Virtual Family Storytime: All Things Birds!

For this virtual family storyime we are going to do all things birds! Eggs, feathers, wings and more!

Here’s what I have planned:

  • Early Literacy Tips: today but I am going to highlight READ. 
    • Reading to our children not only instills a love of reading but helps to expand their vocabulary and build comprehension skills. Early literacy tip for caregivers- When you are out walking or driving, point out colors and words on road signs. 
  • Hello, Hello, Hello
    • In this rhyme we practice saying hello in different ways and languages.

Hello, hello, hello. 
It’s time to say hello. 
Hello, today, to all my friends. 
Hello, hello, hello. 
(English, ASL, Spanish, French, etc.) 

  • Fun Fact: Migration.
    • We’re getting closer and closer to Spring. So soon all of the birds that migrated south will be coming home. Migrating is a big word. Migrating happens when a bird or animal moves from one place, to another depending on the season. So when the weather gets cold, many birds fly sound where it is warmer. Butterflies migrate too.  
  • Music Song:  Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing on The Second Line – Scarf Activity Songs album 
  • Letters/Writing: we will practice writing the letter “B” and learn “B” in ASL; We will write “Bird” and learn “Bird” in ASL. We will follow the same pattern with “E” and “Egg.”
  • Book – Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins read with permission from Candlewick Press 
    • I have a finger puppet woodpecker that I am going to use with this book.
  • Movement Song: Sleeping Bunnies by the Kiboomers 
    • We are going to do “sleeping birdies” instead of sleeping bunnies.

See the birdies sleeping  
Till it’s nearly noon 
Shall we wake them with a merry tune 
They’re so still  
Are they ill 
Wake up birdies 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop, 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies, now we STOP!   
(Jump/Skip) 

  • Flannel Story – Bird Shapes 
    • This is a flannel story I saw when I attended a storytime with my daughter a few years ago. It was so cute I had to re-create it myself!
  • Rhyme: 10 Little Feathers 
    • To the tune of 10 Little Indians. I am going to show a few real life feathers before we start this rhyme.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little feathers 
4 little, 5 little, 6 little feathers 
7 little, 8 little, 9 little feathers 
10 little feathers in a row. 

  • Book – The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett read with permission of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
  • Folder Story – Once There Was an Egg 
    • This is one I made up from scratch, so I am interested to see how it goes. Folder stories work really well for virtual storytimes.

Once there was a blue egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around. 
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a blue bird, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a green egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a turtle, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a red egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a platypus, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a yellow egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a butterfly, looking for a snack!  

Once there was an orange egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped an alligator, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a pink and purple polka dotted egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a DINOSAUR, looking for a snack!  

  • Book – Froodle by Antoinette Portis read with permission of MacMillian Publishers 
  • Take Away: Letter “B” pipecleaner bird feeder
    • I am going to show them a sample of a letter “B” that I made out of a pipe cleaner and strung with Cheerios to hang outside as a bird feeder.
  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • A simple rhyme where you say “thank you” instead of “goodbye.”

Our hands say thank you with 
A clap, clap, clap; 
Our feet say thank you with a 
Tap, tap, tap. 
Clap, clap, clap! 
Tap, tap, tap! 
We roll our hands around, and say, 
“Good-bye.” 

  • Extra: if we have more time, I also have “Two Little Blackbirds” and “Five Little Ducks” in my pocket.

How’d it go:

Overall, everything went really well. I rushed a tad at the end to fit everything in but other than that we had a bird-rific time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Family Storytime – 2/20/2021 SCARVES

For this virtual storytime, I decided we would focus on play using our scarves. Symbolic play and dramatic play help children to develop language skills.
Here’s what I have planned:

  • Hello Friends (ASL)
    • This is a popular hello rhyme. We teach the ASL signs for hello, friends, time and say.

Hello friends, 
Hello friends, 
It’s time to say hello.  

