Opening: Shake My Sillies Out - Raffi
Book: Kite Day - Will Hillendbrand
(This is a nice simple book, with a sweet ending. A parent even commented on what a nice book it was to her child when it was finished.)
Flannel Board: My Friend Rabbit - from the book by Eric Rohmann
(My first group of kids wasn't as attentive, but the second group was pretty engaged.)
Mouse has a new plane, but Rabbit gets it stuck in a tree! He has an idea to get it back though.
Book: Birds - Kevin Henkes
(I quite like this book! It isn't a narrative, but more a series of observations. Great illustrations.)
Song/Activity: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
(We did this with red, green and yellow apples. Then with 2 little, and 3 little apples. The kids love shaking the apples down!)
Way up high in the apple tree
(hold apple cutout over head)
a little red apple smiled at me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could,
(shake arm and drop apple)
down came the apple!
Mmmm was it good!
Book: Butterfly, Butterfly - Petr Horacek
(This is a fantastic book, bright pictures and a lovely pop-up ending that always entrances the kids.)
(I had pipe cleaner fireworks to put up, the kids loved making the Boom! and identifying the colors.)
We sit and look at the dark night sky
waiting for the fireworks to start to fly.
Then with a Boom (clap hands) and a flash of light
a big RED firework sparkles in the night!
(continue with other colors)
Book: Kens Cloud - Isabel M. Arques
(I was a little surprised at how well this was received! Even at the end of the storytime the kids were very into it during both my sessions.)
(I wanted to bounce balloons on our parachute, but didn't manage to get any. So bubbles worked as a default!)