Monday, April 7, 2014

Houses & Homes Storytime

For the first week of spring storytime I did Homes & Houses as my theme. I wasn't sure how it would go over with the younger kids, but it went surprisingly well! I only read two books this week and used more extension activities, which worked out great.  The books I shared this week were:
 
 
For my storytube I used a variation of "5 Little Houses" that was really cute:
 
Story Tube:Five Little Houses” http://www.addisonlibrary.org/assets/1/childrens_pdf/Construction.pdf
One little house, all alone it stood.
Then another one was built, there grows the neighborhood.
Two little houses, all alone they stood.
Then another one was built, there grows the neighborhood.
Three little houses, all alone they stood.
Then another one was built, there grows the neighborhood.
Four little houses, all alone they stood.
Then another one was built, there grows the neighborhood.
Five little houses, all together they stood.
On a beautiful street in a happy neighborhood!
 

 
For my flannel board this week I did my version of "In Which House is Mouse?" It always goes over very well, and I use felt animals from other flannel boards I've made in the past.  I typically go around and pick a child to tell me which color house we should look in first, and then we all say, "Knock, knock, knock! Mouse, are you in the purple house?" This week, as luck would have it, in all three of my storytimes Mouse wasn't found until the last house!  But if he happens to be found earlier we just proceed looking for other friends instead :-)

 
Other extension activities I used this week included:
Fingerplay: “Houses” http://www.perrypubliclibrary.org/webfm_send/127
Here is a nest for robin (cup both hands) Here is a hive for bee (fists together)
Here is a hole for bunny (make a circle) And here is a house for ME! (make a roof)
Fingerplay:  “Here is a House” http://www.perrypubliclibrary.org/webfm_send/127
Here is a house built up high (hands over head to make a roof)
With two big chimneys reaching for the sky (raise arms up high)
Here is a window (draw a square) Here is a door (pretend to open a door)
If we look inside (peek through fingers) There’s a mouse on the floor! (scamper fingers away)
Movement Song: In and Out the Doors (sung to "Go In and Out the Window")
Credit: http://www.susanmdailey.com/houses.htm
Step in and out the front door. (take a step forward, then back) Step in and out the front door.
Step in and out the front door.
Then make a doorbell sound. (say "ding dong")
Jump in and out the back door. (jump forward, then back) Jump in and out the back door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Bend down and touch the ground. (touch ground with hand)
Slide in and out the side door. (slide to one side, then other) Slide in and out the side door.
Slide in and out the side door.
And then turn all around. (turn around)
Step in and out the front door. Jump in and out the back door. Slide in and out the side door.
Then sit yourself right down.
(sit down)
 
Our craft this week was simple but very fun, a paper bag house.  We used magazine paper to stuff our houses, then colored accents and glued on the roof, chimney, windows and door.

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