Today, the wonderful Miss Sheenae and I had the opportunity to go out to one of our local daycare centers to perform a storytime outreach program! We love doing these types of outreaches and the kids always have a great time! Here’s what we did today:
- Song dice: The song dice has the name of a different song on each side. The children take turns rolling the dice and we sing the song the lands facing up.
- Felt board: The felt board is used to introduce the theme for the program. Today’s theme was, books. We spell out the theme will felt letters and have the children identify the letters and colors. We also put up a felt Winnie the Pooh to introduce the theme, Mr. Easel to encourage the children to draw the theme, and Mr. Camera so the children can take imaginary pictures of the theme (promoting fingerplay)
- Stories: Typically we read two or three stories during outreaches depending on the crowd. This group was so good that we got to read four books! We chose books that were interactive with a lot of movements and participation:
- Is Everyone Ready For Fun by Jan Thomas
- The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
- Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr.
- Dinosaur Rap by John Foster
- Songs: We always try to incorporate singing into our programs. Today we sang “Open shut them” (promoting opposites), “Goodbye Goodbye song”, and additional songs from the song dice: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, and “Old McDonald Had a Farm”.
For being a group of fifty 2-5 year olds, we were surprised at how well behaved and attentive they all were. This group definitely brought their listening ears today!