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I had a lot of fun yesterday and today presenting my book Jobs of a Preschooler at a library during their preschool storytime. I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did. Today we were able to do a little bit more than yesterday. Here is what we were able to do today once the program began:
- We discussed different jobs that people may have – writer, cleaner, librarian, and more. The kids also shared some jobs that they have at home such as helping with laundry and cleaning up their messes.
- We talked about words that rhyme since Jobs of a Preschooler has rhyming words. I had glued some pictures with words on to notecards (cat, bat, hat, mat, rat, car, guitar, star, etc.), which I held up for the kids to tell me which words rhymed.
- I read Jobs of a Preschooler as the kids sat on the floor listening. I told them to try to listen for some more rhyming words as I read. I also asked questions as I read the book such as: Do your parents have a lot of things they have to do throughout their day? What is a meteorologist? Do any of you know how to sing your ABC’s? Who likes to build towers really high? Do you ever help to make a snack or a meal? Do any of you have pets at home? What is the girl doing on the last page? Are you tired at the end of your day doing all of your fun activities?
- I showed the kids a bag with some seeds to demonstrate what the girl was doing when she was a “scientist”. Some of the kids told me that they have planted seeds to grow vegetables and flowers.
- The kids gathered at a few tables, and we decorated “microphones” with various stickers and crayons. I created the microphones ahead of time using toilet paper rolls, paper, tape, aluminum foil, and hot glue. (I taped the paper around the toilet paper tubes. I rolled aluminum foil into balls and hot glued them to the top of the toilet paper tubes.) Here is a picture of three of the unfinished microphones:
- After they were finished decorating their microphones (and we pretended to turn them all on), we sang the alphabet together just like the girl in Jobs of a Preschooler.
- In the story, the girl uses string and large beads to make jewelry. Instead of using string, we made bracelets with pipe cleaners and pony beads. A couple of kids decided to combine more than one pipe cleaner to make necklaces. Here are a couple of the bracelets with a pipe cleaner and pony beads:
- At the end, the kids were able to go home with the items they had made, coloring and activity pages to go along with Jobs of a Preschooler, and a bookmark. (Click here if you would like to print coloring pages.)
The time went by really fast. I really hope I am able to go back again to do a storytime for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.