Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Storytime

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

The hardest part of storytime today is the fact that they're doing landscaping this morning. Landscaping RIGHT OUTSIDE THE STORYTIME ROOM. Now, with babies, I lucked out. I had to be loud enough to be heard over the woodchipper, but the babies are young enough that they don't (yet) glue themselves to the window in order to watch the woodchipper.

Here's the thing-- no matter how awesome you are at storytime, you will never be able to compete with a woodchipper or riding lawnmower. Just like how, on career day, you can't compete with the fireman. Or, in my area, the horse trainer and astronaut.

Anyway, our first book was How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? I like that the board books are shorter than the regular book instead of just being board versions of the regular books-- they're more age appropriate. Also, this series is super didactic, but not in an annoying way. All lessons are easier to swallow when they include dinosaurs who have human parents and friends.

Our second book was a classic, It Looked Like Spilt Milk. I love the simple white shapes on the blue background-- it's also very good for young babies-- they don't see too well yet. It's a little long, but there's a reason it's still around.

Rhymes used in Story Time
5/25/2011

Books We Read Today:
How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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)

Way up high in the apple tree,     (both arms in the air)
Two red apples did I see.   (both hands in fists in air)
I shook that tree as hard as I could,  (shake all over)
And down came the apples –    (fists fall down to floor)
Mmm, they were good!   (rub stomach – yummy motion)

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)

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?Bounces and Action Rhymes:

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.

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.

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!

It Looked Like Spilt Milk By Charles G. ShawPatty 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, May 18, 2011

Baby Story Time!

If you're new here, check out my Intro to Baby Story Time. Things will make a bit more sense.

First book today was Where Does Maisy Live?. We read it after 'Hickory Dickory Dock' I love it because it's lift the flap! And it has animal sounds! Also, I just love Maisy. Bright bold pictures on a white background are perfect for babies. Also, there's something a little... odd... about many of the Maisy books. Like in Count with Maisy you count 10 fleas on an elephant. 10 fleas!

Our second book was Grandpa and Me which we did after Shake My Sillies Out, which we did after 'This is the way the ladies ride'. This one also combines two of my favorite things-- lifting flaps and pizza! Yummy.



Rhymes used in Story Time
5/18/2011

Books We Read Today:
Where Does Maisy Live? by Lucy Cousins
Grandpa and Me by Karen Katz

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:

Hey diddle diddle!
The cat played the fiddle
And the cow jumped over the moon!
The little dog laughed to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Shoe the little horse.
Shoe the little mare.
But let the little colt run bare, bare, bare!

Pat baby’s feet in rhythm.

It’s raining it’s pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He 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”.

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)

Where Does Maisy Live?Bounces and Action Rhymes:

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.

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.

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.

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!

Grandpa and Me: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Lift-The-Flap Book (Little Simon))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, May 17, 2011

Book Club

Today was the final meeting of our book club! *sniff sniff*

We take the summer off, so we'll start up again in September.

Doctor Proctor's Fart PowderI had been planning on having them read one of the Scientists in the Field books (they'd all read a different one and tell us about "their" scientist and project. BUT! The day before it was time to get extra copies in from other branches, Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder arrived in paperback, which means I could get enough copies. Now, I had already read (and loved) this silly lovely book, so I asked the kids "Do you want to read a short book with lots of cool pictures about a real person, or a book called Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder? And they all said "FART POWDER!"

So... that's what we read.

We talked a little about books in translation (this was originally published in Norwegian) and how Jo Nesbo's other books are for adults and contain a lot of bloody murders.

We talked about our favorite parts and the funniest bits.

And, as this was our last meeting, we talked a bit about summer reading and which book we had read was their favorite (many votes for Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder and NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society. Other books that got votes were Regarding the Fountain and Drita, My Homegirl)

Most importantly though, we ate a lot of pizza. Om nom nom. PIZZA.

They asked for a pizza party at our first meeting and I told them that if they read every book this year and finished it, then they'd have pizza at our final meeting. Not everyone finished every book, but I know they at least made a decent effort and so we chowed down. Om nom nom.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Baby Storytime

If you're new, first check out this introductory post to Baby Story Time.

I'm going on maternity leave in about a month, so I'm using that as an excuse to pull out some of my top favorite story time books. Doggies is such a fun one to do. So much barking! Plus, counting. You can stretch this one out by adding a lot of interactivity and really getting into the counting, but I just bark bark bark. Freight Train is a classic. It's simple and I love the mix of bright and dark colors. Also the Freight Train app is pretty fun, if you're into that sort of thing.


Rhymes used in Story Time
5/11/2011

Books We Read Today:
Doggies by Sandra Boynton
Freight Train by Donald Crews

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

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

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

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!

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)

Doggies (Boynton Board Books (Simon & Schuster))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.

We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road.
We’re going down a smooth road, a smooth road now.
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road.
We’re going down a bumpy road, a bumpy road now.
We’re going down a rough road, a rough road, a rough road.
We’re going down a rough road, UH OH! POTHOLE!

Rock the baby side to side when we’re going down a smooth road. Bounce baby gently when we going down a bumpy road. Bounce baby vigorously when going down a bumpy road. Gently drop baby between your knees or lift baby high in the air when you hit the pothole!

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!

Freight Train Board Book (Caldecott Collection)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, May 3, 2011

NERDS

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book One)For April's book club, we read NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

This is a funny one that I thought the kids would really like. And while they did enjoy it, they all complained that it was TOO LONG and some had a hard time finishing. :(

That didn't stop our discussion from being AWESOME though.

Here were the questions I used:

What was your favorite part?

Who was your favorite character? (This was interesting as everyone had a different one!)

***What's the thing that other kids make fun of your for? How would you turn that into a super power?

We spent SO.MUCH.TIME. on this question. It was getting them to admit weakness in front of their peers, so I answered first. I said that I read a lot and when I was in elementary school, I'd even read at recess, sitting up against the wall and kids would make fun of my for reading so much (I didn't tell them that I had reading friends and we'd sit in a row, which made us less of a target. And that we didn't do it EVERY recess.)

They really got into not only talking about what they get mocked for, but also ways they would make it awesome. What made this discussion really cool was that they would build on each other's ideas for how their weaknesses could be used as spy technology.


If you got these super-powers, what would your NERDS nickname be? (They also had a lot of fun with this one.)

I was GOING to ask them similar questions about their super villain names and evil plots, but we ran out of time.

Here's a good reading guide for more ideas!