Storytime: Letter Q

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

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

BOOKS TO DISPLAY

Queenie the Bantam by Bob Graham  
Mooshka: A Quilt Story
by Julie Paschkis
Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli         
Quiet!
by Paul Bright
Quack, Daisy, Quack!
by Jane Simmons  
Quack Like a Duck!
by Harriet Zeifert  
Quick Duck!
by Mary Murphy
The Queen, The Bear, and The Bumblebee by Dini Petty  
Quick as a Cricket
by Audrey Wood
While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat
by Amy Reichert 
Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Bridges
Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay

BASIC TIMELINE

  1. Intro
  2. Rhyme
  3. Song
  4. Flannelboard
  5. Read-a-Loud Book
  6. Music & Movement Song
  7. Read-a-Loud Book
  8. Flannelboard
  9. Fingerplay
  10. Action Rhyme
  11. Read-a-Loud Book
  12. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Letter Q Books

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
Quack and Count by Keith Baker
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

ACTIVITIES

Rhyme: 17th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Music & Movement Song: 3 Little Ducks (w/ Shakers & Eggs)

Flannelboard: Old MacDonald Had a Farm (via PreschoolExpress.com)
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
And on this farm he had a duck, E I E I O
With an quack, quack here and an quack, quack there.
Everywhere a quack quack
Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O.
(continue with other animals: cat, cow, pig, horse, etc)

Fingerplay: “Quiet Mouse” (via Mel’s Desk)
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house (hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT! popped he! (pop out thumb)

Action Rhyme: “Loud and Quiet”(via Preschool Storytime Outlines)
Quietly, quietly not a sound
I’m listening and I’m listening
As I look around
No sounds as I nod (nod)
No sounds as I clap (clap)
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap (tap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
All that noise, well fancy that!

CRAFT: Letter “Qq” Quail!

Letter Q Quail

This week’s Letter “Q” craft was based on a prototype I found on Education.com. I drew a simplified version using images obtained from National Geographic Online as a reference guide. Unfortunately, I think my finished product more closely resembles a pigeon (without feet…how did I forget feet?!?). I’m lucky my preschoolers are pretty forgiving when it comes to the craft portion of storytime. They’re usually very excited with whatever I have planned. Crayons, markers, and colored construction paper were provided.

REVIEW:

I had a really hard time coming up with this week’s storytime outline. Some alphabet letter’s do not lend themselves to alphabet-centric storytimes! I spent a long time scouring the web, various OPACs and A to Zoo to find related picture books and extension activities. My preschoolers at the child development center loved The Recess Queen. Quack and Count went over well, but I got the impression the math was a bit advanced for their age group (they’re between the ages of 3-4 years old). The extension activities were a success. The kids were delighted by my buck toothed, mouse finger puppet (part of a set my father purchased from IKEA as a gift) and demanded I perform Quiet Mouse multiple times. They had a blast using the shakers and pom-poms, did not hesitate to create a cacophony of sounds. We concluded storytime with selected readings from  The Quiet Book, which I read in a mock whisper while my preschooler’s “shushed me.”

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