Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Leaves Storytime

Early Literacy Tip: Imagination plays a critical role in problem solving and learning. You can nurture your child's imagination by playing games. Today we are going to sing a song while we throw cloth leaves in the air. At home you can reenact this game and song by waving colored scarves and pretending they are leaves swirling down from a tree.

Books

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Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson


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Autumn Orange by Christianne C. Jones


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Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes


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Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall


Activities/Visuals 

  1. Flannel Board Guessing Game Little Bird, Are You in the Green Tree?
    I  got this activity and visual from Mel's Desk. First I asked the toddlers what color the trees were and then I told them there was a blue bird hiding behind the tree and asked them if they wanted to help me find it. Each time we looked under the tree, I asked the toddlers to name the color first. They loved the game. I did it at the very beginning of storytime so I could hide the bird before anyone was in the room. It was a great way to introduce how the leaves are changing colors and the theme for storytime.
  2. Throw fabric leaves in the air while you sing Autumn Leaves are Falling Down (see words below).
    I put a basket of fabric leaves in the middle of the room and invite the toddlers to help me throw them in the air while we sing the song. We sing the song three times while we throw the leaves around the room. Then I ask them to help me pick them up. The whole time we are cleaning up I talk about what great helpers they are and how they are such good listeners. This is also a big hit for this storytime. I got the leaves at a craft store for decorating the tables at my fall wedding several years ago. I saved them (like I do everything) for storytime.

Songs

This is the way we rake the leaves...
(act out motions)
This is the way we rake the leaves
Rake the leaves, rake the leaves.
This is the way we rake the leaves
In the middle of autumn.

This is the way we jump in the leaves
Jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves.
This is the way we jump in the leaves
In the middle of autumn.

Autumn Leaves
(Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down)
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Yellow, red and brown.

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