A fun and interactive storytime that includes the days of the week, letter awareness, colors, numbers, singing, pretend play, and a touch of empathy.
Includes the five EECR2 practices of:
Music as people arrive: “Blue Suede Shoes” #7 on album “Blue Suede Sneakers: Elvis Song for Kids” (on lots of other albums as well.) “The Other Shoe” #11 on Joe Scrugg’s Album “Late Last Night”
Have kids write (or help write) their names on the whiteboard as they arrive. Sing “Hello to …so glad to see you.”
Look around at shoes/boots in the room, talk about who has what, similarities, types -- optional …chart numbers
Book: My Best Shoes – Marilee Robin Burton, paintings by James E. Ransome.(days of the week, ends with favorite footwear “feet”)
Write the letters B O O T S on the white board – what does it spell? (writing, letter awareness)
Action Song: “Boots” by Laurie Berkner on her album Victor Vito (also on other albums), clap out/point out the letters and act out the actions: stomping black boots, brown boots, frog boots, daning boots, rain boots.
(If not available, sing “Skip, Skip, skip in your shoes….skip in your shoes my darling
2. tie your shoes, I will too…3. buckle…4. tap… 5. slip on… 6. Skip… “
Book: New Old Shoes – Charlotte Blessing – a pair of sneakers tells how they go from a young boy in America to kids in Africa (mention “Shoes for Shoes” – Mane Stream collecting ) (This is a little long for the younger set, skip if much of the audience is less than 4-5 years old – similar message is in DVD below.)
Flannel/Song: There’s a Hole in the Bottom of my Shoe (cumulative song/memory awareness)Song/Flannel: “Hole-y Shoes” (variation on “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”)
Lyrics: There’s a hole in the bottom of my shoe (2x)
There’s a hole (2x) There’s a hole in the bottom of my shoe.
2. There’s a rock in the hole in the bottom of my shoe…
3. There’s a mouse on the rock in the hole in the bottom of my shoe…
4. There’s a gnat on the mouse on the rock in the hole in the bottom of my shoe…
5. There’s a spot on the gnat on the mouse on the rock in the hole in the bottom of my shoe…
6. There’s a speck on the spot on the gnat on the mouse on the rock in the hole in the bottom of my shoe…
7. Get them out of the bottom of my shoe…
Talk -- Guessing Game/Interactive Book: Whose Shoe? – Margaret Miller (wkrm) or could use Whose Shoes? – Stephen R. Swinburne or Shoes, Shoes, Shoes – Ann Morris
Singable Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes – Eric Litwin (colors, taking upsets in stride, sight words…kids can “read” along)
Action: Hokey Pokey -- You put your left shoe in (left/right awareness, body parts)
Book: Shoes – Elizabeth Winthorp (wkrm) or Whose Shoes? – Anna Grossnickle Hines
DVD: Those Shoes – Maribeth Boelts (Nutmeg Media) – a boy longs for a pair of the “in” sneakers but his family can’t afford them.
Action Song: pretend play “Late Last Night” #1 on album with that title by Joe Scruggs, optional “Wiggle in My Toe” #2 (optional shakey eggs)
Hand Stamping: “Blue Suede Shoes” #7 on album “Blue Suede Sneakers: Elvis Song for Kids”
Who’s Been Walking on My Floor – Symes – wkrm – save for farm
Belinda the Ballerina – Amy Young
Whose Shoe? – Eve Bunting – cute but a little long
Armadillo Rodeo – Eve Bunting – better for Kdg+
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe – Anna Grossnickle Hines – beautiful/young
Four Feet, Two Sandals – Karen Williams – Kdg+
Optional Activity for 5+ – shoelace tying – the DVD Rock N Learn Getting Ready for Kindergarten has a section on this skill.
Flannel: Centipede Buys Sneakers (photocopied, source unknown)
Pete the Cat on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuHzYssjjGc
Keep an eye out for new book: There Was a Old Woman – Jane Cabrera