What We Did in Storytime: Spring!

 

Opening Rhyme:  Let’s Get the Rhythm

Thanks again to JBrary for this rhyme!

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

If you please

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Big boulders!

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Oh, dread!

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

How neat!

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

 

Why Should I Walk?  I Can Fly!

by Ann Ingalls

 

This new book is awesome for this developmentally diverse age group!  The story is told in simple rhyme with charming, big illustrations.  It introduces some simple facts about robins, how they learn to fly, and even one of their natural predators.  The story is kept short and sweet, but gives little readers a lot of good info.  There are also facts in the back of the book with real pictures for the more curious readers that could be explored one-on-one.

Hip Hop Body Rock

off Rockin’ Red

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

We changed it up today and danced a bunch with our shaker eggs!  If you haven’t checked out this album, you should!  It is full of great songs to get kids of all ages moving.  Hip Hop Body Rock has the kids shaking their shaker eggs next to the body part called out in the song.

 

Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)

off The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band

by The Laurie Berkner Band

We pretended our shaker eggs were bumblebees for this fun tune.  The verses are slow and soft while the chorus amps up for dancing fun.  During the verses we were sleepy quiet bumblebees but when the chorus hit we got our shakers buzzing.

 

Mouse’s First Spring

by Lauren Thompson

 

As you can see, this book was not on my original set list.  This was a just in case book as the other two books trended a bit longer than my littles were going to sit for today.  This is a fun book with plenty of chances for our littles to name the animals Mouse meets on his first spring walk.  It also let them be a part of the story since I needed helpers to be the wind who sends each new animal friend on it’s way.

 

Even though my setlist has more on it, I stopped storytime after this book today because everyone in the room was ready for some play in our spring centers.  Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica does in storytime!

Miss Marta

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What We Did in Storytime: 4/8

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It’s Monday and that means storytime! Today we read about cars and fish.

SET LIST

Song: If You’re Ready for a Story

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Book: Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Emma Garcia has written some of my favorite books for storytime and this one is no exception!

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish
Swish swish swish, swish swish swish
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish
All through the town

Since I had a longer song planned with Bubble, Bubble, Pop, I kept this one short with just 2 verses.

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Book: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

I liked this book, but it was a little long for our group today. I wish I’d paperclipped a few pages together to shorten it.

Song: Bubble, Bubble, Pop!
One little red fish [hold 1 finger up]
Swimming in the water, [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.
One little red fish [hold 1 finger up]
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP! [twirl index fingers upwards for bubbles and clap for POP!]
Two little blue fish [hold 2 fingers up]
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water.
Two little blue fish [hold 2 fingers up]
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Bubble bubble bubble bubble POP! [twirl index fingers upwards for bubbles and clap for POP!]
Three little yellow fish [hold 3 fingers up]
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water.
Two little blue fish
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Bubble bubble bubble bubble POP! [twirl index fingers upwards for bubbles and clap for POP!]

This song went so well last time that I had to bring it back. Credit goes to Jbrary for this fun little counting song.

What I Didn’t Use: 

Splish Splash Ducky by Lucy Cousins

Hands are Clapping
(to the tune of Skip to the 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!

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!

Miss Jessica

5 on Friday: Spring Picture Books

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring! Winter seemed to drag on forever this year, so I am especially glad to see plants start poking their heads out and feel some warmer weather. In honor of that, I chose my 5 favorite picture books about spring for this month’s 5 on Friday.

 

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And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Fogliano won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nominee for Picture Book Honor Book awards for this sweet story about a boy and his dog planting a garden. They both wait…and wait…and wait some more for the garden to grow.

 

when spring comes

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is a bestselling author for a reason, but what really makes this book a standout to me are Laura Dronzek’s beautiful illustrations. No one knows how to capture the wonder of a season the way she does.

 

fletcher

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher the fox mistakes the falling blossoms as snow and rushes to warn his friends that they have returned from their migrations or woken from hibernation too soon. I really enjoy the Fletcher books and I think kids will too.

 

wake up

Wake Up, it’s Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst

One day, the sun whispers to the earth, “Wake up, it’s spring!” And the earth tells the worm, who tells the seed, and so on until everyone is awake and cheering for springtime. The simple, playful text makes this great for read-alouds.

 

abracadabra

Abracadabra, it’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien

As you might be able to guess from the title, this charming picture book focuses on the magic of winter transforming into spring. Some of the magic words are a bit of a stretch – I’ve never heard anyone say “Alizebu!” before – but the fold-out pages showing the change to a new season are lovely.

And that’s all for this month! Be sure to check back in May, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.

Miss Jessica

 

Reading to Kids Who Won’t Sit Still

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Sitting still and listening to a story? For some kids, that nearly amounts to torture. However, we still want them to have the experience of being read a story. So what can you do? With a little patience and creativity, I think it’s still possible. Here are 7 tips to help get started reading with your wiggly little one.

