Clothes – Signs ‘n Storytime

Working at a new location means I inherited some new programs, and I’m really excited about this one – Signs ‘n Storytime.  This was originally run by a bilingual English/American Sign Language (ASL) speaker, but she since she couldn’t get away from her usual site as easily, I got to take it over.  I’m not fluent at all.   I did take ASL eons ago in college, and I’m excited to get to use a little bit of that.

I approach this storytime as a way for parents to get exposed to some signs that they can use with their babies.  I think it’s important to use signs from American Sign Language.  I do disclose that I am not bilingual, nor a native speaker to the group.

For this storytime, I use the basic storytime pattern that my colleague created. I don’t sign the whole thing, or even a whole book.    As I said – I’m not fluent, so there is no way I could do that, and translating is an art.  Instead, I first pick a theme I think would be useful for a parent and their child.  Then, I try to pick books that have words that would be useful for a toddler to know.  When I come across this word in the book, I show and describe the sign.  Then, if it repeats throughout we all do the sign together.  At the end of the book, we practice again all the words in that book.  Finally, at the end of storytime, we review all the signs we learned from all the books

SONG: “Hello Friends” in ASL

taken from Jbrary
I changed this one a little so instead of doing it time to “say” Hello, I sing, “it’s time to Sign Hello” and use the ASL word for sign

BOOK:

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  Created and Illustrated by James Dean. Story by Eric Litwin.

Signs used with the story:
Shirt
Button
Cat
No 
Song
Bellybutton

MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It
I sung this one a capella, and when we clap our hands we do the ASL version of clapping, we stomp our feet, and we pound our chest.  Whenever there is clapping in this storytime (at the end of a book, etc) we always do it the ASL way.

BOOK:
 
Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots by Ellen Olson-Brown, illustrated by Christiane Engle

Signs used with story:
shirt
boots
coat
hat 
pants

FLANNELBOARD:
How Do I Put It On?

I was all set to do this flannelboard story (which you can learn in its entirety in this post), but since I only had one little listener, I just sat with him on the floor and we dressed the bear, naming the different pieces of clothing.

Signs used with story:
shirt
pants
shoes
hat

BOOK:
 
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Signs used with story:
pants
dress
socks
shoes
hat

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

    

Book: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier.
Book: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera.
Book: Freddie Gets Dressed by Nicola Smee.
Book: Hat On, Hat Off by Teho Hears, illustrations by Renné Benoit (Since this uses the word “hat” a lot I think it would take some practice to get the signing down, but it does have other clothing in the books, so I think it could work…)
Book: Wear a Silly Hat: Sign Language for Clothing by Dawn Babb Prochovnic, illustrated by Stephanie Bauer. 
DVD: “Let’s Play in the Snow” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Get Dressed

HOW IT WENT: For my first Signs ‘n Storytime, it went pretty well.  I only had 1 child and 2 adults in the audience, so it was a really intimate and close up reading.  That may be because we had a bit of a break in this storytime pattern as we transitioned from the previous staff member presenting it to me.  Hopefully, the more month to month programs will get a regular crowd.

PRESENTED: Thursday, June 14, 2018

ATTENDANCE: 3 people (adults and children)

Uni-HORNS – Preschool Storytime

This storytime brought together creatures from all over the world and folklore to celebrate those with a single horn or tusk: unicorns, narwhals, and Indian rhinos (on my!).

Fun fact learned while prepping for this storytime – the greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Javan rhinoceros have one horn, while black, white and Sumatran rhinos have two!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

INTRODUCTION:
Mattern-Rhinoceroses Rake-Narwhal_Whales_Up_Close One_Unicorn_FB_jeninthelibrary
Rhinoceroses by Joanne Mattern
Narwhal Whales Up Close by Jody Sullivan Rake

I showed kids pictures of narwhals, a rhino from books, and put up a flannelboard unicorn I had made to see if they could tell me what they all had in common.