  • ASL for Rainbow
    • Going along with teaching our ASL, I am also going to show them the sign for “Rainbow” because a lot of what we are doing today involves colors.
  • Scarf Tissue Box
    • I am going to introduce our scarves by pulling different color scarves out of a tissue box. We will identify the colors as we go.
  • Write
    • Using our scarves we will then write the letters “R” and “S” in the air.
  • Song – 1,2,3 Wee by Eric Litwin
    • I’ve never played music through Zoom before but I love to use scarves with this song, so I am going to give it a go.
  • Rhyme – Popcorn Kernel
    • This is a great rhyme to do with scarves because we thrown them in the air when the kernels pop!

Popcorn Kernels (wave scarves overhead)  
In the pot (make their scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching in your fists)  
Shake them shake them shake them (shake fists)  
Shake them shake them shake them (shake fists) 
’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air) 

  • Book – “Katy Duck Meets the Babysitter” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Illustrated by Henry Cole, read with permission from Simon & Schuster 
    • This a beginner reader book, but short enough for storytime and, bonus, has scarves!
  • Song – Wheels on the Bus
    • We are going to do the movements with our scarves.

The wheels on the bus go round and round, 
Round and round, round and round.  
The wheels on the bus go round and around, 
All through the town. 
(Wipers, Horn, Babies) 

  • Flannel – Rainbow Stew
    • Kids always love when you put something in a pot or bowl and out it comes as something else!

Take an apple, put it in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest red you ever did see. 
 
Take an orange, put it in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest orange you ever did see. 
 
Take a banana, put it in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest yellow you ever did see. 
 
Take some peas, put them in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest green you ever did see. 
 
Take blueberries, put them in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest blue you ever did see. 
 
Take some grapes, put them in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest purple you ever did see. 

  • Book – “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!” by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Catrow 
    • I love singing this one and using our scarves as paintbrushes to identify the different parts of our bodies.
  • Rhyme – This is the way we wash our face
    • Another great one to do with a scarf.

This is the way we wash our face, 
Wash our face, wash our face. 
This is the way we wash our face, so early in the morning. 
(knees, arm, tummy…) 

  • Book – “Mommy’s Khimar” by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Ebony Glenn 
    • I wanted to read a very different type of book about scarves. This introduces kids to a scarf called a Khimar.
  • Sing – Shake Your Scarves by Johnette Downing 

Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around 
Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around 
Scarves in, scarves out, shake your scarves all about 
Scarves in, scarves out, shake your scarves all about 
Right knee, left knee, shake your scarves fancy free 
Right knee, left knee, shake your scarves fancy free 
Right hand, left hand, shake your scarves with the band 
Right hand, left hand, shake your scarves with the band 
On your back, on your tummy, shake your scarves nice and funny 
On your back, on your tummy, shake your scarves nice and funny 
Scarves up, scarves down, put your scarves on the ground. 

  • Goodbye Friends (ASL) 
    • We end the same way we started but with “Goodbye” instead of “Hello.”

Goodbye friends, 
Goodbye friends, 
It’s time to say goodbye. 

How’d it go:
A super fun storytime! I did end up cutting out my last song because “My Mother’s Khimar” ended so soothingly and we were running out of time, that I didn’t want to wild up the kids again before our goodbye rhyme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Family Storytime: 1/9/2021

I’m so excited to get back to doing virtual storytime after my maternity leave! My first one back, just happens to fall on Law Enforcement Appreciation day, so I thought we could do all things community helpers.

Here’s what I had planned:

  • Hello Rhyme – H.E.L.L.O 
    • For this one, we clap out each letter of the word “hello.”

Let’s clap and say hello… 
H.E. L. L. O. 
H.E. L. L. O. 
H.E. L. L. O. 
Let’s clap and say good morning. 

  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes 
    • I wondered about doing this one virtually but I don’t want to get rid of all my fun movement exercises just because we are using Zoom.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, 
Knees and toes.  
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, 
Knees and toes.  
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose, 
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, 
Knees and toes. 

