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
I 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
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-Gator
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
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!