Train Safety – Preschool Storytime

I just realized I had a bunch of storytime posts that I had saved in draft format and never published!  This is one of them.

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I was contacted by our local Metro staff to see if they could present at the library about Train Safety.  We ended up on wrapping it in to a storytime about trains.  The kids had fun and hopefully learned some tips on how to be safe!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

Whoosh and Chug! by Sebastien Braun

MOVEMENT:
Choo Choo Train
Here is the choo-choo train, chugging down the track.
Now it’s going forward, now it’s going back.

 

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Clickety Clack

 
(Pattern and Idea taken from Mel’s Desk)

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
Here comes the train on the railroad track!

Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.

Clickety-clew, clickety-clew,
Here comes COAL CAR number two.

Clickety-clee, clickety-cluee,
Here comes BOX CAR number three.

Clickety-clore, clickety-clore,
Here comes TANK CAR number four.

Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.

Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
Here comes the train on the railroad track!

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

BOOK:

Trains Go by Steve Light

VIDEO:

“2-Minute Safety Interstitial: Train” and “Safety Smart® Sing-Along Song” from Disney’s Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart: On the Go!

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Big Choo by Stephen Shaskan
Book: Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke
Book: I’m Fast! by Kate and Jim McMullan

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ Children’s Room

*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

Pets – Signs ‘n Storytime

I just realized I had a bunch of storytime posts that I had saved in draft format and never published!  This is one of them.

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Disclaimer: I am not bilingual in ASL. I took some courses in college (which seems like a million years ago now…)  I know I am not going to teach anyone to be fluent in ASL – as a fully formed language, there is no way I could do this.  But I view this program as a way to teach parents signs that they might find useful to use with their babies, as children can sign before they can speak.  I am teaching words, not grammar or culture.  I mean no disrespect to the Deaf community, and I welcome comments/ways to improve this service in a culturally respectful manner.

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

SIGNS USED DURING THIS PROGRAM:

BOOK:

The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley

Signs used with the story:
Turtle 
Dog 
Cat
Rat
Bird

MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It

I sung this one acapella, 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.

FLANNELBOARD:
Pet Voices

(Flannelboard pattern & rhyme from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz & Dick Wilmes. Art by Janet McDonnell)

For this I just put up the different animals, we named them, and then did the sign for each.  We also talked about what sounds they made (which seems weird to talk about sound during a Sign Language storytime, but…), and what color they were.

Signs used with this story:

Bird 
Fish 
Rabbit
Cat
Dog
Mouse

BOOK:

I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

Signs used with story:
Bird 
Fish
Turtle 
Rabbit 
Cat 
Dog

SONG: The Alphabet Song

We finger sign along to this one.  This was my second time adding this element in to the storytime, so I passed this handout out to the parents at storytime to help them follow along.

BOOK:

Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton

Signs used with story:
Cat 
Dog 
Fish
Hamster 
Horse 
Pig 
Rabbit 
Mouse
Bird 
Turtle 

VIDEO:

“Iggy’s Pet Friends” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Pets

Signs used with this story:
Pig
Hamster
Bird
Rabbit

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi, pets by Brendan Wenzel
(signs to use with story: dog, cat, snake, rabbit, hamster, bird, friend)

Book: Pet this Book by Jessica Young & Daniel Wiseman
(signs to use with story: cat, bird, dog, horse)

Book: Emma’s Pet by David McPhail
(signs to use with story: cat, bug, mouse, bird, frog, snake, fish, dog, turtle, father)

 

PRESENTED: Thursday, March 14 at LM Branch

ATTENDANCE: 14 people (adults and children)

Pets – Preschool Storytime

Today’s preschool storytime was all about our best friends – Pets!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

MOVEMENT:
Ten Little Kittens
Ten little kittens standing in a row
(Palms facing forward, fingers extended)
They bow their heads to the children so
(bend fingers forward and back)
They run to the left, they run to the right
(move fingers to alternate sides, wiggling fingers)
The stretch up tall with all their might
(stretch hands over head)
Along comes a dog, looking for some fun
(fingers of one hand resting on thumb, move hand towards other hand)
“Meow!” Away those kittens run!
(As you meow, open both hands with fingers extended, “run” hands behind back)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Pet Voices and How Much is that Pet in the Window?

Flannelboard pattern, and altered story from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes.

Pet Voices
(take each of the animals out and put on the flannel board one by one)
This my pet _____.  S/He makes this sound ________.