BOOK:
Sima-Not_Quite_Narwhal
Not Quite Narwhal
 by Jessie Sima

MOVEMENT:
The Rhinoceros
The rhinoceros moves like this and that (stomp from one foot to the other)
He’s terrible wide and he’s terribly fat (hold hands out to your sides)
The ground gets under his feet gets worn (stomp)
but goodness gracious look at that horn! (make a horn with your hand)

Then we stomped some more like rhinos, pranced like ponies, and swam like narwhals.

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Five Little Unicorns
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(Rhyme and idea taken from Story Time Secrets, template found from Google image search)

I saw five little unicorns – creatures from folklore
I watched the blue one prance away, and then there were four.
I saw four little unicorns resting by a tree
I watched the orange one prance away, and then there were three.
I saw three little unicorns, but as near to them I drew
The green one pranced away, and then there were two.
I saw two little unicorns – I watched them run and run
the yellow one pranced away, and then there was one.
I saw a lonely pink unicorn standing in the sun.
when I blinked by eyes, it pranced away, and then there were none.

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

BOOK:
Agee-My_Rhinoceros
My Rhinoceros
by John Agee

VIDEO:
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“Zigby and the Unicorn” from Zigby Season 1 Episode 8

After Zara reads a story to Laurence about a unicorn, he really wants to meet one.  Can Zigby and his friends help this happen?

We didn’t have any good videos with uni-horned animals in our collection, so I streamed this one from Amazon prime using my iPad and our Apple TV mirroring.

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Lloyd-Chief_Rhino_to_the_Rescue Jones-Glitter Dyckman-You_Don't_Want_a_Unicorn Dove-Wendell_the_Narwhal Rosenthal-Uni_the_Unicorn Young-Unicorn_Named_Sparkle  Heidbreder-I_Wished_for_a_Unicorn
Book: Chief Rhino to the Rescue by Sam Lloyd
Book: Glitter by Stella J. Jones, illustrated by Judi Abbot
Book: You Don’t Want a Unicorn! written by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo
Book: Wendell the Narwhal by Emily Dove
Book: Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Book: A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
Book: I Wished for a Unicorn by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
you can do this at your library! Flannel Boards (featuring  You Look Ridiculous Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus) 
Miss Meg’s Storytime – Unicorn Storytime
Pinterest Five Little Unicorns Flannelboard Rhyme (I tried to search this image back to a website, but it didn’t seem to link to anything)
MotherReader – ABC Storytime: U is for…
yogibrarian – “Letter U” preschool storytime
DLTK kids – Lyrics to “A Lovely Unicorn” 
Little, Brown, and Company – You Don’t Want a Unicorn! Storytime Kit
All Nursery Rhymes – The Lion and the Unicorn Nursery Rhyme words
Pinterest Lion and the Unicorn Flannel Board (I tried to find the original source for this image, but it looks like the page no longer exists)

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun theme!  I wish I could have though of some better action movements to go along with it though.  Anyone have any ideas?  Also, I am not sure that was the best video to show – it seemed a little long. But I was having a hard time finding one to tie into the theme.  I was hoping some of our nonfiction DVDs would have a good segment on rhinos, but all of them seemed to be focused on the two-horned variety.

ATTENDANCE: 11 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, December 30

*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

Snow – Toddler Storytime

For our last storytime of the Fall session, we celebrated the start of a new season with stories of snow (even it was a little early for that.).

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:
S is for Snow
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Today we reviewed the sound the letter S makes, drew it with our fingers, and talked about a smile, a sun, a star and a snowflake.  (I left out the stegosaurus and the sheep for this round of S.)

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Snow”

BOOK:
Gravett-Bear_and_Hare_Snow
Bear & Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett

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

COUNTING FLANNELBOARD:
Snowflakes
8_Snowflakes_FB
We counted 7 snowflakes.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count while I put these in a line.

Then we count the whatevers as they go up.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count as they go bye-bye

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Snowpals
Five_Little-Snowpals_FB
Pattern and rhyme from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes

Five little snowpals, standing in a row
Each has a hat and a big red bow
Out came the sun and it shown all day
One little snowpal melted away.

