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-

Baby Storytime: 9/16/19 – Transportation 

Baby Storytime: 9/16/19 – Transportation

  • Hello Rhyme
    • This is one I got from Jbrary. You teach the ASL signs for “hello, friends, time & say.” Then you all do it together.

Hello friends,
Hello friends,
It’s time to say hello.

  • ASL – CAR / PLANE / TRAIN 61is4vriajl._sx447_bo1204203200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song –  Little Red Caboose by Joanie Bartels
    • This is a fun one to sing and to bounce to.
  • Board Book – Vroom, Vroom, Trucks! By Karen Katz
    • I pass out my board books to promote one-on-one reading. My baby group always loves cars and the sounds they make.
  • Rhyme – I’m an Airplane
    • This is a fun one that can be adapted for babies by leaning from side to side.

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 – The Wheels on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade20160917_154101
    • A song everyone knows and has simple movements.
  • Flannel/Puppet – Flannel Cars
    • I haven’t decided if we are going to count, identify colors or do a driving rhyme with this one yet.
  • Finger Play – This Little Train
    • I love this one because it ends with a boop on the nose and a tickle.

The little train ran up the track (run fingers up arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train noises and tap nose)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train noises and tap nose)
Trains!

  • Rhyme – Helicopter
    • You can teach the ASL sign for “Helicopter” which makes this one even more fun! I toyed with making this one a lift but didn’t want to get to crazy 🙂

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around
Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)
Away we GO!

  • Book – Freight Train by Donald Crews
    • This is one of my favorite train books and we have it as a big book!
  • Lift – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • Time to work those muscles!

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!

  • 510-T7UwUrL._SY402_BO1,204,203,200_Bounce – I Bounce You
    • This one ends in a hug! 

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/Shaker –  Chugga Lugga Choo Choo
    • I can’t remember who sang this one but it’s a perfect song to shake to as our shakers sound like the train going up the tracks!
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubble Bath by Joanie Bartels
    • When we track bubbles with our eyes we are strengthening the eye muscles we later use for reading.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – ASL Goodbye
    • We end the same way we started except we learn the sign for goodbye instead of hello.
  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin

 

How’d it go:

I felt like I was so not with it this morning but got several compliments, so it must have went well! 😛

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 3/18/19

It’s baby storytime, time! Here is what we did this week:

  • Hello Rhyme – Clap and Sing Hello
    • This is a new hello song for me so we will see how it goes. I created a flip-chart with “hello” on one side and “goodbye” on the other. Same words, just sub hello/goodbye.
  • ASL Baby Signs – CAR / HELICOPTER / BOAT513kypyoixl._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I’ve decided that for the babies, instead of teaching them a rhyme in sign language, that I am going to start teaching three vocabulary words each time. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Rolls Your Hands by Toddlers on Parade
    • I love this slow, easy movement song for babies.
  • Board Book – Through The Town by Craig Shuttlewood
    • I’ve actually done this one before… maybe a year ago. This is a great one to pass out because your caregiver can move babies fingers along the grooves (road) as we read the story.
  • Action Rhyme – I’m An Airplane
    • I actually did this one for family storytime a few weeks ago. And I think it will work even better with the babies in our laps.

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)

  • Flannel board – Cars & Colors 20160917_154101
    • Basically, I just told the kids that: “There are lots of cars driving down the street. What color do you see? Beep, Beep, Beep.” We also practiced our counting by counting out the cars as we went.
  • Action Rhyme – Helicopter
    • This is a new one for me and I love it! We do the ASL sign for “helicopter” and we use that sign to do the rhyme. I’m also playing with the idea of using BABY as the helicopter. I’ll try this one at home with my 24 pound toddler and see how my arms do!

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around

Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)

  • Movement exercise – Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
    • Put baby on your lap and sway back and forth with the music. Or just sway with the older kids.
  • Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboard, a sailboat
    Have you ever seen a sailboat waving its sails.
    Wave this way, and that way.
    This way and that way.
    Have you every seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails!

  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade
    • I feel like I just did this song but… it’s a fan favorite!
  • Book – Toot Toot, Beep Beep by Emma Garcia 61nxvltkvel._sy489_bo1204203200_
    • Lots of fun sounds in this one and goes with my kinda, sorta transportation theme.
  • Lift – Tick Tock, Tick TockThis 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.

  • Lift/Bounce – Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
    • I love bounces!!!

