Virtual Family Storytime: All Things Birds!

For this virtual family storyime we are going to do all things birds! Eggs, feathers, wings and more!

Here’s what I have planned:

  • Early Literacy Tips: today but I am going to highlight READ. 
    • Reading to our children not only instills a love of reading but helps to expand their vocabulary and build comprehension skills. Early literacy tip for caregivers- When you are out walking or driving, point out colors and words on road signs. 
  • Hello, Hello, Hello
    • In this rhyme we practice saying hello in different ways and languages.

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

  • Fun Fact: Migration.
    • We’re getting closer and closer to Spring. So soon all of the birds that migrated south will be coming home. Migrating is a big word. Migrating happens when a bird or animal moves from one place, to another depending on the season. So when the weather gets cold, many birds fly sound where it is warmer. Butterflies migrate too.  
  • Music Song:  Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing on The Second Line – Scarf Activity Songs album 
  • Letters/Writing: we will practice writing the letter “B” and learn “B” in ASL; We will write “Bird” and learn “Bird” in ASL. We will follow the same pattern with “E” and “Egg.”
  • Book – Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins read with permission from Candlewick Press 
    • I have a finger puppet woodpecker that I am going to use with this book.
  • Movement Song: Sleeping Bunnies by the Kiboomers 
    • We are going to do “sleeping birdies” instead of sleeping bunnies.

See the birdies sleeping  
Till it’s nearly noon 
Shall we wake them with a merry tune 
They’re so still  
Are they ill 
Wake up birdies 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop, 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies, now we STOP!   
(Jump/Skip) 

  • Flannel Story – Bird Shapes 
    • This is a flannel story I saw when I attended a storytime with my daughter a few years ago. It was so cute I had to re-create it myself!
  • Rhyme: 10 Little Feathers 
    • To the tune of 10 Little Indians. I am going to show a few real life feathers before we start this rhyme.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little feathers 
4 little, 5 little, 6 little feathers 
7 little, 8 little, 9 little feathers 
10 little feathers in a row. 

  • Book – The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett read with permission of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
  • Folder Story – Once There Was an Egg 
    • This is one I made up from scratch, so I am interested to see how it goes. Folder stories work really well for virtual storytimes.

Once there was a blue egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around. 
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a blue bird, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a green egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a turtle, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a red egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a platypus, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a yellow egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a butterfly, looking for a snack!  

Once there was an orange egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped an alligator, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a pink and purple polka dotted egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a DINOSAUR, looking for a snack!  

  • Book – Froodle by Antoinette Portis read with permission of MacMillian Publishers 
  • Take Away: Letter “B” pipecleaner bird feeder
    • I am going to show them a sample of a letter “B” that I made out of a pipe cleaner and strung with Cheerios to hang outside as a bird feeder.
  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • A simple rhyme where you say “thank you” instead of “goodbye.”

Our hands say thank you with 
A clap, clap, clap; 
Our feet say thank you with a 
Tap, tap, tap. 
Clap, clap, clap! 
Tap, tap, tap! 
We roll our hands around, and say, 
“Good-bye.” 

  • Extra: if we have more time, I also have “Two Little Blackbirds” and “Five Little Ducks” in my pocket.

How’d it go:

Overall, everything went really well. I rushed a tad at the end to fit everything in but other than that we had a bird-rific time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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-

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-

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-