Storytimes

Letter “J” Storytime

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This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. My letter J words included jellyfish, jungle, jingle, and jump!

Books

read during storytime

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Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins

Early Literacy Strategies

  • Cousins uses really bright colors. On some pages, ask “What color is x animal?” 
  • Ask the tots to make the sound of the some of animals in the book: snake, crocodile, and frog are good ones!
  • On the last page, ask them, “Do  you see Baby Jazzy? Where could she be?” Pause and allow them to answer before revealing Baby Jazzy.

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Jump! by Scott M. Fischer

Early Literacy Strategies

  • Ask “What’s this animal?” on a few pages.
  • Allow tots to predict what is going to happen in the story by asking “What do you think he’s going to do?” before a few “jump” pages.

available for check-out

I Don’t Want to Go to Bed by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes
Jump into January by Stella Blackstone
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin

Activities

“Three Jellyfish”

This is such an adorable rhyme and it was a big hit for my crowd. I had the toddlers and parents clap along to the syllables of “three (two, one) jellyfish” on each verse and we all had great fun saying “weeeee!” as I made the jellyfish swim among the crowd.

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“Three Jellyfish”
Three jellyfish, three jellyfish.
sitting on a rock; sitting on a rock.
One fell off:  weeee!
Two jellyfish, two jellyfish.
sitting on a rock; sitting on a rock.
One fell off:  weeee!
One jellyfish, one jellyfish.
sitting on a rock; sitting on a rock.
One fell off:  weee!
No jellyfish, no jellyfish.
sitting on a rock; sitting on a rock.
One jumped up…yay!

“Jingle, Jangle”

Have I mentioned how much I love “Frere Jacques?” Well I do. Because it’s the best song ever for toddlers and can be reinvented for just about any theme. For this activity, I passed out our bell bracelets and we jingled and jangled, call and response style. We sang the song three times, getting faster each time. This is a great way to practice making the “j-” sound.

“Jingle, Jangle”
Jingle, jingle 
Jingle, jingle 
Jangle, jangle, jangle
Jangle, jangle, jangle
Jump, jump, jump
Jump, jump, jump
Gently sit down
Gently sit down

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