3/7/2020 – Family Storytime – FOOD 

3/7/2020 – Family Storytime – FOOD

  • 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 (ASL) 51q-qz1mh2l
    • I teach four signs in American Sign Language for this hello rhyme.

Hello friends,
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx61o23Vvns)

  • Song – Skinnamarink by The Hit Crew Kids
    • I always feel like I need a warm up in the morning and this is a great one for that.
  • ASL –  EAT
    • Because we are already doing a sign rhyme, I may not do any more signs but I usually like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I sometimes print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story –  Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey
    • I found this one the other day and it is so funny! Yes, I will have to use the word “butt” BUT that is what makes it funny.
  • Rhyme – Toast in the Toaster
    • For lap babies, caregivers can pop them up on their laps. For bigger kids, we crouch down and then jump. 9780007216093_p0_v1_s550x406

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot!
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Up you pop!
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  • Song –  Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Cedarmont Kids
    • I could find an extra food song I like so we are going to rock our head, shoulders, knees and toes.
  • Story – How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen
    • You know you all love these dinosaur books.
  • Scarves – Popcorn Kernels
    • This is a great one to do with scarves.

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)
’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myp8OjcE-rg)

  • Song – Spaghetti Legs by Raffi
    • I figured we could keep the scarves out while we dance to this one.
  • Story – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
    • I don’t normally do three books but I love reading this one and it’s nice and short.
  • Puppets – Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar 51rhvvgrtsl
    • I’m going to pull puppets out as I do this one.

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
_____ stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
Who me? Couldn’t be!
repeat with different animal puppets.

  • Shakers / Song –  Happy Feet by Dancin’ Magic
    • And by this time we need a dance break.
  • Rhyme – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I like to see how happy we are.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – ASL Goodbye
      • We end the same way we said hello.
  • Song – Clean it up
  • Song – Goodbye, so long, farewell my friends

How’d it go:

This was a really great storytime. There was a little bit of everything for the big guys and little guys and it seemed to run really smoothly. Only thing I did differently from my outline was that I swapped Yolen’s and Blabey’s books because Yolen’s was longer, I wanted to do that one  first.

That’s all for now!

-M-

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 – 2/8/2020: Transportation 

2/8/2020 – Family Storytime – Transportation

  • 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 Hello
    • We say hello in a lot of different ways!

Peanut butter jelly,
Marmalade and jam.
Let’s say hello as LOUD as we can!
HELLO
(softly, fast, slow, nicely)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx61o23Vvns)

  • Song – Can’t Sit Still! by Greg & Steve 51npbzngppl._sy491_bo1204203200_
    • A colleague gave me this one and it’s got some great moves!
  • ASL –  CAR / PLANE / BOAT
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I sometimes print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story –  Melvin Might? By Jon Scieszka
    • This is a little long but new to our library and cute. So I thought it might work for a first book, which I generally do a little longer.
  • Rhyme – I’m an Airplane
    • Here we use our bodies to be airplanes.

I’m an airplane (repeat)
Flying high (repeat)
I can tilt this way (repeat)
In the sky (repeat)
I’m an airplane (repeat)
Flying high (repeat)
I can tilt that way (repeat)
In the sky (repeat)
I’m an airplane (repeat)
Flying high (repeat)
I can make a landing (repeat)
From the sky (repeat)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv76PtdM4BU)

  • Song – Wheels on the Bus 
    • Can’t have a transportation theme without this gem!
  • Story/Prop – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • I made this puppet ages ago and I love a good excuse to break him out!
  • Game –  Traffic Light Freeze Game
    • I created stop lights on Popsicle sticks and we do a version of red light, green light where we drive our cars fast, slow and then stop.
  • Rhyme – Have You Ever Seen a Sailboat
    • This ones great for the lap babies and toddlers.51bqrollbcl._sy417_bo1204203200_

Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboat, a sailboat.
Have you ever seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails.
Wave this way and that way,
That way and this way.
Have you ever seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails.

  • Story – Freight Train by Donald Crews
    • This ones great for colors and sounds.
  • Finger Play – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • And of course we need a rocket ship!

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Blast off!

  • Shakers / Song – Chugga, Lugga Choo Choo by ….20161007_155100
    • I can’t remember who this one is by but it has a great shaker beat.
  • 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.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – PBJ Goodbye
    • We end the same way we said hello.

Peanut butter jelly,
Marmalade and jam.
Let’s say goodbye as LOUD as we can!
Goodbye
(softly, fast, slow, nicely)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx61o23Vvns)

  • Song – Clean it up
  • Song – Goodbye, so long, farewell my friends

How’d it go:

This was a fun one. We loved flying in our airplanes and driving our cars!

That’s all for now!