  • ASL – POLICE / FIREFIGHTER / DOCTOR 
  • Book – Whose Hands Are These? By Miranda Paul 
    • I love this book. It has cute rhymes and can be read as a guessing game.
  • Finger Play – This Little Helper 
    • This is an easy finger play about helpers in our neighborhood.

This helper builds our houses. (thumb) 
This helper brings our mail. (pointer) 
This helper teaches the children. (middle finger) 
And this one has groceries to sell. (ring finger) 
And this little helper, yes, it’s me (pinky finger) 
When I grow up, (Stretch arms above head) 
Which will I be? (Point to self) 

  • Prop/Felt Board – Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat 
    • For this one, I have a felt board with different helper hats. I hide the cat under one of the hats and we look for it using the rhyme below. Via Zoom, I just wait and give the kids a beat to answer but I don’t actually un-mute them.

Kitty cat, kitty cat are you under the _________ hat? 

  • Book – Police Officer on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton 
    • This is another fun book. A little long but with a neat rhyme, so I thought it would work better for a family storytime audience.
  • Prop/Rhyme – What is my job? 
    • For this one, I printed out community helper people, with their uniforms and I am going to show the people as we say the rhyme. It goes to the tune of Frere Jacques.

What is my job? 
What is my job? 
Can you guess? 
Can you guess? 
I help people get well. 
I help people get well. 
Who am I? 
Who am I? 

*Other verses: I make meals for you. I keep your pets healthy. I put out the fires. I grow food for you. I can help you stay safe. 

  • Rhyme – Early in the morning 
    • I found this one on Jbrary. It’s a little weird of a rhythm, so I would look up the video. I plan on pulling out my felt letters from Valentines Day.

Early in the morning at 8 o’clock  
You can hear the postman knock  
Up jumps Ella to open the door  
One letter, two letters, three letters, four! 

  • Book – I’m Brave by Kate McMullan 
    • BookFlix has a really cute animated version of this and I am SOO going to try to copy the voice of Brave from that video clip.
  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together 
    • Everyone knows this one and adding the ASL signs for more, together, friends and happier bring a nice movement to it.

The more we get together 
Together, together 
The more we get together 
The happier we’ll be 
‘Cause your friends are my friends 
And my friends are your friends 
The more we get together 
The happier we’ll be 

  • Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator 
    • And finally, a fun goodbye rhyme!

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye) 
In a while, crocodile (crocodile arms) 
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself) 
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss) 
See you soon, big baboon (Salute) 
Out the door, dinosaur (thumb over shoulder) 
Take care, polar bear (Hands on hips)  
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye) 

How’d it go: This was a fun storytime and worked well virtually. I had a bit of mic trouble, so I ended up using my laptop for the video and my phone for the audio. But ultimately fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/2/2020

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/2/2020

  • Hello Little Babies
    • This is a great one for the little guys.

Hello little babies, let’s stretch up high.
Stretch so high, you reach the sky.
Now wave little babies and say hello.
Say hello, good morning.

  • Well Hello Everybody
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Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes?
(Pat your head, rub your tummy…)

  • BOOK – Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Candlewick)
    • The animals get bigger and bigger until……
  • Touch Your…
    • I like to turn baby toward me for this one; it makes a good lap rhyme.

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze!
Aaachooooo!
Touch your hair
Touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbow where it ends
And that’s the way this touch game ends.

  • Ice Cream Scoops (flannel)
    • This one can be done as a movement rhyme and a counting exercise.20170624_155814

First we need a cone, nice and crunchy.
Then we need some ice cream, sweet and yummy!
Scoop ‘em on. Stack ‘em up.
First comes vanilla, cold and sweet.
Then comes chodolate, a delicious treat.
Here’s some strawberry; orange sherbert, too,
A super-duper scooper cone, just for you!
One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, four!
We love ice cream, let’s have some more!

  • BOOK – Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia (Boxer Books)
    • Who doesn’t love a good train book!
  • This is big, big, big
    • I don’t know how this one will work virtually but it’s one of my favorites to use in storytime.

