The book Bad Bye, Good Bye has been on my shelf for a little while, waiting to be a storytime. I love the illustrations, but I didn’t want to do “Moving” as a theme, so a paired it with a few other goo/bad, happy/sad books that were a lot of fun. All of these books had very sparse text, with much of the story being told by the illustrations, so it was a great storytime to model dialogic reading for the caregivers at my storytime.
Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack: The only words in this book are “Good news!” and “Band news!” As rabbit and his friend mouse try to have a picnic, Rabbit looks on the bright side of every situation, but Mouse can’t help but see the problems. The kids enjoyed narrating what was happening that was “good” and “bad” on each page and we talked about some new vocabulary, “Optimist” (like OPtimus Prime?) and “Pessimist” I love introducing new, long words at storytime and we clap, stamp and shake out each word, breaking it up by syllable.
Literacy Tip: Talking!
The book we’re reading today have very few written words, but there’s lots to talk about in the pictures. This a also a great strategy to use when your child picks out a book that has more words than they can pay attention to. Talk to you r child about what they see in the pictures and create your own story together.
Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood: I love this book, but i feel like it would be more enjoyable one-on-one. The older kids were involved in deciphering the story, but it failed to capture everyone’s attention.
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won: Everyone loved shouting “Hooray for hat!” After the previous stories, the kids were very excited to keep making predictions and observations, even without me asking questions. I think this story has a lot of potential and will be coming back in another storytime. Maybe with hats for the kids or a parade 🙂
This is Big: My go to opposite song, I actually added a verse to fit our theme of opposite feelings:
This is happy, happy, happy
(big happy face)
This is sad, sad, sad
This is good, good, good
This is bad, bad, bad
Baby Shark: Can you believe this is a new song to me? I’m not sure how I missed it, but I am so glad to add it to my repertoire. If it’s new to you too, I suggest watching the video (thanks Jbrary), words don’t do it justice.
Flannel Game: Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat
I borrowed this flannel design pretty directly from Miss Mary Liberry but I added a name game component.
After explaining the game: I will hide the kitty cat under one of the hats. Each child will have a turn to guess which hat. If the cat is found I will hide him again until everyone has had a turn.
Before each child’s turn, I asked them to tell everyone their name (I have realized that I do not know many children’s names at my storytime and I want to improve on this. I made sure to ask every child to tell us their name, even the ones I knew, so no one felt singled out)
Every one would chant: “Olivia, Olivia, where is the kitty cat?”
And that child would reply: “Kitty cat, kitty cat, are you under the <color> hat?”
I think calling each child by name really helped them control their impulse to just come up and peak behind the hats out of turn.