Sheep – Infant Storytime

For my second infant storytime of the fall session I decided to focus on sheep.  I can’t believe I have not had sheep themed storytime since I began this blog!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “sheep”

BOOK:

Sheep Asleep by Gloria Rothstein, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Little Bo Peep
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone
And they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Where Is the Green Sheep?
 by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Baa Baa Black Sheep

Patterns found in Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full.
One for the master.
One for the dame.
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Place the bags next to each person in the rhyme as you name them.

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

 
Book: Counting Ovejas words by Sarah Weeks, art by David Diaz
Book: Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! by Mo Willems
Book: One Little Lamb by Elaine Greenstein
Book: Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Book: Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple
Book: Baby Can’t Sleep by Lisa Schroeder ; illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

HOW IT WENT:
This is so bad, but since this storytime was a whole week ago, I don’t remember!  I blame that I was still getting over being sick.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 43 people (adults and children)

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Apples – Toddler Storytime

As this was the beginning of the Fall storytime session, and due to vacation/illness I didn’t have a lot of planning time, so I pulled out an old storytime standard: apples!

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun: songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

LETTER FLANNELBOARD: A is for Apple

BOOK:

Tap the Magic tree by Christie Matheson

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
The Apple Tree

(I know there are 4 apples in the image, but I just used three with the group when I did it, hence the rhyme starting with 3…)

Way up high in the apple tree (raise arms up into the air)
3 little apples smiled at me (hold up number of fingers, and smile)
I shook that tree just as hard as I could (use both hands to pretend to shake the trunk of a tree)
And down came an apple! (take an apple off the flannelboard)
CRUNCH! (pretend to eat the apple)
Mmmmm… was it good! (rub belly)

How many apples are left?  2!

Way up high in the apple tree
2 little apples smiled at me….

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larrañaga

VIDEO:

“Max’s Apple” from Springtime for Max & Ruby

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

Book: Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Book: Brownie & Pearl Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant, pictures by Brian Biggs
Book: Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett
Book: Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
Book: All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Book: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (I want to make this one into a flannelboard as well)
Flannelboard: I Gave My Horse an Apple
DVD: “Chicka Chicka 1 2 3” from Chicka Chicka 123 …and more counting fun!

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
storytime katie – Toddlers: Apples
Library Village – Toddler Storytime – A is for Apple
Pasadena Public Library Kids Blog – Toddler Storytime: Apples
Jen in the Library – Apples – Toddler Storytime (from 2012)

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
There are a lot of good books for toddler apple storytime, but a lot of these had been used recently in storytime, and I didn’t want to repeat them.  So, I thought I would take a try at something new with Tap the Magic Tree.  It was rather long, but I think the interactivity of it made it okay for toddlers.  Rather than bringing the book around and having the kids tap on the page individually, I have them all do it from their seats so everyone can participate at once.  I think this would work better with toddlers if I had used it a little later in the storytime session, when they were used to sitting for longer periods of time.  It wasn’t a bad choice, and I would totally use it again.

One of my colleagues for her toddler storytimes does a letter flannel to get started, and I decided to steal that idea and start using it for some of my storytimes.  I hope she doesn’t mind (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?), and I’m excited about adding this knew letter knowledge element to storytime.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  45 people      11 am: 44 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Apples – Infant Storytime

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s my rotation again for infant toddler storytime!  This storytime marks the beginning of my Fall Storytime session.  I was on vacation and then sick until the day before this storytime, so I used a Fall standby theme.  My storytime wasn’t quite as polished as I would have wished, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes, right?

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:

Apple by Nikki McClure

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
The Apple Tree

(I know there are 4 apples in the image, but I just used three with the group when I did it, hence the rhyme starting with 3…)

Way up high in the apple tree (lift baby up into air)
3 little apples smiled at me (smile at baby)
I shook that tree just as hard as I could (lower baby to lap and gently bounce)
And down came an apple! (“drop” baby between knees)
Mmmmm… was it good! (rub baby’s belly)

How many apples are left?  2!

Way up high in the apple tree (lift baby up into air)
2 little apples smiled at me….

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride”

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple
 by Ana Martin Larrañaga

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Pasadena Public Library – Infant Storytime: Apples
Library Village – Baby Story Time – Welcome Fall!
Jen in the Library – Apples – Infant Storytime (from 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
As I mentioned, since I was sick right before this storytime, it wasn’t as well-thought out as I would like it to be.  I forgot to look up the ASL sign for apple before storytime, so I left that part out, and I also forgot my Nursery Rhyme flannel at my desk, so I didn’t do that element either.  I figured since this was the first storytime of the session, and I usually spend some time introducing myself and going over storytime guidelines, that took up enough time and I didn’t really need the other elements.

I chose McClure’s Apple because I really liked the black and white images and thought they might carry well for a storytime group.  After reading it to the group though, I’m thinking it may have been a little long.

Here’s hoping next week’s storytime will be better.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 52 people (adults and children)

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Chickens – Preschool Storytime

Here’s a post I wrote, but forgot to actually post!  This is from a storytime I did in September.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know my system has storyboxes: kits with everything in them (books, songs, dvds, craft ideas, etc.) that you’d need to do a storytime.  I was feeling uninspired when thinking about putting together a storytime, and decided to use a storybox.  The storybox we had was CHICKENS!  And, after searching this blog it seems I’ve never done a Preschool Storytime before!  Storyboxes to the rescue!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Stuck in the Mud
 by Jane Clark, illustrations by Garry Parsons

MOVEMENT:
If You’re a Chicken and You Know It
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a chicken and you know it flap your wings: flap flap!
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it flap your wings: flap flap!
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it, and you really want to show it
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it, flap your wings: flap flap!

Other Verses:
Fly up high: fly fly (jump up in air)
Scratch with your feet: scritch scratch (drag one foot along ground, then other)
Go peck peck: peck peck (Make a beak with hand, tap it on the other hand)
Say bok bok: Bok! Bok! (say bok bok)
Settle into your nest: settle settle (sit down and wiggle bottom)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Five Eggs and Five Eggs

Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten (hold up 2 hands)
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle; what do I see? (clap 3 times)
Ten fluffy chickens, as yellow as can be! (hold up and wiggle ten fingers)

BOOK:

Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Mark Fearing

VIDEO:

“The Red Hen” from 20 Stories for Spring  Based on the book by Rebecca emberley and Ed Emberley

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:


 

Book: Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Book: Peepsqueak! by Leslie Ann Clark
Book: Scary Mary by Paula Bowles
Book: Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Book: Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie Davis and Jerry Davis
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
DVD: “Rosie’s Walk” from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom …and lots more learning fun!
DVD: “The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” from Giggle, Giggle, Quack … and more funny favotires
Flannelboard: Little Red Hen

HOW IT WENT:
I was really glad we had the storyboxes on hand to help me get in the mood for storytime.  While I used some of my own ideas for the storytime, it was nice to have something to jump-start my ideas.  A week prior to this my coworker actually did a wolf and fox storytime — it turns out there is a lot of overlap between wolf and fox stories and chicken stories.  So, while some of those may have been go-tos for me, I didn’t use them because I didn’t want to repeat what he had done.

It was a pretty small group today — I think because it is finally not sweltering outside anymore.

ATTENDANCE: 17 (adults and children)

*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page