  1. Just keep reading. Just because they’re moving doesn’t mean they aren’t listening, too. Once kids are mobile they want to move, and honestly, they should! Even if they’re dancing or rolling around on the floor, they’re still benefiting from hearing you read aloud, and oftentimes kids are paying more attention than you realize. Feel free to paraphrase and cut things short if necessary; this is something we do in storytime when the audience is getting antsy and it works just as well at home.
  2. Read at a time when they are already expected to stay in one place, like bedtime, or even mealtimes and bathtime. Start off with a short book and choose more and longer books as their attention span increases. As they get used to this routine, try introducing some of the favorites during other times of the day as well.
  3. Try interactive picture books. Here’s a list of some of my favorites. These books ask readers to participate with the book by touching, shaking, making faces, or otherwise engaging with the book beyond just listening. For kids who hate sitting still, this can be a good way to keep them interested in the story.
  4. Try pop-up books, books with flaps or textures, or other interesting additions they can physically interact with. Fiona Watt has an adorable series of touch-and-feel board books like That’s Not My Bunny or That’s Not My Dinosaur that are a great example.
  5. Give audiobooks a try. Audiobooks are especially great for when you’re in the car or on the move. There are audiobooks and Playaways available at the library for kids of all ages. Stop by and see if we have your favorite or else get a recommendation from the Children’s staff.
  6. Ask questions and talk about the pictures in the story. Not only is this a great literacy strategy, it also helps keep kids engaged. Questions like “What’s happening in this picture?” or “What do you think will happen next?” build reading comprehension skills.
  7. Try keeping their hands busy to stave off the fidgets. I’m an adult and I still have trouble sitting and listening (even to something that I enjoy!) for long periods of time without some way to keep my hands busy. You can use paper and crayons, fidget toys, playdough, blocks, whatever works! This may seem like a distraction, but like I said before – even if kids aren’t sitting perfectly still, they may still be listening to you.

If none of these strategies work, they may just need to mature a little before they are ready, and that’s okay! Pushing them before they’re ready will turn reading into a chore and that’s the last thing anyone wants. So model positive reading behavior and try again frequently, but don’t sweat it too much.

Miss Jessica

 

What We Did in Storytime: 3/25

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We had a full house for storytime today! Dinosaurs and bugs were today’s focus, which I think went over pretty well.

SET LIST (7)

dino

Book: I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone. Super cute illustrations made out of felt and simple rhyming text made this one a winner for me. I did have to clip a couple pages together because I absolutely could not pronounce the dinosaur’s name without saying it suuuuuper slowly and throwing off my reading flow.

Song: The Dino Goes

(to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The tyrannosaurus rex went roar, roar, roar (Curl hands into claws)
roar, roar, roar
roar, roar, roar
The tyrannosaurus rex went roar, roar, roar
When he roamed around

The pterodactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap (Flap arms like wings)
flap, flap, flap
flap, flap, flap
The pterodactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap
When he roamed around

The stegosaurus’s tail went swish, swish, swish (Put hands together and swing back and forth)
swish, swish, swish
swish, swish, swish
The stegosaurus’s tail went swish, swish, swish
When he roamed around

Credit for this song goes to Miss Sarah’s Storytime. This song was a hit! The kids especially seemed to like roaring like T Rex – I heard some pretty enthusiastic growling. I will definitely put this song into my rotation.

bugs

Book: I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges. I’m not a big fan of bugs myself, but it’s certainly a popular theme for little ones. We talked about the different kinds of bugs on the page (the simple ones, anyway), their colors, and what kinds of sounds they make.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Up came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Can’t do a book about bugs without following up with The Itsy Bitsy Spider! We did this song three times since it’s so short. Some of the older kids were able to do the motions themselves, while I suggested for the younger ones that their adult sit them in their lap so they could watch or else creep the spider up their arm.

What I Didn’t Use: I ended up not using Old Bear by Kevin Henkes today, but it’s a very sweet story about the changing of the seasons. The illustrations in particular are gorgeous and well worth the read! We Are the Dinosaurs is an awesome song by Laurie Berkner, but with so many people today I wanted to try The Dino Goes instead. If you’re interested, here are the words to the fingerplay and song on my set list that I didn’t use today:

Two Little Brown Bears

Two little brown bears sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Walking, Walking

Walking, walking
Walking, walking
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now we stop.
Now we stop. 

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!

Miss Jessica

What We Did in Storytime: Underwear!

 

 

 

Opening Rhyme (with shaker eggs): Let’s Get the Rhythm

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

If you please

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Big boulders!

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Oh, dread!

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

How neat!

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

 

We changed up storytime a bit today!  As I welcomed families into storytime, I passed out shaker eggs.  We did our opening rhyme using shaker eggs to tap the rhythm instead of our hands and it went really well!

