Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thoughts on SRP 2015

Howdy

These are my accumulated musings on my first Summer Reading Program or SRP at my new job.  This ramble is based on previous experience with an ever evolving SRP at my previous jobs. It's all compared to my SRP experience as a youth services librarian this summer and what I read on ALA Think Tank, Storytime Underground, TeenThinkTank, Teen  Services Underground and Storytimes and More on the Go on Facebook regarding SRP. 

    Decorating paint stick swords
  • If the whole department isn't doing programs until week two, don't be the weirdo who has to go first. Give yourself time to adapt and see how busy it's really going to be.  Don't assume the time you are used to having off desk is the same amount of time you'll get during SRP.  Time has no meaning during SRP. 
  • Be prepared to offer more outreach in May and August so that you are focusing on in house SRP awesomeness as the programing is full swing. 
  • Turn in your supply order as soon as humanly possibly.  You can always add things later and hope that you get those but if the whole order just doesn't get placed you are going to really be up a creek.
  • Don't make swords as a craft and then act surprised when your teens want to duel each other.  We made swords with paint sticks.  Once the paint was dry they beat each other with the swords and only a few teens went home with an intact sword.  What was the point of that exactly? At least when they made and devoured minions only the minions were in danger. 
  • Eat all the things.  You will need your strength. Pack snacks. Drink extra coffee.  Do whatever it takes.  I got sick the second week of SRP and had to drag myself along by my shoelaces to get anything done. You will get tired and no one is going to care, so you might as will buoy yourself with calories, sugar and caffeine.  Of course you don't have to ingest junk.  I got onto this smoothie kick and all the extra protein sure is helping me.  
  • Get your decorations up at a least a week before SRP starts.  You can be a raging optimist all you want, but once those doors open and the activities are going full tilt boogey, you won't have time for decorating. 
    Usually this is the face parents
    make when I tell them storytime
    starts again in September.  
  • Precut as many forms and flyers as you can.  Does your library give out a paper for keeping track of books or hours read?  How many did you use?  Print at least that many ahead of time to prevent quick dashes to the copy machine. Ditto for program flyers.  Figure out how many you needed and just make a stockpile.  If you make library cards for kids consider running off a lot of extra library card forms.
  • If you don't confirm outreach dates ahead of time now would be the time to start.  You might still be stood up but you might also save time not having to set up at all. Keep track of groups with poor attendance records and utilize this information when  planning for next year. Remember the group that missed a session and next time they arrived nearly half an hour late? Next year you'll want to touch base with them more often so that things might go more smoothly.

  • Don't lock yourself into a rigid theme.  You might have way more kids in your storytimes that normal so cut yourself a break.  Elephants have very little to do with our superhero theme and really no one minded at all.
  • Take more pictures.  By next year this is all going to be a blur.  Pictures will help jog your memory.  They also can help keep your boss in the loop if they can't always been around when you are doing your programs. 
  • Be ready to take some time off and you should.  You should limit programing for a while so everyone can rest and plan. Also you should take a personal day and pamper yourself. Good job self, you survived. Now we can nap.
Just think of all the changes you can make for next and write down in a good spot where you can actually find them.  Now you get to rest and relax and did I mention your fall PR was due in June?  Better get on that.

Laura


Friday, July 24, 2015

Behind the Scenes at the Library

Howdy
The Matheson Memorial Library's Facebook page features a great album called Behind the Scenes at the LibraryI love this album. Every year SRP ends and people act like we've closed the whole department. We offer significantly less programming in August compared the schedule for June and July. Of course we are just preparing for the fall, but patrons sometimes think we are all on vacation.  Happily The Matheson Memorial Library of Elkhorn, Wisconsin has tackled the patrons' very important questions :
Did you ever wonder what we do at the library when there are no children's programs? Take a peek to see what's happening behind the scenes over the next few weeks! 
I would be thrilled to have an album like this for our library.  My To Do list is quite lengthy.
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 Also I really need a nap.  I know we put on a great show and the team gave it their all.  But as with any performance the encore approaches and it's time to wrap up.  If we had to maintain our SRP level of activity throughout the year I think we would get run down and prone to more illnesses. 


