Let’s Dance – Storybox

My library system has one central location and 9 branches.  To make storytime programming easier for all involved, we use storyboxes.  These are “storytimes in a box”.  They contain everything a storyteller would need for a successful storytime including books, videos, fingerplays and crafts.  Ideally, there should be enough variety that the box can be used for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and lower elementary ages.   The boxes are routed from branch to branch so that each week a branch has a different storytime ready to go.  You don’t have to use the storyboxes, but they are there as an option when you need them.

Let’s Dance!

BOOKS:
Dancing in My Bones by AndrewsHow Do You Wokka-Wokka by BluemleDuck Sock Hop by Kohuth

Dancing in My Bones
 by Sylvia Andrews, illustrated by Ellen Mueller
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter

Dow by the Cool of the Pool by Mitton Brontorina by Howe Wiggle by Cronin
Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, pictures by Guy Parker-Rees
Brontorina by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin, art by Scott Menchin

Dancing Feet by CraigSailorBoyJigbyBrownGiant Dance Party by Bird
Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

DanceWithMeSmithLet's Dance Grandma by McMullen Rain Dance by AppeltDance with Me by Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Let’s Dance Grandma! written and illustrated by Nigel McMullen
Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt, pictures by Emilie Chollat

Rupert Can Dance by Feiffer Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance by GorbachevBea at Ballet by Isadora
Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer
Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance by Valeri Gorbachev
Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora

Barn Dance by Hutchins Deer Dancer by Ray Baby Danced the Polka by BeaumontBarn Dance! by Pat Hutchins
Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont, pictures by Jennifer Plecas

Rap a Tap Tap Here's Bojangles Think of That by Dillon Hilda must be dancing I Got the Rhythm by Schofield-MorrisonRap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! by Leo & Diane Dillon
Hilda Must Be Dancing! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Suzanne Watts
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

How Can You Dance by Walton My Friend Maya Loves to Dance Zombelina by CrowHow Can You Dance? by Rick Walton and Ana López-Escrivá
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson, illustrated by Eric Valasquez
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Molly Idle

FLANNELBOARDS:

5 Ballet Dancers
5 Ballet Dancers Storybox Type name
(I know there are 6 dancers in the picture – I made one extra in case.)  I had made me a version of this flannelboard and it was colored in pellon.  I didn’t want to put my originals in the storybox in case they got lost or some pieces went missing, so I color photo-copied the pieces, cut them out, laminated them, and then put felt on the back.  I was suprised at how well it worked!)

Five ballet dancers
Prancing on their toes
They twirl and spin and jump
Then off the stage one goes.

4 ballet dancers…
3 ballet dancers…
2 ballet dancers…

One ballet dancer
Prancing on his/her toes
S/He twirls and spins and jumps
Then off the stage s/he goes.

No more dancers!  The performance is over.
And what do we do at the end of a performance?
We applaud!  (clap)

(taken from Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artslit/dancing.pdf)

(Loyal readers may recognize this set from some I had made earlier.  I have my own personal version of this flannelboard that I made out of pellon and colored with crayon.  I didn’t want to put my originals in the storybox in case they got lost or some pieces went missing, so I color photo-copied the pieces, cut them out, laminated them, and then put felt on the back.  I was surprised at how well it worked!)

Wee Red Shoes: Dance Edition
Wee Red Shoes - Dance Edition Storybox Flannelboard version name - Copy

Once there were some wee red shoes.  They lived in a shoe shop.  They lived there a long time.  “This is no fun,” said one wee red shoe.  “I want to dance,” said the other wee red shoes.  So they danced out of the shoe shop.  They danced down the street: tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a hen.  “Stop!” called Hen.  “I want to wear you.”  She jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now scratch!” said Hen.  “We cannot scratch,” said wee red shoes.  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Hen.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a duck.  “Stop!” called Duck.  “I want to wear you.”  She jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now swim!” said Duck.  “We cannot swim,” said wee red shoes.  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Hen.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a dog.  “Stop!” called Dog.  “I want to wear you.”  He jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now run!” said dog.  “We cannot run,” said wee red shoes.  “And, anyway, you need four shoes.  There are only two of us!”  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Dog.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a young girl.  She was barefoot.  She was crying.  The little red shoes jumped on the girl’s feet.  She looked down and saw the shoes.  She stopped crying.

