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-

Family Storytime – 8/24/19 – Community Helpers 

Family Storytime – 8/24/19 – Community Helpers

This is an extra special storytime because we are going to have a guest afterwards talk to the group. A local police officer is going to do a meet-and-greet, which just goes so great with the theme!

  • 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 – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • Stretch/Song – Silly Dance Contest by  Jim Gill
    • This is a fun movement song to get the kids going.
  • ASL – POLICE / FIREFIGHTER / DOCTOR
  • Rhyme –  This Little Helper 
    • This is a finger play all about different community helpers.61s7ur3coxl._sx260_

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)

  • Book – Whose Hands Are These? By Miranda Paul
    • I am so in love with this book. It’s nonfiction, part guessing game, part rhyme. Basically, inspired my whole storytime.
  • Rhyme – Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck 
    • This one seems really long but interactive, so we will see how it goes.

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (Hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (Lean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (Lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (Lean to the right and left)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (Pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (Pretend to spray hose)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station (Lean slowly to the left and right)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell) 

  • Game – Traffic Light Freeze Game
    • 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!
  • Prop/Felt Board – Little Cat, Little Cat
    • I basically glued felt on the back on print outs of different helper hats: Policeman, Fireman, Teacher, Handyman and Chef.

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

  • Rhyme – What is my job?
    • This is sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping.”

What is my job?
What is my job?
Can you guess?
Can you guess?
[_________________]
[_________________]
Who am I?
Who am I?

*Other verses: I help people get well (doctor). I make meals for you (chef). I keep your pets healthy (veterinarian). I put out the fires (firefighter). I grow food for you (farmer). I help you cross the street (crossing guard). I can help you stay safe (police officer).

  • Book – Police Officer on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton 61xyhw-ynkl._sy452_bo1204203200_
    • A little long but I wanted to end with a police officer book since our speaker is an officer.
  • Song/Shakers –  Community Helper Hop by Ronno
    • Gotta break out those shakers or I’d get a revolt!
  • Rhyme – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I’ll include this one if we have time but with my speaker, I want to wrap up a little quicker than normal.
  • 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.

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How’d it go:

What a fun storytime. Instead of doing my ending, I stopped storytime right after our shakers and introduced a local police officer and the kids had a blast talking and taking pictures. The junior police officer badges were also a hit.

That’s all for now!

-M-