story time

School Story Time (Outreach 2019)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We tap and sing hello // We stretch and sing hello // We wave and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Book: Bunny’s Book Club Goes to School by Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

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Bunny and his friends have met a girl named Josie at the library. When Bunny finds out Josie is nervous about starting school and worried if she’ll have a friend, he and the other animals go to school to make sure she’s not lonely. Along the way they find all the things that make school special. Not quite as charming as Bunny’s Book Club but still adorable.

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs(to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

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Penelope Rex is nervous about starting school. She gets even more nervous when she sees her classmates are children. And children are delicious. This is the first time I was able to read this to a group and I’ll definitely be using it for my kindergarten story time next week! So funny.

Song/Flannel: We’re Going on a Dinosaur Hunt

Action Rhyme/Puppet: Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree

Book: If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

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The same kid who designed a house and a car is back to design a school. I love this series, I find the rhymes very clever. I also think it’s a great at-home activity for the kids to design their own school and see what they come up with. I’ll probably be using this for my kindergarten story time as well. 

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems

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Pigeon is back with a new book! This is a little short for my outreach group but when there’s a new pigeon book, it has to be shared. It’s the law. Just as humorous as the others and perfect for any school story time.

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Miss Elena (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena!
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena!
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eyes.
Oh, it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena,
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

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