Saturday, December 12, 2015

Folder Story - Grand Old Flag

Howdy
We needed something fun to take to a preschool storytime about the United States. Since a lot of our patriotic felt boards are for July 4th, I made up a new folder story.
Grand Old Flag
In the city of Springfield there was a school and at that school there were many children. The children had a plain white flag, but they wanted a flag to show how special their school was. They thought of what the flag should look like and they told the teacher their ideas.
We love to play outside in the warm sunshine, so our flag should be made of circles. (pull out white sheet)  They looked at the flag, but something was missing.
We love to fly kites in the wind, so our flag should be covered in diamonds. (pull out circles)  They looked at the flag, but something was missing.
We love to read books with stories so our flag should be covered in squares. (pull out diamonds) They looked at the flag, but something was missing.
We love to love to get hugs and kisses from our family so our flag should be covered in hearts. (pull out squares) They looked at the flag, but something was missing.

The teacher thought and then decided; “Because we all live in the United states our flag should have stars and stripes. And our flag should be red, white and blue.” (pull out hearts) It was a grand, grand flag. And nothing was missing because it was perfect.

Laura

Friday, December 11, 2015

Quick Pic - Thank You

Howdy
Today I received a giant thank you card from a middle school where I had spoken to the kids about all the different kinds of picture books.  They even let me read them Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin.  I can't wait to see the picture books they design for the local elementary school.


Laura






Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Gifts

Howdy
Last year I wrote a post called Holiday Thoughts detailing all the alternate options for gift giving that didn't involve buying people things they won't use and don't need. If you already experienced Black Friday, and shopped Cyber Monday but missed out on Giving Tuesday now is your chance to add some meaning to some of the seasonal mindless consumerism. Consider giving back to a variety of charities like those listed in last years post or this fresh new list.
  • Best Friends - The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in America's animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. We believe that by working together we can Save Them All. (Mission)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence - The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries. (Who We Are)
  • Innocence Project - The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. (About Us
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund - The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund. (About IFHF
  • Make a Wish Foundation - Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish®vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. (About Us
  • Toys for Tots - The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. (Mission

Can you make your heart and wallet lighter simultaneously? Think about giving a gift that gets unwrapped immediately and starts doing good work as soon as you click send.  

If your loved ones don't need something else to dust.  
If you can say 'I Love You' out loud instead of saying it with food.
This can be the year you start a great new tradition for yourself and others. 

Laura

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Thankful Thanksgiving and Food

Opening
Sandwich play set-up

Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long
Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song

Books
Mmm... Let's Eat by Libby Koponen

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
Snack Time for Confetti by Kali Stileman

Songs
Turkey Hop by Carole Peterson from H.U.M.
Apple Tree by Carole Peterson from H.U.M.
Hot Potato by the Wiggles from Yummy Yummy

Little Red Box - Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs
This song was so short that even though I had it on cd we just sang along together. To my surprise several of the children knew the tune already. The song was so well liked that we continued to sing it while adding other things we loved like our siblings and pets, also chickens. :)

I wish I had a little red box
To put my mommy in.
I'd take her out and go,
Kiss, kiss, kiss, (Kiss in air.)
And put her back again.

Daddy: Hug, hug, hug. (Hug self.)
Good Friends: "How do you do?" (Shake hands).


Drums
Aikendrum by Raffi from Singable Songs for the Very Young
We're Walking to the Drum by Kathy Reid-Naiman from I Love to Hear the Sounds





Beanbags
Please Pass the Peas by Carole Peterson from H.U.M.

Please please please pass the peas!
Thank you, thank you, thank you very much
You're welcome welcome welcome welcome welcome
Good manners are a very nice touch!


Felt Board
Stone Soup retold by Heather Forest


Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell. Borrowed from Opening/Closing 
Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.

We clap our hands like this, We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends, 
We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this, We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends. We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends. We wave goodbye like this


Crafts
We made sandwiches for each other using Mailbox Magazines Food Group template. 

Laura

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reindeers are Better Than People Felt Board

Howdy
I admit I have never seen the movie Frozen.  But we are doing a Frozen Family Storytime so I got to learn all about it.  Guess who my favorite character is?  Sven, the reindeer of course. Here is a felt board story I wrote about Sven that was inspired by Kristoff's song Reindeers are Better Than People.  For your felt board you will need Sven, a Olaf's carrot nose, Anna's hair ribbon, Elsa's glove and Kristoff's boot.