“Will you wear us?”  asked the wee red shoes.  “We will dance for you.”

“Will you dance in class?” asked the girl. “I have a lot to learn.”

“Yes!” answered the wee red shoes.  “We will dance and help you learn every day.”

“Oh, thank you, thank you!” said the girl.  “Now I can take dance lessons!”

The wee red shoes were happy.  The young girl was happy.   And away they went to dance class – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

(adapted from: Anderson, Paul S.  Story Telling with the Flannel Board: Book One.  Art work by Miss Irene Francis.  T.S. Denison & Co: Minneapolis, Minn.  1962. Pg 67-69.)


MOVEMENT, SONGS, AND FINGERPLAYS:

Tommy Thumbs
Tommy thumbs are up, (thumbs up)
Tommy thumbs are down. (thumbs down)
Tommy thumbs are dancing,  (move thumbs up and down)
All around the town.
Dance them on your shoulders, (tap thumbs on shoulders)
Dance them on your head, (tap thumbs on head)
Dance them on your knees, (tap thumbs on knee)
And tuck them into bed. (tuck thumbs under opposite arms)

Put your two arms up,
And put your two arms down.
Make your two arms do
A dance around the town.
Straighten them in front,
And straighten them in back,
Bend them to the sides,
And now you lay them flat.

(from: Northport-East Northport Public Library: http://www.nenpl.org/childrens/bibliographies/titles/rhymes.php)

Penny Thumbkin
Penny Thumbkin upstairs, (move thumbs upward)
Penny Thumbkin down, (move thumbs below shoulders)
Penny Thumbkin dancing (dance thumbs)
All around the town.

Dancing on my shoulders (dance thumbs on shoulders)
Dancing on my head (dance thumbs on head)
Dancing on my knees now (dance thumbs on knees)
Tuck them into bead (tuck thumbs under arms)

Other verses:
Pointer finger, tall finger, ring finger, pinky finger, Family (all fingers)

(From Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.)

Dancing Sheep
Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep
  (put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
  (creep fingers)

“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was…  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
  (move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
He was dancing on the floor!
  (move hands on floor as mentioned above)
He was dancing on the window!
  (move hands to one side)
He was dancing on the door!
  (move hands to other side)

He kept on…

Dancing on the ceiling!
  (sing faster)
He was dancing on the floor!
He was dancing on the window!
He was dancing on the door!
(repeat several times getting faster each time through)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep.
It is time to go to sleep!”

Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore.

So I started …  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
I was dancing on the floor!
I was dancing on the window!
I was dancing on the door!

(from: Dailey, Susan M.  http://www.susanmdailey.com/fingerplays.html   You can hear the song at this website: http://www.susanmdailey.com/Dancing_Sheep.mp3 )

Busy Fingers
This is the way my fingers stand,
Fingers stand, fingers stand,
This is the way my fingers stand
So early in the morning.
This is the way they dance about,
Dance about, dance about
This is the way they dance about
So early in the morning.
This is the way I fold my hands,
Fold my hands, fold my hands
This is the way I fold my hands,
So early in the morning.
This is the way they go to sleep,
Go to sleep, go to sleep
This is the way they go to sleep
So early in the morning.

(from: Canton Public Library.  https://www.cantonpl.org/youth/parents/poems/fingerplays/s-z )

Dance Thumbkin Dance
Dance, thumbkin, dance!
(hold thumb upward in a closed right fist)
Dance, thumbkin, dance!
Thumbkin cannot dance alone,
So dance, my merry men, every one,
(Hold up left hand fingers in motion)
And dance, thumbkin, dance!
(Thumb joins in movement)

Dance, foreman, dance!
(Close right hand,
point pointer finger upward,
hand still remain in position)

Dance, foreman, dance!
Foreman cannot dance alone,
So dance, my merry men, ev’ry one,
(Hold up left hand fingers in motion)

Dance, Pointer, dance…
Dance, Middleman, dance…
Dance, Ringman, dance….
Dance, Littleman, dance….
(taken from Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artslit/dancing.pdf)

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

(taken from Storytime Katie: http://storytimekatie.com/songs-rhymes/master-list/ )

The Hokey Pokey
Put your right hand in, put your right hand out
Put your right hand in, and you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about.
Put your left hand in…
Put your right foot in…
Put your left foot in…
Put your head in…
Put your whole self in…

Who Wants to Dance?
Who wants to dance? Who wants to dance?
Let me show you how to get, get, get down.
Who wants to dance? Who wants to dance?
Let me show you how to get, get, get down.