Does your library have programing breaks?  How do you use the time?  I told my storytime kids I had to take a break to clean the craft supply closet and all the storytime props.  What reasoning to you give to parents and kids who want a full events calendar year round?

Laura


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Storytime Providers Meme

Five Truths and a Lie. 

I love all these ideas expect the first one.  As a Youth Librarian I serve children and teens so I know the reality of baby storytime.  I think it's cool that I can do all the things. 

Laura


Monday, July 20, 2015

Favorite Blogs and Websites

Howdy
I don't like to assume things. I will never forget being at a youth services seminar as a freshly minted librarian.  I felt desperately out of place.  I was trying hard to look and act more  knowledgable than I felt. The speaker said "well now we've all read Whirligig," and she moved on to other things.  I had to sit there with my squirmy self.  I was unable to admit that I hadn't read the book and that I didn't even know the author.  I was miserable at my  unfamiliarity with the book and my inability to articulate what I needed. I made a note and resolved to find this sacred text I had some how missed in graduate school. I later read Whirligig by Paul Fleischman and also Seedfolks. I am glad to have been led to such good fiction but I wish I didn't have to be shamed into learning.  

A wise adult told me once that "when you assume, you make an a** out of you and me."  While this idea might not be safe for work, it certainly gets the point across.  Misinformation is a terrible foundation for communication. 

I am working on a page of Online Resources. It's all sorts of handy stuff for storytimes, youth programs, employment and management.  Its a pretty broad swath so I'll pull out some highlights for you.

Ask a Manager - I swear I read this for fun.  If you have a question about your boss or employees.  If you want to know about salary and timecards and interview etiquette, you should bookmark this website.  You will love the facebook page for quick updates.  It's like Dear Abby or Ann Landers for the employment world.  Not all the scenarios are library related but we work with people and people issues are universal.  You will find a common thread here.  


Jbrary - I love scarves, egg shakers and bean bags.  Guess who else does?  Jbrary does!  I think they are more excited about my storytimes than I am.  They have an awesomely diversified social media presence so you can learn however you like.  I can honestly say I use at least one of their ideas in every Preschool storytime I do. I am hoping for more parachute ideas.  *pretty please*  Be sure to check out their Blogroll with many other online resources for youth services. 

KCLS -  This is the YouTube channel for The King County Library System of King County, Washington.  They are adorable.  Not sure you can list that on a resume but hey there are worse traits to have. Can you carry a tune and be instantly engaging?  If not these YouTube videos are right up your alley.  I get frustrated when I read a rhyme or song and I think "well maybe you think that's to the tune of America the Beautiful but I just cannot make that work."  KCLS will help you out.   I really appreciate that they will sing, dance to and just plain demonstrate the entire rhyme or song.  

Sunflower Storytime -  This is a really comprehensive blog.  It's well organized and a has a lot fun things to offer from preplanned storytimes on a variety of themes, to hands on crafts and other activities.  I actively subscribe to page updates via email and I have a ton of the emails archived for later dates to help me stay ahead on my planning.  I am madly in love with the printables, which are super sharp and reproduce nicely.   I really appreciate the school age ideas, they always give me a nudge in the right direction.

Storytimes to Go and More - This closed Facebook group is a wealth of knowledge. While that might sound corny, it can be a relief to know that the answers are out there.  Sometimes I just need to talk to other Youth Libs.  Maybe I have a question about behavior in storytime, or how to train my brain to finally remember this week's rhyme.  Better minds have walked these trails before so why not benefit from the experience of others when you know there is an easier way.  Personally I like to beat my head against a wall at first but once I'm ready to ask for help, this group is always there for me.

Storytime Underground -  If I were the President of Storytime and I had a cabinet of librarians to inspire me they would be The Storytime Underground.  Half the time I'm not even sure what sort of program to do next and before you can say Ram-a Lamb- a ding dong, I have more ideas than my Pinterest boards can accommodate.  I find this group to be highly motivated and very encouraging.  In moments of stress and weakness,  I enjoy the camaraderie of the highly caffeinated Storytime Underground.  

Enjoy!


Laura

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Hats

Inspired by the Hat Storytime from MissMegStorytime.

