life miserable.  The children didn’t hesitate to insist that we keep turning pages.

I told the kids that one of the things we need to watch out for in summer is snakes, and told them about the black snake I found in the yard over the weekend.  Then I pulled out my snake puppet and my letter S, and we talked about the different words that start with S while the snake tried to eat the sweet children.

Then we sang Summer’s Here.
http://www.preschooleducation.com/ssummer.shtml
Sung to: “Frere Jacques”
G7         C       G7          C
Days are longer, sunshine’s stronger.
G7        C      G7      C
Summer’s here! Summer’s here!
G7                        C
Lets jump through the sprinkler,
G7            C
Lets make lemonade,
G7        C      G7      C
Summer’s here! Summer’s here!

Then we did the flannel Five Pretty Sandcastles from Storytime Katie.  The kids helped me whoosh the tide and chose which sandcastle was going to be washed away next.  I followed this with the book The Watermelon Seed.

We sang If You’re Going to the Pool, and for each verse I put up a flannel piece of the object we were wearing to the pool.

Sung to: If You’re Happy and You Know It
C                                       G7
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit
C
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit
F                        C
If you’re going to the pool, then a suit will keep you cool
G7                     C
If you’re going to the pool, wear a suit

Additional verses: hat, flip flops, sunglasses,

Then I gave everyone a sticky note, divided my whiteboard in half and taped up a copy of the cover of each of our books, one to each side.  I asked the children to place their sticky note under the cover of the book they had liked the best.  Then we counted the numbers—Duck’s Vacation for the win! (Which actually surprised me.)  We also counted how many there were altogether.

We finished up with the song Waves in the Ocean, and did all the movements together.
(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
The waves in the ocean go up and down,
Up and down, up and down.
The waves in the ocean go up and down, all day long!

The fish in the ocean go swim, swim, swim…
The lobsters in the ocean go snap, snap, snap…
The clams in the ocean go open and shut…
The jellyfish in the ocean go wibble, wobble, wibble
The crabs in the ocean crawl back and forth…
The dolphins in the ocean go splish, splash, splish…

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