Reindeers Are Better Than People

Everyone in Arendelle was busy getting ready for winter. Sven had finished gathering food and now he was bored.  He went to see if anyone would play with him but all his friends were too busy. Sven went outside to play by himself when a strong wind began to blow. Suddenly an orange carrot landed in Sven’s antlers. And there it stuck. Ouch he yelped. He shook his head hoping it would fall off but no, the carrot was still there. Oh Dear. How could he go back home looking so silly with a carrot caught in his antlers?
Sven kept walking when a gust of wind blew a ribbon into his antlers. And there it stuck.  Ouch he yelped. Sven jumped up and down trying to shake out the ribbon and the carrot but they were still there.  Oh Dear. How could he go back home looking so silly with a ribbon and carrot caught in his antlers?
Sven kept walking when a gust of wind blew a glove into his antlers. And there it stuck.  Ouch he yelped. Sven ran in a circle trying to shake out the glove, ribbon and the carrot but they were still there.  Oh Dear. How could he go back home looking so silly with a glove and a ribbon and carrot caught in his antlers?
Sven kept walking when a gust of wind blew a boot into his antlers. And there it stuck.  Ouch he yelped. Sven rubbed his antlers on a tree trying to shake out the boot, glove, ribbon and the carrot but they were still there.  Oh Dear. How could he go back home looking so silly with a boot, and a glove and a ribbon and carrot caught in his antlers? 
Finally Sven decided that he needed help.  He went back to Arendelle where he met Olaf.  Ohh you brought my nose, thank you Sven.  Together they walked on until they met Anna. Ohh you bought my hair ribbon, thank you Sven.  Together they walked on until they met Elsa.  Ooh you brought my glove, thank you Sven.  The four friends walked until they met Hans who exclaimed oh you brought my boot.  Really Reindeers are better than people.

The end
 

Laura



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Silly



Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long
Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song


Books
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
Tickle Monster by Édouard Manceau


Songs
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi from More Singable Songs
Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill from The Sneezing Song and Other Contiguous Tunes

Ravioli (Tune: Alouette) - From Storytime Hooligans Clothing Storytime which references the King County Library System.

Ravioli, ravioli,
Ravioli, that’s the stuff for me.

Do you have it on your sleeve?
Yes, I have it on my sleeve.

On your sleeve?
On my sleeve.

Ra-vi-o-li…

(repeat with other body parts or articles of clothing, e.g. Do you have it on your chin? Do you have it in your shoes? etc.)

Felt Board

Stop, Slow, Go and Jump.
I call this Stop, Slow, Go and Jump Around.  I explain what red, yellow and green mean. Then we try not clapping, soft clapping and loud clapping.  Next I add the blue circle.  In the picture it looks green too but in real life its true blue. Blue means jump or whatever silliness you choose. We played this with toe tapping, need slapping and head patting.  

Scarves
Borrowed from Scarf Songs and Rhymes for Storytime on Jbrary.


One Bright scarf - (adapted from 10 Little Fingers at Storytime Rocks)


One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high (wiggle scarf above head)
Wiggle it low (wiggle scarf by knees)
Shake it fast (wiggle scarf quickly)
Shake it slow (wiggle scarf slowly)
Put it behind your back
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands)

Jack in the box sits so still
Will he come out
Yes he will

Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell. Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songson Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.


We clap our hands like this, We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends, We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this, We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends. We blow a kiss like this.


We wave goodbye like this.We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends. 
We wave goodbye like this


Parachute

Noble Duke of York by John English from 3, 2,1 Let's Have Some Fun

I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it very much!


Oh no, oh no, he swallowed my toe,
he swallowed my toe


Oh gee, oh gee, he's up to my knee,
he's up to my knee


Oh fiddle, oh fiddle, he's reached my middle,
he's reached my middle


Oh bleck, oh bleck, he's up to my neck,
he's up to my neck


Oh dread, oh dread, he swallowed my.... schlirppp!


Laura



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Forest

Inspired by Into the Woods by Sunflower Storytime. 

Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long
Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song

Books
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Let's Play in the Forest by Claudia Rueda
Froodle by Antoinette Portis



Songs
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
Put Your Fingers In the Air by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Terrible Plop by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red

Rhymes
One Little Bunny Chant
Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael for Outrageous Orange

I like to do this song all year round so when its not snowing I sing ' one little bunny hopping to and fro.' I also pretend it takes 5 bunnies for it to be a party.

One little bunny hopping in the snow
Along came another, and he said, “Hello!”
Hop hop hop and away they go.How many bunnies? Do you know?... TWO!

Two little bunnies hopping in the snowAlong came another, and he said, “Hello!”
Hop hop hop and away they go.How many bunnies? Do you know?... THREE!

Three little bunnies hopping in the snow Along came another, and he said, “Hello!”
Hop hop hop and away they go.How many bunnies? Do you know?... FOUR!

Four little bunnies hopping in the snow Along came another, and he said, “Hello!”

Hop hop hop and away they go.How many bunnies? Do you know?... FIVE!

It’s a bunny party!

Windy Day by Carole Peterson from HUM
There was a man in our town
Went for a walk one day
The wind, it blew so very hard
It turned him the other way!


Egg Shaker Rhyme
Shake Your Shaker (to the tune of London Bridge) from LibraryLand.

Shake your shaker in the air,Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air,Shake your shaker.

Shake it high and shake it low,Shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low,Shake your shaker.

Shake it up and shake it down,Rub your shaker on the ground
.Shake it up and shake it down,Shake your shaker.

Shake it near and shake it far,Drive your shaker like a car.
Shake it near and shake it far,Shake your shaker.

Shake it fast and shake it slow,Shake it stop, shake it go.
Shake it fast and shake it slow,Shake your shaker.

Felt Board
Mushroom in the Rain
by Mirra Ginsburg
Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell. Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.

We clap our hands like this, We clap out hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends, We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this, We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends. We wave goodbye like this

Craft
For our craft we traced the kids hands on paper and then used different colors of washable ink pads to make leaves on the trees. Be sure to have towelettes or a sink nearby so the kids don't leave fingerprints all over the place. 

Laura


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Halloween

Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long
Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song

Books
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo.

Spider on the Floor words and music by Raffi
Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter

Songs

Put Your Fingers In the Air by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
The Apple Tree by Carole Peterson from H.U.M
Goin' To Kentucky by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Five Little Pumpkins by Raffi from Singable Songs for the Very Young


Felt Board 

Go Away Big Green Monster by Emberley 
Felt Monster



Bean Bags
“Silly Hat Song” (Tune: This Old Man) Credit: SurLaLune Storytime , same as the song below it is intended for use with something other than a beanbag but it works great regardless.

On my head, I wear my hat. It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?

[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]

Puppet On Your Heart
From JBrary, you can watch the full video of the song. I changed the lyrics to beanbags and it went very well.

Put your puppet on your heart, On your heart.
Put your puppet on your heart,On your heart.
Put your puppet on your heart,What a lovely way to start!
Put your puppet on your heart,On your heart.
Put your puppet on your knee…
You’ll both be filled with glee…
Put your puppet on your toes…
Now move it to your nose…

Closing

We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell
Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs onStorytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.


We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.


We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.


We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this

Craft
We made monster Monster Masks using the template from from Sunflower Storytime. 
Monster Masks 

Laura

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Fall/Autumn

Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin


Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long
Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song


Books

Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry 
Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Songs
Put Your Fingers In the Air by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
Tree Fell Down by Hap Palmer from Easy Does It
The Apple Tree by Carole Peterson from H.U.M

Windy Day by Carole Peterson for HUM by Highly Usable Music

There was a man in our town
Went for a walk one day
The wind, it blew so very hard
It turned him the other way!


Felt Board

Farmer Brown had five green apples
Hanging on his tree.
Farmer Brown had five green apples
Hanging on his tree.
And he plucked one apple (remove apple from tree)
And ate it hungrily.
Leaving four green apples
Hanging on his tree.



Rhymes
Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel! (bounce up and down on the words)
Shake your bushy tail! (shake it)
Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel!
Shake your bushy tail!

