Past Story Hours

Past Story Hours2021-06-24T11:02:13-04:00

Past Story Hours

Lee M. Drescher developed the Treasure Time concept from a deep understanding of childhood learning processes gained from more than a decade of teaching and working with young children.

Online Story Hours

Treasure Time has currently produced several online story hours.

In order to space out activities for teachers and families, online stories are in units, with 3-4 books, each read by itself and then a group of activities to accompany the theme.

Treasure Time programs adhere to STEAM PLUS, and promote reading through the arts and sciences. They are especially geared to ages three to five, and are good for learning to read, learning English and family viewing. Each program is about a picture book, which is read by the host and then interpreted with participatory activities, songs and games.

Online Story Hour with Lee Drescher

Be a tall tree and spread your branches, while singing, “Tree oh tree, oh mighty tree, standing so tall, so proud, so free. Reaching your lacey arms into the sky, watching the world go by.”

2021 Online Story Hours



First Snow, by Kim Lewis – talk about sheep & sing Mary Had A Little Lamb
White Snow, Bright Snow, by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
Snow Falls, by Kate Gardner, illustrated by Brandon James Scott
The Three Snow Bears, by Jan Brett- build an igloo out of blocks


  • Talk about snowflakes
  • Cut a snowflake out of paper
  • Sing the snowflake song and make an angel in the snow (pretend)
  • Cut paper angels



Stranger in the Woods, by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick
Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner with art by Christopher Silas Neil
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers – Talk about poetry & encourage kids to write their own poems or draw a picture.
Crocodiles Need kisses Too, by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan


  • Make a pretend snowman (creative movement)
  • Make a cottonball snowman & an indoor snowman
  • Sing and dance to Frosty the Snowman



The Gingerbread Man,  by Gail Yerril – Sing the Gingerbread Man Song, Make cookies w/Arianna
Cozy, by Jan Brett
The Song of Spring, by Hendrik Jonas
St. Patrick’s Day, by Anne Rockwell, illu by Lizzy Rockwell – Grab an instrument and march to McNamara’s Band

2020 Online Story Hours

Duck and Egg


Duck and Goose, by Tad Hill (12:20)
Swim, Duck, Swim, by Susan Lurie & photos by Murray Head (5:53)
The Runaway Egg, by Katy Hudson, w/egg song (5:10)

Activities: (14:37)

  • Count plastic eggs & identify colors
  • Sing favorite duck songs & use hand motions; walk like a duck and dance
  • Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day
  • Little White Duck

Planting a Garden


Jack’s Garden, by Henry Cole (9:11)
My Garden, by Kevin Henkes (5:42)
In a Garden, by Tim McCanna, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro (8:17)

Activities (22:01):

  • Demonstrate planting a garden
  • Sing & move to garden songs:
    Inch by Inch
    Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow, a planting song & game
    Tree, Oh Tree, Oh Mighty Tree: be a seed and grow into a big tree.

Fish Stories


The Three Little Fishies and the Big, Bad Shark, by Ken Geist, illustrated by Julia Gorton, w/Shark Song (7:04)
The Hermit Crab, by Carter Goodrich, w/ song (14:32)
The Fish Who Cried Wolf, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (10:10)

Activities (17:10):

  • Going to the beach and what to take
  • Make a fishing game
  • Sing & dance to ocean songs:
    Three Little Fishies
    Baby Beluga
    Rolling Waves

Back to School


Amber on the Mountain, by Tony Johnston, paintings by Robert Duncan (18:06)
The Noisy Classroom, by Angela Shante, illustrated by Alison Hawkins (12:06)
Llama, Llama, Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney
Jumpstart Read for the Record, October 29, 2020
Evelyn Del Ray Is Moving Away, by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, w/friend song (12:45)

Falling into Fall


The Apple Orchard Riddle, by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G Brian Karas, w/demonstration
Leaf Man, by Louis Elhert
The Fierce, Yellow Pumpkin, by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Richard Egielski


  • Talk about Fall, leaves turning colors & harvesting pumpkins & apples
  • The Falling Down Song
  • Apple & Pumpkin Picking Song
  • Halloween Surprise

Getting Ready for Winter


In the middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
In November, by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner
Time to Sleep, by Denise Fleming. Song- The Bear Went over the Mountain
Giving Thanks, by Chief Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.


  • Show woodland animal puppets and tell what each one eats and how he/she gets ready for Winter.
  • Sing & move to seasonal songs:
    Winter is A Comin’ – be the cold wind.
    A Hunting We Will Go
    Thank You World

A time to celebrate


Waiting for Winter, by Sebastian Meschenmoser
First Snow in the Woods, by Carl R, Sams II & Jean Stoick
The Christmas Owl, by Angela Muse, illustrated by Helen H. Wu
Melrose and Croc, A Christmas to Remember, by Emma Chichester Clark


  • Talk about holidays and different ways to celebrate at the turn of the year
  • Sing and move to seasonal songs:
    The Twelve Days of Christmas, sing & read
    Giving Song
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    O Hanukkah
STEAM PLUS Programs by Treasure Time promote literacy through the arts and sciences to children aged 2-8, along with lessons of life. These plays and stories expose children to text and enrich children’s lives, as they acquaint them with a myriad of topics which delve into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEAM; while PLUS is for issues which kids confront during childhood. Treasure Time programs can help children to become informed and catch up after being isolated for a year due to the pandemic or they can just help them to acquire reading skills and learn new facts.