Make story time interesting. PowerPoint audio books read to the students. This story is from First Phonics, a phonics curriculum for preschoolers. There are 31 stories about the alliterative characters from the program. Included with each story is the character’s song. Most of the stories subtly teach a character-building trait. This one teaches a lesson about encouraging others to be brave and try new things:
Harry Hippo is very frightened of going to the barbershop. He is afraid he might sneeze or if it tickles he may jerk away or laugh. Then the barber would cut off his ear or poke him in the eye. The other animals try to tell him nothing like that would happen, but Harry is still afraid when he enters the barbershop. Casper had told Mr. Baxter about Harry’s fears, so he knew just what to do. He had Harry holding his nose to keep from sneezing. When Harry began to relax and was now ready for his haircut, Mr. Baxter handed him and lollipop and told him he was finished. Harry could not believe how easy his haircut had been.