Fishy storytime

This week’s storytime was all about fish. There are so many great fish books out there, it is hard to pick just a few for storytime.

We started with Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway.

This is a fun story about a shark who scares away all of his potential friends with his huge smile. Luckily, they learn the value of having a friend like him and they end up being friends. This is a fun book to read in storytime because the kids always think the shark is going to be mean, even though the title clearly states that he is smiley. It always leads to a fun discussion.

Next we read Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham.

This is about a little fish named Stanley who loses his friends. That seems to be a theme with fish books. Anyway, he is shiny and bright and that helps him find them. This is an exciting book to read just because of the foiled scales on Stanley, the kids really like that. It’s in the same vein as the Rainbow Fish books by Marcus Pfister.

We only read two books today because we played some games and also did a fun flannel board. I gave each child a different color piece of felt and they added it to the fish on the board. I have done this before and everytime it’s a huge success. I call out the colors by name so they have to identify what color they are holding and then get to come up.

Our craft was a similar idea. They had to put scales on fish. This craft is very much like the craft I did for a previous fish storytime except this time I used a paper plate and they tore the scales from paper. I don’t know which one was more popular. They both worked great!

The picture isn’t the greatest of the actual craft, but this is the best one I was able to get. You can see the paper plate fish on the left. My favorite part of the picture is actually hard to see. One of my favorite storytime kids (who am I kidding, they are all my favorite!) made an all yellow fish, you can see it on the right. He told me it was his own Stanley to take home. The same child came up to me prior to storytime and said “I AM SO EXCITED FOR STORYTIME MISS SARAH!!!!” It melted my heart. And that, my friends, is the perfect example of why I have the absolute best job in the whole world.

Octopus storytime!

To continue with our Make Waves theme for Summer Reading, we had an awesome octopus storytime today.

We began by reading Herman The Helper by Robert Kraus, pictures by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.

This was a great book to start with. I am a HUGE fan of the Kraus/Aruego books and this one did not disappoint. It’s all about Herman who helps out everyone he knows. He is a small green octopus who does not take up a lot of space on the page so we had a lot of fun finding him on every page.

Next we read An Octopus Followed Me Home by Dan Yaccarino.

Dan Yarrcarino is another of my favorite authors to read in storytime. This is a great story about a girl who brings home an octopus who is reminded by her father of all of the other animals who have also followed her home. This book has fun illustrations and is quite silly.

Finally, I closed with I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry.

Ok, so I know that this is a book about a squid and not an octopus this is something we discussed prior me reading the story, but I couldn’t resist using it. This is also one of my favorite books (looks like this was a week of faves!) and I love reading it to the kids. I have used it many times before and its previously been mentioned on this blog.

For our craft this week we made octopuses. I wasn’t too pleased with the one I made, I thought it looked like a jelly fish. However, the ones the kids made were really great!

Check out this guy’s mouth! Very scary!

I especially like this octopus’ eyes. Very awesome!

Pets!

I was a bit anxious about this week’s theme but we ended up having a fantastic time at storytime!!

We started with What Pet To Get? by Emma Dodd.What Pet To Get?

I think this is just one of those books that begs to be read aloud in storytime. A little boy and his mother discuss what pet they should get and come up with some pretty crazy ideas such as an elephant, a shark and a tyrannosaurus rex! The kids really loved this book and it was a great way to start out.

Next we read A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohman.A Kitten TaleI absolutely adore this book. I used it in my Nursery Rhyme Time program and could not wait to use this week. Four kittens are waiting for it to snow and three are nervous but one can’t wait. It has been snowy here for a long time so it was fun to ask the children how they felt about snow. Most of them felt the same way I feel, they are ready for this snow to be gone!

We followed up A Kitten Tale with Ginger Finds A Home by Charlotte Voake.

Ginger Finds A Home

This is another great book about a kitten (can you tell what kind of pet I have?) who is homeless but a kind little girl feeds him and gives him a new home and a special name, Ginger. I was surprised about how well this book in storytime. The pictures are a bit space however, the text is large and I think the children enjoyed looking at the words .

Finally, we finished with Hooray For Fish by Lucy Cousins.

Hooray For Fish

This book is one of my all time favorites for storytime. Both toddlers and preschoolers really enjoys Cousins’ bright and colorful illustrations. There is a double page spread of many fish and the children always love to count all of the fish. This book was a great lead into the craft we did this week which was a fish bowl.

fishbowl

I have to say this was, by far, the most successful craft I have ever done. The initial workload was sort of time consuming, I cut out each of the fish individually. But it was worth it because the kids had a blast gluing them onto their fishbowls. In fact, barely anyone touched the crayons, they all just glued and glued and glued. When it doubt, plenty of quality time with a glue stick is all that’s needed for a super fun craft time.

Under the Sea!

For storytime this week we took a trip under the sea! We explored three fantastic books all about sea creatures.

We started with A Home for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle.

This is the fun story of a hermit crab who has grown out of his home and is looking for a new home. When he finds his new home he needs to make it feel more homey. Overall, it seemed that the kids enjoyed it however it didn’t have as great a reception as some of Carle’s other books that I have shared with them in the past.

After that, we explored Swimmy by Leo Lionni.

One of my all time favorites, Swimmy is about a brave fish who overcomes fear after losing his brothers and sisters and teaches another group of fish how to swim together and scare the big fish.

We closed up with another favorite, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry.

This was, by far the most popular selection for today. The kids had a blast identifying each of the smaller things in the ocean such as shrimp and the scary shark.

We continued to work on our songs this week. It seems that most of the children have had very little exposure to many songs and stretchers. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes was a huge success and I am going to continue to introduce physical songs into our repertoire.

For the craft this week we made a modified version of this craft:

http://craftdaily.blogspot.com/2008/06/cool-crab-hat.html

Instead of using bowls, we used red plates. It also provided a great opportunity to use googly eyes, always a crowd pleaser!