Children fill in the blanks for the following animals:
This is my Fish.  He makes this sound, “Glub Glub”.
Mouse… squeak.
Rabbit…I don’t know what sound rabbits make, but let’s wiggle our noses like them!
Cat…Meow.
Bird…Tweet tweet.
Dog… Arf Arf.

How Much is that Pet in the Window?
(to the tune of: “How much is that Doggy in the Window?”)
For this, I just held up each of the animals as I took them off the flannelboard, and we sang the following:

How much is that doggy in the window? Woof woof!
The one with the waggly tail?
How much is that doggy in the window? Woof woof!
I do hope that doggy’s for sale.

Other verses:
To do the different verses, I asked the audience what the animals did.  Here are ones we ended up with at this storytime:
Kitty…meow…long whiskers
Bird… tweet tweet…flappity wings
Rabbit…hop hop…hoppity legs 
Fish… glub glub… swimmy fins 

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

MOVEMENT:
Animals
Can you hop like a rabbit? (Hop)
Can you jump like frog? (Jump)
Can you waddle like a duck? (Waddle)
Can you run like a dog? (Run in place)

Can you squeak like a guinea pig? (Squeak)
Can you swim like a fish? (Pretend to swim)
Can you sit down now and listen (Sit down)
And be as still as this?

BOOK:

I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

VIDEO:

“Polly Parrot” from Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and Other Stories

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 
   

Book: Emma’s Pet by David McPhail
Book: Pet This Book by Jessica Young & Daniel Wiseman
Book: Some Pets words by Angela DiTerlizzi, pets by Brendan Wenzel
Book: The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley
Book: Rory the Dinosaur Wants a Pet by Liz Climo
DVD: “The Pet Competition” from Peppa Pig: Stars

HOW IT WENT:
I had planned this storytime for a 3-5 year old audience, but we ended up with a range from young toddlers to five-year olds.  I started with the book Excellent Ed because I love it and think the story is so sweet.  But I think it may have been a bit long for my audience.  The older kids and caregivers enjoyed it, though.  For the second book I used I Spy Pets because it was a little more interactive.  Speaking of interactive, all the kids seemed to enjoy the movements this time, even the Ten Little Kitties one, which I wasn’t sure would be a hit.  “Polly Parrot” was the first Peppa Pig video I ever saw, and I still love it.  Who isn’t entertained by an animated parrot who snorts like a piggy?

ATTENDANCE: 26 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ Children’s Room

*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

Manners – Signs ‘n Storytime

Disclaimer: I am not bilingual in ASL. I took some courses in college (which seems like a million years ago now…)  I know I am not going to teach anyone to be fluent in ASL – as a fully formed language, there is no way I could do this.  But I view this program as a way to teach parents signs that they might find useful to use with their babies, as children can sign before they can speak.  I am teaching words, not grammar or culture.  I mean no disrespect to the Deaf community, and I welcome comments/ways to improve this service in a culturally respectful manner.

I thought some of these “Manners” signs would be useful for little ones to learn.

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

SIGNS USED DURING THIS PROGRAM:

BOOK:

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Tim Bowers

Signs used with the story:
Hello
Nice to Meet You
Excuse Me 
Thank You 
I’m Sorry 
Yes
Please 
No 
Goodbye

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:

Time to Say “Please”! by Mo Willems

Signs used with story:
Please
Excuse Me
I’m Sorry
Thank You 

BOOK:

Wave Hello, Wave Bye-Bye by Pamela Chanko

Signs used with story:
Hello
Goodbye

VIDEO:

4 Short Spots with Cookie Monster and Prairie Dawn from Sesame Street Monster Manners

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Penguin Says “Please” by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
(signs to use with story: hungry, thirsty, no, please)

Book: Give Please a Chance by Billy O’Reilly & James Patterson
(signs to use with story: please)
I wasn’t going to read this whole book, but just some pages.

Book: Mealtime by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen
(signs to use with story: thank you, please, all done)
I didn’t get to see a copy of Manners Time from this book series, but I think that would work as well.

Book: Yes, Please! No, Thank You! by Valerie Wheeler, illustrated by Glin Dibley
(signs to use with story: yes, please, no, thank you)

Book: Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
(signs to use with story: no, hello, please, thank you)

HOW IT WENT: This was nice storytime for signing, because the books gave lots of opportunities for kids to use the same words again and again.  Plus, while manner books may be kind of didactic, I think these are the kinds of signs that parents want their little ones to learn. I really liked the Sierra book, that one was perfect for this.  The books go back and forth in age because I started this storytime with an older audience (closer to 3-5), then had some toddlers join in.  The older ones still had fun identifying the animals in the board book, but it was good for the littles too.

