Storytime: Letter Y

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

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

BOOKS TO DISPLAY

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Yum, Yum, Yummy! by Martin Waddell
Yard Sale
by James Stevenson
Yawn
by Sally Symes
My Little Yellow Taxi by Stephen T. Johnson
Yuck!
by Mick Manning
Yuck! That’s Not a Monster! by Angela McAllister
Yes Day!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Yolanda’s Yellow School
by Kelly Asbury
Brown Cow, Green Grass, Yellow Mellow Sun
by Ellen Jackson
Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge
Yo! Yes?
by Christopher Raschka
Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett
Red & Yellow’s Noisy Night by Josh Selig

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. Read-a-Loud Book
  10. Action Rhyme
  11. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Letter Y Books

Yes by Jez Alborough
Go Track a Yak! by Tony Johnston
Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie by Mary Ellen Jordan
Yay, You!: Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On by Sandra Boynton

ACTIVITIES

Rhyme: 25th portion of Animal Alphabet Rhyme

Song: ABC Song

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Music & Movement Song: Duke of York (w/ Shakers & Eggs)

Flannelboard: Make a Rainbow (modified) (via Artfelt.net)
Take an apple;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest RED you ever did see!
Take an orange;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest ORANGE you ever did see!
Take a banana;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest YELLOW you ever did see!
Take some grapes;
Put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest GREEN you ever did see!
Take some berries;
Put them in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest BLUE you ever did see!
Take a plum;
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!
Take it out now; what will it be?
The prettiest PURPLE you ever did see!
Red and orange and yellow and green
Blue and purple colors are seen!
Put them together; what will they be?
The prettiest RAINBOW you ever did see.

Action Rhyme: You Clap and You Stop! (via Kings County Library System)
You clap and you clap and you clap and you stop!
You clap and you clap and you clap and you stop!
You clap and you clap and you clap and you stop!
You clap and you clap and you clap and you stop!
You wiggle and you wiggle and you wiggle and you stop!
You wiggle and you wiggle and you wiggle and you stop!
You wiggle and you wiggle and you wiggle and you stop!
You wiggle and you wiggle and you wiggle and you stop!
You bounce and you bounce and you bounce and you stop!
You bounce and you bounce and you bounce and you stop!
You bounce and you bounce and you bounce and you stop!
You bounce and you bounce and you bounce and you stop!

CRAFT: Letter “Yy” Yak!

Letter Y Yak

This week’s letter Y-shaped storytime craft was inspired by ABC and 123. I drew a quick, variation on the original, scanned my version and printed a bunch of copies. I thought yarn might be a great way to spice up an otherwise plain craft. Luckily, my mother is a avid knitter, so I was able to raid her stash of yarn. I selected bright skeins and cut up inch sized pieces of magenta, purple, orange, lime green, turquoise, yellow and gray. My version is shown sans yarn, but I provided my preschoolers with colored pencils, crayons and yarn.

REVIEW:

Unfortunately, a copy of the The Big Yawn by Keith Faulkner did not arrive in time for storytime. So I used Lazy Daisy and Cranky Frankie instead. Before I began reading the story, I drove the munchkins bonkers while I pointed to various letters as I repeatedly asked them, “Is this a Y? Where is the letter Y?” The story went over well, as did Yes and Yay, You!  Some of my preschoolers seem a bit more interested in read-a-loud stories when I introduce the characters as friends my mine, which I did in this instance. Knowing that Bobo, Cranky Frankie and Lazy Daisy are friends of mine seemed to help settle down some of the more unruly children, although, the first set of preschoolers were still a bit more distracted than I like. I loved Go Track a Yak! as did my preschoolers because it gave them an opportunity to get involved by echoing repetitious phrases. The best part of this week’s storytime was the flannelboard activity, Make a Rainbow. The preschoolers were transfixed by the process of making rainbow soup. I was delighted by their “ooh’s and ahhhs.” Watch the Arfelt video here, and then give it a try. I wasn’t able to afford the Artfelt kit, so I made do using my own version which consisted of felt pieces, a wooden spoon and a large boiling pot. Try purchasing a “witch’s brewing pot” at your local store…this close to Halloween.

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