Wiggleworms Story Time – Community Helpers
We started today off with our Opening Song and jumped right in to our first book:
BOOK: Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner
I always love the Snowmen books. This one was a tad too long for the group I had this week, but it is easy enough to skip a page or two here and there in this book and not loose anything. We all especially loved the page of the Librarian holding Story Time and the kids thought the Snow Pet Shop was hilarious (I heard some grown-ups chuckling too!)
This week the dice rolled to “Tude-At-Ti-Tude” which is a LOT of direction following, but the Wiggleworms all did great! Very silly!
BOOK: Career Day by Anne Rockwell
Anne Rockwell’s books are always so clear and straightforward. This one tells the story of kids bringing grown-ups into their preschool class to talk about careers. A great variety of careers are presented.
SONG: “What Will You Be When You Grow Up?” (To the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
What will you be when you grow up?
You grow up, You grow up?
What will you be when you grow up?
When you get older?
Jack wants to be a firefighter, firefighter, firefighter,
Jack wants to be a firefighter when he gets older.
We went around the room and everyone got to tell us what they want to be when they grow up, then we sang a verse for each kid. (This helped me learn their names too!)
Source: http://www.addisonlibrary.org/assets/1/childrens_pdf/Community_Helpers.pdf – NINE pages of Community Helper songs and resources! A great FREE resource!
BOOK & FLANNEL BOARD:
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
by Kathryn Heline and Deborah Hembrook
Beautifully illustrated with very simple text, this book shows a page of “clothesline clues” and asks the reader to guess the job that requires the clothing shown on the line. A great read in any size group or one-on-one. We combined this with our flannel story this week – a wonderful idea that I borrowed from http://storytiming.com/2013/05/17/flannel-friday-clothesline-clues-to-the-jobs-people-do/ – there is a link at this link includes the print-out for the flannel shapes, or see below for the link to the .pdf
I printed out the characters and laminated them, added magnets to the back and used them on the back side of my flannel/magnet/marker board. I displayed the cut outs on a piece of string using mini-clothespins. HUGE hit with the kids – they loved taking the clothes off the line!
This week our shuffle landed on Raffi’s Brush Your Teeth – fun and oddly calming – I may have to remember to pull this one out when Itsy Bitsy Story Time gets a little crazy!
BOOK: Whose Shoes? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Kids got to guess which careers required which shoe. Very fun variety of photos and a couple of tricky ones!
CRAFT: Career Paper Dolls
I gave each kid a glue stick, a piece of construction paper for a frame and a print out of the girl and boy paper dolls. They got to glue on copies of the same items they played with in the clothesline story above. The link to the paper cutouts/flannel pattern is here: http://storytiming.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/clothesline-clues-to-the-jobs-people-do.pdf
How it Went:
A very fun week and the kids were all SUPER well behaved. I always love to ask preschoolers what they want to be when they grown up because you get such a wild variety of answers at this age! Very fun! I liked moving the flannel story to the middle of the program since it is really engaging and a nice break in the action. I was glad though that I thought ahead to HIDE the flannel/magnet/marker board until it was time to play with it because the kids can’t keep their hands off of it!!