Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Snow Storytime

Wow!  Today's toddler group was OUT OF CONTROL!  I imagine this will be how it will be until we get nice weather again.  Sheesh.  Raffi's Shake Your Sillies Out  may become a weekly song!

Open Shut Them -opening song
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes - just to get them up and moving.  I tell you they were crazy!
The More We Get Together - Closing Song

Books- Toddler Time
Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Mouse's First Snow by Lauren Thompson
Flannelboard Activites
I found this flannelboard from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes. I gave the children laminated snowflakes so they could participate as well.
Snow on my forehead,
Snow on my knee,
Snow on my glasses,
Getting hard to see.

Snow on my books, (changed to boots)
Snow on my hair,
Snow on my mittens,
Snow everywhere!

While they had their snowflakes, we sang Dance Like Snowflakes found at Mel's Desk

(tune of Are You Sleeping?)

Dance Like Snowflakes
Dance Like Snowflakes
In the air, in the air,
Swirling, whirling snowflakes
Swirling, whirling snowflakes,
Everywhere, everywhere.

Five Little Snowflakes

Five little snowflakes, dancing through the air
Higher and higher, without a single care.
Along comes a little boy who wants to run and play
A snowflakes lands upon his nose and melts away.

(I found this poem and the pattern for the snowflakes in a feltboard book at the last library I worked at.  I did not write down the title of the book.  I wish I had!  It had a great amount of resources. If I come across it again I will add it.)

My coworker has the book Preschool Patterns: Early Learning TimesaversFor the craft, I copied the snowflake pattern and had the kids color a snowflake.  We have a tree by the reference desk that we decorate every season.  Once we get some laminating sheets (which is taking FOREVER), I will laminate them and hang the snowflakes on the tree.  I'll post pictures once we get that done.

Preschool Storytime Books
Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman
The Snowmen Pop-Up Book by Carakyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
Cat and Mouse in the Snow by Tomek Bogacki

Flannelboard Activites:
The First Day of Winter by Denise Flemming

I found this flannelboard at Making Learning Fun last year.  I was looking forward to using it again.  I usually have a much smaller crowd in Preschool Storytime but go figure, today is the day that it was huge.  Anyways, I had the book on the flannelboard as I had the kiddos come and help me build the snowman.  I think it looked close to the picture!

I also passed out the snowflakes to this group and did the Snow poem and the Snowflakes are Dancing song.

Snowflakes (Same craft as the toddlers).

It was a crazy day with those kids.  Anyone else experiencing the huge amounts of energy in their storytimes?

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto - Review

As soon as I finished this Playaway I immediately got online to see if there was another book in Seth’s story. So.So.Good. I honestly loved everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the flow of the story. Seriously – all of it. I just love a good YA Realistic Fiction and if the main character has a sense of humor- Even better!

Seth is on summer vacation and just got dumped by his girlfriend, on her lunch break, at Applebee’s. While this is happening, Seth’s father walks in with a woman who is not his mother and they clearly are on a date. From this point on, Seth is not only trying to sort out his feelings for his ex, but also his feelings toward his dad and his dad’s apparent infidelity. Seth starts podcasting in order to process all of his thoughts and feelings. In the audio version, you get to hear parts of the podcast which I thoroughly enjoyed! The narrator changed his voice to his “radio voice” which was fantastic! (Seriously, this book is a must for the audio!)

Another large chunk of the story revolved around golf. I am not a golf fan, but I am a fan of Seth’s and I have to say that I actually enjoyed hearing about golf and even learning about the game. I think it added a lot to the story, especially since Seth was playing in a tournament with his father. Seth really struggled to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself when he was practicing with his dad.

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto was a hilarious read but also sweet and tender at the same time. It was a great read (or listen)!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Storytime- Thanksgiving Edition

Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

Gobble, Gobble
The turkey is a funny bird (use one hand with fingers spread out as feathers, use other hand in "thumbs up" in front of other hand as head)
His head goes wobble, wobble (move thumb back and forth)
He knows just one silly word -
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! (cover mouth and make a warbly gobble sound).

Five Little Turkeys (I printed off clipart turkeys, laminated them and put them on jumbo craft sticks)
Five little turkeys by the front door,
One waddled off, now there are four.
Four little turkeys out under the tree,
One waddled off, then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, now there are two.
Two little turkeys laying in the sun,
One waddled away, now there is one
One little turkey - better run away!
Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!

Both rhymes Turkeys (taken from Totline Books 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays)

Open Shut Them (opening song)
Turkey Pokey- Lyrics found at
 More We Get Together (closing song)

Thankful Thanksgiving Turkey from Enchanted Learning

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monsters Storytime

This storytime was from the week before Halloween.  Apparently I never posted it.
(Toddler Time)
My Mama Monster Loves Me So by Leuck and Buehner

Up Pop the Monsters 1-2-3

Glad Monster, Sad Monster

Under the Bed

There's a Monster at the End of this Book

Monster Hug

Flannel Board
Go Away Big Green Monster

If you are a Monster and you know it
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it, then your arms
will surely show it,
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms!
Additional verses: show your claws; gnash your
teeth; stomp your feet
Taken from Miami-Dade Public Library.

Monster, Monster
Monster, monster, turn around.
Monster, monster, touch the ground.
Monster, monster, reach up high.
Monster, monster, squint your eyes.
Monster, monster, show your teeth.
Monster, monster, stamp your feet.
Credit: Library Storytime Blog

Monsters Galore
Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar.)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions.)
Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap.)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down.)
Credit: SurLaLune
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Mouse Storytime

(Toddler Time)
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson

The Bear Who Shared  by Catherine Rayner

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick

Mouse Count courtesy of Miss Mary Liberry.  I just had 5 mice instead of 10. We also went over colors when the song was over.

(to the tune of Frere Jacuque)
Mouse count, mouse count
Mouse count, mouse count
Count with me, count with me
How many mice, how many mice
Do you see? Do you see?

The Quiet Little Mouse from Jonna Cole's The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider Fingerplays and Action Rhymes
Once there live a quiet mouse
In a quiet little house.
When all was quiet as can be,
Out popped he!

Action Rhyme
Hickory Dickory Dock from Perry Public Library.
Hickory Dickory Dock
The Mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one (clap)
The mouse ran down
Hickory Dickory dock.
Repeat with:
Clock struck two...Mouse said Boo!
Clock struck three...Mouse waid Weee!
Clocke struck four...Mouse said no more!

Mouse Finger Puppet found at DLTK

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Owls Storytime


Books: (Toddlers)
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Little Lost Owl by Chris Haughton

Books:(Preschool - plus the two titles above)
I'm Not Scared by Jonathan Allen

Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth

There's a wide-eyed owl (From Librarian Lisa)
There's a wide-eyed owl (circle your eyes with your hands)
With a pointed nose (make a beak with your fingers)
Two pointed ears (make ears with your fingers)
And claws for toes (wiggle your "claws")
He lives way up (point way up)
In the tree (way, way up)
And when he looks at you (point to children)
He flaps his wings (flap your wings)
And says, "Whoo! Whoo!" (keep flappin' till the owls come home)

Five Hoot Owls
Five hoot owls sitting in a tree

One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three, four.

Four hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three.

Three hoot owls… etc.

I used the templete from Leah's Awesome Storytime blog.
Her's look much cuter than mine.  I was just pretty excited the kids recognized them as owls. :)

Owl in the Tree (sung to "Skip to my Lou")
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”

Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Robin in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”

Both of these can be found at Mel's Desk.  Mel also has a clip art file to go with the Owl in the Tree song.  The pictures are so cute!  Make sure to look at all of her amazing resources on her blog!
Love me some Oriental Trading!  Today's craft was their Owl Ornament.

My only complaint is that the eyes were supposed to be sticky as well and yet they were not.  So glue was used instead.

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