Everybody wash the windows…
Everybody drive the car…
Everybody do the swim…
Everybody climb the rope…

(from  Songs for Teaching.  http://www.songsforteaching.com/specialeducation/dancetherapy/whowantstodance.htm )

Dancing Bears
In the forest, when the moon is bright,
(whump, whump, whump)
All the bears go dancing in the light,
(thump, thump, thump)
‘Round a circle they do go,
Bear-y stiff and bear-y slow,
Singing with a bearish sort of sound,
(grump, (grump, grump, grump)

In the field between the ‘tato rows,
(hush, hush, hush)
All the mice are dancing on their toes
(shush, shush, shush)
If the cat should change to roam,
They would all go running home
down their holes they’d scampler in a flash,
(mush, mush, mush).

(from: Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artist/dancing.pdf)

Boogie-Woogie Washer Woman
Way down the road (shade hand over eyes, look into distance)
Where nobody goes (shake finger “no”)
There’s a boogie-woogie washer woman washing her clothes (boogie side to side)
Scrub, scrub, here (scrub invisible clothing on one knee)
Scrub, scrub, there (scrub on other knee)
Scrub those stains right out of there (move thumb to side “outta there”)
She goes: scrub, scrub (scrub on one knee, then other, step forward each time)
A-boogie, a-woogie (do the boogie, taking two steps backward)
Scrub, scrub and a-boogie some more (repeat action of above line)
She goes: scrub, scrub, a-boogie, a-woogie (repeat action)
Just a boogie-woogie washer woman washing her clothes (boogie, turn in a circle)
Yeah! (jazz hands)

(from http://dragon.sleepdeprived.ca/songbook/songs3/S3_8.htm )

Leaves in the Wind
(to tune of “Ring Around the Rosy”)

Dance and twirl together
Like leaves in windy weather
Twirling, swirling
We all Fall down!

From Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.

Here We Go Looby Loo
(Join hands and go around in a circle; suit actions to words)

Here we go looby loo,
Here we go looby light,
Here we go looby loo,
All on a Saturday night.
You put your right hand in
You put your right hand out
You give your hand a shake, shake shake
And turn yourself about.

Repeat with : left hand, right foot, left foot, whole self

From: Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.

Dance, Children, Dance!  A Rhyme from Germany
Dance, children, dance about! (dance)
Let your shoes in and out (kick feet)
If one should break than we don’t care (wrench fists apart to show breaking shoe)
The cobbler will make you another pair (mime hammering on shoe)
So dance, children, dance. (dance)

Now dance fast (repeat rhyme at a fast pace)

Now dance slowly (repeat rhyme at a slow pace)

From: MacMillan, Kathy and Christine Kirker.  Multicultural Storytime Magic.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2012.

LET’S DANCE MUSIC TRACKS:
Because this was a dancing themed storytime, it felt like I needed to include some fun music to get up and groove to.  Here’s the tracks I included in the storybox on a cd.

Some Assembly Required by Tom ChapinJimGillSneezingSongJimGillMakesItNoisyJimGillMusicPlayforFolksofAllStripes

Track 1: “Don’t Make Me Dance” by Tom Chapin from Some Assembly Required

Track 2: “Hands are for Clapping” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 3: “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 4: “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 5: “List of Dances” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho

Track 6: “Let’s Dance Now” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho”

Track 7: “I Changed My Mind” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes

Track 8: “If Animals Could Dance” by The Learning Station from La Di Da, La Di Di, Dance with Me

Track 9: “Jump Up, Bend Down” The Learning Station from La Di Da, La Di Di, Dance with Me

Track 10: “Here We Go Looby Loo” by Wee Sing from The Best of Wee Sing

Track 11: “The Chicken Dance”

Track 12: “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi from More Singable Songs

LearningStationLaDiDaLaDiDiDanceWithMeWeeSingBestofWeeSingRaffi More Singable Songs

CRAFTS:

Dancing Giraffe
Dance Giraffe Storybox Craft name - Copy
Materials Needed:

  • Dancing Giraffe Coloring Pages
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
  • Scissors
  • Brads

Directions:

Have children color in the giraffe any way they like.  Cut out the pieces, and then assemble the giraffe using brads.  Ask the children if they can make the giraffe dance by moving the different body parts.

