Berries – Preschool Storytime

Today is the first day of our Reading is Soooooo Delicious Summer Reading Club so we had to celebrate with a food themed storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Jump Jump” from I’m a Rock Star by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

BOOK:

Jamberry 
by Bruce Degen

Movement:
Pop! Goes the Berry
I took this idea from the ladies over at jbrary.  You can see their YouTube video of this song here.

(to tune of “Pop Goes the Weasel”)
Have children start the song crouching down.
All around the strawberry field
I picked some juicy berries (motion like you are picking berries from bushes)
Brought them home
And washed them off
Pop! Goes the berry. (have children pop up from crouch)

At the end of each verse ask the children to name different berries and then do the action over with that berry.

FLANNELBOARD:
Bear’s Feast
taken from page 7 of Ready-to-Go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns Music and More by Gail Benton and Trisha Waichulaitis.

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Mama bear and Little Bear woke up hungry after their long winter’s nap.  They went to the stump where they usually ate.  “Mama,” asked Little Bear, “Where’s the food?”  Mama laughed.  “We have to go find it.”  she told Little Bear.  “Why don’t you see if you can find us some blueberries.”

So Little Bear set off and soon came back.  “Here Mama!” he said, placing his find on the tree stump.  “A berry!”  “Oh Little Bear, that’s not a berry!  That’s an… (pause here to wait for the children to answer) acorn!”
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Continue the story this way with Little Bear continuing to bring back the wrong types of food, including a fish, an apple and an orange.
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“Ok Mama, I’ll try one more time.”  said Little Bear.  And off he went again to find the berries.  Soon he came back and said, “Mama! Mama! Look what I found!”BearsFeastFlannelboard4

“DAD!”

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“And he helped me find berries!”  So the whole Bear family sat and ate the giant feast of food that Little Bear had found.

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Red Strawberries
Taken from Mel’s Desk (Her’s are much more beautiful)
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Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

BOOK:

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

VIDEO:

“Grandma’s Berry Patch” from Max & Ruby: Berry Bunny Adventures

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: One Little Blueberry by Tammy Salzano
Book: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Iza Trapani
Book: Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce
Video: “Blueberries for Sal” from Make Way for Ducklings … and Other Robert McCloskey Stories

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Like the last preschool storytime I did, this one had a wider range of ages than usual.  All the kids responded really well to The Little Mouse…, young and old alike.  I think Jamberry works better with younger kids, but the older ones seemed to listen as well.  That book has such a great cadence for reading aloud.  All the listeners also had a good time with “Bear’s Feast”.  I’ll have to remember how well that one went over and use it again.
Since today was the beginning of our Summer Reading Club I thought it might be easier on the desk staff if I explained the program as a whole to everyone in storytime, instead of doing it individually at the desk.  After I finished the stories, but before the movie, I used an example bag to show everyone what the program was about.  Then I passed out registration cards during the movie that the parents (or children), could fill out.  All the patrons had to do them was go to the desk, hand in their card, and get their bag.  It worked fairly well that way.

ATTENDANCE: 27 (adults and children)

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

Let’s Eat – Toddler Storytime

Since Reading is Soooo Delicious this summer, I decided to finish up the Spring Storytime session with an eating theme!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Tickle Tum
by Nancy Van Laan

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Ice Cream Scoops
Ice Cream Scoops

FLANNELBOARD:
Lunch
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Based on the book by Denise Fleming, with inspiration from Roving Fiddlehead and LibrarianLindz.  I didn’t make a template for this one, just free-handed it.

I placed all the fruits and veggies on the board and had the kids name them.  Then I said I had a friend who was very hungry and brought out the mouse puppet.  I asked the kids to name the color of the food the mouse was eating.  Then after each thing he gobbled I asked the audience if they thought it was full yet.  After everything was finished being eaten, I made the mouse yawn and hid him behind the flannelboard.  I finished the way the book ends, “And then mouse took a nap until it was… Dinnertime!”

