Sunday, July 14, 2013

Train Storytime at the Library

I have bee invited to do storytime twice a month! I am very excited! It has been so long since I had a job, or did storytime without my own kids present. It is nice to have adult time even if kids are still present!

The other day was a train theme. Here is the outline that I used.

Reminders - 
Wiggling kids can step a way
magic line

Hello -  “Clap and Sing Hello!” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
     We clap and sing hello,
     We clap and sing hello,
     With our friends at storytime,
     We clap and sing hello!
     (Wave and sing hello; stomp and sing hello.)

Train activities in area and home
     Railway Museum in Ewa
     Train at Dole
     Monorail at mall and sometimes have a train
     Cardboard boxes to paint and color 
     Tissue boxes and TP rolls

Book - Engine, Engine, Number Nine by Stephanie Calmenson


The wheels of the train go round and round, (Elbows bent at sides, make circle motions)
Round and round / round and round /
The wheels of the train go round and round
Clickety, clickety clack.

The engineer toots his horn … Toot, toot, toot. (Mime pulling cord)
The crossing gates come right on down… (Arms up, elbows bent…)
Clang, clang, clang.             (Hands move down toward each other
The people on the train get bumped around. . . (Body moves up and down)
Bump, bump, bump.

Book - Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun

Action Rhyme -  CHOO CHOO
Choo, choo, choo, choo,
Choo, choo, choo, choo,
Up the railroad track.
Choo, choo, choo, choo
Choo, choo, choo, choo
Then we come right back.

First we go to _______’s house
And then we go to ______’s house
Then we go to _______’s house
And then we come right back.
(repeat 1st verse)

Flannel - The Little Engine That Could

Book - Freight Train by Donald Crews

Goodbye Song - Goodbye, so long, farewell my friend

Craft - Train on TP rolls


The Little Engine that Could Flannel

Here is a clown. He wants to travel and visit boys and girls. So he looked for a train.

He came upon some bright colored train cars and loaded them with delicious food and toys.

Now he needed an engine. So he waved his little red flag at a big black coal train. But the coal train had worked all day and couldn't pull the cars.

Next the clown waved down a very old engine. But he was too tired to pull the cars.

The next train was a shiny engine, but he only carried passenger cars, not clown cars. 

The clown waved down a pale green car but he was too sick to help.

Finally, the clown waved down a small happy train. This happy train would help!

So the cars were hitched to the train and off they went.

But they came to a very big hill. The little train's load got so heavy. He didn't know if he would make it!

But he said to himself...I think I can, I think I can.

He made it over the hill and said "I thought I could!"

They made it to town and had a great party for the kids! 

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