Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Hoopla

It's time for winter holidays!

Every December we do an evening program called Holiday Hoopla! There are songs and stories and activities and it tends to last for about an hour. Some things change and some things don't, but here's how it tends to go down.

Welcome everyone and introduce the children's department (we're all involved).

Everyone sings "Let it Snow!"

Before the program, we've cut up white scrap paper into tiny bits of confetti. Every time we get the chorus and sing "Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!" we throw the confetti on the audience.


We read a story about Hanukkah. This year we did The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote. With all the holidays, we try to choose something that doesn't explain the holiday. (So we try to shy away from a book that says "Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday to commemorate the miracle of the oil. They eat latkes and light the menorah and play dreidel.")

Then we play HUMAN DREIDEL. This is my favorite part. (I'm the human dreidel.) My co-worker took a cardboard box and cut a head-hole in the top and covered the box with paper (thing basic robot costume.) She then wrote the Hebrew letters on the side of the box. I put the box on and! voila! instant dreidel. After a brief rundown of the rules, someone spins me round and round (like you would before pinning the tail on the donkey. Sometimes we use an office chair, but when I stand, I can staggar around afterwards for greater comedic effect.) In real dreidel, if it lands on hay, you get half the pot and if it lands on gimmel, you get the whole pot, so if it lands on either of those, I throw candy at the audience. If it lands on nun, you lose a turn so we spin again. If it lands on shin, you're supposed to put candy into the pot, so I demand the kids give me candy and then cave and throw more candy at them.

Then we all sing "The Dreidel Song"


We read a book about winter. This year we read The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel, illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Sing a general winter song. This year was "Jingle Bells." We handed out bells to everyone to jingle as we sang.


Read a Christmas story. This year we read Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner

Sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" For this one, we have pictures for each of the days printed out and on each chair. When we get to your day, you have to stand up, so there's a lot of quick standing and sitting, which always leads to general hilarity.


Read a Kwanzaa story. This year we read My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate, illustrated by Cal Massey

Sing a Kwanzaa song. This year it was "Kwanzaa Time"

Sing "Let it Snow!" again

Have cider and cookies.

We mix it up a little each year and it's always a lot of fun. Some years we do a King Cake with the refreshments. Sometimes we have red circles cut out that everyone can hold on their noses as we sing "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

So, from us to you, hope you're having a happy holiday season! Are their any winter holiday books left on your shelves? We're running pretty low!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Friendship Bracelet Program

Every Monday afternoon this November, we had a friendship bracelet program for kids 8-12.

The plan was pretty simple-- we'd learn a basic bracelet the first week and get progressively more complicated. You could come to one or all of the sessions.


To prep, I ordered some bulk craft thread from Amazon. 150 skeins, multiple colors, for under $18? YES PLEASE.

I then cut every skein into thread lengths 2 arm-lengths long. (This is too long for the easier bracelets, but the right length for some of the harder ones.) Pre-cutting the thread really sped up the "chose your thread and sit down" process so we had more time for knotting! I highly recommend pre-cutting the thread!

Then, I practiced. I hadn't made a friendship bracelet in a really long time, so I checked out our books on friendship bracelets and picked ones I thought we could do and practiced, practiced, practiced.

When I was a kid, I used to safety pin the bracelets to the knee of my jeans. As an adult, I used a clip board. I wish the library had 20 clip boards so the kids could have used them, too. But, the library doesn't. We just used tape and taped them to the table. As the program was after school and almost everyone was wearing uniform pants or skirts, I didn't want to go with the safety pin. I didn't want any justifiably angry parents calling me about holes in their clothes!


photo from silk stream.

The plan was... the first week we'd made the skinny bracelet.This only uses the basic forward knot, so was a good way to practice our skills.

The second week, we'd make a basic 3-color stripe bracelet.This also only uses the basic forward knot, but is a little more complicated.

The third week, we'd make a chevron bracelet.This introduces the backwards knot.

The fourth week, we'd go crazy and do a diamond pattern.This involves forward knots and backwards knots and working in sections.

But... most of us had a hard time mastering the 3-color stripe bracelet. Amazingly, they didn't believe that it was as easy as it was and kept trying to make it harder.

So, the third week, we did a 4-color stripe bracelet, which is the same thing but with an extra stripe. I had one girl who came in already knowing how to do some friendship bracelets, so I showed her how to do the chevron.

At the end of the session, one of the kids asked "Miss Jennie, do I have to keep doing this? Or can I just do it my own way?"

And I thought for a moment, and Allie Finkle's words came back to me:

My dad says quitters never win, but I say quitters always win, because when you quit things you end up making more time for finding out the things you love, such as rock collecting.

And I said, "Do what you want! Discover something new! Have fun!" I may have channeled Miss Frizzle there, too.

So, the fourth week, I set it up as free time. I had the supplies and the floss and I would teach them a bracelet  or help them and they could just make what they wanted.

So, was it a success? YES. Lots of kids came and everyone had a great time. Did it go as planned? No, but that's not important. They invented some really fun bracelets, learned a few new skills (even if they weren't the ones I had planned) and, like I said, had a great time.

I do recommend having extra experts to help out. A lot of kids needed individual help and having an extra adult or two was super, super helpful.

This website is super-helpful for brushing up on your knotting skills. There are also a ton of tutorials and videos on YouTube.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Baby Storytime

Check out my Introduction to Baby Storytime.

Todays books are old favorites of mine. Everything Boynton and Patricelli is pure gold in my book! Pajama Time! does actually have a real melody, but I just read it rhythmically. Had I thought of it ahead of time, I would have read it first and then we would have read it again with the song, but, alas. Next time. And I just LOVE the diapered baby featured in Patricelli's books. Baby Happy Baby Sad has a super basic text (there aren't really any words that don't appear in the title). Each page spread is something that makes baby happy (squeezing kitty) and something that makes baby sad (kitty running away.) Adorable and hilarious and a great jumping off point to talk about the pictures and feelings.


Rhymes used in Story Time
11/9/2011

Books We Read Today:
Pajama Time Sandra Boynton
Baby Happy Baby Sad Leslie Patricelli

Songs We Sang Today:
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Jack and Jill went up a hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after

Two little eyes that open and close (point to eyes and open and close them)
Two little ears and one little nose (point to each)
Two little cheeks and one little chin (point to each)
And one little mouth that makes a big grin. (Give a big smile)

Doctor Foster
Went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!


Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory
dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

This little cow eats grass,
This little cow eats hay.
This little cow drinks water,
This little cow runs away!
And this little cow does nothing, but just lies down all day.
We’ll chase her, we’ll chase her, we’ll chase her away!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little cow, lightly wiggle each finger in turn. When you get to the last cow (and pinkie finger), tickle it and run your fingers up to the top of baby’s shoulder—also fun to do with toes!

Round about, round about,
Runs the little hare.
First it runs that way,
Then it runs up THERE!

Circle your fingers on baby’s palm or tummy, when “it runs up THERE!” tickle him or her under the arms.

Riding in a train I go,
Rocking, rocking to and fro,
Side to side and to and fro,
Riding in a train I go.

In an airplane I will fly,
Up, up, up into the sky,
Up, up, up so very high,
In an airplane I will fly.

Bounce baby in rhythm and move baby to the words of the rhyme.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baby Storytime

Be sure to check out my Baby Storytime Basics!

Whose Toes are Those? is a adorable and sweet! Rhyming text about toes, including a new spin on "This Little Piggy." I also love that the toes are brown. We need more storybooks with children of color that aren't issue or history books.

Uh-Oh! I'm Sorry is a great book about things kids often do wrong, saying "uh-oh" and "I'm sorry" and how easy the mistakes are to fix. I especially love that the last page has a grown-up making a mistake and the kid fixing it. Even better? LIFT THE FLAP. These are large flaps, too. They don't show someone hiding, but rather when you lift the "uh-oh!" flap, you get the "I'm sorry" and the solution to the problem.

Rhymes used in Story Time
11/2/2011

Books We Read Today:
Whose Toes are Those Jabari Asim
Uh-Oh I’m Sorry! Jill Ackerman

Songs We Sang Today:
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.

Build it up with iron bars, iron bars, iron bars
Build it up with iron bars, my fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold, silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold, my fair lady.

Take the key and lock her up, lock her up, lock her up
Take the key and lock her up, my fair lady.

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old


Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

The little mice go creeping, creeping, creeping
The little mice go creeping all through the house

The big black cat goes stalking, stalking, stalking
The big black cat goes stalking all through the house

The little mice go scampering, scampering, scampering
The little mice go scampering all through the house

When the mice go creeping, have your fingers walk slowly on the baby, when the cat goes stalking, slide your hands up and down the baby’s body, when the mice go scampering, have your fingers run quickly all over the baby.

(to the tune of “you are my sunshine)

You have two arms, they are for waving
You have two feet to go stump stump
You have to eyes, they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump

Children in the barnyard
Staying out of trouble (draw a little circle in child's palm)
Along came a turkey (slowly creep fingers up arm)
And . . . "Gobble, gobble, gobble!" (tickle underarm, or move in for a gobble on child's neck) 

Father and Mother and Uncle John
Went to market, one by one.
Father fell off, and Mother fell off,
But Uncle John went on and on and on.

Gently bounce baby for the first two lines. Tilt baby from one side to the other for the third line, bounce baby up and down for the fourth line.


This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Baby Storytime

Check out my Introduction to Baby Storytime if you haven't already.

Busy Piggies (A Busy Book) is a great book about the different things pigs do. Rhyming text and photographic illustrations.

At the Beach details different beachy items, with extra-thick pages, cut outs, and sparkly paper (but not glittery, so it won't make a mess!)

Rhymes used in Story Time
10/19/2011

Books We Read Today:
Busy Piggies John Schindel
At the Beach Salina Yoon

Songs We Sang Today:
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider walked up the spout again

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day
Little baby wants to play
Rain Rain go away

Substitute baby’s name for “baby”.

Ring around the Rosy
A pocket full of posy
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now it’s striking one o’clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Cuckoo!

Rock baby back and forth and then lift baby in the air on “cuckoo”. Repeat for two and three o’clock.

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

(to the tune of “you are my sunshine)

You have two arms, they are for waving
You have two feet to go stump stump
You have to eyes, they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump

Chicken in the barnyard
Staying out of trouble (draw a little circle in child's palm)
Along came a turkey (slowly creep fingers up arm)
And . . . "Gobble, gobble, gobble!" (tickle underarm, or move in for a gobble on child's neck) 

Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows

Point to the mentioned body parts—Toes and knees for Tony, Chest and Head for Chestnut and nose and eyes for Knows I.


This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well




Monday, October 17, 2011

1000 Cranes for Japan


Last March, I posted that I was looking for something to do, programming wise, about the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.

What we ended up doing is folding 1000 origami cranes. In Japan, cranes are a sacred animal and tradition says that if you fold 1000, you can ask a crane for a wish. Our wish was for a speedy recovery for Japan. This was a passive program that just finished up last week.

How we did it:

1. I made a sign explaining what we were doing and why and put it in one of the display stands with our program fliers. It also said how many cranes we had left to go (the kids LOVED watching that number go down.)

2. I cut old program fliers down into squares and printed off several copies of instructions. (We used a few different versions over the past 7 months, depending on what came up first on our google search. These are good.)

3. We have a lot of after school care groups that come in. The first few days, I pulled the oldest kids aside and taught them how to make cranes. Once they mastered it, they taught everyone else.

4. When people saw the flyer (we also had a few cranes scattered around the desk) we gave them paper and instructions. If we had time, we would show interested people how to fold them.

5. We worked folding cranes into many different programs (hey kids! Let's fold cranes while we discuss this book!)

6. I kept count and sewed them together to hang up like garland around the room.


This project was great! Staff found folding cranes to be very therapeutic when things got crazy. The kids had something to do while waiting for computers and we managed to keep Japan and the earthquake and tsunami in our thoughts long after the news cycle had moved on to other things. It also gave them a long-range goal to work towards. AND! It was free. The vast majority of our cranes were folded from old program flyers. The really small white ones are from hold slips and computer guest passes. We did have some origami paper left over from something else and our Friends group bought some more for us, but it's not needed for the program.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and successful. I'd do it again.



Monday, October 10, 2011

Preschool Storytime

Check out my introduction to Preschool Storytime if you're new.

This week's theme was Owls! Mainly because I wanted an excuse to read Little Hoot. The dynamic was a little.. off as we had a small group of rather hyper kids. It probably would have gone better if I just did jumping jacks for the full 30 minutes.

Where is Thumbkin

Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer A. Ericsson, illustrated by Bert Kitchen (I like the repetitiveness of this-- I was expecting the kids to catch on, and one did.)

Grand Old Duke of York (several times-- they were squirrely)

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson (we have this in big book, which is very fun)

Shake My Sillies Out

Little Hoot by Amy Krause Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace (I love the backwardness of the owl who wants to go to bed early.)

Hickory Dickory Dock

I'm Not Cute! Jonathan Allen (I love the adorable owl insisting he's not cute, but a sleek hunting machine.)

She'll be Comin' 'Round the Mountain

For other books on display, I had Little Pea by Rosenthal, Allen's other Little Owl Books (I'm Not Sleepy and I'm Not Scared) as well as all of the nonfiction we had on the shelves about owls.

WHOO!



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby Storytime

New to Baby Storytime? Read this!

Today was a fun story time-- some new rhymes that got added to the spreadsheet while I was gone and recently discovered by me! Plus, lots of me messing up (often happens with new rhymes). But even more so-- I messed up some of the rhymes (totally normal) plus I got so excited about doing the new Charlie Chaplin rhyme that I totally forgot to read my first book! Usually, the first book is read after "Hickory Dickory Dock" and then right before "Patty Cake" we sing the Raffi song and read the second book. Today, right before "This is the Way the Ladies Ride" we read a book, shook our sillies, read another book.

Except I started reading on page 2.

STORYTIME WIN! Ah well, you just laugh, apologize, and start over and no one really minds.

Spot Says Goodnight has flaps to lift! Babies love lifting flaps. It's playing peek-a-boo with a book!

Basher: Go! Go! Bobo Colors is another fun concept book from Basher.




Rhymes used in Story Time
10/5/2011

Books We Read Today:
Spot Says Goodnight Eric Hill
Colors Basher

Songs We Sang Today:
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Tune: What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor
What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby,
Early in the morning.

Swing him around and tickle him all over.
Swing him around and tickle him all over.
Swing him around and tickle him all over,
Early in the morning.

Heave ho! And up she rises,
Heave ho! And up she rises,
Heave ho! And up she rises,
Early in the morning.

This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keeper
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Charlie Chaplin went to France (bouncing baby on lap)
To teach the ladies how to dance!
First he did the rumba (move baby's knees back and forth)
Then he did the kicks (move baby's legs in kicking motion)
Then he did the samba (move baby's legs up and down together)
And then he did the splits! (gently move baby's legs apart and together again)

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And mouth and ears and eyes and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

If baby is old enough, have him or her point to each body part. If baby is still too young, touch each body part while singing.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well


Baby Story Time

Need to know what's going on? Read this.

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods is Sandra Boynton's latest, and in my world, Boynton is storytime gold.

Busy Elephants is part of the "Busy Book" series. I like the photographic illustrations and cute animals. I mean, this book has BABY ELEPHANTS.


Rhymes used in Story Time
9/28/2011

Books We Read Today:
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck Sandra Boynton
Busy Elephants John Schindel

Songs We Sang Today:
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider walked up the spout again

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keeper
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

Clap hands, clap hands
Dishes in a battle
Pots and pans all crash about
Bang! Rattle! Rattle!

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

A good child, a good child,
As I suppose you be,
You’ll neither laugh nor smile
At the tickling of… your KNEE!

Follow the instructions of the rhyme and feel free to substitute different body parts

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And mouth and ears and eyes and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

If baby is old enough, have him or her point to each body part. If baby is still too young, touch each body part while singing.

Horsey horsey don't you stop
Just let your feet go clippetty clop
The tail goes swish and the wheels go round
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well





Friday, September 23, 2011

Baby Signs?

I'm thinking of incorporating sign language into my baby storytime. Something where we learn a sign or two a day. Does anyone else already do this? How do you work the signs in?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baby Storytime

Check out my Introduction to Baby Storytime.

