Dogs – eStorytime

It’s been a while since I posted one of my eStorytimes.  So, here is my monthly storytime I did in October about dogs.

Opening Slide on Keynote:
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SONG:
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Come Along and Sing with Me

APP:

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell   (no longer available as an app)

This is a wonderful adaptation of the beloved board book into an app.  It’s simple, with the boxes that were lift-the-flaps in the print edition transformed into tapp-tastic fun.  I just wish it was still available in the app store.

MOVEMENT:
Rover Can
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We had fun pretending to be dogs!  The kids enjoyed chiming in with suggestions for other things that dogs do.

eBook/APP:
 
Sago Mini Friends from Sago Sago (FREE; iOS, Android, Windows, Amazon)

Every Sago Mini app is amazing.  In Friends, you get to choose a friend to be (we of course, picked Harvey the dog) and then visit other animal’s houses to play fun activities. When we played, storytime participates got to tuck Robin the bird and Harvey into bed, make a flower grow with Jinja the cat, blow up some balloons and more!

PRINT BOOK:
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Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

I’ve learned that it’s a good idea to keep something up on the screen while I am reading the print book, or else I end up getting our screensaver with photos (which the kids usually find more interesting than whatever I am reading), or the menu for Apple TV (which is ugly).  When I first started doing eStorytime, I would put the cover of the book that I was going to read on the slide.  But as I went on I found that didn’t afford me enough freedom to mix things up if I got a different audience than expected, or if I just wasn’t feeling the book that day.  So I switched to a more generic screen shot like the one on the right.  That works better for me.

APP:
eStorytime Five Little Puppy Dogs Feltboard Felt Board app Logo
Felt Board from Software Smoothie ($2.99; iOS)
I used felt board to do the song/rhyme “Five Little Puppy Dogs”

Five Little Puppy Dogs
5 little puppy dogs by the kennel door
One left the crowd, then there were four.
4 little puppy dogs, running round a tree
Mother called one home and then there were three.
3 little puppy dogs playing with a shoe
One ran after a cat, then there were two
2 little puppy dogs having so much fun
One went to find a bone, then there was one
1 little puppy dog sitting in the sun,
She went in the kennel and then there were none.

I started with five dogs on a blue background.  Re-reading this rhyme again, I may see if I can add a dog house as well next time.  Each time a puppy went away, I deleted it from the screen.  I also had the kids doing this as a fingerplay with me, so they were using their fingers to do the rhyme.

APP:

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd, from Penguin New Zealand ($4.99; iOS)

A fun, straightforward ebook with a great rhyming scheme.  Fans of Dr. Who take note: David Tennant narrates! (Of course, not for my storytime, but you know if I ever want to hear him I can just turn the narration on…)

APP:

Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer, from Oceanhouse Media ($1.99; iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook)

MOVEMENT:
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Puppy Dog, Puppy Dog

MOVEMENT: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

APP: Animal SnApp: Farm illustrated by Axel Scheffler, from Nosy Crow (I’m not sure if this app is still available)  I liked this app a lot, and was hoping to use it, but I’ve found that some of the apps from Nosy Crow mirror strangely when I try to use them with our AppleTV.  Anyone else have this problem?
APP: Meet Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli, from iStorytime ($2.99; iOS, Amazon) Capucilli’s loveable dog in app form.

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:
This was a fun, but small, eStorytime.  In some ways, the smaller groups work better, because it means more kids can interact with the iPad.  But, I’m wondering if this is a good program to keep doing.  Maybe Friday mornings aren’t the best time?  Maybe our community isn’t interested?  Maybe I need to do more publicity?  So, since most of the Fridays that I work in November and December are holidays, I have decided to go back to the drawing board with our eStorytime program and evaluate if and how this can be done better.

However, since I’m behind in posting my eStorytimes, there will probably still be a few to go up on the blog.

ATTENDANCE: 4 people (children and adults)

*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

Please note: App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. All prices taken from the iOS app price.  There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Dogs – Toddler Storytime

My last storytime for toddlers about dogs was in 2013, so I thought it was time to revisit that theme.  Plus, I had found a few different books I wanted to try out.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

My Dog is the Best
 by Laurie Ann Thompson, pictures by Paul Schmid

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10DogsFlannelboard
10 Dogs

FLANNELBOARD:
Where, Oh Where has my Little Dog Gone?

Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
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Idea taken from Drake Community Library Story Tree blog

This is a fun hide-and-seek flannel board along the lines of “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”

Start by singing the song:

Where, oh where, has my little dog gone,
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ear so short
And his tail so long.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

While you are singing the song, mix up the flannelboard shapes and hide the dog behind one of them.  Towards the end of the song, place the pieces, one with the dog behind it, on the flannel board.  Then go shape by shape to see if you can uncover the dog.

