Flight – Preschool (But also Infant/Toddler) Storytime

This is another adapted from one of our system storyboxes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Greg Pizzoli

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

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Music Together

BOOK:

A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche

MOVEMENT:
Airplane Song
(
to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The pilot on the airplane says fasten your seatbelts (pretend to fasten seat belt)
Fasten your seatbelt, fasten your seatbelt
The pilot on the airplane says fasten your seatbelts
When flying through the sky.

Other verses:
The children on the airplane go bum pity bump… (move up and down)
The babies on the airplane go waa, waa, waa… (rub eyes and pretend to cry)
The signs on the airplane go ding, ding, ding… (pretend to push sign button above head)
The drinks on the airplane go splish, splash, splish… (pretend to hold a glass and move it)
The luggage on the airplane goes up and down… (move hands up and down)
The exits on the airplane are here, here, here… (using two fingers on each hand, point in front, to side, and behind)

MOVEMENT: “Clap Along with Me” from Wee Sing for Baby by Wee Sing

BOOK:

Planes Go
by Steve Light

VIDEO:

“Miffy Wants to Fly” from Miffy and Friends: Miffy’s Adventure

CRAFT: Plane Paper Craft

Kids had these two pieces of an airplane, with a small slit cut into the body so they could put the wings through.  They could decorate it with crayons and stickers.  The template is below:
Airplane_Cutout_Template

This idea was inspired by Mom Unleashed and Hands On as We Grow

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

Book: Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout
Book: Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins

HOW IT WENT:
It’s still rather new to have to pick and plan a craft for storytime, since I didn’t used to do that at my other location.  I’m still learning what works best, but one thing I have learned is that a craft doesn’t have to be super-complicated to entertain the kids.

PRESENTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at SR Branch

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Hair – Preschool (But also Infant/Toddler) Storytime

This theme is brought to you thanks to our system storyboxes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

INTRODUCTION: with very furry/hairy dog

BOOK:

Don’t Splash the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker, illustrated by Bob Staake

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

MOVEMENT: Fishy Pokey
(to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)
You put your fins in, you put your fins out
You put your fins in and you wiggle them all about
You do the fishy pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Glub! Glub!

Other verses:
Your tail
Your scales

BOOK:

Do Frogs Have Fur? A Book about Animal Coats and Coverings by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Jeff Yesh

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

MOVEMENT: 2 Little Blackbirds (a capella)

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle (a capella)

VIDEO:

“I like My Hair Completely the Way it is” from Charlie and Lola Five: But I am an Alligator and more stories!

CRAFT: Fur, Feathers, Scales sheet

Kids put feathers on the bird, “scales” (cut up tissue paper squares) on the snake and “fur” (large pom poms) on the wombat.  I don’t know where this page was taken from, but I am including a pdf of it here: Feathers Fur Scales Craft Sheet

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Hair by Leslie Patricelli
Book: Does a Yak Get a Haircut? by Fred Ehrlich M.D., pictures by Emily Bolam
Book: Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

HOW IT WENT:
This was an ok storytime, but I had a hard time keeping all the members in the audience engaged.  Last week I ended up with more preschoolers, so I picked titles today with that in mind, and then I think I had more infants this time around.  You really can never have too many books in your storytime bag for a variety of ages.  So, I did change-up my presentation on the fly, and just read 2 books instead of the three I had planned.  But.. I still felt like I could have done something differently.  And, I think the Charlie and Lola video was a little too long for my group.

PRESENTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at SR Branch

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Food – Signs ‘n Storytime

This is the outline of my second Signs ‘n Storytime!

For this storytime, I use a basic storytime pattern that my colleague created. I don’t sign the whole thing, or even a whole book.  I’m not fluent.  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:

Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brian Biggs

Signs used with the story:
cheese
apple
cracker
milk

MOVEMENT: Hokey Pokey

BOOK:

Who’s Hungry? by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt

Signs used with story:
hungry
fish
banana
cheese
chicken

MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It

BOOK:

Lunch by Denise Fleming

Signs used with story:
hungry
corn
peas
grapes
apple
watermelon

VIDEO:
 
“Duckling Gets a Cookie!?” from The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? …and More Stories by Mo Willems

Before watching, we learned the sign for:
cookie

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
   

Book: Guess What? – Food by Yusuke Yonezu
(signs to use: bread, cheese, corn)
Book: Orange Pear Apple Bear
(signs to use: orange, pear, apple, bear)
Book: Guess What? – Fruit by Yusuke Yonezu
(signs to use: apple, banana, orange, grapes)
Book: The Big Blue Bowl: Sign Language for Food by Dawn Babb Prochovnic, illustrated by Stephanie Bauer (this would make a good flannelboard)

I also found this video from LifePrint useful when planning my program.

HOW IT WENT: I had a larger group for this program, so that was exciting.  Some patrons mentioned that they wish this was on a weekly basis, but it does take a while to prep for, and since I am not fluent, I don’t know if I would be able to sustain that many sessions.  We shall see how it progresses.

PRESENTED: Thursday, August 9, 2018

ATTENDANCE: 13 people (adults and children)

Food – Infant & Toddler Storytime

This was my first time doing Infant Toddler Storytime at one of my new branches!  It’s different here than I am used to, because we just do it in the Children’s area (instead of a special storytime room, mostly because it can get large), and it’s a mix of Infants and Toddlers together at the same time.

To ease myself into (and to have continuity for the families that come, I followed a routine that was closer to my Library Technician’s formula:

SONG: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3

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

MOVEMENT:  Open Shut Them*

MOVEMENT: Roly Poly
(to tune of Frere Jacques) – taken from jbrary

Roly poly, roly poly
up up up,
up up up
Roly roly poly roly roly poly
down down down,
down down down.

Other verses:
out / in
fast / slow

As you sing, do the motions with your arms for the verses, or you can do it with your little one’s legs.

BOUNCE: Dickery Dickery Dare*

BOOK:

Lunch by Denise Fleming

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

MOVEMENT: “2 Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

BOOK:

Guess What? – Fruit by Yusuke Yonezu

SHAKER SONGS: For this portion, I used some songs from a cd my library tech had, and we shook our shakers all to the beat.

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (acapella)

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
  

Book: Banana by Ed Vere
Book: Early Bird by Toni Yuly
Book: Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

HOW IT WENT:  Even though I’ve been presenting storytimes for quite some time, I was nervous about this one since it was my first time in front of a new group.  I think it went well.  I feel like I can learn a lot of great new techniques from my Library Technician here, and I’m excited about that!

PRESENTED: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at LM Branch

ATTENDANCE: 41 (adults and children)

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

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:

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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 – 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:

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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 – Infant Storytime

Today was all about monkey fun!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Monkey”

BOOK:

More and More by Emma Dodd

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Four Yellow Bananas

Idea taken from one little librarian

4 yellow bananas, so yummy to see.
The monkey ate one, & then there were 3
3 yellow bananas, & he knew what to do.
The monkey ate one, & then there were 2
2 yellow bananas, hanging in the sun.
The monkey ate one, & then there as 1
1 yellow banana, well for goodness sake.
The monkey ate that one, & he got a tummyache
Now there are no little bananas hanging on the tree
Monkey, your tummy wouldn’t hurt if you shared them with me!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Little Monkey Calms Down
 written by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Pop! Goes the Weasel

Song and patterns from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

All around the cobbler’s bench
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was all in fun
POP! Goes the weasel.
 
A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That’s the way the money goes
POP! Goes the weasel.

Make the weasel two-sided, with a different bright color on each.  When you say POP! flip the weasel from one side to the other.

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: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Monkey and Apes: Wonderful Primates! – Infant Storytime (November 7, 2012)

HOW IT WENT:
A good theme.  A few years ago I did a primates theme, which seemed to offer more variety for books for this theme, because you could use both apes and monkeys in that theme.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 36 people (adults and children)

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