This is big big big Hold (arms out to side)
This is small small small (cup hands together)
This is short short short (hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (nod)
This is no no no (shake head)

  • One Bright Scarf
    • I am going to tell my crew to grab their loveys or a blanket or even a washcloth or scarf if them have it and we’ll wave them around for some body part identification in this one.6171aidzhzl._sy497_bo1204203200_

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high (wiggle scarf above head)
Wiggle it low (wiggle scarf by knees)
Shake it fast (wiggle scarf quickly)
Shake it slow (wiggle scarf slowly)
Put it behind your back,
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands)

  • BOOK – Who Says Moo? By Ruth Young (Viking)
    • This is an older picture book but has a great rhyme to it and should work well for a virtual storytime.
  • Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • We use our arm muscles to lift our little ones up, up, up in this fine elevator rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

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    • This is one of my favorite bounces for babies and it has a quick lift too.

Giddy-up, giddy up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)

  • Goodbye Little Babies
    • I like to end and start my storytimes with similar rhymes.

Goodbye little babies, let’s touch our toes.
Touch your toes, reach down low.
Now wave little babies and say goodbye.
Say goodbye, so long.

How’d it go:

Another virtual baby storytime in the books! I really need to find a better ice cream rhyme to go with that flannel. Mine just never really flows like I want it to. Fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 3/2/20 – Dr. Seuss 

Baby Storytime: 3/2/20 – Dr. Seuss

  • Hello Rhyme – Welcome Welcome Everyone
    • A nice slow rhyme to start the day.

Welcome, welcome everyone.
Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun.
First we’ll clap our hands just so.
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone.
Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – HAPPY BIRTHDAY 51qlqkvkb-l._sx474_bo1204203200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • This is one of my favorite easy songs to warm up those babies. It’s slow and has simple movements.
  • Board Book – Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton
    • Because I was trying to keep the essence of Dr. Seuss here, I picked a funny rhyming book.
  • Rhyme – Touch Your…
    • This is a new one for me but I thought it has simple movements for body part identification. The caregivers will be the one pointing to the parts of the body.

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze!
Aaachooooo!
Touch your hair
Touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbow where it ends
And that’s the way this touch game ends.
(http://the-wielded-pen-childrens-corner.blogspot.com/2012/03/seuss-y-time-storytime-outline.html)

  • Prop – One Fish, Two Fish…
    • For this one I cut out paper fish and made a magnet board.519cj-rotpl

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish
Black fish, blue fish, old fish, new fish
This one has a little star
This one has a little car
Say! What a lot of fish there are!
(http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/baby-storytime-dr-seuss/)

  • Song –  Put Your Finger On by Parachute Express
    • Another song break with simple movements.
  • Book – Trimmed down “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss
    • I reallllly wanted to read a Dr. Seuss book but I know it’s not really great for the babies. So I am going to read the first few and the last few pages of Green Eggs & Ham for the rhyming silliness and then pair it with my next flannel.
  • Rhyme – Not just green eggs and ham
    • I found the words online in several places, so I decided to make this super easy flannel to go with it.

I-am-Sam. Sam-I-am.
I do so like ____ eggs and ham.
(insert color) 

  • Lift – Tick Tock, Tick Tock IMG_4402
    • This is a fan favorite lift with my group.

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two and three o’clock.

  • Bounce –  Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
    • Another favorite bounce.

Giddy-up, giddy up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)

  • Song/Shakers –  ABC by the Jackson 5
    • I love using popular/clean adult songs for shaker songs! Just a shake break!
  • Song/Bubbles – Took a bath in a washing machine by Jim Gill
    • Bubbles are great because when we track the bubbles with our eyes, we are actually strengthening the eye muscles we later use when we learn to read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye

Now it’s time to say goodbye,
Say goodbye,
Say goodbye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye,
I’ll see you all next week.

  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin

How’d it go:

I’m not sure how much we were feeling the Dr. Seuss stuff but I couldn’t help myself. Otherwise we had a great time!

That’s all for now!

-M-