Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mardi Gras Storytime!

I wanted to celebrate Mardi Gras with my kiddos.  However, it is so very hard to find books, at least in my library system, that are good books to read aloud for Storytime.  So I chose books that had to do with parades and parties. Here is what I came up with:

Books:
Pippa At The Parade by Karen Roosa


Snappy Sounds Surprise Party

Parade by Donald Crews (for Toddler Time only)


I Want a Party by Tony Ross (for Preschool only)

Songs:
Wheels on the Float
I basically had them help me make up a song.  I started the first verse and then they had to come up with more verses.  This is dangerous however because sometimes, it is hard to put their suggestions into the song.   One suggestion was throwing something from the float and I had no idea what the sound would have been.  So fun!

Flannelboard:
Thanks to Mel at Mel's Desk for the suggestion of the Flannelboard.
I took the song "Hole in the Middle of the Street" and made it Mardi Gras-esque. (also, I did not really know this tune and I had a hard time finding a good version on YouTube so basically I made it up.)

There’s a firetruck in the middle of the street

There’s a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a firetruck, there’s a firetruck
There’s a firetruck in the middle of the street.

There’s a band and a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a band and a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a band, there’s a band
There’s a band in the middle of the street.

There’s a clown and a band and a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a clown and a band and a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a clown, there’s a clown,
There’s a clown in the middle of the street.

There’s a mask and a clown and a band and a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a mask and a clown and a band and a firetruck in the middle of the street
There’s a mask, there’s a mask,
There’s a mask in the middle of the street.

It’s a parade!


Craft:

Masks - The kids got to decorate their own masks and eat cupcakes! It was a party. :)




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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Shapes - Baby Storytime

I looked at the Shapes Storytime that I used for the toddlers and preschoolers and adjusted it for the babies.

Books:
Little Critter Shapes by Mercer Mayer

It looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw


Go! Go! BoBo Shapes by Simon Basher


Flannelboard Songs:

Song: “I Can See Shapes” (Tune: London Bridge)

I can see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape
I can see a circle shape, how about you?
(Little square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)


Thanks again to Storytime Katie for this idea!

A-Hunting We Will Go.
We continued doing "A-Hunting We Will Go."  I got the idea from Mel at Mel's Desk.
This week we did fish/dish, mouse/house, sheep/jeep, and cat/hat.  I print off clip art pictures and laminate them and stick velcro on the back.  All the moms/cargivers bounce the babies on their laps while we sing.

Songs:
 Twinkle Twinkle
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Wheels on the Bus

I also passed out egg shakers to the babies.  We used those for Laurie Berkner's Shorten' Bread.  (It is on her Under a Shady Tree album.)

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Way We FallThe Way We Fall by Megan Crewe


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I went into this book believing it was a dystopian/end of days with a deadly virus. It ended up not being dystopian, which I was disappointed about for a little bit (only because of my love of dystopians). However, I liked the different perspective of this book. There is a crazy virus and it is happening right now. Not in the future. What would happen if a crazy strand of the flu started infecting people in a small area where there were not enough supplies, not enough people to help contain it and the virus just ran rampant? In the midst of that, what would happen if there were teenagers who were trying to help their friends and family and their neighbors?

I saw incredible growth of Kaelyn, the main character, from the beginning of the story all the way through the end. I loved that she was willing to get out of her comfort zone to ask questions, whether they were medical or personal. It is hard to sometimes voice those hard questions. Despite the fact that a crazy virus was killing people everywhere and it is not a normal situation, I think it really showed that it is important to ask those questions regardless if you are a normal teenager going through your everyday routine or if you are a teenager stuck on an island where a virus is killing everyone you know.

Despite the chaos that was happening on the island, I really liked the romance aspect of this book. I thought it was realistic and gave a smidgen of hope to a hopeless situation.

There were two things that I didn’t like about this story. 1. I could not for the life of me figure out where this story was set and it drove me crazy! That may or may not have been on purpose. I finally had to let it go. Maybe we will find out in the next book? 2. The story did drag a bit in the middle. But I at the same time, I think I was just super anxious to see a resolution to something! If a virulent strand of the flu actually took over, there might not be resolution; so even though I was ready for something to happen, that might not be the reality of the situation.

Thank you NetGalley for the copy of this book.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Opposites Storytime

Books:
Toddler Time:
Dinosaur Opposites by Strickland



Opposites by Sandra Boynton

Circus Opposites by Suse MacDonald


 
 
Pre-School:
Earth, Sky, Wet, Dry by Durga Bernhard

You and Me: We're Opposites by Harriet Ziefert

Also use Circus Opposites

Fingerplays:

This is Big
This is big, big, big. (Stretch hands far to side)

This is small, small, small. (Cup hands together over lap)
This is short, short, short. (Hold palms horizontally, close)
This is tall, tall, tall. (Hold palms horizontally, far apart)
This is fast, fast, fast. (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow. (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes. (nod)
This is no, no, no! (shake head)

 
Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, as slowly as you can (Suit actions to words)
Clap, clap, clap your hands as quickly as you can

Extra verses - Shake, Roll, Rub, Wiggle your fingers


Song:
The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
and Marched them down again
And when you're up, you're up
And when you're down, you're down
And when you're only half way up
You're neither up nor down



Craft:

I found a Gumball machine coloring picture online here.  After printing it out, I then used whiteout on the gumballs.  Then I copied them.  Glue, crayons, and construction paper. Volia! Craft for today.


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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely went into this book thinking it would be this sweet fluffy story of 2 teens that meet on an airplane and you get a sweet improbable story out of it. Basically, I was expecting a good chick-lit book.

Instead I found myself crying as Hadley waded through all of her feelings toward her dad and his new bride. All the anger and resentment she has harbored since he left, comes out onto the pages. My parents are still married so I haven't had to live through a divorce. However just thinking what it would have been like as a teen to have my life ripped apart and my dad living an ocean away broke my heart.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was mostly a story of a girl learning to love and forgive her dad again while growing with the realization that even though this was not how she envisioned her life, it just might be okay.

The story of Hadley and Oliver was a bonus. A very fabulous bonus at that.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shapes Storytime

Books:


Toddler Time:

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Shaw (Big Book)


Color Zoo by Elhert




Pre-School Storytime:

It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Not a Box by Portis




Perfect Square by Hall

FlannelBoard

Song: “I Can See Shapes” (Tune: London Bridge)

I can see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape
I can see a circle shape, how about you?
(Little square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)

Thanks to Katie at StorytimeKatie!

Action Songs:
Shape Hokey Pokey
Put your circle in, put your circle out
Put your circle in, and shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about!
(Rectangle, circle, square)

I made enough of these to pass out to everyone.

Using the same shapes we sang this song:

Shapes (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

Put your Pink shape in the air
Hold it high and leave it there.
Put your Pink shape on your back
Now please lay it in your lap.
Hold your red shape in your hand
Now everyone please stand.
Wave your Pink shape at the door
Now please lay it on the floor.
Hold your Pink shape and jump, jump, jump.
Hold your Pink shape way, way up!
(Yellow, purple, green.)

Both action songs from Lesson Plans Page


Craft:
I cut out a bunch of shapes, different sizes and colors and gave everyone a piece of construction paper, crayons, glue, scissors, and foam stickers.  I wanted them to use their imagination to create a masterpiece.
Mine - I made a house and a tree.  I tell ya, my creativity was flowing. :)



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