Monday, November 7, 2011

Toddler Storytime: Pumpkins

This is a storytime I did in October. I am behind in posting my visuals and storytimes, so I am trying to play catch-up as I continue to post on what I am currently doing in storytime.

Early Literacy Tip: The language of nursery rhymes and books is different from the language of conversation. Rhymes and books often have one or two unusual words, ones that children don't hear in regular conversation. Having a large vocabulary helps children understand what they hear and what they will later read. Remember, don't replace unfamiliar words, explain them and use them later in the day so your child will learn more new words.


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My Pumpkin by Julia Noonan

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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

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Pumpkin Harvest by Calvin Harris


Hand out the different pumpkins to the song Did You Ever See a Pumpkin? After you sing the first verse, the children with the pumpkins described bring them to the flannelboard. After singing the second verse, the rest of the kids bring their pumpkins to the board.


Did You Ever See a Pumpkin?

Ten Little Pumpkins
One little, two little, three little pumpkins.
Four little, five little, six little pumpkins.
Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins.
Ten little pumpkins here.

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife, but couldn't keep her.

He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.

(I explain that Peter didn't have a house for his wife, so he made one out of a pumpkin shell. Once his wife had a house, she was very happy.)

Mr. Pumpkin
(tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin,
Round and fat,
Round and fat.
Harvest time is coming.
Harvest time is coming.
Yum, yum, yum,
Yum, yum, yum.

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