Repeat using 4… 3… 2… 1…

 

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

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider*

BOOK:
Root-Snowy_Sunday
Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Helen Craig

MOVEMENT: Two Little Blackbirds*

VIDEO:
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“The Snowy Day” from The Ezra Jack Keats Collection, based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
George-One_Mitten Thompson-Mouses_First_Snow Sayre-Best_In_Snow Savage-Supertruck Hubbell-Snow_Happy Heiligman-Snow_Dog_Go_Dog 
Baby's First Word Stories Get Dressed DVD

Book: One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre
Book: Supertruck by Stephen Savage
Book: Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell, illustrations by Hiroe Nakata
Book: Snow Dog, Go Dog story by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by Tim Bowers
DVD: “Let’s Play in the Snow” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Get Dressed

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I’m not sure that The Snowy Day worked well as a toddler video.  It might be better for a preschool audience.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 43 people

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

Snow – Infant Storytime

Even though it’s not yet December, we shared stories about Snow for our last storytime of this session.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*
I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*
Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Snow”

BOOK:
Gravett-Bear_and_Hare_Snow
Bear & Hare: Snow!
by Emily Gravett

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Build a Snowman
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First the body,
then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Next the eyes
and a carrot nose.
And two arms of sticks
placed just so.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
Henkes-Oh
Oh!
words by Kevin Henkes, pictures by Laura Dronzek

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*
These are Baby’s Fingers*
Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly,  Goes the Garden Snail*
Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
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(Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)

One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, knock on the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

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:

Thompson-Mouses_First_Snow snowbabiesbyanderson

Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Snow Babies by Laura Ellen Anderson

HOW IT WENT:
Snow fun!

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Thanksgiving – Toddler Storytime

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone!  We celebrated last week at our toddler storytime, and here’s what we did.

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:
T is for Turkey (and Thanksgiving)
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Today we reviewed the sound the letter T makes, drew it with our fingers, and talked about a tree, a teddy bear, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a train, and a turkey!

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Turkey” and “Thank You”

BOOK:
Over the River and Through the Wood by Child pictures by Westcott
Over the River and Through the Wood: A Song for Thanksgiving by Lydia Maria Child, pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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

COUNTING FLANNELBOARD:
Turkeys
8-Turkeys-jeninthelibrary
We counted 8 turkeys.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count while I put these in a line.

Then we count the whatevers as they go up.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count as they go bye-bye

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Feathers
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Pattern from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Song from Everything Preschool

Here’s a turkey. (Place the turkey on the flannelboard.)
But he’s missing something!  What is he missing? (wait for audience to answer)
Feathers!
What color is this feather? (Bring out the red feather)
Red!  That’s right!  Let’s put it on the turkey.  (Place the feather on the turkey.)
(now sing, to tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress)
Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.

(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Let’s see, what color feathers does turkey have?  (rename all the colors)
And what does that make?
A rainbow!

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

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider*

BOOK:
Hill-Spot's_Thanksgiving
Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill

MOVEMENT: Two Little Blackbirds*

VIDEO:
Max and Ruby's Halloween DVD

“Max’s Thanksgiving” from Max & Ruby’s Halloween

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
where-is-babys-turkey-9781534400894_lg Levine-This_is_the_Turkey Dewdney-Llama_Llama_Gives_Thanks All for Pie and Pie for All Thankful Book by Parr

Book: Where is Baby’s Turkey? by Karen Katz
Book: This is the Turkey by Abby Levine, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
Book: All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Book: The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Toddler – November 25, 2014
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Toddler – November 20, 2012

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I thought that by singing the book Over the River and Through the Wood that might keep the toddler’s attention a little better than just reading.  I think maybe I should have just chosen a shorter book, which is why I picked Spot’s Thanksgiving for my second read.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  27 people      11 am: 24 people

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

Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving early in our storytimes!  (Sorry I didn’t get this posted before Turkey Day!)

