Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pajama Storytime: Alligators and Crocodiles

Yeah, yeah, I know you've seen this storytime from me a million times, but I *really* like it! It's so fun!  At my old library, one of the in-home daycare women had seen me do this a million times over the years, but she always got excited when it was Alligator day, because IT'S SO MUCH FUN. (Also, she was great, because she already knew to shout along with "WHAT TIME IS IT MR. CROCODILE?"and how to do the Alligator Chant. She was like an audience plant!) This wasn't the exact order I did things in-- I ended up cutting my first book (I'd Really Like to Eat a Child) because I had a pretty young crowd and rearranged a bunch of stuff on the fly so the flow still worked, but can't remember how I did it.

Where is Thumbkin?

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)

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

Book: What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Doug Cushman

5 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor, the doctor said,
“NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!”
4 Little Monkeys…

Five Little Monkeys swinging from a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator—you can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be
AND SNAPS THAT MONKEY OUT OF THAT TREE
4 little monkeys…

A-L-L-I
(A-L-L-I)
G-A-T-O-R
(G-A-T-O-R)
Alligator! Alligator!
Eat ‘em up, Eat ‘em up!
Alligator! Alligator!
Eat ‘em up, eat ‘em up.

Book: Snip Snap!: What's That? by Mara Bergman, illustrated by Nick Maland

Oh she sailed away on a bright and sunny day
On the back of a crocodile
You see, said she, he’s as tame as tame can be
I’ll ride him down the Nile
Well the croc winked his eye as she waved them all goodbye
Wearing a happy smile
At the end of the ride, the lady was inside
And the smile was the crocodile!

Shout out to King County Library, who has songs and action rhymes on YouTube! We used to sing this song at camp, but I couldn't remember all melody. How did storytime work before the internet?!



Alligator Chant again

Book: Clarabella's Teeth An Vrombault

to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn.

If you're sleepy and you know it, say good night...

If you're sleepy and you know it, start to snore...

If you're sleepy and you know it, do all three...

to the tune of "Bye and bye"
Stars shining number, number 1, number 2, number 3
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 4, number 5, number 6
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 7, number 8, number 9
Good night, say good night
It's time to sleep, and say good night.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

0-2: Animal Noises!


Animal Noises are so fun to make with little kids, so I designed a whole storytime around that!

(to the tune of Happy Birthday)

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

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.

"Flannel Board"-- I don't actually have a flannel board for this (yet), but I found a stack of duck die-cuts in the supply closet, so I just taped them to the flannel board and took them down as we counted down.

5 little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK
But only 4 little ducks came back.

4 little ducks…
Sad mother duck.../and all the five little ducks came back

Book: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

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)

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)

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

Book: Bark, George Jules Feiffer

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)

So, I don't have a CD player at the new library (I'm going to go all high-tech and get some speakers for my phone, so I have more versatility with my storytime playlist, but I don't have them yet.) So, SHOCKINGLY, we just sang it! (Also, I'm thinking of taking up ukulele for storytime purposes-- any thoughts on that? I already play really basic guitar, but it's a bit cumbersome for storytime, I've found.)

Shake shake shake my sillies out
Shake shake shake my sillies out
Shake shake shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

Clap clap clap my crazies out
Jump Jump Jump my jiggles out
Stretch stretch stretch my sleepies out
Shake shake shake my sillies out

(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

Book: Dear Zoo Rod Campbell

Old MacDonald had a farm
E-I-E-I-O
And on that farm he had a cow
E-I-E-I-O

With a “moo moo” here and a “moo moo” there
Here a “moo” there a “moo” every where a “moo moo”
Old MacDonald had a farm
E-I-E-I-O

(repeat with other animals)

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 or tummy 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

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

Friday, September 21, 2012

Flannel Board Friday: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Hey look! It's my first Flannel Board Friday Post! YAY!



Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for the master, one for the dame,
One for the little boy who lives down the lane
Baa Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.



Baa Baa White Sheep, have you any wool?


Baa baa orange sheep, have you any wool?



Baa Baa DISCO sheep, have you any wool?



To make the flannel board, I used a coloring sheet of a sheep as a template and cut out a black sheep. I then cut out only the fleece bits on the coloring sheet and used that as a template on other colors of felt to place on top of the black sheep (so we always see the black sheep's legs and face!)

Disco sheep is a separate fleece piece, cut from black felt, and decorated with glitter puff pant.

When doing it in storytime, the kids will usually only handle about 2-3 colors at a time. When I do it in storytime, I often do it a few times throughout the program, using different colors each time.

Roundup is over at Rain Makes Applesauce!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

0-2 Storytime: Sheep!

New library, new system, new storytimes! The weekday storytime I now do is for 0-2, which is a new age range for me (before I did 0-1 and 1-2 seperately.) A few things have changed-- we don't all read a book together anymore because I have a much bigger programming space and a much bigger turnout. It's also not really a lapsit program anymore. So, it's a lot of rhymes and three easier books. Here's how it went down last week!

