Already Winter’s cold grasp begins to loosen. Now we’re all thinking of coming warmth, seasons’ steady change. But the preschoolers’ connections with Mother Earth get a little confused. Where did the snow go? Why am I not all bundled up? Crocus and narcissus are popping up…where did they come from?
To respond to these questions, we storytellers shift focus, and dig in for a bit of preparation. This is why storytellers and children’s librarians are always trying to keep abreast of new material: Stories, books, fingerplays, songs. You have to be READY! Some of us refer to this as “having our bags of tricks.”
So, start here: Look out the window! What is the weather doing today? Plan your programs around the immediate moment, those very moments where a child can take hold and begin to build cognitive context.
If you learn some basic sign language, you’ll always be ready to go with any little poem. Your signs turn it into a fingerplay!
Rain on the green grass,
Rain on the trees.
Rain on the house-tops,
But not on me!