I liked this book! The little frog leap frogs over different things but always comes back to mama frog.
Felt Board: 5 Little Froggies
Five little froggies sitting on a well,
One looked up (point up)
and down he fell. (fall down)
Froggies jump high (reach up high)
Froggies jump low (reach down low)
Four little froggies hopping two and fro.
(Keep going until there are no more frogs.)
I like that this little rhyme for the flannel board has actions to go along with it to keep everyone interested and moving while we count down the froggies.
This is the first time I’ve tried using a nonfiction book in storytime, and I’m not sure how well it went over. It was shorter than Leap Back Home to Me but didn’t seem to hold the kids’ attention. I’ll have to think this over before trying another nonfiction book.
Song: Mm Ah Went the Little Green Frog
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
And they all went mmm, mmm, ahh.
But… We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
They don’t go mmm, mmm, ahh.
This is a classic kids’ song, but if you haven’t heard it before Jbrary has their version here.
What I Didn’t Use:
Fingerplay: “Two Little Frogs”
Two little frogs sitting on a hill, One named Jack and one named Jill. “Jump,” said Jack. “Jump,” said Jill. And they both jumped down the great big hill. Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill. And they both jumped up the great big hill.
Here’s Mr. Bullfrog (make a fist) Sitting on a rock (put fist on palm) Into the water he jumps KERPLOP! (clap loudly)
And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag. Also, just a reminder – we will be taking a break from Littles over the summer, so this was our last regular session for a few months. BUT!! Miss Marta and I have planned some really fun themed storytimes for over the summer too. We hope you can join us for Storytime Rocks! on June 3rd at 10 AM for a super fun music and dance themed storytime. Or why not check out Messing Around at 10 AM on July 1st, our art themed storytime program? We promise it will be LOTS of fun and make LOTS of messes. But don’t worry, you leave the clean up to us! Both programs are for kids up to age 6, with siblings welcome. Hope to see you there!
From the publisher: How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker? When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk. A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.
You ever read a book so good that once you finish it, you hug it and thank it for its existence like some kind of nerdy version of KonMari? That is exactly what I did after finishing Carlos Hernandez’s middle grade debut, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe. Sal is one of the most delightful and charming protagonists I’ve read in a long time, and even though the scifi part of the plot wasn’t as significant as I had expected, it never dragged because I loved Hernandez’s style so much. Filled with heart and humor, this is a story about love and grief and friendship without ever getting preachy. The publisher suggested ages are 8 to 12, but I think kids on the older end of that range and even into young adult readers would better appreciate it. Highly, highly recommended.
We’re crazy for caterpillars lately! The caterpillars we’ve been raising have been getting bigger every day. If you haven’t stopped in to check them out, you’re missing out! It’s pretty fun to see them crawling around and chowing down on their food. Here are some fun books about caterpillars and butterflies to share with your little ones.
Song: Hands are Clapping
To the tune of Skip to My Lou
Hands are clapping, clap clap clap Hands are clapping, clap clap clap Hands are clapping, clap clap clap Clap your hands my darling!
Toes are tapping, tap tap tap Toes are tapping, tap tap tap Toes are tapping, tap tap tap Tap your toes my darling!
Our craft this week was a rain cloud. I slightly altered the instructions from this blog to make them individual clouds instead of a mobile and used a cloud clip art I found online. And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag. And be sure to come back next Monday to check out what Miss Marta did!
For this month’s Five on Friday, I’ve put together 5 articles about kids’ books and literacy that I found interesting. I hope you do too!
Why do we read sad books? Are sad books helpful for kids? Author Jo Knowles’ article has a really interesting take on the purpose and value of sad books for kids here.
Any children’s librarian will tell you the importance of reading to your child. But don’t just take it from us – a recent study found that kids who are read one short book per day start kindergarten knowing 290,000 more words than kids whose parents didn’t read to them. If you increase the number of books to five per day, the difference in vocabulary bumps up to 1.4 million words. Wow! Read more on why you should read to your kids here.
I remember reading Richard Scarry books when I was a kid, and it makes me smile to see they are still around today. But they’re not the exact same books as they were when I was young, because Scarry has been subtly updating them to better reflect changing values in society. How cool! Check out some of the altered pictures here.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, the Library of Congress has put 67 classic children’s books online! Their news release states that “From Humpty Dumpty to Little Red Riding Hood, the books in this collection were published in the United States and England before 1924, are no longer under copyright, and are free to read and share.” So why not head over to the School Library Journal article covering it and check it out?
Speaking of books I grew up on, Baby-sitters Club was another series I remember enjoying. With Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel adaptation, they’ve come back into popularity. Riding on the wave of sudden relevance, Elle Fanning and others are recording audiobooks for the entire 131-book series.
And that’s all for this month! Be sure to check back in June, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.