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					                     Train Storytime
Welcome                                       track
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star           Little red caboose behind the train.
Welcome, welcome everyone!
Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun,         Dinosaur Train by John Steven
First we’ll clap our hands just so,           Gurney
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes,
Welcome, welcome everyone!                    Here is the Engine
Now you’re here we’ll have some fun.          Here is the engine on the track (hold up
                                              thumb)
Down By the Station                           Here is the coal car, just in back (hold up
Down by the station early in the morning      pointer finger)
See the little pufferbillies all in a row.    Here is the boxcar, to carry freight (hold
See the engine driver pull his little lever   up middle finger)
Chuff chuff, toot toot, off we go!            Here is the mail car, don't be late! (hold
Chuff chuff, toot toot, off we go!            up ring finger)
                                              Way back here at the end of the train
Story                                         (hold up little finger)
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and           Rides the caboose through the sun and
Tom Lichtenfield                              the rain.

Get A Ticket                                  The Freight Train
Get a ticket, ticket, ticket for the train.   Clickity, clackity, clickity clack!
Get a ticket, ticket, ticket for the train.   The train speeds over the railroad track.
Don't stand out in the wind and rain.         It rolls and rattles and screeches its song
Get a ticket, ticket, ticket for the train.   And pulls and jiggles its freight cars
Additional verses make the following          along.
substitutions:                                Clickity, clackity, clickity, clack!
Bus: Climb aboard, you can ride with us.      The engine in front is big and black.
Plane: Don't stand out in the wind and        The cars are filled with lots of things
rain.                                         Like milk, or oil, or mattress spings.
Boat: The water's too cold to swim or         Clickity, clackity, clickity, clack!
float.                                        The engineer waves, and I wave back.
Bike: It's way too far to walk or hike.       I count the cars as the freight train goes
                                              and the whistle blows and blows....and
                                              blows!
Little Red Caboose
Little red caboose, chug, chug, chug          This Little Train
Little red caboose, chug, chug, chug          (Sung to: “This Old Man”)
Little red caboose behind the train, train,   This little train, painted black
train, train                                  It comes chugging down the track
Smokestack on his back, back, back,           With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
back                                          Hear the whistle blow
Chugging down the track, track, track,        This little train goes chugging home.
This little car painted blue                   With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
It has seats for me and you                    Hear the whistle blow
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”                  This little train goes chugging home.
Hear the whistle blow
This little train goes chugging home.          This little car; it is grey
                                               It takes you places far away
This little car painted yellow                 With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
It shimmies and shakes like a bowl of          Hear the whistle blow
jello                                          This little train goes chugging home.
With a “Choo-choo; Toot-toot”
Hear the whistle blow                          Chugga-Chugga, Choo Choo!
This little train goes chugging home.          By Kevin Lewis

This little car, painted green
It’s the fanciest car you’ve seen,

Early Literacy Corner
Pay attention to speed and tempo. Speeding up or slowing down during a reading
can be and extremely powerful tool for ensnaring your listeners. But it’s only
effective if you use the tempo changes sparingly. Pick out areas where it makes
sense to do it, such as during a character’s emotional highs or lows, during any
kind of movement, like a car, train, or plane ride, or during a character’s slow
time, like when he’s sleeping or loafing. Changing the tempo will not only excite
your listeners, but it will also keep you from getting bored, especially if this is the
hundredth time reading the same story.
--From RYCW Raising Young Children Well: Insights and Ideas for Parents and
Teachers, edited by Sandra Radzanower Wolkoff, Neala Schwartzberg, and Jane
Meckwood-Yazdpour

Books to Share at Home
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld
And the Train Goes… by William Bee
This Train by Paul Collicutt
Inside Freight Train by Donald Crews
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! By Paul Hubbell
Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo! By Kevin Lewis
The Whistle on the Train by Margaret McNamara and Richard Egielski
Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges

				
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