We Are Here Together - From Open/Closing Songs by Storytime Katie“Here, Here” (Tune: “Skip to My Lou”)
Here, here, we’ll all here
Here, here, we’ll all here
Here, here, we’ll all here
We’re all here in storytime


Hello, children, how are you?
Hello, grown-ups, how are you?
Hello, friends, how are you?
We’re so glad to see you!


Books

Where Is Mary’s Hat by Stephene Barroux
Hooray For Hat by Brian Won
Whose Hat Is That by Anita Bijsterbosch


Songs
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes 
 Carol Hammet from It's Toddler Time 

Hokey Pokey by Carol Hammet from It's Toddler Time 


Freeze by Greg and Steve from Kids in Action

Peter Hammers  by Laura Johnson from Circle Time Songs and Games


Sticky Bubble Gum by Hugh HanleyI don't have the cd so we just sang it ourselves. To hear the tune and see the lyrics with actions, visit SongsForTeaching.

Song with Puppets
To tune of Laurie Has a Pig on Her Head  by Laurie Berkner from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band but utilizing my supply of puppets which sadly does not include a pig.

Laura has a dog on her head
Laura has a dog on her head
Laura has a dog on head
and she keeps it there all day

Cow – Horse- Cat - Skunk

Laura has a skunk on her head
Laura has a skunk on her head
Laura as a skunk on her head
so we all just ran away




Feeling Faces from SunflowerSTorytime


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 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

Our Hat Craft is from the Hat Storytime from MissMegStorytime.   I printed the coloring sheet and precut the bow ties and hat stripes using up lots of scrap paper from the office.  I encouraged the children to draw other things on the hat like a brim, feathers or fun shapes.  Of course I forgot to make mine pretty before class started so my demo is a little bland. 


Laura

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 New Year's Goals

*Originally posted 12/26/14. Updates are indicated in blue.*

Sometimes that are marked done are things that I've started and will continue to work on.  I guess done also means 'work in progress' since some of the items take maintenance. Or its my way of fooling myself into thinking I'm making progress. 
Keep it weird 2014, keep it weird.

Howdy
I am not a fan of New Year's Resolutions, I never keep them anyway.  I do like the idea of tracking my progress, so I am making a list of goals for 2015.  I am  definitely  taking  suggestions for the list.  Unless you think I should ride more roller coasters or start smoking or some other idea that is just not going to happen. 


