Family Storytime: A is for Apple

Hi Guys,

I feel like I haven’t done a family storytime in a while. Well this month, I decided to go with an Apple theme because it is that time of the year!

Here is what I have planned:

  • Wake Up Song – Top of the Morning
    • I really need to find a replacement for this one soon, but I just love how simple it is and it’s a good stretch before jumping into storytime.
  • Rhyme – Hello, Hello
    • This is going to be my new hello/goodbye rhyme. We are going to explore different languages by saying hello in different ways. I mixed a few different rhymes from other websites and got this one. I’m going to repeat the rhyme in ASL and then I am going to ask the audience what languages they speak and then do it a few more times in those.

Hello, hello, hello. It’s time to say “hello.”

Hello, today, to all my friends.

Hello, hello, hello.

)ASL, Hola, Bonjour, Ciao, Nǐ hǎo)

  • Movement Rhyme – Simon Says
    • Who doesn’t like a fun round of simon says!
  • ASL – Letter “A” / APPLE / RED
    • I always teach my group three new signs in American Sign Language that have to do with my theme. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • White Board – Using our senses to describe an Apple
    • 51qgwkdsg2bl-_sy388_bo1204203200_I saw this one on someones post (sorry I forget where) but they drew an apple on a white board and then had the kids describe it using their different senses. I am going to give it a go because it sounds like a great STEM element.
  • Book – Apples and Pumpkins by Anne F. RockwellI’m not entirely sold on this one but it goes with my theme and I think, this time of year, the kids can relate.
  • Song – Shake My Sillies Out
    • I needed a song to break things up and couldn’t find an upbeat one about apples, so we are just going to shake our sillies out.
  • Fingerplay – 10 Red Apples 

10 red apples grow on a tree (hold up both hands, fingers spread wide)

5 for you, 5 for me (one hand forward, one hand towards yourself)

Let’s shake this tree, together–like so (wiggle in place)

And the 10 red apples will fall below. (drop your hands)

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! (count your fingers)

  • Flannel – A-P-P-L-E IMG_0133
    • Bingo but with the word apple instead. Thanks internet!
  • Game – Sleeping, Sleeping All the Children Were Sleeping…
    • This is one my mom actually taught from when she was nannying. You put all the children to sleep and when they wake up they are… cats, lions, mice, butterflies. Just make sure you turn them back to kids before you finish.
    • We’ll see if we have time for this one.
  • Book – If You Plant a Seed by Kadir NelsonNot technically about apples but a lovely story and about seeds and planting, so it works.
  • Flannel – Five Little Apples511v106f2b0l-_sy498_bo1204203200_

Five little apples hanging in a tree,

Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm–“You can’t eat me!”

Along comes Mr. Slinky Worm as quiet as can be. . .

And . . . CRUNCH!-ed that apple right out of the tree!

(Continue until there are no more)

  • Shaker/Song – The Peppermint Twist by Joanie Bartels from Dancin’ MagicIMG_0161
    • Just a fun upbeat song to shake and dance to.
  • Rhyme – Goodbye, Goodbye
    • Basically the same as our hello rhyme but with the words “goodbye” instead.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really well. We got all our STEM-iness out of the way in the beginning and no one seemed to groan when I asked about their senses. I did end up picking a different book for my first one because the one I got was too damaged. Other than that we were apple-riffic!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 10/15/18

Here is what we did for this weeks baby storytime:

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.
Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.

  • ASL – The More We Get Together61x2btpbpkll-_sx496_bo1204203200_
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song – Skidermarink by Six Little Ducks
    • Just a classic movement song to get us going.
  • Board Book – Big Chickie, Little Chickie by Janee TraslerI pass out board books to each of the families to help promote one-on-one reading. This is a new one for our library and it’s great for working in opposites. The cover is also squishy, which we love.
  • Rhyme – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • I haven’t done this one in forever and babies love it!
  • Prop – Five Little Nailsfinishednailsdown-300x243
    • Take a look at my post on this one. So easy to make. I think I am going to do something similar with five little pumpkins soon.
  • Song/Scarves – Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing
    • Scarves aren’t my favorite but I know they are great for the little ones. Here we pretend to be birds and butterflies.
  • Book – Mouse’s First Fall by Laura Thompson61c5jvpfqdl-_sx497_bo1204203200_
    • A little long for the babies but I have different color leaves to show and identify as we go.
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator

Going up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. 1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides
    • My babies and caregivers love this one. We bounce faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides. Lady rides, lady rides. This is the way the lady rides. So early in the morning.

This is the way the gentleman rides, gentleman rides, gentleman rides. This is the way the gentleman rides. So early in the morning.

This is the way the doctor rides. Doctor rides, doctor rides. This is the way the doctor rides. So early in the morning.

This is the way the cowboy rides. Cowboy rides, cowboy rides. This is the way the cowboy rides. So early in the morning. 

  • Song/Shakers – Chugga-Lugga-Choo-Choo by Johnette Downing
    • Shakers kind of sound like mini trains, so that is what we are pretending to be!
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really well. A good crowd and I just loved how everyone read along with me when we did our board book! Finally, starting to get back into a groove with this one–getting my regulars and a smattering of new guys each week.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 10/1/18

Hi Guys, time for another baby storytime!

  • Movement Rhyme – Wake Up…
    • This is a fun stretch to get our bodies moving before storytime. And it is great for babies because it helps us identify our body parts. I got the lyrics from Jbrary but I’ve seen this one around before.

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.

