ASL Storytime –2.22.20 – FEELINGS

ASL Storytime –2.22.20

This is a special storytime that I do with a deaf mother and an interpreter. We do the entire storytime in both American Sign Language and in English. The goal is to teach the kids some signs, while also being accessible for signing families.

  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • Whenever we do this storytime we bookend it with this rhyme. We teach the signs for: more, together, happy and friends.

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. 

  • Identifying Feelings –  Happy, Sad, Mad, Scared, Silly, Surprised51wfrfpb1el._sx406_bo1204203200_
    • We get into our theme by teaching the main signs we will be using throughout the storytime. This time we are going with feelings. I have faces on our SmartTV to match the signs.
  • Book – How Do YOU Feel? By Anthony Browne
    • We are going to tweak the story a little to go with a Q&A format. I ask my deaf mother, “How do you feel” and she answers. This back and forth, with me having a repeating line seems to work best in this type of story time. The kids can sign “How do you feel” with me by the end.
  • Rhyme – If you’re happy and you know it
    • I’m a little scared for this one because I don’t feel confident enough to sign the whole thing. But as usual, my mother will sign the whole thing and I will do the signs I know while speaking it all.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, then you really ought to show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Mad and you know it stomp your feet; Sad and you know is say boo hoo.

  • Game – Feeling Faces / or “Roberta Says…” with feelings51w0tgkittl._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I will have faces with expressions on popsicle sticks and we will ask the kids to sign and make the expressions on the sticks.
  • Book w/ props – The Feeling Flower by Leah Mahealani Dakroub
  • Rhyme – Sometimes I Feel…
    • Finally, we will do one more rhyme to reinforce the feeling signs we have learned.

Sometimes I feel happy,
Sometimes I feel sad.
Sometimes I feel curious,
Sometimes I feel mad.

Sometimes I feel silly,
Sometimes I feel surprised.
How many feelings,
Do I have inside?

  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • We end the way we started.

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. 

How’d it go:

This was such a diverse group and such a fun storytime! We had deaf families, hearing families, students taking ASL classes and some librarians observing the storytime. Our pacing was a little fast but ultimately went really well. So many people were signing. This was a great outline to enforce repetition.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – 12/14/19 – Bilingual/Spanish 

Family Storytime – 12/14/19 – Bilingual/Spanish

  • Wake Up Song –  Top of the Morning
    • I always start my family storytimes  with this song. I was hoping to find something comparable that was bilingual but I ran up against the clock and didn’t find anything that really caught my ear.
  • Hello Rhyme – Hello, Hello, Hello
    • We are going to focus on saying “hello” in English and Spanish only for this bilingual storytime.51cds-kplhl._sy488_bo1204203200_

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

  • Song/Stretch –  Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes in Spanish/English
    • It took some digging but I found this song online and it is perfect for a bilingual warm up!
  • Rhyme – Bueno Dias/Good Morningby De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children
    • This is a repeat after me. I am going to do the English version first and the Spanish second. Then we will alternate.

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  • Book – How Do You Say? Como se dice? By Angela DominquezThis is the one that actually inspired me to do a bilingual storytime. It is easy for me, with mostly vocabulary.
  • Rhyme – Red is Rojo
    • This is a simple rhyme about colors.

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  • Flannel –  I Spy– Colors/Animals
    • I have animal outlines printed on colored paper and we are going identify the animal and the color in both Spanish and English.

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  • Song – De Colores by Dora the Explorer51029lwcjcl._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I think we are going to break out the scarves for this one and have a little dance break. This is a fun song in both English and Spanish.
  • Book – Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena
    • I done this one in the past. It’s in English with Spanish vocabulary thrown in.
  • Rhyme –  Show Me Numbers
    • This one is practicing identifying our numbers in both English and Spanish.

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  • Song/Shakers –  La Bamba by Dancin’ Magic
    • By this time, I figured we need to break out those shakers and dance!
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye
    • We will say goodbye the same way we said hello.

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

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

How’d it go:

I think it went really well! I made my announcement in the beginning that I am not a fluent Spanish speaker–at all really–but I practiced with a native speaker and everyone was really great about it. I don’t know how often I would do one of these but it is nice to have the option in my pocket for a rainy day.

That’s all for now!

-M-

ASL Storytime: Colors!

Hi Guys,

Today was a very special storytime at my library… a bilingual storytime in both English and American Sign Language. Myself along with a deaf mother and performer, created a program where we worked together to create an inclusive program for both deaf and hearing families.