Wrinkle up your little nose! (poke your nose)
Put an nut between your toes (touch your toes)
Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel!
Shake your bushy tail!

Apple Craft

Scarves
Leaves are Twirling - From Fall Leaves by  Sunflower Storytime (Tune: Frere Jacques)


Leaves are twirling, leaves are twirling
All around, all around
They are falling softly, very, very softly
To the ground, to the ground.

Wind, Oh Wind - King County Library System
wind oh wind oh wind oh wind I say
what are you blowing away today?
Scarves scarves scarves I say
I’m blowing the scarves away today


Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell
Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs onStorytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.

We clap our hands like this

Mailbox Magazine
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this


Craft
Mailbox Education Center - Apple Pictures an idea for along and short A.


Laura



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Bedtime


Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long
Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song

Books

Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson



Songs

Put Your Fingers In the Air by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
Goin' To Kentucky by Carole Peterson from Baloney



Coffee Can Drums
Sing along song with the kids trying the rhythm on their knees or with drums. We use plastic one pound coffee cans as drums. First we did rain sounds, soft pitter pats finger tips, louder hard rain with the whole length of the fingers and then loud thunder booms with the palm of the hand. Next we sang the alphabet song and hit the drums once for each letter. Since that all went really well we sang this song about a Giraffe. 

I know a giraffe
he plays the drums
he wakes me up 
whenever bedtime comes
with a rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat

(repeat with the kids suggestions for types of animals or us all farm animals or all zoo animals depending on your theme) 

Bean Bags
“Silly Hat Song” (Tune: This Old Man) Credit: SurLaLune Storytime , same as the song below it is intended for use with something other than a beanbag but it works great regardless.

On my head, I wear my hat. It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]



Puppet On Your Heart
From JBrary, you can watch the full video of the song. I changed the lyrics to beanbags and it went very well.

Put your puppet on your heart, On your heart.
Put your puppet on your heart,On your heart.
Put your puppet on your heart,What a lovely way to start!
Put your puppet on your heart,On your heart.
Put your puppet on your knee…
You’ll both be filled with glee…
Put your puppet on your toes…
Now move it to your nose…


FeltArk Precut Set
Felt
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell


Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime. 



We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.


We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.


We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this


Filmstrip
A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Laura


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Clothes and Getting Dressed

Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long

Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song


Using the song from 10 Preschool Songs About Colors by Teaching Mama we stood up for our shirts, pants and shoes. 




Books

Pete the cat : I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin
Thumpity Thump gets dressed by Cyndy Szekeres
Which shoes would you choose? by Betsy R Rosenthal


Songs

Put Your Fingers In the Air by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
Shake Your Scarves by by Johnette Downing from The Second Line - Scarf Activity Songs



Felt Board


Mitten Matching
Mitten Matching
I used to work with a wonderful named Marilyn who made amazing felt sets.  One idea that I loved was a mitten matching game to teach shapes and patterns among other things.  A coworker helped me make 16 pairs of felt mittens.  I gave each child a mitten and put the matching mittens in a bag. I drew out a mitten one at a time and had the child come forward to make a pair on the velcro board.  

Song
Ravioli (Tune: Alouette) - From Storytime Hooligans Clothing Storytime which references the King County Library System

Ravioli, ravioli,
Ravioli, that’s the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your sleeve?
Yes, I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve?
On my sleeve.
Ra-vi-o-li…
(repeat with other body parts or articles of clothing, e.g. Do you have it on your chin? Do you have it in your shoes? etc.)



Wishy Washy Washer Woman - From Macaroni Soup by Carol Peterson.

Waaay down in the valley where nobody goes
There's a wishy washy washerwoman washing her clothes
She goes wishy washy up, she goes wishy washy down
She goes wishy washy up, she goes wishy washy down
That's how the wishy washy washerwoman washes her clothes!

drying her clothes, she goes whoo-eee!
folding her clothes, she goes side, side
eating Oreos, she goes dunk, ummm

Scarves
Borrowed from Scarf Songs and Rhymes for Storytime on Jbrary.
One Bright Scarf - (adapted from 10 Little Fingers at Storytime Rocks)


One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high (wiggle scarf above head)
Wiggle it low (wiggle scarf by knees)
Shake it fast (wiggle scarf quickly)
Shake it slow (wiggle scarf slowly)
Put it behind your back
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands)



Wind, Oh Wind - King County Library System

wind oh wind oh wind oh wind I say
what are you blowing away today?
Scarves scarves scarves I say
I’m blowing the scarves away today


Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell
Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.