  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song/Scarves – Scarves On Your Laps by Johnette Downing
    • For this one I pass out scarves and we do our movements with the song.
  • Boardbook – So Light, SO HEAVY by Susanne Strasser51tf3KhNTEL._SX497_BO1,204,203,200_
    • Normally, I choose boardbooks that are flip-the-flap or have some touch and feel element. But this one was just so cute. And it does still teach us the difference between light and heavy, small and large, so it works.
  • Rhyme – I’m a little teapot
    • Everyone knows this classic and it is so fun for the little ones!
  • Puppet Rhyme – Alligator, Alligator
    • For this one I use a puppet but I show my little ones how to follow along with their alligator hands.

Alligator, alligator long and green.
Alligator, alligator teeth so mean!
Snapping at a fly, snapping at a bee, snapping at a frog,
But you can’t catch me!

  • Song – Clap, Tap, Bend from It’s Toddler Time
    • Just an easy, slow, movement song for use to do together.
  • Big Book – Freight Train by Donald Crews510-T7UwUrL._SY402_BO1,204,203,200_
    • This is a great one that works on counting and color and is about a train. What could be better!
  • Lift – Tick Tock, Tick Tock
    • This is a fun lapsit rhyme with a lift at the end as we “cuckoo!”

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two and three o’clock.

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…
    • We love our bounces and lifts in baby storytime.

I bounce you here, I bounce you there
I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
I tickle you here, I tickle you there
I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
I hug you here, I hug you there
I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Song/Shakers – Shake it to the East from Reaching for the Stars!
    • A song with shaker prompts.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This was a great storytime with a much younger crowd then the last two–which is a good thing! Baby storytime is so fun and low key, I love it. All went well this week!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 9/24/18

Hi Guys,

Week two of baby storytime! Yay! Here is what I planned:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • This one goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
  • 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!

  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • 51d6gTX1RXL._SY493_BO1,204,203,200_We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song – Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • This another favorite movement song of mine with perfect small movements that babies can do.
  • Board Book – Mouse Is Small by Mary Murphy Another great “flip-the-flap” book to promote one-on-one reading. Also helps develop a concept of size.
  • Finger Play – Fe Fi Fo Fum

Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb-one finger per syllable.)
See my fingers. (Hold up four fingers.)
See my thumb. (Hold up thumb.)
Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb again.)

  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides
    • My babies and caregivers love this one. We bounce faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides. Lady rides, lady rides. This is the way the lady rides. So early in the morning.

This is the way the gentleman rides, gentleman rides, gentleman rides. This is the way the gentleman rides. So early in the morning.

This is the way the doctor rides. Doctor rides, doctor rides. This is the way the doctor rides. So early in the morning.

This is the way the cowboy rides. Cowboy rides, cowboy rides. This is the way the cowboy rides. So early in the morning. 

  • Flannel – Counting Cars20160917_154101
    • A fun flannel you can do movements to or just practice your counting and colors.
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • A fun movement song. Any version will work.
  • Rhyme – Tick Tock, Tick Tock
    • This is a fun lapsit rhyme with a lift at the end as we “cuckoo!”

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock.

  • Book – Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee51nc8mg2ddl-_sy497_bo1204203200_
    • The best part about taking a storytime break over the summer is that I can come back with all my favorites. This one allows the caregivers to bounce as I read the story.
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers
  • Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. 

  • Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle
  • WAY UP HIGH! 
  • Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. 
  • Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle
  • WAY DOWN LOW! 
  • How else to fingers like to wiggle?
  • (wiggle on different body parts)

  • Song/Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • A classic kids song and a chance to shake our shakers!
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: Lots of big guys in this group today, but they were very well behaved once I made my, “let’s not step on babies,” announcement. It’s so funny how different the groups are year to year. Last year, I could have enough bounces and lifts but this year they don’t seem quite as into it. Must have more clapping and finger plays instead! Other than that all good 🙂

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 9/17/18

Hi Guys!

I am so excited that we are back to our weekly baby storytimes! Our library is actually doing 4 weekly storytimes now… phew! I went back to a few of my favorite oldies and a couple of new additions for this first one back.

Here’s what I planned:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • This one goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
  • 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!

  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I did this one for my ASL storytime over the summer and it went over great. So of course I am going to use it as an intro for all my storytimes this week!
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs. 51oulf6k3al-_sy498_bo1204203200_
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toe and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This one of my favorite movement songs for babies. Simple and light.
  • Board Book – Where’s the Giraffe? by Ingela Peterson Arrhenius
    • I also pick one board book to pass out, so that we can do one-on-one reading and promote that touch and feel development. This one is extra great for the later because it’s a flip-the-flap with felt flaps.
  • Stretch – This is big, big, big…

    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)

  • Rhyme – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • This is a fun one with simple movements and we get a lift when the babies blast off at the end.

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 rocketship. Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… BLASTOFF!

  • Flannel – Whoosh Went the Wind
    • Gotta have a flannel or some prop in baby storytime. This one is fun because the babies and caregivers can move their arms with the wind and blow along.
  • Movement Song – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • Any version will work here. I like a nice slow one for my baby storytime.
  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…
    • We love our bounces and lifts in baby storytime.

I bounce you here, I bounce you there
I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
I tickle you here, I tickle you there
I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
I hug you here, I hug you there
I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Book – Overboard!by Sarah Weeks51v4sf5ayrl-_sx443_bo1204203200_
    • This is my ultimate favorite baby storytime book because we practice our phonetic awareness with the different sounds and every time I say “overboard” the caregivers dip their babies to the side.
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Another favorite of mine!

Going up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. 1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Song/Shakers – Shake my Sillies Out
    • Just a fun one to shake our shaker eggs.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: Pretty good! A smaller group to start with, which is always the case and always nice for getting back in the swing of things. I ended up cutting out my flannel board but other than that, everything went perfectly according to plan!

That’s all for now!

-M-