Here’s what we did:

  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • For this one we taught the group the signs for: more, together, happy and friends. Then we put everything together and signed the rhyme together, getting faster with our signs each time.

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

  • Introducing Colors51cincq2+hl._sx392_bo1,204,203,200_
    • We talked about a rainbow and what colors are in a rainbow. Then we worked through the signs for: rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. We love the sign for rainbow!
  • Story – Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
    • They way we did this one was that I would ask the questions and my performer would answer. So I would sign, “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” and she would respond, “I see a red bird looking at me.” And we went back and forth until the end of the story.
  • Game – Traffic Light Freeze Game5198qlx1tbl._sy401_bo1,204,203,200_
    • This is you basic traffic light freeze game except, instead of using color signs we used our color ASL signs to indicate what the kids would do. So when we did the color sign for green, the kids moved really fast. When we signed the color yellow, they slowed down. And when we signed the color red, they stopped. We played this for a few rounds and it helped get some of the wiggles out before our second story. BUT it also helped to reinforce our color signs.
  •  Story – White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
    • For this one, my performer signed the story with her interpreter and I accompanied the story with some props. Very similar to this one. I don’t have a picture of mine, so I’ll add that later.
  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • We then finish up with the same rhyme we started with.

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

How’d it go:

This was a wonderful ASL/English storytime, with a really great turn out. We had both deaf and hearing families and everyone seemed to enjoy the program. The pacing was a little quicker than I was expecting and I think we could have easily added one more rhyme to hit that 30 minute mark. The whole program only took about 20 minutes as is.

Brown Bear is like THE perfect story to do for an ASL storytime. The signs are fairly straightforward and are not that hard to learn even if you do not know sign language. It is also a familiar story for the crowd.

This was such a fun storytime and I can’t wait to plan some more!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Día De Los Niños

Hi Guys!

In celebration of Día De Los Niños, I decided to try my hand and a semi-bilingual storytime. Día De Los Niños or Children’s Day/Book Day is “a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30.” (ALA) Many libraries plan bilingual storytimes to celebrate, which is what I did.

Not being a Spanish speaker, I practiced with a colleague of mine prior to the storytime to get my pronunciation as close as possible and to become more comfortable reading my bilingual books.

Here is what I had planned:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • I love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Song – Skidamarinkidink
    • A great warm up song to get moving and excited for storytime. Simple movements and it gets everyone on their feet.
  • ASL – Celebrate / Read / Book61qc5hF9ghL._SX497_BO1,204,203,200_
    • I also teach my kids some American Sign Language to go with my theme each week. This is a great way to promote communication within our community and any way we can help ease the frustration when learning to speak is helpful.
  • Book – Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora
    • My first book is in both Spanish and English and teaches us about Día De Los Niños. This was my longest book.
  • Active Rhyme – We Can Jump

We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop.
We can clap, clap, clap.
We can stop, stop, stop.
We can shake our heads for yes.
We can shake our heads for no.
We can bend our knees slowly
and sit down just so!

  • Rhyme w/ Scarves – Toss Your Scarves

Toss your scarves, toss your scarves
Toss them way up high.
Toss your scarves up in the air,
‘til they reach the sky.

Wave your scarves, wave your scarves,
Twirl them ‘round and ‘round.
Twirl your scarves one more time,
Then let them, all fall down.

  • Book – Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena51npbYKbrUL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_
    • This was a book in English with Spanish vocabulary throughout. This was a lot easier to read and a great one for someone who wants to do a bilingual book but is shaky with the language.
  • Song w/ Scarves – De Colores from !Vamos a bailar! Let’s Dance! The Dora the Explorer Music Collection
    • This is a bilingual song about color. Dora sings the Spanish and Backpack does the English. th
  • Rhyme w/ Scarves – Hokey Pokey
    • Since we had our scarves anyway, why not do the Hokey Pokey!
  • Book / Flip Chart – Te amo, sol, te amo, luna = I love you sun, I love you moon by Tommie DePaola
    • This was my last bilingual book. I had the big book in English and the Spanish on a flip chart. This was actually a great way to go because the audience could practice saying the Spanish with me. 51QMRITGpaL._SY443_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Song w/ Shakers – La Bamba by Joannie Bartel – Dancin’ Magic
    • Literally all the songs from Dancin’ Magic are awesome. But this one was a familiar song and entirely in Spanish.
  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.th
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: Well, I didn’t get any cat calls screaming out that I was butchering the Spanish, so I take that as a success. For my first really bilingual storytime, I thought it went really well. I felt like I had a good balance of Spanish and non-Spanish activities to keep everyone interested.

That’s all for now!

-M-