Thursday, January 26, 2012

Preschool Story Time: Concept Fish

Introduction to Preschool Story Time

Sometimes I get a little crazy with my concepts. Usually this happens when I choose a broad topic and realize that most of my books fit into an odd subtopic. Like Counting Ducks. Or today's theme of Concept Fish!

I was going to do fish, because I wanted to read a favorite I haven't done in awhile (Blue Sea) But after I pulled the rest of my titles, I had a story time of concept books about fish.

For those who don't know, concept books are books that cover basic, um, concepts-- like counting, colors, the alphabet, etc.

Hello and Welcome

Action Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin?


Story: Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Bright colors, rhyming text, and counting. I always make the kids count with me. I often introduce a counting story by saying "Are you guys good counters? Because this book has A LOT of counting in it. Will you do me a HUGE FAVOR and help me with the counting bits?" There are fish eye cut-outs in this book that are pretty cool, but aren't really noticeable in the story time setting. Hopefully some of the kids will check it out and discover it at home!

Action Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock

Story: Blue Sea by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews. This book's concept is relative size. Little fish, big fish, bigger fish, biggest fish. The text is simple and sparse, but the drama of "Big fish, swim little fish!" is really fun. Although it didn't happen this morning, this is the first book a group ever asked me to read again as soon as I finished it. We read it 3 times in a row that day.

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Story: The Deep Blue Sea: A Book of Colors written by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Bruce Wood. This is computer generated art that I don't usually associate with Wood, but the big, bright and simple pictures really work with the repetitive text and introducing each color. I like that the text builds (Deep blue sea/ a red rock in the middle of a deep blue sea/ a green tree on a red rock in the middle of the deep blue sea. etc) because as the kids catch on, they can start reciting it with you.


Action Rhyme: (and funny story)

So... I was going to do Five Little Fishes:


Five little fishes swimming in the sea (make swimming motions with your hands)
The first one said, “I’m as blue as can be” (make a sad face)
The second one said, “Let’s dive down deep” (make a diving motion with hands together)
The third one said, “You don’t have to weep” (make a crying motion with hands on face)
The fourth one said, “Be happy and free” (make a happy face)
The fifth one said, “Be friends with me” (point to baby and yourself)
And friends they were and friends they will stay
As the five little fishes swam away (make swimming motions with your hands)

BUT! When I opened my mouth, 5 Green and Speckled Frogs came out. So... we went with that one.

Splash! written and illustrated by Ann Jonas I like that this is a counting book that doesn't give the answers. It works really well as a story problem math book for older grades, but I love using it for story time. So, a girl has a pond with 4 gold fish, 2 catfish, a turtle, 3 frogs, a dog, and a cat. The fish are always in the pond, frogs jump in an out, she falls in at one point. Every page says who jumps in, who jumps out, and sometimes extra information, and ends "how many are in my pond?" And we count to see! I always do the math quickly in my head, because sometimes the fish are hiding and they're easy to miss!

She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain




















Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Storytime

Introduction to Baby Story Time.

Nothing like your first morning back from ALA and diving into a story time while an impromptu class visit goes on as well! Good thing I came back professionally energized and excited (although personally exhausted.)

Perfect Piggies! because everything Sandra Boynton does makes me happy. There is a song to this one that I don't use because it repeats sections in a way the book doesn't, which is hard for the story time setting. I do, however, tell my parents about it we did have one check out Rhinoceros Tap so she could use it at home. I just make up my own melody for the "Ba-DOO-bah DOINK DOINK SNUFFLE-dee-DAH!" bits and it works well.

A Little Puppy is just adorable. PUPPIES! I think it works well with a longer book like Perfect Piggies because it's very simple and short.

Rhymes used in Story Time
1/25/2012

Books We Read Today:
A Little Puppy Jane Feder
Perfect Piggies Sandra Boynton

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:

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Tapping at the window and crying through the lock,
Are all the children in their beds, it's past eight o'clock?

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a rail;
Niddle, naddle, went his head,
Wiggle, waggle, went his tail.

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

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

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)

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)

(to the tune of: “Wheels on the Bus”)

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet
Go stamp, stamp, stamp…
I can make my legs
Go hop, hop, hop…

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, January 18, 2012

Book Club

This month's book was The Cat on the Mat Is Flat, written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton. There are 9 short, silly, rhyming stories with such titles as "Plinky Plonky and the Shonky, Wonky, Bonky Donkey."

A lot of it reads and looks like an early reader, but with 9 stories together, it's almost 200 pages long.

Here are the questions we discussed:

1. Did you like the book? Why?

2. What was your favorite or least favorite story? Why?

3. The rhyming text, the illustrations, the silliness, and the fact that there aren't a lot of words on each page makes this look like it's a book for little kids. What about this book makes it actually for big kids?

