Lapsit Storytime – 10/16/17

Hi Guys,

This will actually be my last storytime post for a while. I will be going on maternity leave shortly, but I’ll try to keep up with my book reviews at least.

Here’s a list of what we did this week:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.

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 – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • Everyone knows this classic. We do it three times, faster and faster each time. By then end, all my sleepy kiddos are ready to go!
  • Song w/ Movements – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a classic and if you are not comfortable singing the song yourself, there are several versions you can download and play the music. This time I used a CD.
  • Lap Bounce – Bumping Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon51a6akqlcol-_sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I did the first two verses of this classic rhyme. Baby bounced on our laps during first verse and during the second, every time we said “axles broken,” we would stop bouncing and dip baby to one side.
  • Story – Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti I did this one a little differently this time. I read each page and flipped the flap and then I had the grownups turn baby toward them and repeat each different peek-a-boo with baby.
  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

(Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.)

  • Prop – Five Little Pumpkins
    • I made my own gate and pumpkins and taped them to a white board. We then counted out the pumpkins and went through the rhyme together, pointing out each pumpkin as we went.
  • Song – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This is a song with minimal movements, perfect for baby storytime.
  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Story – EEK! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton51esrqagbml-_sx458_bo1204203200_
    • I love Sandra Boynton and her board books are great. I enlarged this boardbook on our printer and was able to make my own big book to read.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Chugg-A-Lugg-A Choo-Choo by Johnette Downing
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the shakers.
  • Slow down Rhyme – Patty Cake
    • Just a slow easy rhyme to ease on out with.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go? This was a great storytime. We started to run out of time at the end so I nixed Patty Cake but other than that everything seemed to go as planned. We had a lot of late arrivals for some reason, so that sort of interrupted our flow a bit but we made do and had lots of fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Lapsit Storytime – 9/11/17

Hi Guys,

Took a little blogging hiatus there for a bit, but I will be back with book reviews this week!

It is finally September, which means baby storytime is back in action! Lapsit is my favorite storytime group. This is a storytime for 0-11 months and we always get lots of laughs and giggles.

Here’s a list of what we did this week:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.

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 – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill
    • We follow along with the lyrics and do the movements.
  • Movement Rhyme – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a classic and if you are not comfortable singing the song yourself, there are several versions you can download and play the music.
  • Story – Overboard! by Sarah Weeks 51v4sf5ayrl-_sx443_bo1204203200_
    • This is my favorite baby storytime book to use. It’s full of fun rhymes and alliteration, which is great for phonetic awareness AND whenever I read the word “overboard” the parents dip the babies from side to side. This is really a crowd favorite.
  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

(Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.)

  • Movement Rhyme – I’m a Little Tea Pot
    • Another classic. We do allo of these rhymes twice because repetition is important for the little ones.
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • I planned quite a few songs this time because my allergies have all but taken my voice. So what’s better then playing a song with easy movements.
  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Story – Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch 51dkivpew2l-_sx474_bo1204203200_
    • This is just a fun flip the flap book. Easy to read and fun little surprises as each of the animals get sleepy and yawwwwn.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the shakers.
  • Slow down Rhyme – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • We do this one three times, softer and softer each time.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go? This was a whole new crew with lots of fresh faces. Everyone was pretty good at participating and we all had a lot of fun! So happy Lapsit is back!

That’s all for now!

-M-

LapSit Storytime – 3/13/17

It’s time for another LapSit Storytime! This time I picked one of my favorite stories and a bunch of our most popular rhymes.

Here’s a list of what we did:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.

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 – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
    • I like to get warmed up with this classic.
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor.
    • We follow along with the lyrics and do the movements.
  • Movement Exercise – Here is a Beehive
    • I have a glove with bees on each finger and I hold up a paper beehive.

Here is a beehive, where are all the bees?

Hiding away where nobody sees.

Watch and you’ll see them come out the hive.

One, two, three, four, five.

Bzzzzz…all fly away!

  • Story – Overboard! By Sarah Weeks 51v4sf5ayrl-_sx443_bo1204203200_
    • This one asks for grownup participation. Everytime I say “overboard” the grownups dip the kiddies forward. Always gets lots of giggles and this is a great one for practicing the sounds different words make.
  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.

  • Movement Rhyme – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • Everyone knows this one!
  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

First floor, second floor, third floor, down!