If you want this craft to go faster, you may want to cut out the giraffe pieces beforehand.

(taken from: http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/giraffescantdance.htm   and http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/_files/dancinggiraffe.pdf )

Dancing Raisins Science Experiment
Who taught these raisins to dance, anyway? Go on – gather up some raisins, turn up the music, and get ready for a raisin romp.
Dancing Raisins Experiment

Materials Needed:

  • Clear drinking glasses
  • Raisins
  • Clear carbonated beverages (7Up, Tonic Water, etc.)

Additional Materials:

  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Lentils
  • Craisins
  • Corn
  • Dried Blueberries

Experiment:

  1. Fill the glass with soda.
  2. Drop 10-15 raisins into the soda.
  3. Focus all of your attention on those raisins.  Are they moving?  Yes!  They’re floating, they’re bobbing up and down, they’re dancing!

Dancing Raisins Variation:

  1. Set up your drinking glasses with different types of soda.
  2. See which type of soda makes the best dancing raisins.
  3. Try using all of the same type of soda but different kinds of “dancers.”
  4. Throw in macaroni, noodles, lentils, craisins, even corn!
  5. Which combination of soda and dancers “performs” the best show?
  6. Keep experimenting until you find the best combination

For more explanation of why/how this works visit the sources I used.

(Idea taken from: Steve Spangler Science http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/dancing-raisins-the-bubble-lifter and Juggling with Kids http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/08/dancing-raisins.html  )

Dance Wands
Dance Wand

Materials needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Crepe Paper
  • Glue or Glue Sticks

Directions:

To prep the craft: Have crepe paper cut.

Have children glue the crepe paper streamers (about 2 or 3 strands) to the popsicle stick.

Then dance and move and see those streamers go.

Idea taken from PreK Read and Play: https://prekreadplay.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/storytime-share-gross-motor-movement-and-coordination-1/

 

Dancing Finger Puppets
Dancing Finger Puppet Craft
Materials Needed:

  • Finger puppet template
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
  • Scissors

Directions:

Have children color in the puppet or puppets of their choice.

Cut the puppet from the page, and then cut the two circles on the bottom out as well from each puppet.

Have the children put their fingers through the holes at the bottom of each puppet and make their puppet dance!

If you would like to make this craft faster, do the cutting ahead of time.

Taken from: http://www.wikipekes.com/titeres-de-dedo-recortables.html


Bell Bracelets
Jingle Bell Bracelets

Materials needed:

– Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners

– Jingle Bells (about 3 per bracelet)

– Scissors

Have children thread 3 jingle bells through the pipe cleaner.  Wrap the ends around each other to make the correct size bracelet for each child.

If the pipe cleaner is really long, use the scissors to cut to size.

If you are worried about the sharp ends of the pipe cleaner, before beginning the bracelet fold the ends (just 1/4 of an inch or so) onto itself. This will create a tip that is not quite so sharp.

Idea taken from: My Nearest and Dearest http://mynearestanddearest.com/jingle-bell-bracelets/

Bugs Dancing Coloring Page
Bee Coloring Page
Materials Needed:

  • Coloring pages
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers

Directions:
Have the children color in their sheets any way they like.

Extend the Learning:
Let the kids know that honeybees acutally dance to communicate!  They use something called a “waggle dance”, a “shake” dance, and a “tremble” dance.

For more information on the bee dance visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/hivecomm.html

Coloring page adapted from:
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/bees-dance-coloring-page/

Preschool Dance Party!

On Friday February 20th I hosted my first dance party here at the library!  I’m currently working on a grant to bring more play into the library, had heard about many libraries offering one, and thought it would be a perfect way to play and move.  After being inspired by some fabulous blog posts from Storytiming, Jbrary, The Show Me Librarian, Storytime with Miss Sara, Thrive After Three, Catch the Possibilities, and Fat Girl Reading I finally felt confident enough to make the dance party happen!