(to the tune of Happy Birthday)

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

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.

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)

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.

Book: Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb its fleece as white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went
And everywhere that Mary went that lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play
It made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school.
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb its fleece as white as snow

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)

Book: Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Diaz

Now, this one's bilingual and I do not speak Spanish at all. Luckily, the text has pronunciation RIGHT UNDERNEATH, which is super helpful. Also, before I started the story I asked "who here speaks Spanish? [few hands up] Ok, this book is in Spanish and English, and I don't speak Spanish, so will you please correct me on the Spanish parts? THANKS!" And after I read the Spanish, I'd kinda look at the them and they'd correct me or smile and nod. The Spanish isn't super hard because the text is very simple and reptitivie. Uno oveja blanco/ 1 white sheep. Adios oveja blanco/ Good bye white sheep! Dos ovejas verdes [note-- it might not be verdes-- can't remember which colors go with which sheep and don't have the book in front of me]/ 2 green sheep. Adios ovejas verdes/ Goodbye green sheep! etc. etc. It worked really well.

Flannel Board:

Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for the master, one for the dame, one for the little boy who lives down the lane
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

I'll do a flannel board Friday post on this (hopefully this Friday) but basically, I have a black sheep cut out, and then have different colors of fleece to put on the black sheep, so the legs and face stay black), so we do it a few times with red sheep, white sheep, blue sheep, etc.

(melody: “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…

(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.

This little lambie went to the market,
This little lambie went to the fair.
This little lambie had roast beef,
This little lambie had none,
And this little lambie went “baa baa baa” all the way home!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little lambie, lightly wiggle each finger in turn.

Book: Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by John Butler

Baa Baa Black Sheep (I have A LOT of other fleece colors and they tend to only sit still for 3-4 verses, so I did it twice, using different colors.)

Old MacDonald had a Farm
E-I-E-I-O
And on that farm he had a sheep
E-I-E-I-O
With a "baa baa" here and a "baa baa" there
Here a "baa" there a "baa"
Everywhere a "baa baa"
Old MacDonald had a Farm
E-I-E-I-O

Repeat with a other animals, ending with a tiger, because everyone likes to ROAR. And then you stop and say "Wait a minute! A tiger?! Do tigers live on farms?! What was Old MacDonald THINKING?!"

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 or tummy 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

(To the tune of “Happy Birthday”)

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pajama Time: Asian Food

Well, I'm at a new library system now with all new programs! Every week I'm doing a nighttime "Pajama Time" storytime for all ages. I wear my robe and slippers and the kids are invited to come in their PJs. (Our thought being it's at 6:45, which is enough time to pick up the kids, have dinner and get ready for bed, then come to the library for bedtime stories and get home in time for actual bedtime.) This was the first week and here's what I did!

Opening: Where is Thumbkin

Book: Maggie's Chopsticks by Alan Woo, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

This is a great story about a young girl learning to use her chopsticks and getting conflicting advice from her family members. Each family member thinks Maggie should hold her chopsticks the same was they do, even though each family member has a highly personal style that reflects their personalities. Finally, her father tells her to not listen to any of them and find her own way, which she does.

Song:

to the tune of "Do You Know the Muffin Man?"

Do you know the sushi man, the sushi man, the sushi man?
Do you know the sushi man who makes good maki rolls?

He rolls up yummy things to eat in sticky rice, in sticky rice
He rolls up yummy things to eat, into sticky rice.

Nori holds is all together, all together, all together
Nori holds it all together, to make a maki roll.

Do you know the sushi man, the sushi man, the sushi man?
Do you know the sushi man who makes good maki rolls?

Book: Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee

I love love love this rhyming story about a girl helping her mom make Bee Bim Bop. It is just SO FUN to read! (Hurry Mama hurry/ gotta chop chop chop/ Hungry, very hungry/ for some BEE BIM BOP!)

Rhymes:

Hickory Dickory Dock

Shui Jiao are dumplings
Boiling in the pot
Dunk them in some vinegar
And eat them up!

Book: Happy Belly, Happy Smile by Rachel Isadora

This one was a new title to me, but it's a great story about a boy who eats out with his Grandfather every week at his grandfather's Chinese restaurant.

Jiē tóu xiàng wěi mài yóu tiáo
Mài lái mài qù mài bú diào
Huā lā lā lā lā lā biàn chéng lăo yóu tiáo

Translation: Doughnuts for sale along the streets/All day he couldn’t sell them/Hua la la la la la, they all got stale. From Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu.

Book: Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin

I'm a huge Grace Lin fan and I adore this simple text about a family out for dim sum brunch, couples with Lin's big, vibrant and colorful pictures.

Closing Songs:

to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn.

If you're sleepy and you know it, say good night...

If you're sleepy and you know it, start to snore...

If you're sleepy and you know it, do all three...

to the tune of "Bye and bye"

Stars shining number, number 1, number 2, number 3
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 4, number 5, number 6
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 7, number 8, number 9
Good night, say good night
It's time to sleep, and say good night.