Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Babies are Unpredictable

Many libraries don't do their baby storytime as a drop-in program. It's usually a 6- or 12-week session that requires registration. We do ours as a drop-in for one simple reason-- babies are unpredictable. It's hard to guarantee that you'll be able to get them dressed, awake, and out the door at a specific time, let alone a specific time every single week. As a non-registered program, I don't have to save a space for the babies who aren't going to make it one day. I do programs for those who can make it any given Wednesday morning.

My most regular baby attendees make it about half the time.

This is also the most weather-dependent program that we have. I fully understand-- bundling the bambino up, getting him or her into the car, to the library, out of the car and into the library for a 20-minute program and then do it all again in reverse? I'd be likely to stay home on very rainy or snowy mornings, too!

This is all to say... no one came this morning. There was no baby storytime. Ah well. At least I'm super-prepared for next week, right?

And! There will still be programming posts this week because I did 3 different programs last week that I forgot to post.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baby Storytime

If you're new here, check out my Introduction to Baby Storytime.

Today was a day that almost had a theme!

Where Is Baby's Puppy?: A Lift-the-Flap BookBoth books were about pets (so lots of opportunities to make animal sounds) AND had flaps to lift. Plus, CUTE BABY ANIMALS. How can you *not* love that? As always, first book was read after "Hickory Dickory Dock" we sang "Shame My Sillies Out" after "This is the Way the Ladies Ride" and then read the second book.


Rhymes used in Story Time
3/16/2011

Books We Read Today:
Baby Pets! by Dawn Sirett

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

Baby: Pets!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

It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man is snoring
Bumped his head and he went to bed
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.

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

Substitute baby’s name for “baby”.

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:

(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

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 to young, touch each body part while singing.


Trot Trot to Boston
To buy a loaf of bread
Trot Trot home again—
The old trot’s dead!

Bounce in rhythm to the rhyme and collapse on the word “dead”

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


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Book Club: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Sideways Stories from Wayside SchoolToday was the March meeting of my book discussion group for 9-12 year olds.

The month, the kids read Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. I chose it because it's a childhood favorite of mine and really funny. I also thought my kids would appreciate the short chapters (and they did!)

We didn't have any special tie-in for the snack. Instead, there were some delicious looking strawberries on sale at the grocery store this morning so I had those and some cheese popcorn. Only afterwards did I realize that we should have had apples!

Here were the discussion questions:
Did you like the book?

What was your favorite part? (this question ate up most of conversation, as most of them had many favorite parts!)

Mrs. Gorf turned naughty students into apples. Mrs. Jewls wrote their name on the board and then sent them home early on the kindergarten bus. Which punishment would be most likely to make you behave?

Mrs. Jewls makes an ice cream flavor for every kid in the class. If you were an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be?

There were 3 Erics and each Eric had a different nickname, but their nicknames were the OPPOSITE of what they were really like! What would your opposite name be?

This book has been around for awhile, so there are many different editions (brief diversion to explain what that means). Because of this, there are a few different covers. Which cover is the best?


In one of the chapters, Bebe is the "fastest draw" in the class. It takes her 45 seconds to draw a dog, 30 to draw a cat, and 8 to draw a flower. So, I gave everyone 3 sheets of paper and timed them at 45 seconds while they drew a dog, 30 while they did a cat, and 8 for a flower. After each round, we showed each other what they had done in the time limit. It was really fun with a lot of giggles.

There are 2 meetings left before we take our summer break. For April, we're reading NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan

Earthquakes (True Books)My JapanNational Geographic Countries of the World: JapanJapan (Enchantment of the World. Second Series)



The Big WaveMost libraries have a place for displays. Most of our display space is reserved for new books. The rest is for seasonal displays-- upcoming holidays, popular current report topics, etc. They're there to make the books people are looking for easier to find. It also helps when your books on a topic span a few different Dewey ranges.

Volcano & Earthquake (DK Eyewitness Books)Right now, we have 3 seasonal displays competing for limited space-- St. Patrick's Day, Women's History, and Spring.

This morning my coworker and I shifted and consolidated these diplays to open up the majority of our space where we then put up our books about Japan, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

By mid-afternoon, the vast majority of them had been taken.

Nobody asked me for books on these topics, but because the display was there, they were found and taken.