THE PLAYLIST

JimGillDoReMi
1) “The Tempo Marches On” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee 
I wasn’t sure how quickly parents and kids would start dancing, or how comfortable people would feel at first, so I picked this one first because I thought it was an easy movement song that was easy enough for everyone to participate.  You are practically running at the end of the song, so be prepared!

Chocolate Milk and Other Tasty Tunes
2) “Whatever Dance” by Dana McCarthy from Chocolate Milk and Other Tasty Tunes
I feel like this one was sort of the mission statement for my dance party: “Whatever dance you want to do, it’s good for me if it’s good for you.”

Caspar Babypants I Found You
3) “All The Fish” by Caspar Babypants from I Found You!
Caspar Babypants is one of my favorite children’s bands, so I was happy when I saw this title highlighted on Jbrary‘s blog.  As suggested, we pretended to be all the different animals mentioned in the song and swim like they would swim.  Perfect song for breaking our your swim moves.

Yo Gabba Gabba Music is Awesome
4) “Robo Dancing” by Money Mark from Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome!
I thought it would be fun (and funny) to have all the kids show me their best robot moves.

Brother Yusef Kids Get the Blues Too
5) “Shake It” by Brother Yusef from Kids Get the Blues Too/Blues for Beginners
Time to break out the shakers!  For each prop I used I wanted to find a song that would just allow the kids to dance freely with it, and then one that they could follow instructions to.  This one was the free dance for the shakers.  Brother Yusef has visited our library many times and he never fails to get toes tapping and shoulders shimmying.

Kathy Reid-Naiman Reach for the Stars
6) “Shake It To the East” by Kathy Reid-Naiman from Reaching for the Stars!
This was the song we used to follow instructions with the shakers.    Especially fun was the little pause part in the middle where everyone stops shaking.

Imagination Movers Juice Box Heroes
7) “Shakable You” by Imagination Movers from Juice Box Heroes
Moving from shaking the shakers to shaking your body!

The Muppets the Green Album
8) “Mahna Mahna” by The Frey from Muppets: The Green Album
At this point in the program I was tired, so I decided we needed to have a sit down.  We all sat in a circle and danced only with our arms for this song.

Josh Levine for Kids
9) “The Hokey Pokey” by Josh Levine from Josh Levine for Kids
We stood up from our circle and then Hokey Pokey-ed!

Carole Peterson Dancing Feet
10) “Dancing Scarf Blues” by Carole Peterson from Dancing Feet.
Time to bring out the scarves!  We started with the instructional song first this time.

Laurie Berkner Buzz Buzz
11) “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” by Laurie Berkner from Buzz Buzz
And now just dancing freely, with scarves going wild when the bumblebee buzzes.

William Janiak Arms Up Keep Moving
12) “Arms Up!” by William C. Janiak from Arms Up Keep Moving
Another guided movement song.  I wasn’t so sure about this one, but Fat Girl Reading mentioned that it was a great track so I thought I would try it out.  Of course, total success.

Bari Koral Rock and Roll Garden
13) “Clap It” by Bari Koral Family Rock Band from Rock and Roll Garden
While I’m not exactly sure how to clap my toes, this was a fun one to move along to.

Pharrell GIRL
14) “Happy (From Despicable Me 2)” by Pharrell Williams from G I R L
I’d heard that this one was always a hit in family dance parties as well.  Yup, it is.

Joanie Leeds I'm a Rock Star
15) “Goodbye, Goodbye” by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights from I’m a Rock Star
A nice song to end things with.

ATTENDANCE: 40 people

HOW IT WENT AND WHAT I LEARNED:

This was a super fun program, but a TIRING one.  I counted this as my workout for the day.  Make sure to wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable to move in.  I am glad I held my dance party close to the end of the day.  If I do a future one early in the day, I may consider bringing an extra change of clothes, just in case.

