Storytimes

Storytime for the New Year

The New Year is a great time to do a storytime about fireworks, the months of the year, and new beginnings. The following are some of my favorites for this storytime theme. Books Jump Into January by Stella Blackstone All Year Round by Susan B. Katz The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin Activities "Cheer,… Continue reading Storytime for the New Year

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Spring STEAMing : Wind Chimes and Binoculars

This is another one of my early preschool STEAM programs that I unfortunately didn't document well. We did Springtime STEAM and started with one of my absolute favorite spring storytime books. Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca Hirsch Station 1: Windchimes This activity encourages children to play with sounds by making their own windchimes. Supplies… Continue reading Spring STEAMing : Wind Chimes and Binoculars

K-5 Literacy

Creepy / Spooky 3rd Grade Literacy Activities

3rd graders are an interesting crowd. They still love a silly story, but they are just starting to get to the age where they are "too cool" for picture books and silly songs. Here is a lesson I did during October for two 3rd grade classes. Books Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds Okay,… Continue reading Creepy / Spooky 3rd Grade Literacy Activities

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Alternatives to Holiday Storytimes

There are many reasons I do not like holiday storytimes. They aren't inclusive. They just aren't. Storytime Underground has a great post here about why.  They are restrictive. For me, personally, it is really hard to be creative when I am only allowed to do "Halloween" or "Christmas," or, "Valentine's Day." I like a broader… Continue reading Alternatives to Holiday Storytimes

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Winter Storytime

Similar to Cold Weather Animals Storytime, this is one I like to do in December instead of doing holidays. It is a great alternative to the Christmas-themed activities that will inevitable proliferate in my community come December. See this post on Alternatives to Holiday Storytimes for more ideas. Books Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak Ten on the… Continue reading Winter Storytime

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Cold Weather Animals Storytime

When winter gets closer, it's impossible not to do a storytime about polar bears, penguins, and hibernators! See my Winter Storytime and Alternatives to Holiday Storytimes for more ideas! Books for the tots If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor No Two Alike by Keith Baker Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson for… Continue reading Cold Weather Animals Storytime

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Fall & Gratitude Storytime

Hey, remember when I said we can celebrate the seasons in an inclusive way? Here's an alternative to a "Thanksgiving"-themed storytime. Gratitude is an important lesson for anytime of the year, but if you are just quivering with anticipation about Thanksgiving, save this one for November! Books Thankful for Me! By Marion Dane Bauer Because of… Continue reading Fall & Gratitude Storytime