Thursday, April 14, 2011

Preschool Storytime

RainWell, we've done some re-vamping of our Thursday morning storytimes. Instead of doing 3 programs aimed at 2-5 year olds, we're doing 1 for 2-3s and 2 for 3-5s. We're not carding at the door or anything, but the programs will be slightly different.

So, now I'm doing the 2-3s every few weeks. This is slightly different than a regular preschool storytime because the stories are shorter and you need to do more action rhymes and songs.

Splish, Splash, SpringToday's theme was Rain.

Welcome and Introduction

Where is Thumbkin?

Rainby Manya Stojic
I love the bright colors and African plains animals in the is one. It's also a great book about wanting it to rain and works the senses in really well.

Rain PlayHickory Dickory Dock

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (I do the climbing actions just by cupping my hands which is easier for those without the finest of motor skills)

Splish, Splash, Spring by Jan Carr, illustrated by Dorothy Donohue
I love the paper-cut out illustrations.

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

Big Rain ComingRain is falling:

Rain is falling down. SPLASH! (Wiggle fingers down to look like rain, slap both thighs on "Splash")
Rain is failling down. SPLASH!
Pitter patter pitter patter (alternatingly slap thighs)
Pitter patter pitter patter
Sun is peeking out. Peek (cover face with hands and peek-a-book on "peek")
Sun is peeking out. Peek.
Peeking here, peeking there
Sun is peeking out. Peek!

In the Rain with Baby DuckRain Play by Cynthia Cotten, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Another one with great paper cut out illustrations. How can you not love Javaka Steptoe?

Rain on the green grass (rub the ground)
Rain on the sea (make rolling wave motions with hands)
Rain on the house-top (make a roof over your head with hands)
But not on me! (shake head)

Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)Then we made a rainstorm-- have everyone rub their hands together, then snap their fingers, then slap their thighs, then slap thighs AND stomp their feet. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Then we stop stomping, then we go back to snapping, then we rub our hands together and then all is quiet and the sun comes out!

Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
I love the pattern in these illustrations as people and animals wait and wait for the rain they need. It also goes through the days of the week.

The Rain StomperRain Rain Go Away

She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain

Here are some of the books that I didn't read, but had on display:
In the Rain with Baby Duck by Amy Hest
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
The Rain Stomper  by Addie Boswell
Come On, RainCome On, Rain by Karen Hesse
Rain by Marion Dane Bauer
Splish! Splash!: A Book About Rain by Josepha Sherman
Who Likes the Rain? by Etta Kaner

When it comes to rain, the book I miss the most is The Aunts Go Marching by Maurie J. Manning. It's long, but it's a song and even young kids catch on quickly. PLUS, they love to yell the BOOM!s when it thunders. And I sing it really fast as they're running home from the rain. But, alas, it is out of print and my last copy is falling apart something horrible. :(

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Family Storytime

Today I switched shifts with a co-worker, so I wasn't here to do baby storytime. BUT! I was here to do Family Storytime. As Wednesday nights are never part of my regular schedule, I very rarely get to do this storytime which is for kids ages 2-9. That's quite an age range, so it's hard to prep! Luckily every time I've done this one, it's a bit last minute so someone else has already prepped it.

Here's how it went!

Welcome and Introduction

Where is Thumbkin?

From Sheep to Sweater (Start to Finish)Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Westcott
This is fun because it follows the sheep-to-sweater arc, with good rhyme (often in the middle of a sentence, but done well) and a silly ending.

Hickory Dickory Dock

From Sheep to Sweater by Robin Nelson
This is a nice way to work nonfiction in. It's a small book, so it won't work for large crowds or big rooms, but it followed up Farmer Brown Shears his Sheep nicely, filling in more detail about what was going on.

Where Is the Green Sheep? (Horn Book Fanfare List (Awards))Shake My Sillies Out

Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Very silly. The kids quickly caught on to the refrain of "But where is the green sheep?" and recited it along with me. Very fun.

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Sheep in a Jeep Lap-Sized Board BookI have a flannel board with a black sheep. Then he gets a red fleece coat (his head and legs stay the same) so we sing Baa Baa Red Sheep. I have lots of colors, including "stripey" and "spotty"

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple
Silly and short and very fun to read.

Comin' Round the Mountain

I had other stories about sheep and nonfiction books about sheep on display for people to check out, as well as extra copies of the books I read. It went well and we had a good time.

It's hard to fill in for a familiar librarian. Even though I've worked here for over 5 years, most of the Wednesday night crowd has NO IDEA who I am, so I was a bit nervous.

Also, in heart-warming news, my baby storytime moms were very worried about me this morning! They kept asking my co-worker if I was alright because I wasn't there! She had to reassure them many times that I was fine and doing her a favor by switching shifts and I'd be in later.

Preschool Storytime: Ducks!

Love-a-DuckA few weeks ago was my week to do preschool storytime. I had everything ready to go with a fun, if odd, theme of RUBBER DUCKS!

Super DuckThen my supervisor got pulled into a last minute meeting and asked me to cover his storytime. He already had his books ready to go and his theme was DUCKS! (Of the real variety.)

I didn't really change anything in between storytimes except which books got read. Here's how it went down:

Welcome to Storytime and Announcements

Baby Duck's New FriendWhere is Thumbkin?

Duck on a BikeBaby Duck's New Friend by Devin Asch and Frank Asch/ Super Duck by Jez Alborough

Hickory Dickory Dock

Five Little Ducks (We just sang it without Raffi's help, but with actions)

Do Like a Duck Does!Love-a-Duck by Alan James Brown/ Do Like a Duck Does! by Judy Hindley

10 Little Rubber DucksShake My Sillies Out (this time with Raffi's help)

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle/ Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Comin' Round the Mountain


We only did three stories because Baby Duck's New Friend is kinda long.

Unfortunately, I did these storytimes awhile ago, so I can't remember which books I had out for extra display. Eep!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baby Storytime

If you're new around here, my Introduction to Baby Storytime will make this post make more sense.

This is the storytime that I prepped that no one showed up for. Even though my hand-outs all said 3/30, they were handed out on 4/6. That may be a little confusing, but I had already printed them out and didn't want to change the date and reprint them-- too much wasted paper.

Ollie the Stomper (Gossie & Friends)Ollie the Stomper is a picture-book-turned-board-book. It has an actual plot! It's a little longer than most board books, but there's still a very low text-to-page spread ratio and I think it works well, especailly if you stomp your feet every time Ollie does. We read it after "Hickory Dickory Dock."

Look at Baby's House is much shorter and highlights common daily activities. Babies really respond to the chunky black-and-white illustrations. (This is because their eyes aren't totally developed yet.) Personally, I like how the bright aqua accents the illustrations. Not sure the babies appreciate it the same way, but I do! We read it after we sang "Shake My Sillies Out" which happens after "This is the Way the Ladies Ride."

Rhymes used in Story Time

Books We Read Today:
Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea
Look at Baby’s House! By Peter Linenthal

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

Look at Baby's House
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:

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

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!

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

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

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:

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