I wasn’t sure how many people would attend the program and I was waffling regarding where I should hold the dance party.  Our storytime room would have been great, because it has a door that closes so that the sound can be contained.  But, it has large, broad step areas that make the space more like an amphitheater, and I knew we would need plenty of space to move around.  My library recently opened a studio space which is a large open area on our 4th floor.  It has no doors, so the sound carried everywhere, but the flat emptiness made it really nice for everyone to move around.  And since it was just 45 minutes or the noise wasn’t too much of problem.

As the dj I sort of tried to guide the patrons into what dance moves we would do for each song.  “Ok, now we’re going to put on the robot song!  How would you dance if you were a robot?”  I am wondering if this is too limiting, or if it provides needed structure.  Will think about his.

I played everything from my iPad through the wireless speakers we had.  This is awesome and much easier to control than having to deal with a cd player.

I think I am going to have to do one again during our music-themed summer reading program.

A sincere apology, dear Readers.

I just wanted to write a quick apology for not updating my blog recently!  To all my loyal readers, I am sorry.

I’m working on some really exciting things (in the middle of one grant, just wrote another), and had some wonderful training opportunities that have taken me away from my blog.

But – I do have some programs and storytimes that I’ve been saving up to write about, so while it may take me a bit of time to post here, I am working on new content.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Fables and Stories with a Lesson – Class Visits (School M)

At my site, we’ve recently begun doing outreach visits to some of the local elementary schools.  The schools used to come in to the library to visit, but with bus funds cut, it now makes more sense for us to go out and visit the schools.  Monday – Thursdays myself or one of my colleagues goes and visits a school.  Each week is a different school.  We visit a wide range of grades when we go out, so you’ll see that reflected in my class visit posts.

I usually try to pick a theme or idea to stick with for the visit to help me prep my materials.  This time around, I thought it would be fun to tell some fables, or stories with a lesson.


Kindergarten
BOOK:

Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon

FLANNELBOARD:
Giant Carrot Flannelboard3

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:

Too Many Pears! by Jackie French

ATTENDANCE: 25 people


1st Grade
BOOK:

Too Many Pears! by Jackie French

FLANNELBOARD:
Giant Carrot Flannelboard3
The Giant Carrot

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:

Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

ATTENDANCE: 25 people


2/3 Grade
BOOK:

The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

FLANNELBOARD:
Rattlesnake, Mouse and Coyote
Rattlesnake Mouse and Coyote Flannelboard
Pattern and Story from: The Flannel Board Storytelling Book  by Judy Sierra.

BOOK:

“The Elephant’s Son” from Fables by Arnold Lobel

BOOK:

“The North Wind and the Sun” from You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

ATTENDANCE: 20 people


3rd Grade
BOOK:

The Miller, the Boy and the Donkey by Brian Wildsmith

FLANNELBOARD:
Rattlesnake, Mouse and Coyote
Rattlesnake Mouse and Coyote Flannelboard
Pattern and Story from: The Flannel Board Storytelling Book  by Judy Sierra.

BOOK:

“The Peacock and the Crane” from You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

BOOK:

“The Fox and the Stork” and “The Fox and the Crow” from Three Aesop Fox Fables by Paul Galdone

ATTENDANCE: 30 people


4th Grade
BOOK:

Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatini

FLANNELBOARD:
Rattlesnake, Mouse, and Coyote
Rattlesnake Mouse and Coyote Flannelboard
Pattern and Story from: The Flannel Board Storytelling Book  by Judy Sierra.

MOVEMENT: Aroostasha*

BOOK:

“Grasshopper Logic” from Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

BOOK:

“The Peacock and the Crane” from You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

ATTENDANCE: 20 people


ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

BOOK: “A Drink for Crow” from Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World by George Shannon
BOOK: The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
BOOK: The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens
BOOK: The North Wind and The Sun illustrated by Brian Wildsmith


HOW IT WENT:
Overall, I think most of these class visits went over well.  Rattlesnake, Mouse, and Coyote is a fun flannelboard story to tell, and it is a good one to get the kids talking.  It’s also fun, because the kids get really exasperated when the Coyote pretends to not know what is going on.  I also really enjoyed doing the You Read to Me stories.  Originally, I thought I was going to ask the teachers to read with me, as a way to help them be engaged.  A lot of the classes on the day had substitutes – some who felt comfortable reading with me, and some who didn’t.  I also read with one of the 4th graders for that group, which was really fun.  “Elephant’s Son” and “Grasshopper Logic” didn’t seem to work as well — maybe I need to do a little more prep for those stories before I try them out again.  And Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes may have been a touch too long, but I still think it was fun.

