April means preschool visits. Today I hosted three park district preschool classes. As I left work on Saturday, I thought I knew what I was going to do. When I woke up this morning, it was raining and I thought, “nice weather if you’re a duck.” Thus was born this storytime.
attendance: 130 total
Miss Mouse was hiding behind umbrellas
Miss Mouse started quacking. I reminded her that ducks quack, mice say squeak. She quacked again and I asked why. She said it was fine weather for a duck. We talked about that…I asked what everyone thought it meant and we agreed that ducks like water. And so when it rains, people will compare it to ducks.
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Book 1: Do like a Duck does by Judy Hindley I think this may be one of my favorite books to read aloud. It’s written in rhyme and it’s easy to read dramatically.
Fingerplay: A Duck My niece taught me this. I think she learned it in Brownies.
[right arm as a wing, flapping] a duck, a duck a duck with a wing
[both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with two wings
[one leg pumping with both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with a foot
[both legs marching and both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with two feet
[add a pronounced bum] a duck a duck a duck with a tail
[add a duck beak] a duck a duck a duck with a quack quack quack
Book 2: Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore.
Song: Goldfish Song by Laurie Birkner
Flannel: The Red Umbrella by Robert Bright
Book 3: after a good rain storm, let’s look for Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry.
Book 4: If you’re Happy and you Know it by David Carter
Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
- Flannel: It looked like spilt milk
- Flannel: Round Robin by Kent