Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Storytime

Clearly, I am incredibly late on this post! But none-the-less, here it is!

Books:
Toddler Time:
Duck and Goose, it's Time for Christmas by Tad Hills

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson



What Am I? Christmas by Anne Margaret Lewis


Preschool:
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup


Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor


What am I? Christmas by Margaret Anne Lewis


Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anne Dewdney


Flannelboard:
*Ideas for this flannelboard were found at Loons and Quines and So Tomorrow. The full poem can be found at Crafty Chic Mommy.

Rudolph, Rudolph
Rudolph, Rudolph, what will you do?
You can't guide Santa's sleigh if your nose is BLUE

Rudolph, Rudolph, you're such a silly fellow
Who will know it's you if your nose is YELLOW

Rudolph, Rudolph, your way cannot be seen,
Through the wintry weather if your nose is GREEN

Rudolph, Rudolph, Santa gave a wink
But what will he say if your nose is PINK?

Rudolph, Rudolph, it's time to fly at night
But you can't get through the snow if your nose is WHITE

Rudolph, Rudolph, it's time to go to town
But you can't help Santa if your nose is BROWN

Rudolph, Rudolph, Santa has his sack
But you're not ready if your nose is BLACK

Rudolph, Rudolph, the children are in bed
And now we can get on our way because your nose is RED



5 Little Snowmen - Flannelboard (found at Nikarella's Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime)

Five little snowmen standing in a row;
Each has a hat and a big red bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day,
And one little snowman melted away.

Four little snowmen…

One little snowman standing all alone, with one red hat and one red bow, out came the sun and it stayed all day, no more little snowmen, they all melted away!




Songs:
We used Hap Palmer's Holiday Magic CD.
We passed out egg shakers with Jingle Bells/ The Jingle Song and at the end we sang We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Everybody got a special little treat of a a gingerbread cookie and sticker. :)

Craft:
We used Oriental Trading's Reindeer Ornaments


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby Storytime - Winter/Christmas/Snow

I was very intimated for baby storytime this morning. Last time the group was just so out of control and incredibly demanding.  I felt that I had lost control before I had started.  I had worked out a spiel I was going to use today to try to convey to the adults how important it is for them to stay focused (after all, storytime is a total of 15 minutes!) so they babies will follow their example.  I needed this to say this without sounding demeaning or calling anyone out.  Needless to say, I was incredibly nervous and my confidence had been hit hard by the last group.

Thankfully I had a much smaller group today who were attentive.  It was a huge confidence builder for me and I think that the next time I do have such a large and out of control group I will have the tools to handle it better.

Also, I must give credit to Mel from Mel's Desk.  I leaned heavily on her Baby Winter Storytime.  I needed something that someone had already used and was successful. :)

Books:
Duck and Goose, It's Time for Christmas by Tad Hills

Under My Hood, I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin

Songs:
Dance Like Snowflakes
Dance like snowflakes, (to the tune of Are You Sleeping?)

Dance like snowflakes,
In the air, in the air,
Swirling, whirling snowflakes,
Swirling, whirling snowflakes,
Everywhere, everywhere.
*I passed out egg shakers for this song

Boots, Jacket, Scarf, and Hat (to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat,
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat,
In wintertime we dress like that,
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat

*I used laminated clipart for the flannelboard for this song.
Both songs are from Mel's Desk Baby Winter Storytime.

Flannelboard (found at Nikarella's Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

5 Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen standing in a row;

Each has a hat and a big red bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day,
And one little snowman melted away.
Four little snowmen…
One little snowman standing all alone, with one red hat and one red bow, out came the sun and it stayed all day, no more little snowmen, they all melted away!








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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread House Storytime

Last Saturday I had a Gingerbread House storytime.  The main attraction was getting to decorate Gingerbread Houses that we have displayed in the library.  I didn't have high expectations on turnout! This was only our 2nd Saturday storytime and sometimes things take a while to catch on. 

I was pleasantly surprised with our turnout!  Apparently decorating Gingerbread is a huge draw!

I had planned on using flannelboards and even a few songs but in the end, the crowd was much older than I had anticipated. So I just stuck with a few books, after all, clearly the main draw was the houses!

I was super excited to share my all-time favorite Gingerbread book which is:
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup


I also shared a variation of The Gingerbread Man and a Maisy book.  Because who doesn't love Maisy?
The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires


Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins


And then the main event.....

(this is what they started with)






Love the side walk and greenery.


This house has a wreath!


A good time was had by all!  And my Children's section is a little more festive thanks to these lovely houses.




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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ryan Gosling Loves Librarians

This Tumblr has been making the rounds in the past 24 hours.  I loved it so much that I printed out several pictures to hang above my desk at work.  After all, don't we all need a pick-me-up once a day?  Ryan Gosling will definitely do that for me.
Hey Girl - Ryan Gosling Loves Librarians

Here are a few of my favs:



This Tumblr just made my day!  I hope it has made yours. :)



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