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