It’s fun to pretend you don’t know where the dog is, even if the kids can see it peeking out from behind the shape.

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

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*

BOOK:

Stick! 
by Andy Pritchett

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
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“Storytime with Spot” from Storytime with Spot

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George
Book: Time for Bed, Fred by Yasmeen Ismail
Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd (or as a flannelboard)
Book: Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Donald Wu

HOW IT WENT:
It was a good time at toddler storytime today.  My Dog is the Best got a lot of “awws” from the crowd, but I’m not sure if it might work better with a preschool audience, so they could get all the jokes in the illustrations.  And Stick! was a lot of fun too.

The flannelboard was a big hit — I’m glad I tried something new for that.

Attendance today was lower than usual — maybe because the weather is so hot and muggy.  I didn’t remember to go through guidelines this week (but it seems like I didn’t need to), but I will try to remember to do so again after I call more people on the waitlist.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 30 people

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

Dogs – Infant Storytime

I hadn’t done a dog storytime for a while (you can see my last one here), so I thought it was time for a little puppy fun.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

BOOK:

Where’s Spot?
 by Eric Hill

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
Where has My Little Dog Gone Flannelboard 1 logo cropped Where has My Little Dog Gone Flannelboard 2 logo cropped
Idea taken from Drake Community Library Story Tree blog

This is a fun hide-and-seek flannel board along the lines of “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”

Start by singing the song:

Where, oh where, has my little dog gone,
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ear so short
And his tail so long.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

While you are singing the song, mix up the flannelboard shapes and hide the dog behind one of them.  Towards the end of the song, place the pieces, one with the dog behind it, on the flannel board.  Then go shape by shape to see if you can uncover the dog.

The kids especially liked when the dog hid behind the triangle, which is a little too small for the dog.

 

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

One Two That’s My Shoe! 
by Alison Murray

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Hickory Dickory Dock
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Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one – Ding-dong
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory Dock
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: I Love Dogs by Barney Saltzber
Book: Dogs by Emily Gravett

HOW IT WENT:
A fun storytime!  Where’s Spot? is a classic and always works wonderfully.  Each time I read that book, I try to channel my library school profession Virginia Walter who presented it to my class as an example of dialogic reading, and try to live up to that rendition.

Last time I did a dog storytime, I used Dog’s Colorful Day as my flannelboard of choice.  I think this one worked better with infants, because it wasn’t so long.

ATTENDANCE: 36 people

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

Dogs – Toddler Storytime

We had fun with dogs at our first toddler storytimes of the Spring session.  (How is it already spring?)

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: 10am“Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands”  from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman
11am: “Jump Jump” (Storytime Edit) from I’m a Rock Star by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
MaggiesBallbyGeorge

Maggie’s Ball
 by Lindsay Barrett George

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10DogsFlannelboard
Dogs 

FLANNELBOARD:
Dog’s Colorful Day
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Based on the book by Emma Dodd. Template from Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities by Kathy MacMillan and Christine

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

BOOK:
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Dogs by Emily Gravett

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
BabysFirstWordStoriesPetsDVD
“Dee Dee’s Dog” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Pets

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
Dear Zoo by CampbellThatPupbyGeorge IDon'tWantaPoshDogbyDodd OneTwoThat'sMyShoebyMurray
Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell
That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George
I Don’t Want a Posh Dog! by Emma Dodd
One Two That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray
DVD: Any Spot Movie

HOW IT WENT:
As you can see, I was playing around a little bit with what my opening song should be for the toddler storytime this session.  I tried two new ones today, and while I liked both of them, they felt a little long for the audience.  I think these will be better for preschoolers, maybe.  I’ll try something different for next week’s.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  42 people      11 am: 39 people

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

Dogs – Infant Storytime

We kicked off the Spring storytime session today with man’s best friend – dogs!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:
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Domino 
by Claire Masurel

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Dog’s Colorful Day
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Based on the book by Emma Dodd. Template from Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

BOOK:
OneTwoThat'sMyShoebyMurray

One Two That’s My Shoe!
 by Alison Murray

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
Hey Diddle Diddle
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Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

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:
 Where's Spot by HillDogsbyGravett
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Dogs by Emily Gravett

HOW IT WENT:
After a session off, it always takes one to two storytimes to get into the swing of things again, and into the routine.  I think most of this presentation went really, especially the book choices – One Two That’s My Shoe is short enough that it is great for infants who aren’t yet used to coming to storytime.  And the pictures are wonderful.  This was my first time telling “Dog’s Colorful Day” as a flannelboard story, so I think it was the least successful in this group.  I actually used all ten colors on Dog, but I think if I was doing it again, I’d half that.

ATTENDANCE: 37 people

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