Storytime: Letter J


EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL: Letter Knowledge, Vocabulary & Narrative Skill


Jump In! by Ian Whybrow
Sheep in a Jeep
by Nancy Shaw
Just Like Jasper by Nick Butterworth     
Walking Through the Jungle 
by Julie Lacome  
Peanut Butter and Jelly
by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Sally Gets a Job
by Stephen Huneck
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
by Eileen Christelow
Jump Rope Magic
by Afi Scruggs
Jellyfish by Carol K. Lindeen
Joey and Jet
by James Yang
The Bat Jamboree 
by Kathi Appelt


  1. Intro
  2. Rhyme
  3. Song
  4. Read-a-Loud Book
  5. Flannelboard
  6. Read-a-Loud Book
  7. Finger Puppet Rhyme
  8. Read-a-Loud Book
  9. Craft


Letter J Books

Jump! By Scott M. Fischer
Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book 
by Brian P. Cleary
Rumble in the Jungle
by Giles Andreae


Rhyme: 10th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC

Flannelboard: Five Little Jellyfish (via Narrating Tales of Preschool) 

5 little jellyfish swimming by the shore, the 1st one got lost and that left 4.
4 little jellyfish swimming in the sea, the 2nd one swam far, far away and that left 3.
3 little jellyfish in the ocean so blue, the 3rd one took a seahorse ride and that left 2.
2 little jellyfish swimming in the sun, the 4th one took a dive and that left 1.
1 little jellyfish swimming all alone, it was time for him to go home and that left none!

Finger Puppet Rhyme: 2 Little Jackrabbits (modified version of Two Little Blackbirds)
Two little Jackrabbits sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, one named Jill.
“Jump,” said Jack. “Jump,” said Jill.
And they both jumped down the great big hill.
Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill.
And they both jumped up the great big hill.

Movement Activity: Two Little Feet (via Miami-Dade Public Library)

Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
A quiet little leap up off my chair.
Two little hands reach high in the air.

Two little feet go jump, jump, jump.
Two little fists go thump, thump, thump.
One little body goes round, round, round.
One little child sits quietly down.

 CRAFT: Letter “Jj” Jellyfish!

Letter J Jellyfish Craft

The process for creating this week’s craft was pretty straightforward. I simply drew  a template and scanned it into my computer. Then, I printed multiple copies and cut out everything before storytime. Colored construction paper, in addition to crayons and markers were provided. Pieces of curly ribbon bow or yarn could be added using a hole punch and tape, and would go a long way toward spicing up the craft. Unfortunately, given time constraints and the skewed ration of adults to children, I wasn’t able to spice up the craft.


Both storytime sessions at GBL2 went really well. The preschoolers enjoyed the extension activities, and Jump! was a great read-a-loud choice. The craft went well. Again, its a bit more plain that I like, so I would suggest spicing it up as discussed above.


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