Family Storytime: Letters

For this storytime we focused on our letters! All things alphabet.

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – Hokey Pokey
    • Once we were warmed up we did a little hokey pokey to shake things up.

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – A, B, C, D
    • I like to teach my my kids a few American Sign Language signs at the start of every storytime. This helps foster communication and with a large deaf community in our town it’s a great tool to have.
  • Sing Together – Alphabet Song
    • We’re focusing on letters so of course we had to sing the alphabet. We all sang and I signed the alphabet as we went.
  • Story – LMNO Peas by Keith Baker 51lztdfm2bsl-_sx456_bo1204203200_
    • This is a cute story about peas with different jobs that go with the alphabet.
  • Movement Rhyme – Alphabet Beat
    • This one worked out really well. I adapted it from Storytime Kate. Instead of going through the whole rhyme we used the motions to practice our letters and word associations. So we’d clap our hands and say: Apple, Apple, Apple and then we would stomp our feet and go: a, a, a.

First clap your hands.
Then stomp your feet.
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,

Wave your arms high.
Swing your arms low.
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b

Move to the left.
Move to the right.
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c

Shout it out loud
Whisper down low.
Dog, Dog, Dog – d – d – d
Dog, Dog, Dog – d – d – d

  • Rhyme – BINGO
    • A class rhyme. We clapped out one letter after each verse until we were just clapping.
  • Story w/ Magnets – Alpha-Gatorbd09a7bc0e71282d4203ce722328d8d1_alligator-cartoon-clipart-1-clipart-alligator-cartoon_278-300
    • I got this one from Library Village. It’s really cute. I printed out a cartoon alligator and told the story using magnetic letters.
  • Song -Shake my Sillies Out
    • By this time we were ready to get our wiggles out so I played this classic and we shook out all the sillies.
  • Movement – Alphabet Flashcards
    • I can’t for the life of me find where I got these from but they are alphabet flashcards with different movements on them that go with the letters. F for fan your self. J for jump. I let the kids pick which cards we did.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Can’t Stop the Feeling! Trolls Soundtrack 81acafb99pl-_sx425_
    • I passed out shakers and we danced our fanny’s off to this song. Not a normal storytime song BUT we loved it and so did the adults.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This was a hugeeee storytime. At least a 120 people. That being said, it went really, really well. Lots of participation and it turned out to be a really good theme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Author: MarandaLee

Children's Librarian. Connoisseur of all things bookish.

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