  • Story – Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti 51zcbrmtg2bl-_sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I actually have a ton of copies of this one, so I passed them out so each grownup had a copy to flip the flaps with the kids while I read.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Chugga Lugga Choo Choo
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the shakers.
  • Movement Rhyme – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    • We pick a nice slow rhyme so slow down with.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go? When I rang my storytime bell, I had literally two toddlers walk in. But thankfully after a few more minutes we ended up with a small but diverse group of 10 kids and 11 adults. Passing out Peek-a-Moo went great and the adults surprisingly read along with me. Everything seemed to go well and we all had a good time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

LapSit Storytime- 2/13/17

It’s time for another LapSit Storytime! This time I picked two stories that have to do with love or friendships or hearts–just a mini plug for Valentines Day. I don’t normally get too crazy with themes for this age group.

Here’s a list of what we did:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.Welcome, welcome everyoneNow 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 – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
    • I like to get warmed up with this classic.
  • Song w/ Movements – Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill
    • We follow along with the lyrics and do the movements.
  • Movement Exercise – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a song with easy movements that can help with dexterity.Roll, roll, roll your handsAs fast as fast can be

      Do it now, let me see. Do it now with me.

      (repeat with verses for clapping hands, tapping feet, and shaking legs)

  • Story – A Splendid Friend, Indeed! by Suzanne Bloom51wo-yn8bml-_sx388_bo1204203200_
    • This one is a lot of fun if you do the voices!
  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.

  • Movement Rhyme – I’m a Little Tea Pot
    • This is a classic and if I have some bigger kids in the group they can do it themselves.
  • Song w/ Movements – The Wheels on the Bus
    • We use the version where the babies bounce not cry.
  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Story – My Heart is Like a Zoo by Micheal Hall 41-op1mqcll-_sx364_bo1204203200_
    • Our library doesn’t actually own a copy of this one, so I made my own storyboard with craft sticks.
  • Song w/ Scarves – Let’s Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the scarves. They’re my personal favorite.
  • Movement Rhyme – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • We pick a nice slow rhyme so slow down with.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go? This is always an easy group to please. We had a good turnout and even some new faces. All in all, a successful storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

LapSit Storytime- 1/9/17

Hey Guys,

After a month hiatus, we getting back in the swing of things with storytime. First up for me this month is LapSit Rhyme Time. This is a storytime for babies up to 11 months. We do a lot of bounces, rhymes and movement exercises.

Here’s a list of what we did:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.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 – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
    • I like to get warmed up with this classic.
  • Song w/ Movement – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor.
    • This is a song with easy movements that can help with dexterity.
  • Movement Exercise – Open Shut Them
    • This is a great one for working with those hands and getting some mobility practice.Open shut them
      Open shut them
      Give a little clap, clap, clap

      Open shut them
      Open shut them
      Lay them on your lap, lap, lap

      Creep them creep them
      Creep them creep them
      Right up to your chin, chin, chin
      Open wide your little mouth
      But do not let them in

  • Movement Exercise – The  Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • This is a classic everyone knows and another great one for getting those fingers moving.
  • Story – Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox 51iovw9wugl-_sy448_bo1204203200_
    • This one is great for repetition and it can be interactive if you want to help baby wiggle those toes and fingers.
    • This book is also multicultural because we talk about babies from all different parts of the world with all different backgrounds.
  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.

  • Song w/ Movement – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a song with easy movements that can help with dexterity.

Roll, roll, roll your hands

As fast as fast can be

Do it now, let me see. Do it now with me.

(repeat with verses for clapping hands, tapping feet, and shaking legs)

  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.Going up and down in an elevator

      Up and down in an elevator

      Up and down in an elevator

      First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Story – Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett51ewcziyccl-_sx497_bo1204203200_
    • For this one I had some props so we could identify the items first. Then we worked through the book identifying the words, shapes, colors and how they could be mixed up. Also lots of rhyme!
  • Song with Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • I play any version of the song Mr. Sun and we use shakers and sing along.
  • Movement Rhyme – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • We slow things down with this rhyme and get ready to say goodbye.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: We had quite a large crowd for this one and shockingly enough all babies! We almost always get some older kiddos in LapSit, but this time it was all our little ones. We had quite a few sleepy faces in the bunch but overall, giggles were to be had.

That’s all for now!

-M-