Japan in Colors (A+ Books)Luckily, I had more to put out.

My heart aches for Japan, as I'm sure yours does. There's a sense of helplessness in the face of such destruction and devastation. Kids feel sense this, too and they want information-- what is this country like? What causes earthquakes? What is a tsunami?

Next month we're having our second annual Cherry Blossom Festival program. I'm still in the planning stages, but we have to talk the quake and tsunami. I can't just ignore it (nor do I really want to, although it makes the program more serious that I was planning.) I want to find a way to work something in with disaster relief-- something the kids can do to help. I don't know what, but if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.

The pictures are some of the books that are (or were) on my display.

Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters: A Nonfiction Companion to High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House Research Guide #15)Plate Tectonics (Great Ideas of Science)K is for Kabuki: A Japan Alphabet (Discover the World)

Japan (Cultures of the World)

Baby Storytime

Begin Smart Bouncy BabyIf you're new, please check out my Introduction to Baby Storytime post!

I love Bouncy Baby because it has flaps to lift and fun repetitive words. I can't explain, what, exactly, I love so much about Good Night, Poppy and Max, but it's one of my favorites. We read it after "Hickory Dickory Dock" and Bouncy Baby after "This is the way the ladies ride."


Rhymes used in Story Time
3/9/2011

Good Night, Poppy and Max: A Bedtime Counting BookBooks We Read Today:
Good Night, Poppy and Max by Lindsey Gardiner

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:

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

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.

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

Dance, little baby, dance up high!
Never mind baby, mother is by.
Crow and caper, caper and crow,
There, little baby, there you go!
Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,
Backwards and forwards, round and round;
Dance little baby and mother will sing,
With the merry coral, ding, ding, ding!

You can stand and dance with the baby, following the actions of the rhymes, or sit and use baby’s arms to reach to the ceiling and down to the ground as the rhyme calls for. Ending with a tickle on the “ding, ding, ding” is sure to get a smile!

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

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.

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


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Preschool Storytime: Bathtime

If you're new here, you might want to check you my introduction to preschool storytime.

The Fish Is Me!: Bathtime RhymesThis one worked a little differently than the usual plan, because I wanted to do several rhymes from The Fish Is Me!: Bathtime Rhymes which were selected by Neil Philip and illustrated by Claire Henley. As this is a collection of poems, it doesn't work well to just read the book, but a one here and one there is a fun way to introduce poetry to storytime!

So, here's how it went down:

Introduction and Announcements

Welcome Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly SongsFirst Song: "Take Me Out of the Bathtub" from Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz, illustrated by David Catrow

Captain Bob Sets SailRead: Captain Bob Sets Sail by Roni Schotter, illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Read: "Trouble Bubble Bath" from The Fish is Me

Action Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock

Read: "Water Everywhere" from The Fish is Me

Bubble Bath PiratesRead: Bubble Bath Pirates written and illustrated by Jarret J. Krosoczka

Song: "This is the way we wash our hair" which is the same melody as "This is the way we wash our clothes" but we wash our hair or other body parts "ear-lie in the morning." and of course, we act it out!

This is the way we wash our hair, wash our hair, wash our hair
This is the way we wash our hair,
Earl-ie in the morning

This is the way we wash our arms...

This is the way we scrub our backs...

This is the way we wash our knees...

This is the way we scrub our feet...

Don't forget behind your ears....


You can make it as long or as short as you want and do various body parts as the mood strikes or depending on how the kids are reacting.

Read: "If I Were a Fish" from The Fish is Me

Song: Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

Read: "Miss Susie had a Baby" from The Fish is Me

Bubbles, BubblesRead: Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

Read: "After a Bath" from The Fish is Me

Goodbye Song "Coming Around the Mountain"

Goodbye and Announcement repeat and invitation to CHECK OUT BOOKS!

Some of the other books I had on display for the kids to check out were...

Casey in the Bath by Cynthia deFelice, illustrated by Chris L. Demarest
I Can Take a Bath by Shigeo Watanabe, illustrated by Yasuo Ohtomo
Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood (I usually do this as part of bathtime storytime, especially because the library has it in big book format so everyone can really see the pictures, but I just did it last month, so I didn't want to do it again!)
Eloise Takes A Bawth by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight