Friday, January 26, 2018

Terrific Twos Storytime: Bedtime


Clap Your Hands
(From the Old Town School of Folk Music CD “Songs for Wiggleworms”)

ABCs

Open/Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap clap clap clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap lap lap
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them
Right up to your chinny chin chin
Open wide your little mouth- but do not let them in!

Count to 10 and Back

A Number Slumber by Suzanne Bloom


Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummies, and put the all to bed
From Best Kids Book Site

My Thumbs Are Starting to Wiggle
Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
Body is starting to wiggle: around and around and around!
And now so are my hands/arms/toes/feet...
(Sing about other body parts as wiggles spread!)

From Jbrary

Breathing Ball

Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt
* This was a HUGE hit with the two year old! I highly recommend it for storytimes


Five Monkeys Jumping on the Bed + Ukulele

This Is the Way We Wash + Scarves
This is the way we wash our arms, wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms, when we get ready for bed
[continue with as many body parts as you like]

Get Out Of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup
* I don't usually read a third book for my two year old group, but this one worked out really well. It's pretty short, and kids loved using their scarves to follow along with the motions of the book.


Bubbles in the Air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, there are bubbles in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high in the sky
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, and they tickle on your toes
There are bubbles way down low, way down low

Bubbles

Goodbye Song
(to the tune of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain)
The goodbye train is leaving see you soon (toot toot)
The goodbye train is leaving see you soon (toot toot)
The goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
The goodbye train is leaving see you soon (toot toot)

Big Kids Storytime: Bedtime


Bread and Butter
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say hello as [loud, quiet, fast, slow, etc.] as we can- hello!

ABCs

Letter of the Week: J
Words we thought of: Jack, jump- J was tough!

Count to 10 and Back

What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum


My Thumbs Are Starting to Wiggle
Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
Body is starting to wiggle: around and around and around!
And now so are my hands/arms/toes/feet...
(Sing about other body parts as wiggles spread!)

From Jbrary

Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz


Five Monkeys Jumping On the Bed + Ukulele

Storytime Challenge
Today we sorted pictures into the categories Things We Wear and Things We Play With. The ultimate goal was to make a Venn diagram, but we had a few first timers and some younger siblings, so everyone seemed pretty happy stopping before we got to the Venn diagram part. We'll definitely go back to it later in the session, though, because I think this group would be really good at it.

Goodbye Song
(to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)
The library doors go open and shut, open and shut, open and shut
The library doors go open and shut at the library
We check our books in and out, in and out, in and out
We check our books in and out at the library
Our time is up but we’ll see you next week, see you next week, see you next week
Our time is up but we’ll see you next week at the library

Lap Sit Week of 1/22/2018


If You’re Ready for a Story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)

Big Big Big
This is big big big, this is small small small
This is short short short, this is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast, this is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes, this is no no no

ABCs

Open/Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap clap clap clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap lap lap
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them
Right up to your chinny chin chin
Open wide your little mouth- but do not let them in!

Group Reading- Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz


Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town
(Repeat with kids on the bus go up and down, grown-ups on the bus go shh shh shh, etc.)


Sign of the Week- Sit


Three Jellyfish
Three jellyfish, three jellyfish
Three jellyfish, sitting on a rock
One jellyfish jumped off!
How many jellyfish were left?
[repeat until jellyfish are all gone]
From Kathy MacMillan's YouTube channel

Our Little Baby Loves Dancing
Our little baby loves dancing, dancing
Our little baby loves turning round.
Our little baby loves to boogie on down.
Our little baby loves dancing, dancing
Lean to the left,
Lean to the right
Hug that baby nice and tight

Adapted from Jbrary

Grr Grr Went the Big Brown Bear

Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
Grr grr went the big brown bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
And the bear went grr grr grr
But- we know bears go huggy huggy hug
Huggy huggy hug, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug
They don't go grr grr grr


Slowly, Slowly

Slowly, slowly very slowly creeps the garden snail
Slowly, slowly very slowly up the garden rail
Quickly, quickly very quickly runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly very quickly to his little house


Popcorn Kernels + Scarves

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels
In the pot, in the pot
Shake them shake them shake them, shake them shake them, shake them
‘Til they pop! “Til they pop!
from Jbrary


Let's Go Riding On an Elevator
Let's go riding on an elevator,
Elevator, elevator,
Come along with me!
Let's go riding on an elevator,
First floor, Second floor, Third floor, Fourth floor, Fifth floor,
And.... down-down-down-down-down.

From Jbrary

Bubbles in the Air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, there are bubbles in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high in the sky
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, and they tickle on your toes
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
from Jbrary

Bubbles

Goodbye Song
Storytime is over now, over now, over now
Storytime is over now- see you next time!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Big Kids Storytime: Winter Animals

Bread and Butter
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say hello as [loud, quiet, fast, slow, etc.] as we can- hello!

ABCs

Letter of the Week: S
Words we thought of- sun, snow, snake, sister, snack, skunk

Count to 10 and Back

Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho


Snowball Finding Game
Similar to Little Mouse in the House, I hid a snowball behind differently colored mittens. To make it more challenging for this group, each mitten got a letter on it and we guessed by letter instead of by color.

William's Winter Nap by Linda Ashman


40 Years on an Iceberg
I learned this really fun repeating song at Girl Scout camp many years ago, but the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada have a great video version you can find here

Storytime Challenge
Today we played a matching game where each child got a card with two snowflakes on it. Half of the cards had the same snowflake and half had two different ones. We then made a chart of our cards where one side had snowflakes that were the same and the other side had cards with snowflakes that were different. We found that comparing colors was pretty easy, but comparing the shapes of the snowflakes made it more challenging. By taking it one step at a time (What color is this snowflake? What about this snowflake? Is that the same color? and then- are your snowflakes the same shape?) we eliminated the most confusing parts. Comparing/contrasting objects with multiple characteristics was pretty sophisticated, but everyone got the hang of it and had a good time.

Goodbye Song
(to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)
The library doors go open and shut, open and shut, open and shut
The library doors go open and shut at the library
We check our books in and out, in and out, in and out
We check our books in and out at the library
Our time is up but we’ll see you next week, see you next week, see you next week
Our time is up but we’ll see you next week at the library

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lap Sit Week of 1/15/2018

If You’re Ready for a Story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)

Big Big Big
This is big big big, this is small small small
This is short short short, this is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast, this is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes, this is no no no

ABCs

Open/Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap clap clap clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap lap lap
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them
Right up to your chinny chin chin
Open wide your little mouth- but do not let them in!

Group Reading- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Sign of the Week: Jump


Grr Grr Went the Big Brown Bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
Grr grr went the big brown bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
And the bear went grr grr grr
But- we know bears go huggy huggy hug
Huggy huggy hug, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug
They don't go grr grr grr
Jump jump went the little red squirrel one day
Jump jump went the little red squirrel
Jump jump went the little red squirrel one day
And the squirrel went jump jump jump
But- we know squirrels go rub a dub a dub
Rub a dub a dub, rub a dub a dub
We know squirrels go rub a dub a dub
They don't go jump jump jump
from Jbrary

Mama's Little Baby
* We sang "our little baby" instead, because our storytime groups have such diverse caregivers
Mama's little baby loves dancing, dancing
Mama's little baby loves turning round.
Mama's little baby loves to boogie on down.
Mama's little baby loves dancing, dancing
Lean to the left,
Lean to the right
Hug that baby nice and tight

from Jbrary

Book #2- My First Peekaboo Animals by Eric Carle


Bumping Up and Down
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darling?
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
Won’t you be my darling?

Roly Poly
Roly poly, roly poly
Out out out, out out out
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly
In in in, in in in
Roly poly, roly poly
Fast fast fast, fast fast fast
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly
Slow slow slow, slow slow slow

Bouncing, Bouncing
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee
Bouncing, bouncing 1, 2, 3 (hug, tickle, lift, etc.)
(Repeat with rocking, clapping, stomping, etc.)
from Jbrary

Bubbles in the Air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, there are bubbles in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high in the sky
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, and they tickle on your toes
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
from Jbrary

Bubbles

Goodbye Song
Storytime is over now, over now, over now

Storytime is over now- see you next time!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Family Pizza Party

I had a ton of fun planning this program! We read Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter, sang a song about making pizzas, then broke up for stations (decorating aprons, putting together a pizza puzzle, and making English muffin pizzas). For the pizzas, I put a muffin on each plate with a cup of sauce and a cup of cheese. Kids assembled their own pizzas and then I cooked them in the toaster ovens while they did the other activities. It was a full house and everyone had a great time. It was a half-hour program for families with kids ages 1-6 years.


 






Monday, January 15, 2018

Lap Sit Storytime Week of 1/8/2018

I'm so happy to be back at storytime for 2018! Here's what we were up to this week:

If You’re Ready for a Story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story wave hello (hi everyone)

Big Big Big
This is big big big, this is small small small
This is short short short, this is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast, this is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes, this is no no no

ABCs

Open/Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap clap clap clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap lap lap
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them
Right up to your chinny chin chin
Open wide your little mouth- but do not let them in!

Group Reading- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.


Wheels on the Bus

Sign of the Week: Bear


Grr Grr Went the Big Brown Bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
Grr grr went the big brown bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
And the bear went grr grr grr
But- we know bears go huggy huggy hug
Huggy huggy hug, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug
They don't go grr grr grr

Wake Up Feet
This is from Jbrary, but I forgot the words the first class of the week and just stuck with my modified version
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle wiggle wiggle


Bumping Up and Down
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darling?
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
Won’t you be my darling?

Book #2- Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon


Hippopotamus on a City Bus
A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
You’re squishing us!
A cow, a cow, a cow got on the bus
and all, and all, and all the people said
Mooove over!
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
Move baaaack!
from Jbrary

Egg Shakers + Shaking Like a Leafy Tree
from the CD "Racing to the Rainbow" by The Wiggles

Can You Shake Along with Me
Can you shake along with me?
Along with me, along with me,
Can you shake along with me?
Put your shaker on your... knee
[Repeat with different body parts]

from Jbrary

Bubbles in the Air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, there are bubbles in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high in the sky
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, and they tickle on your toes
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
from Jbrary

Bubbles

Goodbye Song
Storytime is over now, over now, over now

Storytime is over now- see you next time!

Terrific Twos Storytime: Wild Animals

To tie into our Winter Reading Club (Reading is Wild!) which started last week, I thought it would be fun to do a wild animals theme this week. Plus it was a good opportunity to use some songs and/or stories which are more familiar to kids- I like to do that for the first week or so, just to get kids used to me and being in the storytime routine. Here's what we were up to-


Clap Your Hands
(From the Old Town School of Folk Music CD “Songs for Wiggleworms”)

ABCs

Open/Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap clap clap clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap lap lap
Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them
Right up to your chinny chin chin
Open wide your little mouth- but do not let them in!

Count to 10 and Back

Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
* This was a HUGE hit! Not all the kids really got the humor of an elephant playing hide and seek, but they absolutely loved trying to find the elephant on every page.


I Took a Walk
*I printed a few pictures of wild animals (lion, elephant, etc.) to play this guessing game
I took a walk to the zoo one day
and met a [lion] along the way
And what do you think that [lion] did say?
[Roar!]

Hippopotamus on a Bus
A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
You're squishing us!
A cow, a cow, a cow got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
Moooove over!
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
Move baaaack!
From Jbrary
(we tapped our knees instead of bouncing)

If You’re Ready for a Story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story
If you’re ready for a story clap your hands (clap clap)

Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon


If You're a Lion and You Know It
If you're a lion and you know it, roar out loud- ROAR!
If you're a lion and you know it, roar out loud- ROAR!
If you're a lion and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're a lion and you know it, roar out loud- ROAR!
If you're an elephant and you know it, stomp your feet [stomp stomp]
If you're an elephant and you know it, stomp your feet [stomp stomp]
If you're an elephant and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're an elephant and you know it, stomp your feet [stomp stomp]
If you're a crocodile and you know, snap your jaws [snap snap]
If you're a crocodile and you know, snap your jaws [snap snap]
If you're a crocodile and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're a crocodile and you know, snap your jaws [snap snap]

The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera
*I don't usually read 3 books to my Terrific Twos, but sometimes I'll slip in a Jane Cabrera book (which is basically a song anyway)


Bubbles in the Air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles in the air, there are bubbles in the air
There are bubbles in the air, in the air
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way up high, way up high in the sky
There are bubbles way up high, way up high
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, way down low
There are bubbles way down low, and they tickle on your toes
There are bubbles way down low, way down low

Bubbles

Goodbye Song
(to the tune of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain)
The goodbye train is leaving see you soon (toot toot)
The goodbye train is leaving see you soon (toot toot)
The goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving

The goodbye train is leaving see you soon (toot toot)

Big Kids Storytime: Wild Animals

To tie into our Winter Reading Club (Reading is Wild!) which started last week, I thought it would be fun to do a wild animals theme this week. Plus it was a good opportunity to use some songs and/or stories which are more familiar to kids- I like to do that for the first week or so, just to get kids used to me and being in the storytime routine. Here's what we were up to-

Bread and Butter
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say hello as [loud, quiet, fast, slow, etc.] as we can- hello!

ABCs

Letter of the Week: T
Words we thought of: Tanner, toes, tiger, tornado, ten

Count to 10 and Back

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee


Hippopotamus on a Bus
A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
You're squishing us!
A cow, a cow, a cow got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
Moooove over!
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
Move baaaack!
From Jbrary
(we tapped our knees instead of bouncing)

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
* We didn't read this entire book, but I picked out some of the animals I thought the kids would like most. We had fun guessing things like what anteaters and Goliath Bird-Eating spiders eat.


Elephant Guessing Game
*We have a set of felt elephants in a bunch of different colors. Each kid got two elephants and I asked who had colors that sounded like bed (red), shoe (blue), mean (green), etc. I have some 5 year olds and some pretty new 4 year olds, so some kids had an easier time than others. It was still fun and the kids even started to help each other out.

Storytime Challenge
Today we flipped a giant cardboard "coin" with a lion on one side and an elephant on the other and made a bar graph with the results. Two kids remembered the unicorn vs. dragon bar graph we made last session, so they were very excited and got the new faces excited as well. Everyone got a few chances to flip the coin until the winner (lion) reached the top of the bar graph. Throughout the challenge we talked about who was winning and how we could tell, then at the end we counted how many flips the elephant would have needed to win.

Goodbye Song
(to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)
The library doors go open and shut, open and shut, open and shut
The library doors go open and shut at the library
We check our books in and out, in and out, in and out
We check our books in and out at the library
Our time is up but we’ll see you next week, see you next week, see you next week

Our time is up but we’ll see you next week at the library

Picture Book Book List: Math

Using math in storytime always seemed intimidating to me until I attended a STEAM programming seminar. One of the presenters spoke about in...