W is for Wild West: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Book: Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas


Book: Fandango Stew by David Davis 
[a "wild west" take on Stone Soup--includes some Spanish words--two main characters are Luis and his abuelo]

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Action Song: "I'm a Little Cowhand" [tune of "Teapot"--show images of and discuss function of spurs and chaps beforehand]

I'm a little cowhand,
here's my hat [touch head]
Here are my spurs [touch heels]
and here are my chaps [touch thighs]
As soon as I get up [stretch arms as if just rising from bed]
I work all day,
get on my horse [mime getting on horse]
and ride away.

Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red

Book: Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash


BOOK: She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmett

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Action Rhyme: "Ten Little Horses" [first slowly, then a little more quickly, then wordless]

Ten little horses galloped into town
Five were black and five were brown
They galloped up; they galloped down,
and then they galloped out of town.

Action Song with Scarves: "Did you Ever See a Lasso?" [show image of lasso first]
[first verse, swish scarf from side to side--second, swish scarf up and down]

Did you ever see a lasso swing this way and that way?
Did you ever see a lasso swing this way and that?
Sit tall in your saddle
while roping the cattle.
Did you ever see a lasso swing this way and that?

Second verse: "Did you ever see a lasso swing this high and that low?
Did you ever see a lasso swing this high and low?"

Song with Scarves: "Freeze Dance" by Hap Palmer

Book if time: She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain 
by Jonathan Emmett and Deborah Allwright

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with W." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: wet warthog! Wicked witch! Woodpecker! (weasel, whale)