 

Song: We Shake and We Stop

 

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we shake

and we shake and we shake and we shake

and we stop

 

We tap and we tap and we stop

We tap and we tap and we stop

We tap and we tap and we tap

and we tap and we tap and we tap

and we stop

 

We clap and we clap and we stop

We clap and we clap and we stop

We clap and we clap and we clap

and we clap and we clap and we clap

and we stop

 

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we shake

and we shake and we shake and we shake

and we stop

 

Polar Bear’s Underwear

by Tupera Tupera

 

This is a fun, silly read.  Older Littles can enjoy making predictions about whose underwear Mouse and Polar Bear find along the way.

 

 

Flannel Board: Five Pair of Underpants

I found this cute flannel board over at The Librarian is on the Loose… along with the other flannel board I had as back up for this week.  Five Pair of Underpants was awesome for practicing counting and building rhythm.  I also had some helpful hands ready to grab the undies off the board for me!

 

The Underwear Book

by Todd Parr

 

Great book with awesome pictures.  Parents and older littles were chuckling along as we read about the Do’s and Don’ts of underwear.  Parr’s simple and colorful illustrations pulled in the the younger littles in the room.  If I were to do this book again with this age group, I’d probably paperclip some pages together.

 

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

 

As you may have noticed, we have done this for a few storytimes now.  I’ll probably do it for at least one more.  The older littles are finally doing the 8 counts between actions with me and their confidence is building in doing the actions and predicting what comes next in the song so the participation is almost 100%.

 

What Color is Your Underwear?

by Sam Lloyd

 

This lift-the-flap book is one of my favorites!  The funny ending gets everyone laughing.  It is a great way to talk about colors too since all the animals are wearing different colors and styles.  This was my backup book for the week and I was so glad we had time to read it!

 

Flannel Board:  Where, Oh, Where are My Underwear?

This was a back-up activity for the week that also emphasized colors and making predictions. Sadly, we didn’t use it this time, but I’m glad I have it for next time!

 

I partnered this storytime with a lot of our potty training materials.  As the weather warms, the idea of potty training is more approachable for many families.  We have extensive materials in our Parent-Teacher collection and I pulled many samples into storytime for families to check out.  This collection contains items to help educate caregivers and provide resources to be shared with kiddos. There are many topics in this collection, including potty training.  There are guides and books for parents to read on different strategies, board books for littles, picture books to share together, and even DVDs.  Curious what else is in this collection?  Ask us at the Children’s information desk!  And don’t forget to check back next week to see what Miss Jessica did in storytime!

Miss Marta

 

What We Did in Storytime: Colors

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Hello! This week for storytime I did a colors theme. I don’t know about you, but I am SO SICK of winter and everything looking brown and gray and blah, so I thought putting a little color into storytime is just what we needed. I also tried a new song and a new activity this week which turned out really well!

SET LIST (6)

SONG: If You’re Ready For a Story. The regulars who are on the older end of the Littles age range have started singing along with me during this song, which I love. But even the littlest littles can participate in this song with their grown up clapping their hands along with the song.

 

little white fish

BOOK: Little White Fish by Guido van Genechten. I really like this sweet story about a little fish looking for his mommy and finding lots of undersea creatures along the way. The colors really pop against the black background.

 

SONG: Bubble, Bubble, Pop! 

One little white fish [hold up 1 finger]
Swimming through the water [Put hands together and have them “swim” through the air]
Swimming through the water
Swimming through the water
One little white fish
Swimming through the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! [twirl index fingers upwards and then clap]

[Continue with 2 little blue fish and 3 little yellow fish]

I found this adorable song at Jbrary. This song is new to me but it went over really well! I like that it talks about colors and counting, but the lyrics are repetitive enough that the older kids picked it up after a few times and were singing along. I will definitely be using this song again.

 

brown bear

BOOK: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. Even after all this time I can tell Brown Bear Brown Bear is still a favorite for many people – I got gasps of delight in both sessions when I pulled this book out. With the brightly colored animals, it worked really well as a companion to Little White Fish. We talked about animal sounds as well.

 

SONG: Popcorn Kernels 

[To the tune of Are You Sleeping?]

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels [wave scarf]
In the pot! In the pot! [ball up scarf in hands]
Shake them, shake them, shake them [shake fists holding scarf]
Shake them, shake them, shake them
Till they POP! Till they POP! [throw scarf into the air]

We can’t do a colors themed storytime without bringing out the scarves! This is one of my favorite scarf songs; the kids just love throwing them into the air at the end. You can hear the ladies from Jbrary sing it here.

 

SONG: One Bright Scarf 

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Wiggle it high and wiggle it low
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Where did it go? 

Another song from Jbrary.

Then it was time for playtime! To continue with the colors theme today, I brought out a color sorting activity. This is super simple to put together if you want to try it at home and was much more popular in both storytime sessions than I expected. Just take a muffin tin with some colored circles at the bottom cut out of construction paper. Then with some plastic balls (the kind you use in ball pits, though a slightly smaller size works best so it will fit in the tin) have your kiddo match the ball to the circle. Here’s what our set up looked like:

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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!

Miss Jessica