What We Did In Storytime: Jungle!

 

Opening Rhyme: Let’s Get the Rhythm (with Shaker Eggs)

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

 

Two weeks ago this went so well, I tried it again! 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

 

Hilda Must Be Dancing

by Karma Wilson

 

This is a silly story told in rhyme.  Hilda can’t control her dancing feet, much to the dismay of her jungle friends!  It is a bit on the long side for this age group, but they stuck with me and enjoyed the silly things that Hilda tried.

 

Flannel Board: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub

Going for a Swim

Knock Knock (Clap hands twice)

Splash Splash (tap knees twice)

Come on in!

Repeat this up to 5

Five elephants in the bathtub

Going for a swim

Knock knock (clap twice)

Splash splash (tap knees twice)

They all fell in!

 

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

 

We have really enjoyed this song!  Lucky for us, this album is full of other equally great tunes.  If you are looking for fun music to get your kiddo dancing, this is an album you won’t want to miss.

 

Wild Baby

by Cori Doerrfeld

 

This is a new book to the library but one that I will use again in future story times!  It is great for younger littles because it is in rhyme, there aren’t many words on the pages, and the illustrations are exciting.  Older littles will get more of the humor in the illustrations, be able to use the pictures to make predictions, and get a little bit of a social story from it.

 

The weather is getting warmer and our littles were restless today, so I stopped both storytimes after this story so we could play and get some wiggles out.  As always, I had some other things on my set list as a “just in case” but it wasn’t necessary today!  Both of the scarf songs on the list came from JBrary’s great collection if you want to give them a try.  Even if you don’t have a scarf at home, a burp rag, washcloth, or blankie will work just as well.  Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica is up to in storytime!

Miss Marta

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Top 10 of 2018: #8

 

 

Christina

A Dog Named Doug

by Karma Wilson

This dog just can’t get enough of digging!  THe tongue twisting, rhyming, fun text and equally fun and visually appealing pictures make this a great book to share with your preschoolers.

 

Sarah

The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

A small child has built a tower and suddenly it is destroyed.  Animals come by one at a time and offer advice, but the child is not ready.  Then rabbit comes and knows just what to do.

This title is a lesson for all of us and can help children learn to give people time, support and allow them to feel in their own way, in their own time.

 

Jessica

I Just Ate My Friend

by Heidi McKinnon

The protagonist eating his or her peers is nothing new on this year’s top 10 List (looking at you, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates).  The hilarious story of this expressive yellow monster looking for a new friend (and maybe learning something about impulse control along the way) will do well with fans of Jon Klassen and the aforementioned Ryan T. Higgins.

 

Tess

Geeky F@b 5: It’s Not Rocket Science

by Lucy and Liz Lareau

We are wild about this book here!  We may be a little partial, as Lucy and Liz are local authors who have visited MPL, but this was legitimately one of my and ,y daughter’s favotire books of the year.  All of the 5 main characters are fully fleshed out in all their feeky flory, and the plot and emotions are interesting and real.  AND there’s even a sassy cat named Hubble!  We cannot wait for Vol. 2: Mystery of the Missing Monarchs coming out this April!

 

 

Marta

The Rough Patch

by Brian Lies

There aren’t many books on grief I’d let make my way onto the top 10, but this one has been etched in my memory all year.  Lies has expertly crafted his pictures and text for young readers in this tender story.  Evan and his dog do everything together.  They especially love to work in the garden together.  One day, Evan’s dog passes away and Evan is heartbroken.  Lies gently illustrates the many emotions Evan goes through after losing his friend.  Everything from deep sadness and anger to finally coming back around to hope and eventual happiness. The ending brings peace to Evan and I think will surprise readers.  I read this book at the children’s desk and ended up having a happy tear in my eye by the end.  What I love about this book is that without reading a single word, a child will understand what has happened and be able to empathize with Evan.  Even for the very young this book would be an excellent resource to talk about grief and feelings.