-M-

1/25/2020 – Family Storytime – RHYMES 

1/25/2020 – Family Storytime – RHYMES

  • 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 – Everybody Count One!

Everybody count one, ONE!
Storytime has just begun,
Everybody count two, TWO!
Shake your shoulders, show your shoes,
Everybody count three, THREE!
Listen very carefully,
Everybody count four, FOUR!
And put your bottoms on the floor.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ_Pd2Yss1k)

  • Stretch – Two Little Feet Go…
    • I though this one might make for a good stretch.
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Two little hands go clap, clap, clap. (clap hands)
A quick little leap up from my chair, (stand up quickly)
Two little arms reach high in the air. (stretch arms high)
Two little feet go jump, jump, jump, (jump)
Two little fists go thump, thump, thump. (pound fists)
One little body goes round and round, (twirl around)
And one little child sits quietly down. (sit down)
https://www.mrcpl.org/blog/2017/03/23/story-time-starter-rhyming

  • ASL –  SING/DANCE/PLAY/FUN
  • Book –  Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? By Eve Bunting
    • Sometimes, I come across a book and I have to revolve my whole theme around it. This is an oldie but a goodie.
  • Rhyme – Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance them to the side and dance them all around.
Dance them on our shoulders, dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed!
(https://kcls.org/content/dance-your-fingers-up/)

  • Song – Jump Up, Turn Around by Jim Gill
    • A little movement song break for the wigglers.
  • Flannel – Oh Me, Oh My!
    • I found this one online and I thought it would be silly to do with a flannel.

Oh me, oh my, what will I do?
I can’t find a kangaroo to put on my shoe.
But I know quite well, and so do you,
I don’t need a kangaroo to put on my shoe!

Repeat, with: fox/socks; cat/hat; bear/hair; crocodile/smile and anything else you can think of!
https://missmaryliberry.com/2010/01/06/what-rhymes-with-fun/

  • Book – Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan ThomasYou can’t have a rhyming storytime without this gem!
  • Prop – Dust Bunny Rhymes
  • Rhyme – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • Simple. Classic. You all know it.

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are?
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are?

  • Shakers / Song – Down by the Bay by Raffi
    • We break out those shakers and dance to the music!
  • 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.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator
    • This is to the tune of Clementine.

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (March)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKUpFtJiyKQ)

  • 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 one went really well. I had a nice range of ages, so there was really a little bit for everyone. A tip – at the end of the Dust Bunny book, everyone like gasped that the vacuum got the dust bunnies. So I told everyone we could save the dust bunnies by helping them rhyme with the props from the authors website I printed out. This seemed to make everyone happy. If you don’t do something like that to save the dust bunnies… I might skip the vacuum page.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – 1/11/2020 – SUPER HEROES 

1/11/2020 – Family Storytime – SUPER HEROES

  • 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 – H.E.L.L.O.61occoqv17l._sx398_bo1204203200_
    • We clap out each letter of “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 – Skinnamarink
    • This is a great one to warm up to and everyone knows these movements.
  • ASL –  Strong, Smart, Fly, Brave
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story –  Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker
    • This one is a little long but I think we could really get into it. And it has a great moral.
  • Finger Play – Superhero Turn Around
    • This is another good one from Jbrary.

Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground
Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Verses: jump up high, fly, fly, fly
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrpTfDUSmz8)

  • Song – Dancin’ with Spiderman and Friends by The Hit Crew
    • 20170914_173259Just a fun song with a few movements to break things up. I stopped mine around 1:50.
  • Folder Story – My Many Colored CapesCheck out my post on this one for more information!
  • Game –  Superhero Activity Cube
    • I have a gross motor cube that I change the sides to. I let the kids roll the cube and we do whatever movement comes up.
    • Fly like Superman; Run like Flash; Jump like Spiderman; Climb like Catwoman; Lasso like Wonder Woman;
  • Story – How to Deal With Bullies: Superhero Style by Wiley Blevins
    • Another long-ish but great moral book.
  • Finger Play – Five Brave Superheroes
    • I got this one from Storytime Kate. It’s your standard counting down from five rhyme with some movements thrown in.

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Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’)
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back)
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’)

 Count down from 4, 3, 2…

One brave superhero
Ready to save the day.
She flies off to chase a villain
Up, up and away!
Hooray for superheroes! (clap hands, shout hooray!)
(https://storytimekatie.com/2014/04/15/superheroes/)

  • Shakers / Song – We R Super Heroes by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine
    • We are going to be superheros with our shakers!
  • 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.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator
    • This is to the tune of Clementine.

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (March)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKUpFtJiyKQ)

  • 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:

Phew! We were in the smaller room today, so we were toasty. This was a fun storytime. My stories were maybe a little too long for such a crowded room, but we made it through 🙂

That’s all for now!

-M-