Who Do I See? is awesome because it has shiny paper and cutouts and colors. It was a huge hit with the kids and their parents. I'm a really big fan of Basher's work for older kids (titles such as Basher Science: The Periodic Table: Elements with Style!) so I ordered a storytime set of some of his board book titles sight unseen. Shapes is really basic-- the only text is the shape name. I tend to not do such things for storytime, but I do love his quirky style and I had a full set, so why not? It seemed to really appeal to the kids. While the only text was the shape name, we also talked about what color the shape was and different things in the illustrations that were the featured shape.



Rhymes used in Story Time
9/21/2011

Books We Read Today:
Who Do I See? by Salina Yoon
Shapes by Basher

Songs We Sang Today:
“Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

Bye, baby bunting,
Father's gone a-hunting,
Mother's gone a-milking,
Sister's gone a-silking,
Brother's gone to buy a skin
To wrap the baby bunting in.

Five little peas in a pea pod pressed 
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
They grew and they grew  
And they grew and never stopped 
They grew so big that the pea pod POPPED!

On the first line, hold up a fist with fingers hidden. During the second line, slowly extend your fingers out. As the peas keep growing, move your hands further and further apart until arms are extended. End with a large clap on “POPPED!”


Bow wow wow
Whose dog art thou?
Little Tom Tinker’s dog!
Bow wow wow

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

This little train went up the track
Choo Choo and then it came back
The other train went up the track
Choo Choo and then it came back

Run your fingers up baby’s arm, tickling the armpit on “choo choo” and then running back down the arm. Repeat with the other arm.

The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down!

Stand up or lift baby (or just baby’s arms) up and down according to the rhyme

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Baby Storytime

If you haven't yet, read my Introduction to Baby Storytime.

This is my first program that I planned since returning from leave! It was so nice to see my regulars and get back into the groove-- plus lots of new babies. When I ordered books for the next few weeks, I wanted to see which ones I had missed when I was gone. SO! I searched the catalog by call number (E BOARD*) and sorted by year and just ordered the 2011's I wasn't familiar with. The next few weeks I'll be featuring books that resulted from those actions.

Spot's First Shapes is just basic shapes, but it's a touch and feel book! Lots of texture to play with, and, because it's a new book, all my copies aren't manky yet. Touch and feel are so hard to have in the library, because they get gross really quickly, so if you want to use them for storytime, you have to grab 'em early. Busy Barnyard isn't a new book. There's a different busy book (Busy Elephants) that we just got in. I was unfamiliar with the Busy Book series, so I ordered a few different titles. Great photograph illustrations of animals doing various animal things with a simple rhyming text. A fun read with a great excuse to make lots of animal sounds.



Rhymes used in Story Time
9/14/2011

Books We Read Today:
Busy Barnyard by John Schindel and Steven Holt
Spot’s First Shapes Eric Hill

Songs We Sang Today:
Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Five little fingers on this hand (hold up one hand with fingers extended)
Five little fingers on that hand (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (pucker lips and point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny (pretend to pinch cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (wiggle toes with toddler and point to them)
That’s the way the baby grows (stretch arms up over head)

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought ‘twas all in good fun
Pop! Goes the weasel

A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That’s the way the money goes
Pop! Goes the weasel

Bow wow wow
Whose dog art thou?
Little Tom Tinker’s dog!
Bow wow wow

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Spot's First ShapesBounces and Action Rhymes:

This little cow eats grass,
This little cow eats hay.
This little cow drinks water,
This little cow runs away!
And this little cow does nothing, but just lies down all day.
We’ll chase her, we’ll chase her, we’ll chase her away!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little cow, lightly wiggle each finger in turn. When you get to the last cow (and pinkie finger), tickle it and run your fingers up to the top of baby’s shoulder—also fun to do with toes!

These are baby’s fingers
These are baby’s toes
This is baby’s belly button
Round and round it goes!

Lightly touch each body part as it is mentioned. Make a circle or tickle baby on the last line.

Father and Mother and Uncle John
Went to market, one by one.
Father fell off, and Mother fell off,
But Uncle John went on and on and on.

Gently bounce baby for the first two lines. Tilt baby from one side to the other for the third line, bounce baby up and down for the fourth line.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Busy Barnyard (A Busy Book)Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well