Family Storytime – 12/28/19 – Snow 

Family Storytime – 12/28/19 – Snow

  • 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 – H.E.L.L.O.
    • We clap out each letter of “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 – Skinnamarink 51ughcdh78l._sx368_bo1204203200_
    • This is a great one to warm up to and everyone knows these movements.
  • ASL – SNOW / COLD / SNOWMAN
  • Book – Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
    • This can be a little long but you can really get in to it and it rhymes.
  • Rhyme – Winter Hokey Pokey
    • This is basically the hokey pokey but with gloves and boots.

You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out,
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the snowy pokey and you bounce, bounce, bounce,
Baby, that’s what it’s all about!

Left mitten, Right boot, Left boot, snow suit

  • Activity – Sleeping, Sleeping…
    • This is a game my mom taught me. You put the kids to sleep, “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping,” and you wake them up as different animals, “And when they woke up they were….” Just don’t forget to put your animals back to bed and wake them up as children.
    • I figured we’d play our usual game but with hibernating animals.
  • Flannel – Five Little Snowmen
    • I have a magnet board with five snowmen for this one, as well as the movements that go with the song.

Five little snowmen standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
Each with a hat (pat head) and a big red bow (pull at neck like a bow tie)
Along came the sun (arms form big circle over head)
And it shone all day (lean to the left)
And one of those snowmen melted away! (put down one finger)
Continue until there are no snowmen left.

  • Rhyme – Once there was a snowman
    • This was a fun one I found online. 61xe2xsks0l._sy498_bo1204203200_

Once was there was a snowman, a snowman, a snowman
Once there was a snowman
He was tall, tall, tall
In the sun he melted, he melted, he melted
In the sun he melted
Now he’s small, small, small
https://www.literacious.com/2016/02/03/toddler-storytime-theme-snow/

  • Book – Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kushkin
    • I tend to pretend to put hats on and off for this one.
  • Rhyme – Snowflake, Snowflake

Snowflake, snowflake in the sky,
Love to watch you floating by.
Down you fall upon the ground.
Down you fall without a sound.
Snowflake, snowflake in the sky,
Love to watch you floating by.
https://jbrary.com/winter-storytime/

  • Song/Shakers – Do You Want to Build a Snowman by Frozen
    • How could I not pass out shakers and dance to this one?
  • 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.
  • Rhyme – Our Hands Say Thank You

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.”
(https://anneslibrarylife.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/baby-storytime-scarves/)

  • 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:

Not a bad storytime. I added a “Shake Your Sillies Out” about halfway through storytime for a bit of a dance break annnnnd “Do you wanna build a snowman” may not have been the best shaker song, but I had fun singing it.

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Baby Storytime: 12/16/19 – Winter 

Baby Storytime: 12/16/19 – Winter

  • Hello Rhyme – Hello Little Babies612emx8fowl._sx450_bo1204203200_
    • I do a different hello rhyme each month.

Hello little babies, let’s stretch up high.
Stretch so high, you reach the sky.
Now wave little babies and say hello.
Say hello, good morning.

  • ASL – SNOW / WARM / COLD
    • 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 – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • Any version of this song is great for little hands.
  • Board Book – Baby Loves Winter! by Karen Katz
    • I pass these out to encourage one-on-one reading. This one even has flaps, so it’s extra interactive between baby and caregiver.
  • Rhyme – Snowy Pokey
    • Basically, the hokey pokey but with mittens and boots.

You put your right mitten in,IMG_0605
You take your right mitten out,
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the snowy pokey and you bounce, bounce, bounce,
Baby, that’s what it’s all about!

Left mitten, Right boot, Left boot, snow suit 

  • Song/Scarves –  Shake Your Scarves by Johnette Downing
    • I figured a snow themed storytime deserves scarves.
  • Book/Flannel – Bundle Up by Jennifer Sattler
    • This is a flannel of a board book I made a while back. We’re gonna give it a go with the babies.
  • Rhyme – Five Little Snowmen
    • I’ve done this one before as a finger play but I may also use a flannel.

Five little snowmen standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
Each with a hat (pat head) and a big red bow (pull at neck like a bow tie)
Along came the sun (arms form big circle over head)
And it shone all day (lean to the left)
And one of those snowmen melted away! (put down one finger)

Continue until there are no snowmen left.

  • Book/Puppets – Oh! by Kevin Henkes61-qrfq9a7l._sx493_bo1204203200_
    • This is a great one to do with puppets! Nice and short too.
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Probably my favorite lift!

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 – I Bounce You
    • And my favorite bounce!

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 – Silly Dance Contest
    • Shaker time!
  • Song/Bubbles – Took a Bath in a Washing Machine by Jim Gill
    • Bubbles are great because when we track the bubbles with our eyes, we are actually strengthening the eye muscles we later use when we learn to read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Goodbye Little Babies

Goodbye little babies, let’s touch our toes.
Touch your toes, reach down low.
Now wave little babies and say goodbye.
Say goodbye, so long.