PRESENTED: Thursday, February 14 at LM Branch

ATTENDANCE:

Cookies – Preschool Storytime

Today we shared stories about cookies.  Yum yum storytime fun!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall

MOVEMENT:
Making Cookies 
I am making cookie dough (point to self)
Round and round the beaters go (roll hands over hands)
Add some flour from a cup (pour from cup)
Stir and mix the batter up (pretend to self)

Roll them, cut them nice and neat (pretend to roll out with pin, then cookie cut)
Put them on a cookie sheet (pretend to lay out on cookie sheet)
Bake them, count them, 1, 2, 3 (count with fingers)
Then serve them to my friends for tea (pretend to eat cookies)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Cookies and Counting

Flannelboard set found in the Target dollar/three dollar section

For this one, I put the cookie sheet, oven, and then counted out ten cookies with the group.  I explained that each cookie had a different number of chocolate chips.  For the first example, we counted the chips together, and then I had the kids guide me as I placed the cookie in the correctly numbered space on the cookie sheet.  Since the group wasn’t very large, I had kids come up and place the rest of the remaining cookies.

Then I put the whole tray in the oven, and pulled the cookies out again.  When they were baked, I put the cookies only back on the flannelboard, and we did this rhyme together:

Ten Little Cookies
Ten little cookies laying on a plate
Mom eats two and then there are 8.

When Dad comes home, two cookies he picks
Leaving on the plate only 6.

Brother comes home, slamming the door.
He eats two cookies, then there are 4.

When sister comes home, there are still a few
She eats a couple, then there are 2.

Baby wakes up. His nape is done.
He eats a cookie, then there is 1.

The cat jumps on the table and eats the last one.
Poor dog!  He’s too late.  He only gets a crumb.

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

BOOK:

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?
by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

MOVEMENT:
Patty Cake (Cookie Style)
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man (clap hands together)
Bake me a cookie as fast as you can
Roll it (make a rolling motion with hands)
And Pat it (pat hands on your lap)
And mark it with a “C” (for cookie!) (draw a letter C in the air)
And it in the oven (mime putting tray in oven)
for you (point out)
and me! (point to yourself)

VIDEO:


“The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” from The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? …and More Stories by Mo Willems. Based on the book by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

Book: Cookiesaurus Rex written by Amy Fellner Dominy & Nate Evans, illustrated by AG Ford
Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie written by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
DVD: Some Sesame Street DVD with Cookie Monster

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun and tasty storytime!  I was glad I got to try out my set from Target – I hadn’t used that one before.  I realized I didn’t change that much from when I did this storytime back in 2012 (at least, I used a lot of the books I identified then too).  But it was still a fun theme, and I think long enough from when I did it the first time.

ATTENDANCE: 18 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ Children’s Room

*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

Zoo – Preschool Storytime

It was raining today, so I don’t think it would be a good day to see animals at the zoo.  But in books, we can always visit the zoo!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Zoo Riddles

For this flannelboard, say the rhyme, then when the children guess put the correct animal up on the board.  Then you can make the animal sound.

They are big and they are gray,
And their trunks swing and sway.
What are they? ELEPHANT

Bananas are their favorite things,
And they like to chatter and like to swing.
What are they? MONKEY

These animals bark and are colored brown
They have flippers and swim all around.
What are they? SEAL

They have necks that are long, long, long.
If you guess a turtle, you are wrong, wrong, wrong!
What are they? GIRAFFE

They are sort of like a horse,
Except for their black and white stripes, of course.
What are they? ZEBRA

They are a kind of cat,
But they have a mane and Roar (ROAR) like that.
What are they? LION

These birds can’t fly and they look funny.
They’re black all over except for a white tummy.
What are they? PENGUIN

These animals like to hop around.
A tummy pouch is where their babies can be found.
What are they? KANGAROO

They don’t come in just one color or style
but they all like to giggle, laugh and smile.
What are they? CHILDREN

BOOK:

Stripes the Cat Tiger
 by Jean Leroy and Bérengère Delaporte, illustrated by Bérengère Delaporte

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

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Dear Zoo
Based on the book by Rod Campbell.  Template for this story taken from KizClub

SONG / MOVEMENT:
The Animals at the Zoo
(to the tune of: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar, roar.  Roar, roar, roar.
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar
All day long.

Other verses:
snakes … hiss, hiss, hiss
hyenas … ha ha ha
monkey … ooh ooh ooh

Also just ask the kids about animals at the zoo and make up your own verses.  Today we had penguins that went skate, skate, skate and a flamingo that went flap, flap, flap.