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/Shaker – On the Road Again by Joanie Bartels
    • I can’t get over this song. I just want to sing the whole thing and it totally works for shakers!
  • Song/Bubbles – Splish Splash by Mr. AI
    • A totally appropriate bubble song. The eye muscles we use to track the bubbles are the same muscles we use when we read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Clap and Sing Goodbye
    • We end the same way we started.
  • 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 had quite a crowd today and lots of fun! Every seemed to really like Giddy-Up and I’m an Airplane. Overall, a successful baby storytime.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Transportation

Family Storytime – 2/23/19 – 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 – Everybody Count! 
    • This is a new one for me. I’ve used it once before and it’s kind of fun. Almost a rap really.

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.

  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • You all know this one. I do it faster and faster until we are going so fast we can barely say the words!
  • ASL – STOP / SLOW / GO61avfulpcrl._sy410_bo1204203200_
    • I always teach my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with every theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communication with each other. We have a large deaf community near my library so learning just a few signs are great! I usually use Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language.
  • Book – Preschool to the Rescue by Judy Sierra
    • I just thought this book was soooo cute even though it is quite old. You think all these cars and trucks are getting stuck in the mud, until the preschoolers come and say the day and you realize they are all toys.
  • Movement exercise – Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
    • Put baby on your lap and sway back and forth with the music. Or just sway with the older kids.

Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboard, a sailboat
Have you ever seen a sailboat waving its sails.
Wave this way, and that way.
This way and that way.
Have you every seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails!

  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade
    • 51bi6f3mrll-_sx496_bo1204203200_Just a classic movement song we all love!
  • Game – Stoplight freeze dance
    • I created red, yellow and green circles on popsicle sticks. When I held up the green, they’d drive their cars. Yellow and they would drive in slow motion. Red and they would have to freeze in place. I showed them in different orders and at different paces to make it more fun. A freeze dance for cars!
  • Action Rhyme – I’m An Airplane

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)

  • Story with puppet – Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The 20161007_155100Bus! by Mo Willems
    • I created a pigeon puppet and instead reading the story, I told the kids that no matter how much the pigeon begged, they couldn’t let him drive the bus. So I was the pigeon and the kids kept telling me no every time I asked. It was really fun.
  • Movement Rhyme – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

    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.
    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF!

  • Song with Shakers – Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Choo
    • Always a risk, but I passed out shakers and we shook our fanny’s off to the song.
  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator!
    • Another new one for me. I needed to mix up my hellos and goodbyes for my regulars.

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)

  • 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 swear, there was anywhere from 100-150 people and everything I planned seemed to run smoothly. Transportation for the win!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Transportation

Hi Guys,

This past Saturday it was my turn to run Family Storytime. This is a storytime for families with kids of all ages. It’s a fun one but can be tough because you have to prepare to entertain a vast variety of kids. Here’s what we did this week:

I always start with:

  • 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
  • Song – Skidamarink

From there we went on to our theme of transportation.

  • ASL Rhyme – I taught the group the ASL signs for Red, Yellow & Green. For the rest of the storytime anytime we used these colors the kids did the signs.

Stop, says the RED light. Go, says the green.

Now just wait, says the YELLOW light in-between.

That’s what they say and that’s what they mean.

We all must obey them, even the queen.

  • Feltboard – Cars & Colors 20160917_154101
    • Basically, I just told the kids that “There are lots of cars driving down the street. What color do you see? Beep, Beep, Beep.” For the colors we knew signs for we did them while shouting out the colors.
  • Story – I’m Dirty by Kate & Jim McMullan61adayapugl-_sy424_bo1204203200_
    • You have to be really expressive with this one in order to make it fun. Shorten if you have to but throw a little swagger in when you read it.
  • Game – Stoplight freeze dance
    • I created red, yellow and green circles on popsicle sticks.
    • When I held up the green, they’d drive their cars. Yellow and they would drive in slow motion. Red and they would have to freeze in place.
    • I showed them in different orders and at different paces to make it more fun. A freeze dance for cars!
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • Just a classic movement song.
  • Movement exercise – Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
    • Put baby on your lap and sway back and forth with the music. Or just sway with the older kids.

Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboard, a sailboat

Have you ever seen a sailboat waving its sails.

Wave this way, and that way. 

This way and that way. 

Have you every seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails!

  • Story with puppet – Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! 20161007_155100
    • I created a pigeon puppet and instead reading the story, I told the kids that no matter how much the 51bi6f3mrll-_sx496_bo1204203200_pigeon begged, they couldn’t let him drive the bus. So I was the pigeon and the kids kept telling me no every time I asked. It was really fun.
  • Song with Shakers – Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Choo
    • Always a risk, but I passed out shakers and we shook our fanny’s off to the song.
  • Movement Rhyme – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

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.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF!

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. We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • 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:

This was a great storytime! It was a great group of kids and I had some really stellar, involved grown-ups. We got through everything I wanted to get through and didn’t get stuck once. Overall, this was a really successful storytime and one I will definitely save to break out again in the future.

That’s all for now!

-M-