  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin

How’d it go:

I jinxed it. It actually snowed today. Ha! So we had a really really small group. It was kind of nice but also really weird.

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Family Storytime: Hello Winter!

Hi Guys, it is now officially winter and so let’s all say hello to winter in this family storytime for all ages!

  • 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
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • Stretch – Simon Says
    • This is a great way to get the kids up and moving.
  • ASL – SNOW / COLD / WINTER
    • 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 – Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks OR Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
    • I haven’t decided which one of these I am going to use yet. I am going to gauge my audience the day of.
  • Rhyme – Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky
    • Another fun one from Jbrary with simple movements and a nice rhyme.
  • Song – Snow on the Rooftops by Kathy Reid-Naiman
    • IMG_0664This is an easy one to add movements to as you follow along.
  • Magnet/White Board – The First Day of Winter by Karma WilsonFor this one, I am going to draw my snowman body on the white board and add my magnets as I “sing” the story to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. This should be interesting.
    • This is a game my mom taught me. You put the kids to sleep by saying: “sleeping, sleeping a9780688170530_p0_v2_s550x406ll our friends
      are sleeping. Game – Sleeping, Sleeping… And when they woke up they were _____.” And you can wake them up as anything you want, bears, cats, dogs. And keep putting them to sleep and waking them up. But don’t forget to turn them back to good little boys and girls at the end!
  • Book/Puppets – Oh! by Kevin HenkesI’m getting more into puppets, which is perfect for this book because it is a little small. So the puppets will add nicely to the story.
  • Rhyme w/props – The Winter Hokey Pokey
    • I intend to bring in mittens and gloves and add on each garment as we do that part of the hokey pokey.

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  • Song/Shakers – Jingle Bells
    • Why not shake to Jingle Bells, that is the question.
  • 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 – 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 cracked me up! First, I changed up my intro and exit a bit and tried some random rhymes I found the other day. I’ll post about them later. And then I totally butchered The First Day of Winter with my singing and everyone was cracking up with me about it. The kids might have been confused but the parents got a kick out of it. ALSO, the kids kept stealing my magnets so my snowman didn’t come out quite right.

Finally, a woman after the program came up to me and asked me if I was an opera singer because I was SO LOUD! hahahahahaha! Made my day.

All and all, this was a really fun storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 12/17/18

Hi Guys,

This is my last baby storytime until the new year! Hopefully it’ll tied everyone over 🙂

  • 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 – Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill
    • Jim Gill just has some wonderful, easy, slow movement songs for little guys.
  • Board Book/Flannel – Bundle Up by Jennifer Sattler
    • For this one, I passed out the board book to everyone but I also thought it was the perfect story for a flannel. So we read together and I also included the flannel for an extra layer of fun!
  • 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 do fingers like to wiggle?
(wiggle on different body parts)

  • Finger Play – Five Little Snowmen
    • Another fun one that you could to a flannel for. Instead we are going to use our fingers.

Five little snowmen standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
Each with a hat (pat head) and a big red bow (pull at neck like a bow tie)
Along came the sun (arms form big circle over head) 
And it shone all day (lean to the left)
And one of those snowmen melted away! (put down one finger)

Continue until there are no snowmen left.

  • 51Lqo3HDBdL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Song/Scarves – Shake Your Scarves by Johnette Downing
    • Using our scarves we follow along with the music.
  • Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • This is a really simple song for practicing those hand movements.
  • Book – Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals
    • I know this is a really small book… but I really want to use it!
  • 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 – Trot Trot to Boston
    • Obviously another classic bounce.
  • Song/Shakers – Rockin’ Robin by Joanie Bartels
    • Such a good beat with this one.
  • 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 was a really old crowd. Only about 20% were actually in the correct age rang, which made it hard because I didn’t want to edit my storytime for the older kids because this is a baby storytime. Everything worked out but it felt a little off because of how big the age range was. Oh well. We’ll start back up fresh in the new year!

That’s all for now!

-M-

The First Day of Winter

I decided I would make a magnet board for Denise Fleming’s The First Day of Winter and boy did this take more time then I thought it would.

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I basically hand drew each of the 10 items:

Red hat with a gold snap, two blue mittens, three scarves, four prickly pinecones, five birdseed pockets, six tiny twigs, seven maple leaves, eight orange candies, nine big black buttons and ten roasted peanuts.

Then I laminated everything and stuck magnets on the back on them.

Went I tested them out on my snowman, I realized that anywhere there were magnets on the snowman’s body, my pieces would stay stuck. SO when I use this for storytime, I am going to draw my snowman on the white board and just use the pieces to tell the story.

I am also going to attempt to sing the story to the tune of: The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Honestly, if I can get through it without dying laughing, I’ll deem it a success. HA!

That’s all for now!

-M-