2015 To Do List - In no particular order. 

  • Blogs
    • I subscribe to a lot of blogs.  I don't know exactly how many.  The posts  accumulate quickly since I don't usually read them as I received them.  Many blogs I enjoy don't offer a subscription so I just have to remember where I left off.  My new goal is to get through these updates more quickly.  If its a book I want; I need to request it from the library or add it to GoodReads.  If its an  activity  I  want to do it can stay in the keep folder.  However if the email isn't the sort of thing I am going to refer back to once I've read it; I should just read it and delete it.  No more than 50 emails can linger in my blog file. 
  • Continuing Education
    • Take course work online on library topics that I need to study for the first time or just refresh my skills.  I am thinking about grant writing, archiving and cataloging since I didn't study them at IU before.
  • Done - Find a job.
    • 14 interviews, no offers. 
  • While job hunting I take breaks by filling out online surveys that pay in money or sweepstakes entries.  My plan is to earn enough money on a PayPal or Amazon gift card to buy a new Ipod Touch to replace my Ipod classic.  Currently I have earned $22. A new iPod Touch costs from $199 - $299 depending on the memory.  This isn't product placement.  I am not being paid (I wish) by any of the aforementioned companies to promote their products or services.  I wouldn't be opposed to the idea.  (wink wink, Apple, ahem call me)
    • A generous benefactor has gifted me an Ipod.  I will continue to do the surveys as its money.  Using MySurvey I've earned $39, $40 in PayPal gift cards and $50 in Amazon gift cards.
    • My tablet just died so now I am saving up for an ipod and a tablet.
  • Done - Get health insurance either from the state or from my job.
  • Post twice a month to One For The Books
    • In 2014 I had about 12,000 views on my blog so for next year considering I have no idea what I'll be writing about, I think a conservative attempt at 10k page views for the year is a good place to start. I'll shoot for 22,000 page views by this time next year.
    • I reached 20,000 pageviews May, 30th, 2015.  That's 8,000 pageviews in six months.  I will try to match those statistics in the second half of 2015.  Maybe I will get close to  30k pageviews by the new year.  
      • I think 30k is doable since i'm 26k currently
  • Done Related to my blog, I realize there is a handy label feature that is part of Blogger that I do not use.  I most likely will not retroactively update all my past posts but I do plan to label all my posts from here on out. 
  • Write for a more nationally recognized blog in addition to my personal library forays.  This would be in addition to writing for YALSA's the Hub and reviewing for VOYA,  which is already pretty spectacular but of course I want more. 
  • Get my tweets up to 8,000. I'm just over 6k right now.
    • Also I have about 500 followers and I follow about 1k people so I'd like to market myself more as a librarian and see if I can't do a better job connecting with people professionally.  I will shoot conservatively to follow another 200 people and gain at least another 100 followers.  If I'm really aiming low I can always sneak back to this post later and edit it. 
    • My twitter stats so far are 6,500 tweets, 1,403 following and 587 followers. 
  • Visit all the covered bridges in Greene County, Ohio which are outlined in the pamphlet my mom got me. 
  • GoodReads 
    • Reading Challenge.  2014's challenge is still up so I can think about how many books I want to read for 2015.  Maybe 120 chapter books for kids and teens?  I won't count picture books.
    • I have currently read 198 books toward my GoodReads goal of 250.  I raised my goal from 200 to 250 when I realized how close I was to being done but it was only July.
    • SWON Teen Reading Challenge 2015 Team Dark Sisterhood - 14,000 pages. Several of my teammates never turned in their final page counts so our team can't really compete with other more organized groups.  This is about as pathetic as the year before when several teammates only read 3-5 books. That seems very unlibrarian-like to me.
  • Done - After talking to a lot of professionals I realized in addition to LinkedIn , I should have been collection other aspects of my career in a portfolio for handy access.  Whether online or in print, it seems a lot of people collect news articles, photographs, program publicity, booklists and other examples of their work.  I have never done this so starting with my next job I resolve have a library portfolio.  
  • Volunteering -
    • Tiger Tri Triathlon. Race course Volunteer. October 11th, 2015. Springfield, Ohio.
    • Middletown Middle School Scholastic book fair. Middletown, Ohio.
    • Fair at New Boston brochure. Social media work for GRCHA  and The Crabill Homestead on facebook. Check out the Instagram feed I admin for them too. 
    • Fair at New Boston. Dressed in period costume and help with this two day event  and Education Day. Springfield, Ohio. Sept 4-6, 2015.
    • Organizing and filing for Junior Achievement. Middletown, Ohio.
    • Dye Hard 5k. Registration and clean up. Springfield, Ohio. April, 2015.


I'm never sure how to respond when people ask me what my plans are.  I don't have a concrete objective.  I know from experience that no matter how much I over plan things will work out to undo all my efforts.  As much as I love logistics it can be a thankless field. I mean who can really prepare for every contingency?  I want a job with some semblance of balance. I'd like to do something exciting and different. I don't understand people who think my pursuit of fun is unrewarding. I'd also like to find a way to channel some inner resolve so I don't sucker punch the next person with a platitude about unemployment.  Look out 2015, I can't make any promises.  It's going to be crazy, but then, it always is. 

This is me, a pessimist, looking toward a new year with a new everything. 

Laura

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Donut Chef

Howdy

For Summer Reading we had a program called Donut Chef.  I used the free online printable Donuts Buddies from Oh Happy Day to create a donut dude.  Basically its a page of arms, legs and accessories.  I was impressed that my teens carefully colored and  assembled their creations for over a half hour.  We used toothpicks to stick the paper parts on our cream cakes.  Several teens wanted to created their own  accessories so some donuts had belts and crazy hair which we stuck on the cakes with frosting. 

I made a Memory Game with Donut Printables from Oh Happy Day. I printed three sets of the donuts and then pasted them on leftover card stock to create a giant table top Memory Game.  You could also tape the cards to a wall or wipe board.