*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

Happy Birthday to JenintheLibrary! Now with a giveaway!

Happy Birthday to Jen in the Library!

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Today marks the anniversary of my first real blog post!
(My first post was really on July 3, 2012, but it took me until September 29, 2012 to get up the courage to write an official storytime blog post.)

So, to celebrate, I thought I’d run a short little contest.

Now through October 13th, in the comments section of this blog post, write which of the flannelboards I’ve featured on my blog you’d like for your own, and a short reason why. I’ll do a random drawing, and the winner will receive a version of the flannelboard they mentioned in the comment!  (Small Print: Delivery may take a bit as I will have to make it for you.  Also, please just mention the flannelboards I’ve made, and not ones I’ve purchased from an outside source.)

I know a lot of the people who use this blog are either librarians or teachers, so you probably enjoy making flannelboards on your own.  But, I figure, who doesn’t like to save a little time and get one ready-to-go!

 

Bedtime – Storybox

My library system has one central location and 9 branches.  To make storytime programming easier for all involved, we use storyboxes.  These are “storytimes in a box”.  They contain everything a storyteller would need for a successful storytime including books, videos, fingerplays and crafts.  Ideally, there should be enough variety that the box can be used for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and lower elementary ages.   The boxes are routed from branch to branch so that each week a branch has a different storytime ready to go.  You don’t have to use the storyboxes, but they are there as an option when you need them.  Here’s the my latest storybox.

Bedtime – “You won’t want to catch any Zzzzs while listening to these great stories!”

BOOKS:

  
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
  by Mo Willems
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? by Bill Martin Jr.
The Prince Won’t Go to Bed! by Dayle Ann Dodds

  

The Woods by Paul Hoppe
No Sleep for the Sheep! by Karen Beaumont
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

  

Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins
Baby Can’t Sleep by Lisa Schroeder
Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun

 

CREAK! Said the Bed by Phyllis Root
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg
Froggy Goes to Bed by Jonathan London

 

Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massey

FLANNELBOARDS:

5 in the Bed

Pattern from: Making Learning Fun

There were five in the bed,
and the little one said,
“It’s crowded!
Roll Over!”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out.

There were four in the bed…

**Continue counting down until…

There was one in the bed
and the little one said

Ending Option 1:
“I’m Lonely!”
So all the others climbed back into bed.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
And everyone drifted off to sleep.
Goodnight!

Ending Option 2:
“Ahhh… Just Right!
Goodnight!”

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Pattern and Song from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes

Five little monkeys
jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

 Continue counting down until no monkeys are left.

(Since the storybox travels from place to place, flannelboard pieces often get lost.  That’s why I used a pellon version of this story, instead of my felt version seen here.)

MOVEMENT, SONGS, AND FINGERPLAYS:

Time for Bed
Time for bed, time for bed
Fluff your pillow(make fluffing motion with hands)
Lay down your head (palms together, place side of face on palms)
Tuck in tight (pull blanket up to chin)
Close your eyes (close eyes)
And sleep all night (snore).

Good Night
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap
Two little hands lie in my lap
Two little feet go bump, bump, bump
Two little legs give one last jump
Two little eyes are shut up tight
One little voice whispers low,
“Goodnight.”

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (Short Version)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your knees
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (Long Version)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do!
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn off the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good-night!

There Were Five in the Bed
There were five in the bed (hold up 5 fingers)
And the little one said, “Roll over, Roll over!”  (twirl both hands around each other)
So they all rolled over and one fell out (hold up 1 finger)
There were four in the bed (hold up four fingers)

**Continue the rhyme counting down until**

There was one in the bed  (hold up one finger)
And the little one said
I’ve got so much room! (spread arms out wide)
Goodnight!    (lay head on hands)

The Goodnight Song
(Tune of: “London Bridge is Falling Down”)
Now it’s time to say goodnight,
Say goodnight, say goodnight.
Now it’s time to say goodnight,
It’s time for home and sleep.