 

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

BOOK:

Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant

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

VIDEO:

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Rah, Rah Radishes!
by April Pulley Sayre
One Little Spoonfulby Aliki
“Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog” DVD

HOW IT WENT:
I was surprised at how well Tickle Tum went over – the kids got strangely quite during that one.  I guess all the rhyming words sound fun.  I was pleasantly surprised with that one.  I liked counting Ice Cream Scoops, and the flannelboard was really fun with the puppet as well.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  35 people      11 am: 26 people

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

Let’s Eat – Infant Storytime

Today at infant storytime we celebrated the joy of eating!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*
Ride a Little Pony*
In the Toaster*
The Grandfather Clock*

BOOK:

One Little Spoonful by Aliki

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Lunch
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Based on the book by Denise Fleming, with inspiration from Roving Fiddlehead and LibrarianLindz.  I didn’t make a template for this one, just free-handed it.

I placed all the fruits and veggies on the board and had the kids name them.  Then I said I had a friend who was very hungry and brought out the mouse puppet.  I asked the kids to name the color of the food the mouse was eating.  Then after each thing he gobbled I asked the audience if they thought it was full yet.  After everything was finished being eaten, I finished the way the book ends, “And then mouse took a nap until it was… Dinnertime!”

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:

Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite
by Cynthia Rylant

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

NURSERY RHYME:
This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy Flannelboard
I got this template from a co-worker a long time ago and have no idea where it was frum

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:

Spoonful by Benoit Marchon
Tickle Tum by Nancy Van Laan

HOW IT WENT:
This was the last storytime in my infant Spring Session.  It’s amazing how quickly ten weeks go by.  At the end of each session, I enjoy doing a refresher with all the bounces and tickles that we have done throughout the series, so parents can remember them and continue it at home.  Because we did all that I took out “Baby’s Little Self” from the routine.  I think One Little Spoonful worked really well with this age group because the parents can touch their babies where things are mentioned in the story.  I don’t know that the flannelboard was a very good one, I think it was better suited to older children.  Overall I think this storytime went pretty well, and I think the session as a whole was a good one too.  As always, I think I need to find some new songs/movements to use next time around.

ATTENDANCE: 29 people

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

3rd Grade Storytime – Folktales and Food

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while — things have been rather busy here at work as the whole staff has shifted their work areas.  That, and I haven’t done a lot of storytimes in recent weeks.  But here I am, back with a recent class visit.

I do programming more frequently for the preschool and under set, and while I love working with school-aged children, I still find myself rather intimidated by them.  I’ve found that folktales are the perfect way to connect with these kids — and a great way to highlight what a great folktale collection we have!

BOOK:
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Love and Roast Chicken by Barbara Knutson

FLANNELBOARD:
The Three Wishes
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Patterns and Story from  The Flannel Board Storytelling Book  by Judy Sierra.
Patterns can be found on page 97 of Sierra’s Pattern eBook.

This is a great story about a woodcutter who is granted three wishes, and the way he and his wife foolishly use them.  It’s a good one to use to spark discussion.

MOVEMENT: Aroostacha*

BOOK:
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Ananse’s Feast: An Ashanti Tale retold by Tololwa M. Mollel

VIDEO:
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“Strega Nona” from Strega Nona …and More Stories About Magic

OTHER MATERIALS TO USE:
MrsChickenandtheHungryCrocodile SausagesbySouhami FatCatbyMacDonaldPancakesforSupperbyIsaacs GatorGumbobyFleming

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile
 by Won-Ldy Paye (one of my favorite folktales, but I read it to them last year)
Sausages by Jessica Souhami (This is a book version of The Three Wishes)
Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald
Pancakes for Supper by Anne Isaacs
Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming

HOW IT WENT:
Pretty well!  This third grade class is really wonderful, and always such fun to read stories to, mostly because the teacher is really involved with her class and you can see she enjoys it as well.  I think, since Love and Roast Chicken is so long, I might have done another movement, then the flannelboard, then Aroostacha, and then the movie. 

ATTENDANCE: 21 people

*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