For a really active group try the Jelly Donut Scrabble Scramble. Using scrap paper and our alphabet stamp kit, I stamped and cut out many sets of the alphabet.  The teens had to spell jelly donut.  I spread the letters on the floor in a marked off section.  You can use tape or a parachute to keep the letters from wandering around.  Next decide if the teens will work alone or in teams.  The first teen or team to spell Jelly Donut wins. I read about this on Team Building Activities, the scramble is about half way through the post.

I did have worksheets ready so the teens could draw a fancy new donut that they would then pitch to a Shark Tank style panel of teens.  The teens would award sprinkle stickers based on marketability, taste and visual appeal.  The teens like wearing the stickers that I made with laser printer labels but they didn't want to do the rest of the activity. I'm thinking maybe we make donut stickers next time?

I had planned a passing game using Popsicle sticks and donut clip art pasted on old cds but we never got to that.  Instead we spent a lot of time decorating prepackaged honey buns.  I provided the teens with frosting, food coloring, a variety of sprinkles and colored sugars, as well as plates, plastic knives, little cups for mixing colored frosting and tons of napkins.  

I also learned that Simple Green all purpose cleaner will get frosting out of your pants.  

Laura


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Preschool Storytime - Beach


*Originally published 7/9/15, updated 1/27/16 to include printable of surfboard patterns coloring sheet.*

We started class with our octopus friend.  The kids don't think he need a name.  They were eager to tell me how many legs he has and if that number was more less than spiders, dogs and nearly everything else they could think of. 

We Are Here Together - From Open/Closing Songs by Storytime Katie “Here, Here” (Tune: “Skip to My Lou”)

Here, here, we’ll all here
Here, here, we’ll all here
Here, here, we’ll all here
We’re all here in storytime

Hello, children, how are you?
Hello, grown-ups, how are you?
Hello, friends, how are you?
We’re so glad to see you!



Books
How Will We Get To the Beach 
     by Brigitte Luciani
Fun Dog, Sun Dog by Deborah Heiligman
My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker



Music
Five Fish Swimming In The Sea by Dr Jean from Sings Silly Songs 
Down By the Ocean by Peter & Ellen Allard from Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! Vol. 2
Took a Bath in a Washing Machine 
     by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings Silly Songs and Other Contagious Tunes 
Goldfish by Laurie Berkner fromThe Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Felt Board
I loved the rhyme Bubble Bubble Pop on the YouTube channel for Champaign Library. I have a set of felt sea creatures so we sang the song with the colors and names of our ocean friends. 

One Little red fish 
swimming in the water
swimming in the water
swimming in the water
bubble bubble bubble bubble Pop

The kids liked the pop ending of Bubble Bubble Pop so much we did our Ten Little Bubbles  rhyme next.  There is a great video by Boone County Public Library so you can learn the tune. 

One little two little three little bubbles
four little five little six little bubbles
seven little eight little nine little bubbles
ten little bubbles went pop pop pop

pop them pop them pop those bubbles
pop them pop them pop those bubbles
pop them pop them pop those bubbles
ten little bubbles went pop pop pop 


Egg Shakers
Both songs are from Give Your Storytime a Shake on JBrary.

If You're Happy and You Know It
if you’re happy and you know it give a shake
if you’re happy and you know it give a shake
if you’re happy and you know it give a shake
if you’re happy you know it and you really want to show it
if you’re happy and you it give a shake
clap – tap

Everyone can Shake, Shake, Shake
everyone can shake shake shake
everyone can shake shake shake
everyone can shake shake shake shake
and now lets make a stop

tap – clap – wave



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 made a simple pattern worksheet using surfboards.  I encouraged the parents to help their children trace the patterns with their fingers before coloring the sheet.  Click the link below for your own printable.







Laura





Monday, July 6, 2015

Welcome

*Published 3/4/15, updated 7/6/15*

Howdy

I've always been a proponent of diversity.  I like to learn.  I want to try new foods, read mind expanding novels and experience what the world has to offer.  I actively chose a diverse lifestyle and I like to encourage broad thinking choices in others.  It makes me  exceedingly  pleased to know that my blog is read and hopefully appreciated by people around the world.  I don't write for a specific audience. I hope that means my blog is generally appealing to quite a spectrum of people. It is very exciting that I have regular readers in so many countries.  If you don't see your home represented please leave a comment, even an anonymous one, so I can add you to the audience list. 

