I've been putting off admitting to this publicly, but a few people have asked how I plan my storytimes, so here is how I do it. I'm sure there are much more organized ways of doing this, but this is how it works for me. I want to stress that I am
probably insane and you should bear that in mind while reading this post.
|Brainstormed list of Not Themes|
|Pink Notecards of Final |
|My favorite storytime planning books|
Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love and
Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom
Eventually, I come up with about 5-6 things on each card. Usually it is 2-3 books, a short flannelboard or 2, a craft, and maybe a song. When I combine that with the rhymes and activities I always use as my storytime opening, I have a completed storytime plan! If things roll along, I can have an entire session of storytimes planned in about 2 hours of work.
So that's how I plan my storytimes. I'd love to hear about your process! And I hope I didn't insult anyone with my anti-theme planning process. Basically I do use some themes--just general ones. I've also just read books that I liked for storytime and not worried about whether there was any connection, but it does help me feel more organized to have a connection between the stories.