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-

Sensory Storytime: 11/16/19 – Colors 

Sensory Storytime: 11/16/19 – Colors

This will be my second sensory-friendly storytime. These are smaller storytimes for children with sensory issues or who are on the autism spectrum. They are meant to be calmer with less stimulation.

I start out this storytime by telling my small group that there are no rules. They can get up, play with my fidget toys, whatever they need to do. I am going to just go along with the storytime and anyone can join in when they want to. This format seemed to work well last time.

  • Introduction
  • SING – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • A nice slow welcome rhyme.

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!

  • PASS OUT/ASL – Color Palette / Rainbow51z2bqkyxcil._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I printed an artists color palette for the kids to hold and point to the colors we focus on today. I also am going to teach them the ASL sign for “rainbow.”
  • BOOK – Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
    • This book is very interactive. In fact, I am going to bring copies for each of my families to touch and run and blow on, just like the book tells us to. That way each child has a book they can interact with and touch.
  • SING – Rainbow Song
    • I may use the ASL color signs but I’m not sure yet. We may just sing the rhyme and point to the colors on our color palettes.

Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple too!41keqkxmthl._sy411_bo1204203200_
These are the colors that we know, way up high in the great rainbow.
Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple too!
http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/colors/songs.htm

  • BOOK/Prop – White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
    • I use this one a lot. Mostly because I have the props already created. I have buckets of “paint” to go along with the story and my felt rabbits change color as we go.
  • STRETCH – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 20180425_144200
    • We always need a good stretch and this one never disappointing.
  • BOOK – Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
    • I already have the magnet board prop for this one as well. If the kids want to help me put up my dots of paint, they can.
  • SONG/FINGER PLAY – One Little Red Fish
    • I printed out colored fish for this one and we will put them up as we do the rhyme. We can also do it as a finger play.

One little red fish, (hold up one finger)
Swimming in the water (put palms together and move them like a fish swimming)
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
One little red fish,
Swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble – POP! (clap hands on POP!)

  • The More We Get Together
    • A nice slow one to end 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

  • Social Hour
    • A chance for some socialization after storytime.

How’d it go:

Well, we only had one child show up for this one, so it was a nice cozy storytime. I did drop Dog’s Colorful Day because I think three stories was too ambitious. But we had fun and got some positive feedback from the family.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 8/5/19 COLORS

Baby Storytime: 8/5/19

  • Hello Rhyme – H.E.L.L.O
    • This is one I made up myself. We clap out each letter of the word.

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

  • ASL – RAINBOW / RED / BLUE / YELLOW 51kyxrxzw1l._sx444_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 – Clap, Tap, Bend by It’s Toddler Time
    • This is such an easy movement song for the babies and super short.
  • Board Book – Baby’s Colors by Karen Katz
    • I’ve been into colors lately. And not only do we see colors we can identify object. I pass out as many of these as I can get my hands on to promote that one-on-one reading.
  • Rhyme – Cheek Chin
    • I got this one from another library system. Great for identifying body parts and a fun lift at the end!

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

  • Flannel/Puppet –  One Little Red Fish
    • My intention was to make a flannel for this and if I have time I will but otherwise I am going to use it has a movement/finger play rhyme.

One little red fish, (hold up one finger)
Swimming in the water (put palms together and move them like a fish swimming)
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
One little red fish,
Swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble – POP! (clap hands on POP!)

  • Song – Wheel on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade
    • Everyone loves this classic!
  • Finger Play – See the Little Mouse
    •  I’ve been trying to incorporate more finger plays lately. Seriously though, why are they all about mice.

See the little mousie (circle finger on baby’s hand)
Creeping up the stair. (move hands up baby’s arm)
Looking for a warm nest, (move fingers up arm)
There, oh, there! (tickle armpit)

You put your arms up
You put your arms down
You put your arms up
And you wave them all around
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Baby that’s what it’s all about.

(Legs up, Baby up)

  • Book – Little Green Peas: A big book of colors my Keith Baker
    • Those silly little peas are up to it again!
  • Lift – Roly, Poly
    • This one is really going to be a workout!

Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Bouncing, Bouncing Baby on my Knee (bounce)
Bouncing, bouncing baby 1 2 3! (lift or big bounce)
Clapping, clapping baby on my knee (clap)
Clapping, clapping baby 1 2 3! (big clap)
Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug)
Hugging, hugging baby 1 2 3! (hug or tilt)

  • Song/Shaker – Color Song by Parachute Express
    • A fun song to shake, shake, shake to.
  • Song/Bubbles – Splish Splash by Mr. AI
    • I realized I just did this one last week, but it’s the best, so who cares!
  • Goodbye Rhyme – With my Little Hands 
    • I thought I’d mix up by goodbyes and do a different one from my hello. That and clapping goodbye would be a lot of claps!

With my little hands I go clap, clap, clap
With my little feet I go tap, tap, tap
With my little arms I wave bye, bye, bye
With my little legs I kick high, high, high
With my little eyes I play peek-a-boo
With my little mouth I say “I love you”

  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
    • Any good clean up song will do.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go:

We really liked the fish rhyme! Another big group, but it’ll wind down once summer is over. Overall a fun storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – 7/27/19 – Colors 

Family Storytime – 7/27/19 – Colors

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • Hello Rhyme – PBJ Hello61fcz2bjgstl._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • Song/Stretch – Fingers, Nose and Toes by Cedarmont Kids
    • This is a fun little
  • ASL – RED / GREEN / BLUE / YELLOW
  • Rhyme – If You’re Wearing…
    • I’m not sure who I originally got this one from but I know I tweaked the words a smidgen. It’s a fun one to get the group moving.

If you’re wearing any RED,
If you’re wearing any RED,
If you’re wearing any RED… put your hands on your head!

If you’re wearing any YELLOW… wave up high and say hello!
If you’re wearing any BLUE… reach down and touch your shoe!
If you’re wearing any GREEN… let’s be a jumping bean!
If you’re wearing ANY COLOR… let’s all scream and holler!

  • Book – Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks
    • I saw this one a while back and my colleague made a flannel board for it, so I just had to borrow for this color themed storytime. I love when I can add a little bilingual aspect to my storytime.
  • Rhyme – Colors We Know
    • This is a fun one that goes to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle and is from Everything Preschool — Colors. It’s a good one that we can practice using our signs too.

Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple too!
These are the colors that we know, way up high in the great rainbow.
Red and orange, green and blue, shiny yellow, purple too!

  • Game – Stop Light Freeze Game  20180425_144200
    • I created red, yellow and green circles on popsicle sticks. When I held up the green, they’d drive their cars. Yellow and they would drive in slow motion. Red and they would have to freeze in place. I showed them in different orders and at different paces to make it more fun. A freeze dance for cars!
  • Book/Magnet Board – Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
    • I created a magnet board for this one and we will add the colors on as we read the story. If you have a small storytime you could pass the colors out but I don’t so I put them up as we read.
  • Rhyme – Balloons
    • I found this one online and thought it would be fun to do the blowing up and clapping movements. It’s from Annes Library Life .

I’m going to blow up this balloon (make circle with hands)
And never, never stop. ( make circle bigger and bigger)
I’ll blow and blow and blow and blow and (pretend to blow)
POP! (clap loudly!)

  • Book/Prop – White Rabbit’s Colors by Alan Baker 5198qlx1tbl._sy401_bo1,204,203,200_
    • For this one, I created felt rabbits and spray painted some pots. It’s very similar to this one. I don’t have a picture of mine, so I’ll add that later.
  • Song/Shakers –  De Colores by Dora the Explorer
    • Just a fun shaker song to get those wiggles out!
  • 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.
  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away.
  • 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:

I definitely needed a fidget song halfway through this storytime, but I got everyone to do some counting which worked OK. They LOVED White Rabbit’s Color Book and even gasped in surprise when the bunny changed colors. Colors is definitely one of my favorite themes.

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-