Belarus 
Brazil
Canada 
China
Egypt 
France 
Germany 
Greece
Hong Kong 
India
Italy
Jamaica
Kazakhstan 
Netherlands
Poland 
Portugal
Qatar 
Russia 
Singapore 
South Korea 
St. Lucia 
Switzerland 
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates 
United Kingdom 
United States 


Laura




Friday, July 3, 2015

Preschool Storytime - July 4th

We Are Here Together - From Open/Closing Songs by Storytime Katie “Here, Here” (Tune: “Skip to My Lou”)

Here, here, we’ll all here
Here, here, we’ll all here
Here, here, we’ll all here
We’re all here in storytime


Hello, children, how are you?
Hello, grown-ups, how are you?
Hello, friends, how are you?
We’re so glad to see you!


Books 

Summer Beat by Betsy Franco
My first group thought this book was too long and slow.  My second group really settled in.  They became very quiet and were cuddly with their parents right up until the end.

Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
My kids just do not understand Olivia.  The humor is lost on them.

Biscuit's 4th of July by  Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Cute, simple and safe.  

Is Everyone Ready for Fun by Jan Thomas 
This was hands down the best book of storytime.  In fact I did this program with my regular preschool group and I repeated it a day later with for visiting preschool group.  The children were intrigued by my stand up book and it really helped to drain their energy so I could help them focus on other things.


Songs 
 
Wheels on the Bus by Mr. Eric and Mr Michael from Groovy Green
Can't Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill from Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense.The Freeze by Greg and Steve from Kids in Action
Spaghetti Legs by Jim Gill from The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes


Sticky Bubble Gum by Hugh Hanley
I don't have the cd so we just sang it ourselves.  To hear the tune and see the lyrics with actions, visit SongsForTeaching


Felt Board

I tried to get my group to sing Happy Birthday to America before we did this rhyme but they all gave me the oddest looks.  Also of the two groups I tried this with, one group was convinced that if they blew the candles off the board that I would just keep putting them back up.  To a preschooler this is a marvelous game.  I was not amused and we moved on without completing the rhyme. 

5 Birthday Candles wish there were more
Blew out one, then there were 4.  

4 birthday candles, pretty as can be.
Blow one out, then there are 3.

3 birthday candles, Hope my wish comes true.
Blow one out, then there are 2.

2 birthday candles Birthday cakes are fun
Blow one out, Then there is 1.

1 birthday candle, the party is almost done.
Blow out one, Then there are none


Bean Bags
With bean bags - Song: “Silly Hat Song” (Tune: This Old Man) 
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime
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…
Put your puppet on your head…
Put your puppet straight to bed…
Give your puppet a big hug…
Make it snug as a bug in a rug


Rhyme
Fireworks Go - Borrowed from Miss Katie's Storytime Wiki and she borrowed it from Perpetual Preschool.   I like this rhyme but I can't snap my fingers and neither can most of my storytime kids.

snap, snap, snap (snap fingers)
crack, crack, crack (slap knees)
zap, zap, zap (make flashing motions with hands)
Fireworks make me
clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
on Independence Day!

Closing – tune farmer in the dell
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.

I am so glad I didn't plan a craft.  I've been having 15-20 children but this week I had 36.  I would have run out of supplies for sure.  I have a giant bin of duplo blocks and we played with those for about 15 minutes after class instead.  I was so happy that everyone helped to clean up afterwards.  No on threw any blocks and we all got to practice sharing.  

Laura


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Quick Pic - Popcorn

Howdy

The week before July 4th we showed the kids the movie The Incredibles.  I only saw the beginning.  Maybe I was only there to make popcorn?  Its a new skill for me.  Now if only they'd let me laminate. 

Mmmm butter flavoring.


Laura


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Favorites

Howdy

June felt like the longest month.  We are just about half way through summer reading and it's time to start thinking about fall.  Here's a quick flashback to the popular posts from June. 


JKSCommunications Daily - May 28, 2015

Parachute Play

Preschool Storytime - Birds

Quick Pic - I am Groot

Quick Pic - Kids Comic Con 2015


Laura