In every preschool music class that I teach, I include a short story time during the class.
Literacy and music go hand in hand and I’ve always prioritized bringing books and stories into my classes to complement the songs and music concepts that the kids are learning about.
We’ve created a really special story time ritual. When it’s time for the story, I bring out a special story time blanket that I lay on the floor and the kids sit on the story blanket to listen to the story.
I almost always plan my preschool music lesson plans around themes, then find a relevant story to go along with my theme.
Recently, I decided to flip my lesson planning approach and began creating classes that centered around a well-known children’s story.
My own kids have so many favorite stories that we read over and over again and I wanted to highlight all of the unique themes, characters and concepts from each story.
I’ve created ten storybook-inspired lesson plans for preschool music classes and they’re available for you to use too with your own classes.
Here are the ten stories featured in the lesson plans:
- The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
- Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean
- Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed by Eileen Christlow
These lesson plans are ideal for movement-based preschool music classes and the activities can be adapted for kids ages 0-5.
When I create lesson plans to share with other teachers, my goal is always to minimize the amount of work on your part. I love super simple activities that are well-executed. For sing-along songs, I focus on using familiar tunes and piggyback songs so that you don’t have to learn tons of new music in order to teach a class.
I order the activities in an intentional way to help your class flow smoothly and to make it easy to transition from one activity to the next.
These lesson plans are easy to adapt and you can always sub out activities and songs for your own ideas or repeat songs to draw them out longer.
Click here to purchase storybook lesson plans for preschool music classes.
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