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Turkey” and “Thank You”

BOOK:
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Markes
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, illustrated by Doris Barrette

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Feathers
Turkey Feathers Flannelboard
Pattern from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Song from Everything Preschool

Here’s a turkey. (Place the turkey on the flannelboard.)
But he’s missing something!  What is he missing? (wait for audience to answer)
Feathers!
What color is this feather? (Bring out the red feather)
Red!  That’s right!  Let’s put it on the turkey.  (Place the feather on the turkey.)
(now sing, to tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress)
Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.

(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Let’s see, what color feathers does turkey have?  (rename all the colors)
And what does that make?
A rainbow!

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
where-is-babys-turkey-9781534400894_lg
Where is Baby’s Turkey
 by Karen Katz

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy Flannelboard

This little piggy went to market (wiggle baby’s first finger or toe)
This little piggy stayed home (wiggle baby’s second finger or toe)
This little piggy ate roast beef (wiggle baby’s third finger or toe)
This little piggy ate none (wiggle baby’s fourth finger or toe)
And this little piggy went “wee, wee, wee” all the way home.
(wiggle baby’s last finger or toe)

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:

Hill-Spot's_Thanksgiving Dewdney-Llama_Llama_Gives_Thanks

Book: Spot’s Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
Book: Llama Llama Gives Thanks

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime (November 25, 2014)
Jen in the Library – Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime (November 20, 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
Whenever I have storytime the week of Thanksgiving I use this theme.  It hasn’t changed much from year to year (as you can see if you click on the links to my other Thanksgiving theme).

When I read Thanks for Thanksgiving with the infants, I always skip over a couple of the rhyming couplets to make it shorter.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Monkeys – Preschool Storytime

When it’s my rotation for infant toddler storytime, I’ll often just use the same theme for preschool storytime that week.  It saves time, and helps me by just looking for one theme even if it’s across a slightly longer age range.  So, this week’s Preschool theme was Monkeys!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Monkey” 
Since this sign looks like something you may see a monkey do, I did the sign first, and then asked the kids to see if they could figure out what our storytime was going to be about.  I added in other things about monkeys to clue them in more, too.

BOOK:

Be Quiet, Mike!
by Leslie Patricelli

MOVEMENT:
Itsy Bitsy Monkey
The itsy bitsy monkey climbed up a palm tree (pretend to climb up tree)
Down came a coconut, and hit him on his knee – OUCH!
(“hit” knee with hand, say ouch loudly)
Out came a lion shaking his mighty mane (ROAR!)
And the itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the tree again
(pretend to climb tree, faster this time)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Three Little Monkeys

Three little monkeys, swinging in a tree (hold up three fingers)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “Can’t catch me!” (shake pointer finger in tsk, tsk, tsk manner)
Along came Mr. Crocodile, as quiet as could be (palms together, wiggle hands back and forth)
and SNAP! (clap hands on “Snap!”)

Remove a monkey from the board, and continue counting down until no monkeys are left.

Two little monkeys…

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

BOOK:

Spunky Little Monkey
by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won

MOVEMENT:
Monkeys Swinging
(to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”)
Monkeys swinging, swinging all day
Monkeys swinging, swinging all day
Monkeys swinging, swinging all day
Swinging til I saaaaaaay —- STOP!

Other verses:
Monkeys tickling, tickling all day… (this one was an audience suggestion!)
Monkeys eating, eating all day…
Monkeys scratching, scratching all day…
Monkeys chatter, chatter all day…

BOOK:

VIDEO:
 
“Caps for Sale” from Antarctic Antics …and more hilarious animal stories! Based on the book by Esphyr Slobodkina

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 
Book: Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Book: Mo’s Stinky Sweater by David Bedford, illustrated by Edward Eaves
Book: Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Libraryann – Monkey See, monkey… Do this storytime!
Never Shushed – Preschool: Monkeys

HOW IT WENT:
Monkeys is a fun and silly theme.  And I think the families had fun with all the different monkey-themed movements!

ATTENDANCE: 22 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, November 18, 2017

*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