BOOK:

A Hippo in Our Yard
by Liza Donnelly

VIDEO:
 
“Good Night, Gorilla” from Good Night Gorilla…and More Bedtime Stories. Based on the book by Peggy Rathmann

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
      

Book: Hungry Roscoe by David J. Plant (this might be a better pick for a slightly older group)
Book: Look by Fiona Woodcock (Would be a good choice for infant/toddler storytime)
Book: The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham
DVD: “Wild About Books” from Chicka Chick Boom Boom…and More Fun with Letters and Numbers.  Based on the book by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
DVD: “The Happy Lion” from Tikki Tikki Tembo… and More Favorite Tales.  Based on the book by Louise Fatio Duvoisin, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

HOW IT WENT:
I just transferred positions, and this was my first storytime back in Youth Services!  It was a small group (people in Los Angeles don’t like coming out in the rain…), but it was a really fun storytime.  I think I need to remake my Dear Zoo flannelboard pieces though – I used the laminate and felt back method, and the box that is supposed to hide the animal kept sliding off, thus ruining the whole element of surprise.  Stripes the Tiger was a bit hit – I would use that one again in a moment.

ATTENDANCE: 9 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ Children’s Room

*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

Things That Go! – Signs ‘n Storytime

Disclaimer: I am not bilingual in ASL. I took some courses in college (which seems like a million years ago now…)  I know I am not going to teach anyone to be fluent in ASL – as a fully formed language, there is no way I could do this.  But I view this program as a way to teach parents signs that they might find useful to use with their babies, as children can sign before they can speak.  I am teaching words, not grammar or culture.  I mean no disrespect to the Deaf community, and I welcome comments/ways to improve this service in a culturally respectful manner.

It seems like 2018 year just flew by!   And that is also what happens with the vehicles in this month’s theme for Signs n’ Storytime – Things that Go! (Ok, so some fly.  Some speed.  Some chugga chug.  You get what I meant though.)

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

SONG: The Alphabet Song

We finger sign along to this one.  This was my second time adding this element in to the storytime, so I passed this handout out to the parents at storytime to help them follow along.

SIGNS USED DURING THIS PROGRAM:

Airplane 
Boat
Bus
Car 
Fast
Fire Truck
Friend 
Rocket 
Slow
Train 
Truck
Tunnel

BOOK:

Train by Judi Abbot

Signs used with the story:
Train
Airplane 

Car
Tunnel

Friend

FLANNELBOARD:
Fast or Slow

(Flannelboard pattern & rhyme from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz & Dick Wilmes. Art by Janet McDonnell)

Have the vehicles behind the board.  Put one vehicle on the board at a time, and ask the audience if it goes fast or slow.  With each vehicle I put on the board, I grouped them together fast vehicles with fast vehicles, slow with slow, and mid-range in the middle. I didn’t use all the pieces shown for this one, but I have all those made.

Looking over a different blog post where I used this flannelboard, I forgot this time to move them across the board at the correct speed.  That would have made this a little more fun.

Signs used with this story:
Fast
Slow
Boat
Car
Fire Truck
Rocket 
Bus
Train
Airplane

MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It

I sung this one acapella, 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:

Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz

Signs used with story:
Boat
Bus
Airplane
Train
Truck
Car 

VIDEO:
 
“Four Friends Take a Trip” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: We Go!

Signs used with this story:
Airplane
Bus

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: My Bus by Byron Barton
(signs to use with story: car, drive, boat, train, plane)

Book: My Bike by Byron Barton
(signs to use with story: bike, truck, bus, car, unicycle)

Book: Old MacDonald’s Things That Go by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Migy Blanco
(signs to use with story: bike, truck, tractor, combine harvester, bus, boat, digger, fire truck, train, plane)

Book: Who is Driving? by Leo Timmers
(signs to use with story: fire truck, car, tractor, convertible, jeep, airplane)

Book: Bedtime Blastoff! by Luke Reynolds, illustrated by Mike Yamada
(signs to use with story: fire truck, car, tractor, convertible, jeep, airplane)

HOW IT WENT: This was a fun storytime.  The group was really small, but since I had no one for the December Signs ‘n Storytime, this seemed like a good turnout.  I’m not sure the flannelboard was the best choice for this group though — both the kids were younger infants, and since you need to interact with the flannelboard, it seemed like it might have been too much.

PRESENTED: Thursday, January 10 at LM Branch

ATTENDANCE: 4 people (adults and children)