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Fall Storytime 2014

It’s fall, that’s all, y’all. This week, A stood for Autumn. Our weather stayed warm late this year, but we’re finally seeing an abundance of fall colors–time to break out the Fall Storytime Kit.

We read:

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber

I do not love the text of this book, but I love the idea of pointing out the different shapes and colors of leaves on different species of tree. It’s like My First Field Guide. The illustrations are beautiful, so usually we talk about those and I don’t read most of the text. The kids love to point out what the Australian Shepherd in the book is doing.

Concepts: Colors. Leaf shapes.

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

The best and funniest fall read-aloud! If you don’t have it, get it immediately.

Concepts: Patterns/colors. Humor. Imagination.

 
 
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

So-cute apple farmer Annie picks her harvest, makes apple products, packs up her truck, and sets up at the farmer’s market in the city. A simplified look at how food shows up in stores and markets.

Concepts: Where food comes from.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

A leaf man’s got to go where the wind blows in this simple tale of fall migration, illustrated with collaged leaves.

Concept: Art.

 

Flannelboard:

We used our fall tree for two flannel activities. First we started with 5 leaves…

Five Leaves

1 leaf, 2 leaves, 3 leaves today.
4 leaves, 5 leaves…
WHOOSH! Blow them away! (Everyone blows and the leader plucks the leaves from the tree.)

Then I said, “Oops, now our tree is bare, like a winter tree. We need a fall tree!” and handed out a few felt leaves to each child. In groups of 2-3, I called them up to dress our beautiful tree!

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This tree was cut freehand. The leaves were made on our Accucut machine.

Action Rhymes:

The Leaves on the Tree (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,
Orange and red, orange and red.
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,
All around the town.

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down,
Tumbling down, tumbling down.
The leaves of the trees come tumbling down,
All around the town.

The leaves of the trees go swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.
The leaves of the trees go swish, swish, swish,
All around the town.

We’ll rake them in a pile and jump right in,
Jump right in, jump right in.
We’ll rake them in a pile and jump right in,
All around the town.

Source: Charles County Public Library

Way Up High

Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arms up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples… (make a downward motion)
And mmm, they were good! (smile and rub stomach)

Source: Storytime Katie

Craft: Leaf Men/Chickens/Dogs/Etc.

We used paper leaves (cleaner/sturdier than the real thing) to make collage creatures like Ehlert’s. Mine is a man and a chicken, or, as the kids informed me, a man and a dog. I did my best, guys!

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How It Went: I always enjoy this kit as the books are a nice mixture of fact and fantasy, the flannel set is interactive, and it’s always well-received. This year was no exception!

If you follow this blog, you may have noticed I skipped a week. Last week O stood for Owl, and I re-used a previous Owl Storytime. Next week, N is for Noise with an animal sounds theme. We’re coming for you, phonemic awareness.

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Fall Storytime

This week, I gave our revamped Fall storytime kit a whirl.

We read:

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Another great Lois Ehlert book that every child should own, this little beauty features illustrations made entirely of fall leaves and fun-to-turn pages with die-cut edges. It’s honestly better for sharing one-on-one than for storytime, but the page with the leaf cows always gets giggles.

Interactivity level: Low

 

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

This silly little story is popular with the flannel board makers in library land, and I may just follow suit some day. For now, I just shared the book. The tree in the story has an easy time with three of the four seasons, but it has problems with fall because it can’t get its leaves to turn the right colors. It winds up with all sorts of crazy alternatives like a rainbow, polka dots, a hamburger, a soccer ball, and even an Eat at Joe’s sign in its leaves.

Interactivity factor: Low, but the illustrations are giggle-getters and will keep kids’ attention.

 

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

This new pumpkin pondering from the author of Pumpkin Heads isn’t actually in the storytime kit, but I thought I would do better to test it than tried-and-true offerings like Leaf Jumpers or Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. The verdict? Everyone loved the sillier illustrations, like the pumpkin on the freeway blocking traffic or the pumpkin on Mount Rushmore, but I’d advise skipping some pages as it really does go on a bit too long.

Interactivity factor: Low

Barn Dance! by Bill Martin, Jr.

This rhyming, countrified story about the farm animals and scarecrow having a midnight barn dance requires a little practice before reading in front of an audience.

Interactivity factor: Low

 

Action Rhymes

The Leaves on the Trees (tune: Leaves on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn yellow and brown,
Yellow and brown, yellow and brown,
The leaves on the trees turn yellow and brown,
All through the town.

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
Tumbling down, tumbling down,
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
All through the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish,
swish, swish, swish,
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish,
All through the town.

We’ll rake them in a pile and jump right in,
Jump right in, jump right in,
We’ll rake them in a pile and jump right in,
All through the town.

Source: There are many near versions of this on the Internet, but I cannot find the source for this exact version. If you know where I got it, please tell me in the comments.

Scarecrow, Scarecrow

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Turn around.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Touch the ground.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Reach up high.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Touch the sky.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Bend your knees.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Sit down, please.

Flannelboard

Five Little Leaves

Five little leaves on the tree next door
One fell off and then there were four
Four little leaves all over the tree
One fell off and then there were three
Three little leaves where the wind blew
One fell off and then there were two
Two little leaves sitting in the sun
One fell off and then there was one
One little leaf in the tree all alone
The wind blew and blew now there are none!

Source: Storytime Katie

Craft

I printed out coloring sheets of bare trees and let the kids glue shredded tissue paper in fall leaf colors to their trees and color the background.

How It Went

Although the books in this kit are not the most interactive, both sessions went well. Fall is a fun, classic theme and I’m sure this kit will get plenty of use.