We then wrote our own silly stories along the lines of the ones in the book and shared them. Here's mine (it's gross):

There once was a girl named Dot
Who coughed and coughed a lot.
All her coughs were full of snot
And with her sister she fought and fought
So onto her sister she coughed all that snot!
Then her sister was all green.
She was greener than a bean
And covered in snot, she felt really mean.
But at least Dot no longer coughed a lot
Because her sister wore all her snot.

Here's something interesting I discovered-- the girls LOVED this. None of my boys came, so it was all girls. The zaniness of the book makes it seem like a "boy book" but the girls thought it was GREAT and kept giggling and reading their favorite stories out loud to each other. They also really enjoyed my disgusting snot story.

We also had a really good conversation about why the book was for older kids-- most pointed out the length. Other reasons were that some of the words were too hard for little kids and that the silliness was aimed at older kids-- little kids wouldn't get it the same way. And one said that it was a book that was aimed at older kids, but little kids would like it too and they could read it together.

Next month we're reading the Geronimo Stilton book All Because of a Cup of Coffee.

Baby Story Time

If you have no idea what's going on here, check out my Introduction to Baby Story Time.

Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos is sadly out of print, but a fun rhyming text about cranky hippos doing the same things a cranky toddler might do.

Big Fat Hen is an illustrated version of the classic rhyme 1, 2 buckle my shoe with lots of zany chicks and beautifully patterned and colored hens.


Rhymes used in Story Time
1/18/2012

Books We Read Today:
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos by Jane Yolen

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:

Cock-a-doodle doo!
Baby’s lost his shoe!
Baby has looked everywhere
And knows not what to do!

Cock-a-doodle doo!
Baby’s found his shoe!
Baby’s put it on again,
Sing doodle-doodle-doo!

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, Nose!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, Toes!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, Up Baby Goes!

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)


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)

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)

(to the tune of: “Wheels on the Bus”)

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet
Go stamp, stamp, stamp…
I can make my legs
Go hop, hop, hop…

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, January 11, 2012

Toddler Story Time

Every week, after the Baby Story Time, we do one for 12-23 months. I haven't blogged about it because it's not my story time, but my coworker is on vacation, so I got to do it today. My approach for this age group is similar to babies, but ALL ACTION ALL THE TIME. We tend to have some energetic kids who like to wander so ALL ACTION ALL THE TIME keeps them focused on what we're doing. They also nap really well afterwards. :)

I used the same books that I did for the earlier program. There is also some rhyme overlap. It was a lot of fun-- I used to do this age group every week and I had forgotten how much fun it is and what a different atmosphere and dynamic it is, even though the two programs were so similar.

I love Global Babies. It's a simple and sweet text with large, colorful photos of babies from all over the world. Babies LOVE looking at other babies, so it's always a winner.

Moo Baa La La La is a Sandra Boynton classic with lots of animal noises. We're also lucky enough to have this in lap-book sized board book, which the kids love. Also, one of the story time moms (who knows my love for all things Boynton) showed me the book app for this book and it's really great and a lot of fun.)



Rhymes used in Story Time
1/11/2012

Books We Read Today:
Moo Baa La La La Sandra Boynton
Global Babies

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

Rhymes We Said Today:

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping! 
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

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

Down by the station, early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies all a row
See the station master pull the little handle
Puff! Puff! Toot! Toot! Off they go!


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)

(to the tune of: “Wheels on the Bus”)

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet
Go stamp, stamp, stamp…
I can make my legs
Go hop, hop, hop…

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.

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.

(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

Introduction to Baby Story Time for those who haven't read it.

Today features some new-to-me rhymes that I learned off the blog  Librarian Lisa's Storytimes.

I love Global Babies. It's a simple and sweet text with large, colorful photos of babies from all over the world. Babies LOVE looking at other babies, so it's always a winner.

Moo Baa La La La is a Sandra Boynton classic with lots of animal noises. We're also lucky enough to have this in lap-book sized board book, which the kids love. Also, one of the story time moms (who knows my love for all things Boynton) showed me the book app for this book and it's really great and a lot of fun.)

Rhymes used in Story Time
1/11/2012

Books We Read Today:
Moo Baa La La La Sandra Boynton
Global Babies

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

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, Nose!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, Toes!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, Up Baby Goes!

Diddle Diddle Dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his britches on
One shoe off and one shoe on
Diddle Diddle Dumpling, my son John

Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo,
Acka backa soda cracker, I love you! (kiss baby's head)
Acka backa soda cracker, acka backa boo,
Acka backa soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby up)

(to the tune of What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor)

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: “Wheels on the Bus”)

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet
Go stamp, stamp, stamp…
I can make my legs
Go hop, hop, hop…

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.

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