This Little Boy
This little boy is ready for bed (hold up index finger)
Down on the pillow he lays his head (place index finger in the palm of other hand)
Wraps himself in his covers tight (hand wrapped around finger)
And here he sleeps all the night (rock hands back and forth)

Diddle, Diddle Dumpling
Diddle, diddle dumpling, my son John,
Went to bed with his stockings on;
One shoe off and one shoe on,
Diddle, diddle dumpling, my son John.

Big Yellow Moon
Big yellow moon shines so bright, (Arms above head in circle shape.)
Glides across the starry night, (Arms move from left to right.)
Looks down at me (Hand shades eyes.)
Asleep in bed, (Hands together at side of face.)
Whispers, “Good night, sleepyhead.” (Forefinger in front of mouth.)
Big yellow moon, your turn is done. (Arms above head move down in front of body.)
Here comes Mr. Morning Sun. (Arms move above head in circle shape.)
I wake up. (Arms stretch out.)
You go to bed. (Hands together at side of face.)
“Sleep well, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (Forefinger in front of mouth.)

Sleeping Time
Down comes the sun
And up comes the moon.
It will be sleeping time soon.
Birds are quiet in their trees.
Cows and horses rest on their knees.
Sleepy children are tucked into beds,
With good night kisses upon their heads.

Are You Sleepy?
(tune: Frere Jaques)
Are you sleepy? Are you sleepy? (rub eyes)
Yes I am. Yes I am. (nod head)
Take your cozy blanket (pull hands up to neck)
And your teddy bear (hug self)
Close your eyes (close eyes)
Go to sleep. (put hands under head)

Going to Bed
This little child is going to bed.
Down on the pillow he lays his head (rest head on hands)
He wraps himself in covers tight (wrap hands across body)
And this is the way he sleeps all night. (close eyes, nod head)

 Morning comes, he opens his eyes, (raise head, eyes open wide)
Off with a toss the covers fly.  (fling arms wide)
Soon he is up and dressed and awake,  (jump up)
Ready for fun and play all day. (clap hands and turn in a circle)

CRAFTS:

Pajama Coloring Page

Decorate the pajamas however you want to make a truly unique pair!

Paper Plate Moon & Star

Materials Needed:
–        Paper Plate Moon Template (I just made my own by drawing the moon shape I wanted on a paper plate, then cutting  away the part that I didn’t need for the moon.  I used this as my template to trace for the others)
–        Stars Template
–        Paper Plate
–        Small Strand of Ribbon or Yarn
–        Paper Star
–        Crayons
–        Scissors
–        Single Hole Punch

Using the Moon Paper Plate template trace the shape of the moon on the paper plate.  Cut the plate so that it looks like a crescent moon. Decorate the moon as desired.  Cut out the paper star and decorate both sides.  Punch a hole in the top of the moon and one in the top of the star.  String the ribbon or yarn through the holes to attach the star to the moon.  Tie the ribbon in a knot to secure it.

Adapted from a craft featured on Confessions of a Real Librarian

Tuck-Me-In Teddy
   
 Materials Needed:
–        Copy of Teddy Bear in Pajamas
–        Piece of construction paper
–        Crayons, Markers, Etc.
–        Glue stick
–        Scissors

To prep the bed, fold a piece of construction paper in half so that it is 8.5”x 5.5”.  On the top page, cut out half of the page – first along the folded edge, then across the middle of the paper in a wavy line.  Color and cut out the teddy bear.  Glue this to the larger of the halves of the construction paper, so that the top paper covers the bear up to its chin.

*To save paper, you can make this craft smaller and only use ½ a piece of construction paper for the bed.  Make sure you make your teddy bear smaller too, then!

Adapted from a craft found on Read it Again!

Teddy bear in pajamas found here via a Google Images search for “pajama coloring page”.  Edited a bit to suit my purposes.

Welcome To My Blog

I’ve found that I get lots of great ideas from the community of librarians that keep blogs.  Wanting to give back a bit, I’ve decided to start my own blog that shares what I do for storytimes, programming ideas, great books I’ve read, or anything else that I find exciting in my library world.  I must admit, I find this a bit daunting — there are already so many wonderful librarian bloggers out there.  Thanks so much for visiting!