Baby Storytime: 12/2/19 – Dinosaurs

Baby Storytime: 12/2/19 – Dinosaurs

  • Hello Rhyme – Hello Little Babies
    • I do a different hello rhyme each month.

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.

  • ASL – DINOSAUR / BIG / SMALL 51x5ghda8bl._sx453_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 a fun, interactive song that is slow for our babies.
  • Board Book – Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton
    • This is a cute little rhyming boardbook. I pass these out to encourage one-on-one reading.
  • Rhyme – This is big, big, big
    • This is always a fan favorite.

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)

  • Song –  We are the dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • I am forced to listen to the song on repeat at home with my little one, so why not do it at storytime too!
  • Finger Play/Flannel – Dino Find
    • I have different color felt doors and behind each is an animal. We are looking for the dinosaur. We “knock, knock” at each door and say, “dinosaur, dinosaur, let me hear you roar!” Each animal makes their sound until you finally get to the roar.
  • Rhyme – Baby’s Fingers
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These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch stomach)
Round and round it goes! (tickle)
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  • Book – We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin
    • This is a newer one for me but it has nice big pictures, which I love for the babies.
  • Lift – Toast in the Toaster
    • You know baby is getting bigger when these lifts get harder!

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot!
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Up you pop!
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  • Bounce – Rock the Baby
    • Bounces are another way to interact with baby.

Rock the baby, rock the baby, 1-2-3
Watch the baby, watch the baby, smile at me
Bounce the baby, bounce the baby, on your lap
Don’t forget to teach the baby how to clap: clap, clap, clap, clap!
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  • Song/Shakers – Dinosaur Rock by Dancin’ Magic
    • We pass out shakers and get our jiggles on!
  • Song/Bubbles – Splish Splash by Mr. AI
    • 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 – Goodbye Little Babies

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.

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

How’d it go:

This one ran really smoothly. We had a good crew. I love it when the whole group reads the first storytime with me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Preschool Storytime 7/11/19 – DINOSAURS 

Preschool Storytime 7/11/19 – DINOSAURS

I’m taking over preschool storytime this week while my colleague is away. I haven’t done a preschool storytime in forever, so I am following her format for the most part and giving it my own spin.

  • Walk In Song – This is the way we do by Greg and Steve – Marina
    • This is a fabulous song that my colleague uses every week. Such a good entrance song.
  • Announcements
    • talk about any upcoming programs, reminders about what’s going on, etc.
  • Introduce the theme
  • Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • A great warm up rhyme to get out hand and voices working. 51awuj3slml

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap lap.
Creep them crawl them , creep them crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin chin
Open up your little mouth
But do not let them in!

  • Song – We are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner BandThen I thought we could march around like dinosaurs. In my mind we are creating a conga line butttt maybe not.
  • Book – Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap & Greg Pizzoli
    • For our first book we are going to do one of my favorites. I love how interactive this one is; the kids can really participate with the story.
  • Rhyme – This is big, big, big
    • I love this one. It’s so much fun to make the movements and it actually starts to get the kids thinking about opposites.

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)

  • Flannel/Prop – Dino Find
    • For this one, I created a five or six flannel doors of different colors. I then printed and craft glued different animals and one dinosaur onto felt. Each animal was behind a different door and we have to find the dinosaur. I found this one online.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the RED door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  Oink, Oink…NO!  It’s a pig!
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the PURPLE  door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  Ribbet, ribbet…NO!  It’s a frog!
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the ORANGE door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  ROAR!!!  Well that’s a ROAR but it’s not a dinosaur!  It’s a tiger!
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the GREY door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  Cheep, cheep…NO!  It’s a bird!
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the BLUE door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  ROAR!!!  YES!  It’s our dinosaur!

  • Song – Shake My Sillies Out! by Raffi
    • Most of my colleagues do three books in a storytime, but I think we get too wiggle for that sometimes. So we are going to shake our sillies out instead.
  • Rhyme –Dinosaur, Dinosaur
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Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees 
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please 

  • Book – Dino Bites by Algy Craig Hall / Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: a first book of manners by Judy Sierra
    • I am not sure which book I am going to use. I want to use the Sierra book but I am waiting for a decent looking copy to come in.
  • Rhyme – Oh, Diiiiinosaur!
    • I got this one online a few months back but the page is no longer active. It’s a fun interactive rhyme, so thank you to whoever posted it originally!

One dinosaur went out to play
In a giant swamp one day
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another dinosaur to come…
(Raise hands to mouth and call loudly)
Oh, diiiiiinosaur!
(Slap hands on thighs to make “running” sound)

Two, Three, Four… 

 Five dinosaurs went out to play
In a giant swamp one day
They had such enormous fun
That they played and played until the day was done!

  • Song/Shakers – Dinosaur Rock by Dancin’ Magic
    • And of course, I can’t have a storytime without breaking out the shakers. I don’t care what age you are, shakers are fun!
  • Reminder
  • Closing Song – The More We Read TogetherThis is one my colleague does every week to end her storytime, I am keeping with her theme.

The more we read together, 51tu4tjqssl
together, together
The more we read together,
the happier we’ll be.
Because your friends are my friends,
and my friends are your friends.
The more we read together,
the happier we’ll be.

  • Activity – Dinosaur Mazes and Connect the Dots
    • There is always some sort of activity after Preschool storytime, so I found some activity sheets with a maze and connect the dots on line–all dinosaur themed.

How’d it go:

This was fun!  I love how much the preschoolers participate. I think I’d probably cut out a song or a rhyme next time and go at a little slower pace. I tend to jump right from one thing to another. Other than that, a fun group.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Dinosaurs

Hi Guys, I’ve got a double whammy this weekend. Family storytime in the morning and a special storytime I am doing with Maryland DCDL in the afternoon. I’ll post about that one separately. This week my theme is Dinosaurs! I can’t believe I’ve never done a dinosaur themed storytime before!

Here’s what I planned:

  • 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!
  • MOVEMENT SONG – Skidamarink
    • An easy song almost everyone is familiar with, with easy movements to get that blood pumping!

Then we get into our theme:

 

  • ASL – DINOSAUR / BIG / SMALL / TALL / SHORT
    • I also teach my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with every theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communication with each other. We have a large deaf community near my library so learning just a few signs are great! I usually use Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language.
  • Stretch – This is Big Big Big…
    • This is a great one because we can practice the signs we just learned.

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)

  • Book – Crunch: The Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap & Greg Pizzoli
    • I LOVE this book! I bought it to read to my daughter and you know I have to use it for storytime. It’s so interactive for the kids too, which is great.
  • Song – We are the dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner
    • Can you even do a dinosaur themed storytime without this song?
  • Prop – 10 Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
    • We don’t have this book in our system but I thought it was great for the rhyme and counting elements. So I “stole” ten dinosaur toys from our discovery room and am going to use them as props along with a flipchart for this one.
  • Book – Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein
    • This is just a short cute one.
  • Puppet Rhyme – Oh, Diiiiinosaur!
  • Shaker Song – Dinosaur Rock by Dancin’ Magic
    • An upbeat shaker song because we can have a storytime without some shakers.

Finally, we finish up with:

  • 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: This was a really fun one. I mean dinosaurs, yea. I think I’d like to make a flannel board next time but overall, a fun storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-