Introduction to Preschool Story Time
Sometimes I get a little crazy with my concepts. Usually this happens when I choose a broad topic and realize that most of my books fit into an odd subtopic. Like Counting Ducks. Or today's theme of Concept Fish!
I was going to do fish, because I wanted to read a favorite I haven't done in awhile (Blue Sea) But after I pulled the rest of my titles, I had a story time of concept books about fish.
For those who don't know, concept books are books that cover basic, um, concepts-- like counting, colors, the alphabet, etc.
Hello and Welcome
Action Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin?
Story: Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Bright colors, rhyming text, and counting. I always make the kids count with me. I often introduce a counting story by saying "Are you guys good counters? Because this book has A LOT of counting in it. Will you do me a HUGE FAVOR and help me with the counting bits?" There are fish eye cut-outs in this book that are pretty cool, but aren't really noticeable in the story time setting. Hopefully some of the kids will check it out and discover it at home!
Action Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock
Story: Blue Sea by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews. This book's concept is relative size. Little fish, big fish, bigger fish, biggest fish. The text is simple and sparse, but the drama of "Big fish, swim little fish!" is really fun. Although it didn't happen this morning, this is the first book a group ever asked me to read again as soon as I finished it. We read it 3 times in a row that day.
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Story: The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors written by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Bruce Wood. This is computer generated art that I don't usually associate with Wood, but the big, bright and simple pictures really work with the repetitive text and introducing each color. I like that the text builds (Deep blue sea/ a red rock in the middle of a deep blue sea/ a green tree on a red rock in the middle of the deep blue sea. etc) because as the kids catch on, they can start reciting it with you.
Action Rhyme: (and funny story)
So... I was going to do Five Little Fishes:
Five little fishes swimming in the sea (make swimming motions with your hands)
The first one said, “I’m as blue as can be” (make a sad face)
The second one said, “Let’s dive down deep” (make a diving motion with hands together)
The third one said, “You don’t have to weep” (make a crying motion with hands on face)
The fourth one said, “Be happy and free” (make a happy face)
The fifth one said, “Be friends with me” (point to baby and yourself)
And friends they were and friends they will stay
As the five little fishes swam away (make swimming motions with your hands)
BUT! When I opened my mouth, 5 Green and Speckled Frogs came out. So... we went with that one.
Splash! written and illustrated by Ann Jonas I like that this is a counting book that doesn't give the answers. It works really well as a story problem math book for older grades, but I love using it for story time. So, a girl has a pond with 4 gold fish, 2 catfish, a turtle, 3 frogs, a dog, and a cat. The fish are always in the pond, frogs jump in an out, she falls in at one point. Every page says who jumps in, who jumps out, and sometimes extra information, and ends "how many are in my pond?" And we count to see! I always do the math quickly in my head, because sometimes the fish are hiding and they're easy to miss!
She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain