Monday, September 24, 2012

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Storytime

September is International Month at my library.  Every branch picks a different country and then has programing the whole month about that country.  I chose Mexico for my branch.  Why?  Because I make a killer guacamole and I wanted to have that at storytime.  The crux was that I really don't speak a lick of Spanish, other than what Sesame Street and Dora taught me.  So really, I can count to 10 and that is it.  Luckily enough, last week at my first storytime here, I met an amazing mom who is Cuban American and spoke Spanish beautifully.  She offered to help out!  And yes, I totally took her up on that offer.

Books:
Perros! Perros!/ Dogs! Dogs! by Ginger Foglesong Guy and illustrated by Sharon Glick





Flannelboard:
I made felt numbers 1-10 and printed out the words in English and Spanish.  We went over the numbers and their names in both languages.




Craft:
I printed out a picture of the Mexican flag onto white cardstock.  The kiddos were given pieces of torn  up tissue paper in green, red, and white.  They glued them onto the flag and could color the symbol as well.

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Someone Like YouSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book resonated with me.  It was such a deep book yet it never read like one.  Dessen hit on sex, teen pregnancy, choices, mother-daughter relationships, and friendships. The best review I feel I could give this book is let it speak for itself.

"If you sleep with him, it will change things," she said  "It has to.  And if he goes, you'll have lost more than just him.  So be sure, Halley.  Be real sure." (p 187)

There are some things in the world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand. (p 197)

The truth was I knew, after all those flat January days, that I deserved better.  I deserved I love yous and kiwi fruits and flowers and warriors coming to my door, besotted with love. I deserved pictures of my face in a million expressions, and the warmth of a baby's kick under my hand.  I deserved to grow, and to change, to become all the girls I could be over the course of my life, each one better than the last. (p 243) This right here. If I ever have a daughter, my goal in life will to be make sure I instill these thoughts into her.  We all deserve those things.  Never settle.  

"Why don't you ever wait a second and see what I'm planning, or thinking, before you burst in with your opinions and ideas? You never give me a chance ."
"Yes, I do," she said indignantly.
"No," I said. "You don't.  And then you wonder why I never tell you anything or share anything with you. I can never trust you with anything, give you any piece of me without you grabbing to keep for yourself."
"That's not true," she said slowly, but it was just now hitting her, I could see it. "Halley, you don't always know what's at stake, and I do."
"I will never learn," I said to her slowly, "until you let me." (p 244-245)


I watched my mother do what she did best, and realized there would never be a way to cut myself from her entirely.  No matter how strong or weak I was, she was a part of me, as crucial as my own heart.  I would never be strong enough, in all my life, to do without her. (p 275)


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Trucks Storytime

Books:
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and illustrated by McElmurry

My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk



A Truck Goes Rattley Bumpa by Jonathan London and illustrated by Denis Roche




Action Rhyme:
Fingerplay/Rhyme: “Where are Trucks” (tune of Where is Thumbkin)

Where is dump truck? Where is dump truck?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today sir? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.
Repeat with other trucks:
(bulldozer, steam roller, front loader, etc.)



Flannelboard Story:
Duck in a Truck by Jez Alborough




I found this flannelboard at Prekinders.com.
I have several little boys who LOVE helping me with the storyboards.  I love that I have small enough storytimes to be able to have them help.  Adorable. 

Songs:
Wheels on the Truck
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
If you are Happy and You Know it

Construction Truck Song
This is the way we dump the dirt, dump the dirt, dump the dirt

This is the way we dump the dirt, with a dump truck.
This is the way we push the rocks…….with a bulldozer
This is the way we roll the dirt ……..with a roller

(Or any variation with other trucks)
**This song and the action rhyme were both shared with me by a coworker.  I am not sure where she found them.


Craft:
I found a Little Blue Truck craft at Pintrest. Thanks Pintrest! This can be found at iheartcraftythings.blogspot.com .
This was the template I gave them.  Then they had the option to use brown paint to add the mud or to color with crayons.  Sadly, most of the parents elected for crayons.  Wimps!       I just have to say how much fun I am having growing a new storytime group here.  The first week was huge (for this branch), last week was much smaller, and this week, we were starting to get back up there in numbers.  Several families that attended today did not know we even offered storytimes. It is always a fantastic day to meet new families and introduce them to children's programming. :)

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ocean Storytime

Over the summer I transferred to a different branch within our library system.  This particular branch has not had the staff to be able to have regular storytimes so I am starting from scratch. I am not sure when the last storytime happened here but I know it has been well over a year and even then attendance was low.

Today was the first day of our weekly storytimes.  Our branch in unique in that we share the library with the local middle school so our hours are different than any other branch.  Being that we are not open until the afternoon during the weekdays, I am doing storytime on Saturdays.  I am super excited to be able to say that today I had 31 kids and parents show up!  I was expecting MAX 12 and that would have included me and my son.  I was just blown away today and completely unprepared but that makes it more fun right?

Books:
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck and illustrated by Valeria Petrone



I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry


Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham


Flannelboard:
I found Kari Ann's blog- My Storytime Life where she made a flannelboard for Dr. Jean's 5 Little Fish from her Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs CD. The lyrics can be found here.


Action Rhyme:

I'm a Little Octopus


Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)

Thanks to Storytime Katie  for posting this.

Songs:

Have You Ever Seen a Fishy?
Have you ever seen a fishy, a fishy, a fishy?
Have you ever seen a fishy swim this way or that?
Swim this way or that way?
Swim this way or that way?
Have you ever seen a fishy swim this way or that?

Waves on the Sea
The waves on the sea go up and down
Up and down
Up and down
The waves on the sea go up and down
All day long.

The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap
Snap snap snap
Snap snap snap
The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap
All day long.

The fish in the sea go swish swish swish
Swish swish swish
Swish swish swish
The fish in the sea go swish swish swish
All day long.

The boat on the sea go toot toot toot
Toot toot toot
Toot toot toot
The boats on the sea go toot toot toot
All day long.
(This song can be found at SurLaLune's Commotion on the Ocean storytime).

Baby Fish by Dr. Jean from Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs
We played this song and just danced! If you don't own her CDs, you probably should. :)

Craft:


Found at Preschool Crafts for Kids

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