We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this


Craft 

We have two paper doll die cuts from Ellison that make people and clothing for a firefighter, police officer and paramedic.  I used many colors of paper and let the kids make what or whomever they liked, dressed in any manner they saw fit.  You'll see my example to the right. The kids wanted to know why I had an alligator.


Laura

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Quick Pic - Teen Ghost Stories Display

Howdy
This is the teen fiction display for ghost stories.  I made silhouettes of a haunted house, a graveyard and a dead tree with a cat sitting in it.  Suspended on clear stretch jewelry cord are some tissue paper ghosts made with the Ellison die cut.




Laura



Friday, October 2, 2015

Rhythm Sticks - Windshield Wipers

Howdy
I wanted to incorporate more music to my storytimes beyond singing and dancing. I can't play a musical instrument and I can't read music. I was super grateful to find this article  
7 Super Ways to Use Rhythm Sticks in Your Programs on Storytime Stuff.  I don't have rhythm sticks, so we used tongue depressors.  First we practiced simple directions like tapping the sticks, then tapping them over our heads and then tapping them on the floor.  Then we did this awesome Windshield Wiper Rhyme.  


It’s a rainy day and down the street we go.

It’s only raining a little bit, so the wipers are going slow.

It’s starting to rain more now, but it’s not a disaster.
We know what we need to do: make the wipers go faster!


Oh no, it’s really pouring now, we hope that it won’t last.
Let’s turn those windshield wipers up, and they’ll go fast fast fast!


The rain is slacking off again, we’re not sad to see it go.
We’ll turn those windshield wipers down, and they’ll go back to slow.


Oh, look, is that the sun I see? And here comes one last drop.
The rain has stopped now, yessiree, and we turn our wipers OFF!


Laura

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Transportation

Opening
Sit Down, Stand Up Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
Now stand up again
And turn around
Keep standing up
But not for long

Cause this is the sit down stand up sit down stand up sit down song


Books
My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis 
Trucks Go by Steve Light
Trucks Go Pop by Bob Staake
Stanley's Garage by William Bee




Songs
Put Your Fingers In the Air by Carole Peterson from Baloney
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red
Wheels on the Bus by Mr. Eric and Mr Michael from Groovy Green
Shake With You by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael from Bouncy Blue


Egg Shaker Rhyme
Shake Your Shaker (to the tune of London Bridge) from LibraryLand.


Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shaker in the air,
Shake your shaker.


Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake it yes, shake it no.
Shake it high and shake it low,
Shake your shaker.


Shake it up and shake it down,
Rub your shaker on the ground.
Shake it up and shake it down,
Shake your shaker.


Shake it near and shake it far,
Drive your shaker like a car.
Shake it near and shake it far,
Shake your shaker.

Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake it stop, shake it go.
Shake it fast and shake it slow,
Shake your shaker.


Action Rhyme
I don't know who wrote this song. We don't own it on cd so I can't share a favoite version.  We just sang this over and over as fast as we could.  Check out the JBrary video so you can see the motions and hear the tune. 


Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
(Hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner(Lean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner(Lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the right and left)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water(Pretend to spray hose)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

Slowly, slowly, back to the station
(Lean slowly to the left and right)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!


Felt Board
Dump Truck rhyme - see the felt board I made for Lego/Construction Storytime.  This rhyme is originally from Construction Time on Sunflower Storytime.  I threw scraps of paper all over the room and had the children bring me the color that matched the truck.  Mostly it was total chaos.

Dump trucks, dump trucks, Cleaning up the town.
Do you see any garbage lying around?
Pick up the trash and match it to a truck,
Soon the whole town will be all cleaned up!


Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - tune farmer in the dell
Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.

We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.


Craft 
For our craft I used the large Ellison to punch out locomotives.  I cut two sizes of black paper circles and we attached the wheels with brads. Some parents seemed confused that I didn't prepunch the holes but I really wanted to encourage the children to choose where the wheels went. Everyone seemed really amused by making the wheels spin. 



Laura