PJ Storytime: Superheroes!

The “Every Hero Has a Story” SRP is well underway. June we focused on Community Heroes, but July is our Superhero Training Academy (more info coming soon) and that calls for a Superhero Storytime. I was more theme focused this week than usual and tried some new songs.

We Read:

Superhero by Marc Tauss– I wish this book wasn’t in black and white since I don’t think most preschoolers have the background knowledge to connect it to the early superherop tv shows it’s trying to emulate. The kids in my storytime didn’t seem to miss the colors, though, and they were engaged and following the plot of the story and making some good predictions. There’s a lot going on in the photographs to talk about and some great vocabulary.

Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco I read this one to several of my outreach classrooms, so I few kids recognized it and were very proud that they remembered. Not only does this book use awesome vocabulary, but the rare words are in bold type, making it a perfect fit for my Early Literacy Tip

Talking! 

Picture books are an excellent tool for building a child’s vocabulary. When you come across a rare word, pause to talk about what it means. The more words a child knows when they start school, the more successful they will be.

Kapow! by George O’Connor This one flopped. One very vocal child did not understand what was going on when the images switched from kids in costumes to their imaginary superheroes and he let everyone know it. It was a distraction and storytime was running long anyway so I jumped to the end and we moved on.

Flannel Story: My Many Colored Capes 

I stole this super awesome flannel rhyme and it was a huge hit! The littles always love a flannel board and this one engaged my older kids who felt like geniuses for guessing the color of the next cape based on the rhyme.

We Sang:

Some new theme-based songs (thanks Jbrary!) The kids loved them! Make sure to practice Up, Up, and Away! first, that left, right reversal is a skill I’m still mastering.

Up, Up and Away!

Put your hands way up high
(raise arms up in air)

Like superheroes flying across the sky
(assume flying position)

Fly to the left, now fly to the right
(lean to your right, then left)

Now flex your muscles with all your might,
(make arm muscles)

Now superheroes, put your suits away
(bring arms down slowly)

So you can go flying another day
(rest hands in lap)

Superhero, Superhero Turn Around
(to the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)

Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground
Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, superhero put on your boots.

Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground
Superhero, superhero jump up high
Superhero, superhero fly, fly fly!

I thought the Elevator Song worked well since so many superhero tales take place in the city. I changed the last line to “We take the elevator up, and we fly around” since we’re superheroes.

You can never go wrong with a little Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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