Baby Storytime: 12/3/18

Hi guys! Happy December! Here is what we did for this weeks 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 – If You’re Happy and You Know It by Six Little Ducks
    • I tend to use this one more toward the end of my storytimes but we can be happy anytime right?
  • Board Book – Quiet, Loud by Leslie Patricelli
    • I really like this one because I can be loud and whisper. Passing out these board books also promotes one-on-one reading. 
  • Rhyme – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • I love watching the little ones try to do this classic rhyme. If you do it often enough you can really see how they progress week to week.
  • Flannel – Five Elephants in a Bathtub
    • I’ve done this one before and it is just a silly flannel to do about elephants in a bathtub.
  • Song/Scarves – Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing
    • I tend to overlook the scarves but they are great for baby and this is a song where we get to pretend to be butterflies and birds.
  • 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)

  • Book – The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
    • This is just a really lovely book. Read it, you’ll love it.
  • Lift/Bounce – Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up 51gEY86ijML._SX474_BO1,204,203,200_

Giddy-up, giddy up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)

  • Song/Shakers – Can’t Stop the Feeling by The Trolls Soundtrack
    • I’m still not over this song. 
  • Song/Bubbles – Splish Splash by Mr. Ai
    • Who doesn’t love a good song and some bubbles!
  • 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 great! We were right on time and it was a nice medium sized group. 

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 11/26/18

Hi guys, here is what we did in baby storytime this week:

  • 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 – Clap, Tap, Bend by It’s Toddler Time
    • This is a fun, quick song, with simple movements that are easy to do with a baby on your lap.
  • Board Book – What’s Wrong, Little Pookie? by Sandra Boynton
    • Passing out board books is great to promote one-on-one reading and Boynton has some really great, silly rhymes. 
  • Prop – Little Bunny in a Hat
    • This is such a cute puppet rhyme! Thanks Jbrary!

Little bunny in a hat, sitting to still.
Will is come out? Yes it will!
It looks to the left. It looks to the right. 
It looks straight ahead. And pops out of sight!

  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade
    • Everyone loves wheels on the bus! Perfect movements for the littlest ones.
  • Rhyme – Paddy Cake
    • Everyone knows this classic rhyme and it’s a great one to do with baby in your lap.
  • Book – Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia
    • This is a newer picture book with a nice rhyme and the options of adding in some colors and counting. 
  • Lift – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • Gotta include at least one lift every storytime! Work those muscles!
  • 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 – Chugg-A-Lugg-A-Choo-Choo by Johnette Downing
    • I like this one for a shaker song because we can pretend to be a train going down the tracks. 
  • Song/Bubbles – I took a bath in a washing machine by Jim Gil
    • Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we 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:

We’ve been speeding through these storytimes, so I threw in an extra Itsy Bitsy Spider for good measure! This was a teeny tiny group that started with 3 and ended with 9. We really liked the train book and song. 

That’s all for now!

-M-

Have a Pinkalicious Spring!

20180409_152156 (1)Man! It feels like forever since I’ve done a new display but I’ve got a really fun one for you this time.

We’ve been getting so many requests for Pinkalicious lately that I knew I just had to do a display. And then I came across this pithy saying on Pinterest and just had to recreate it in my own way!

I hand drew Pinkalicious and used accucut tulips for my flowers. Threw in a few bees, some grass and of course my saying! Other than drawing Pinkalicious this was a quick and easy display. 20180409_152201 (1)

Can’t wait to see what the kids have to say!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Bundle Up!

Hi Guys,

This was my week to do Family Storytime. This is a storytime for all ages, so we try to incorporate rhymes and activities that would appeal to a wide range of kiddies. This week my theme was: Bundle Up!

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – Skidamarink
    • It’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Cold, Snow, Hat, Gloves, Coat.
    • The past few months I’ve been teaching my family storytimers some American Sign Language signs that go along with our storytime theme. This time I picked some easy cold weather signs. 815300Signing Savvy is one resource I use for this.
  • Story – Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
    • I cut out one of the rounds to shorten the story but if you really exaggerate the voices and sound effects it can be really fun!
  • Song w/ Movement – Teddy Bear Turn Around

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the sky.

Teddy bear, teddy bear reach down low.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your toes.

  • Flannel Board – The Three Little Kittens 20160917_175152
    • A classic flannel board for the kids.
  • Game – All the Children Were Sleeping (Hibernating<it is about that time)
    • This is a game my mom taught me (she’s a nanny). You go “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping. And when they woke up, they were ____.” Lions, tigers, bears. You get the kids to act out different movements and sounds. It’s a big hit for my kids. Remember to turn them back to boys and girls at the end!
  • Movement Exercise – Mitten Finger Play
    • I can’t remember the original site I found this one from but the words and movements can’t be found here.
  • Story – Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin1924846
    • I had super ambitions to wear every layer in this book… and then reality took hold. So instead I pretended I was putting on and off all my layers.
  • Scarves – Toss Your Scarves by this time I really need to give my little, little ones something to do. So I pass out scarves and we wave them all around.

Toss your scarves, toss your scarves
Toss them way up high.
Toss your scarves up in the air,
‘til they reach the sky.

Wave your scarves, wave your scarves,
Twirl them ‘round and ‘round.
Twirl your scarves one more time,
Then let them, all fall down.

  • Scarves w/ Song – Let’s Go Fly a Kite
    • Yes, the Mary Poppins song! A second song for waving our scarves.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: After such a small crowd for Lapsit earlier this week I did not expect to have over a hundred people in this storytime. It was quite the crowd. Everyone had a really good time and I only had one rouge baby, crawling past my super magical “do not cross” line. No tears and lots of participation. I was so proud of my signers who tried to incorporate the signs I taught them throughout storytime.

Overall, a successful if exhausting storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Lapsit Storytime-11/14/16

Hi Guys,

Yesterday was my monthly Lapsit storytime. This storytime is for babies up to 11 months. We do lots of bounces and rhymes and we tend to focus on early literacy tools like repetition and phonetic awareness. Lapsit is always a lot of fun!

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

  • 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

  • Story – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
    • I used our big, BIG version of the book and pointed out the letters 51hsu2qlyhl-_sx378_bo1204203200_as we went to work on identifying the letters that go with our ABCs.
  • 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.

  • Puppet – Alligator, Alligator
    • I don’t normally do puppets but this is an easy one that gets the kids giggling.

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 – Roll, roll, roll your hands
    • Just a quick song with prompts, to give my voice a break.

      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 – Sheep Go To Sleep by Nancy Shaw61lchcaswvl-_sy449_bo1204203200_
    • This one has a fun rhyme and we can work on our counting. Mostly, it is my favorite Shaw book.
  • 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: Well, this was my smallest group for Lapsit storytime to date. We only had six sets of grownups and little ones. So it was an intimate little storytime but it still went well. No tears and quite a few giggles!

I have to say, I was just in a funk in planning this one. I kept changing my stories. They were too long or not interactive enough or this, that and the other thing. For this age group, I like to do stories that have some movement with it where the kids can bounce along or clap, etc. But ultimately, the books I chose worked and that’s all that matters. If anyone has any good, short picturebooks with easy movements send them my way!

Overall, a successful if small storytime.

That’s all for now!

-M-