Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 2/9

Since our summer session of “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance” was so successful, I started doing a monthly event in 2015.

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The Plan

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Book
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
I went back to the very first book for this storytime. I love Eric Carle’s From Head to Toe because of its interactivity, its simple text and language, and the excellent pictures. And I felt like I was almost doing a reboot for the whole group.

Props
Shaker Eggs!
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Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Sunny Day — Elizabeth Mitchell
The Tempo Marches On — Jim Gill
Dance, Freeze, Melt — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
Wiggle Your Lah-De-Da — Ralph Covert
Under the Sea — Georgiana Stewart
Bounce Your Baby — Caspar Babypants
Fruit Salad Salsa — Laurie Berkner
Boom Boom — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

They loved “Sunny Day” as a stretching activity to start off our crazy dancing. This was my first time using two props and it went so well; I was so, so happy! Their favorite song for the day was definitely Jim Gill’s “The Tempo Marches On”, although “Boom Boom” was a great ending song, too.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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Toddlers: Spring Animals

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

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Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield & Ant Parker***
Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks**
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox*

Early Literacy Tip
Even little rhymes present knowledge about our world. “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly” tells the story of a butterfly flying in the spring sky, just as real butterflies do.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Anna and the Cupcakes (Bari Koral Family Rock Band)***

Featured Track: #9 Butterfly***

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Sheep”***

Puppet: “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”***

Props: Butterfly Props (during featured track)***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Everyone Can March**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Roly, Poly**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Tick, Tock***

How It Went

Tuesday morning
I used “Counting Ovejas” as a parent tip/lesson today. We skipped pages and I reminded parents that we don’t always have to count to ten since a toddler often can’t wait that long in a book. We counted five sheep. Everyone did well with the props, but I did have one child whack his mom, so she took his prop from him.

Thursday morning (9:30)
“Ten Little Sheep” on the flannelboard pulled two of my wanderers back into storytime. This class was utterly delighted to visit my butterfly puppet with their butterfly props for butterfly kisses. “Charlie Chick” is a magic book and I will never give it up. Both “Tick, Tock” and “This Is Big, Big, Big” brought kids back in from the edges of the room.

Thursday morning (10:30)
We had a sudden downpour in the middle of the storytime; loud enough for some of the toddlers to become startled. I led them in a spontaneous rendition of “Rain Is Falling Down” to help calm their nerves. One of my toddlers stood in the middle of the rug during our opening song and modeled all the actions for the other kids.

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Discovery!: Building

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Another station activity for this week’s Discovery!. I decided to take the time to focus on building/engineering. I was really excited for this event since we have so many wonderful building kits and equipment at the library.

(We’re in the process of developing circulating kits, so I was able to use the materials from these kits for this program.)

I put out the following materials: Legos, Duplos, Megablocks, wooden blocks, Castlelogix, Jenga, Gears Gears Gears!, Goldieblocks, playing cards, clay (ModelMagic), Tangrams, and a paper/pencil station.

While the kids loved lots of different parts of this program, my favorite part was reading “Dreaming Up” by to them. “Dreaming Up” is one of the Monarch nominees (our state’s K-3rd award) and I had the pleasure of serving on the committee. It was really exciting to share one of our choices with the kids.

I had a lot of great feedback from this event. Several of my kids picked a station and stayed there for most of the time. One little boy spent his time mastering the Gears Gears Gears station. Another family spent their time at the pencil/paper station and drew house plans and cotton candy factories. But the biggest hit was the Lego station. One parent remarked that if the library had an all-day Lego program that the kids would never leave!

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Flannel Friday: A-P-P-L-E

I hope you’re ready to start thinking school time. (We’re almost near the end of summer reading, I promise!)

Today’s “BINGO” spin-off came from Erin at Falling Flannelboards!

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“A-P-P-L-E” (Tune: BINGO)
I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E
And apple is its name-o.

[As the song goes on…]

I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E, Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E, Crunch-Crunch-Crunch-L-E
And apple is its name-o.

Erin has a template available to download on her site. I simply used her template and laminated the pieces. I used this song in my toddler apple storytimes from last fall.


Lisa is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

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Families: Birds

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

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Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker*
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard*
I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen
Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins*

Early Literacy Tip

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Elizabeth Mitchell’s “You Are My Little Bird”*

Featured Track: #4 Little Bird, Little Bird*

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”*

Flannelboard: “Five Little Birds”*

Prop: Bird Sticks*

Puppets: “Two Little Blackbirds”*

Repeating Extension Activities

I had four back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I rarely used them, but here they are:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Thumbkin*

How It Went

I have the sweetest story ever to share. A young lady got a wishing ball from her grandmother for her birthday. Her grandma told her that she had three wishes with it. Her first wish? That grandpa would take her to storytime next week. AWWWW. “Grumpy Bird” was the most successful book and the most fun, but using the bird sticks (a paper bird attached to a popsicle stick) during “Peck, Peck, Peck” was a great prop idea for this crowd.

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Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 1/19

Since our summer session of “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance” was so successful, I started doing a monthly event in 2015.

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The Plan

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Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Have you ever seen a more wonderful thing that a group of children jumping around pretending to get a bug out of their shirts? The answer is probably no, in case you were confused. This was a great title to read after re-launching a monthly Shake, Shimmy after the success of the summer programs. (This is the hard part of youth librarianship — fall programs are due so early — July for us! — that you can’t tell if a program is successful enough to warrant a repeat in the fall.)

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump, Jump — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
The Goldfish — Laurie Berkner Band
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
Get the Sillies Out — Yo Gabba Gabba
Dance Around — Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World)
Milkshake — Old Town School of Folk Music
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

For the re-launch, I used some of the best songs from the summer. What I didn’t factor in was that I wouldn’t have as many preschool/kindergarten kids during the school year than I did during the summertime. This was a longer playlist than my group really could handle. I wound up skipping “Get the Sillies Out” and brought out shakers for “Dance Around”.

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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Toddler: Nursery Rhymes

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

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1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines**
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker*
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear by Steve Scott*
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera***

Early Literacy Tip
When you give your children positive reinforcement by clapping or telling them that they did a great job, you are encouraging them to act both independently and cooperatively.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Sing a Song of Wiggles***

Featured Track: #25 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring****

Flannelboard: “Humpty Dumpty”**

Flannelboard: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”*

Prop: “Baa Baa Black Sheep”***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Open, Shut Them**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Thumbkin**
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom***

How It Went

Tuesday morning
We lulled the toddler into serenity with our singing during “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and I asked parents/caregivers to remember this the next time they needed to calm their kiddos. It’s week three for this group and we’ve finally hit our stride. “Mary Had a Little Lamb” has many verses; I just sang the first one on the flannel.

Thursday morning (9:30)
This group was a bit riled up by a new classmate who had a hard time transitioning. He wound up only staying for the first ten minutes, but ten minutes is better than no minutes in storytime! One of my toddlers from last session (whose caregiver was very concerned about his lack of sitting still) has grown up so much — he sat for all of our books today! And every child pulled Humpty off of the flannelboard!

Thursday morning (10:30)
We read three books in toddler storytime today! Nursery rhymes are great soothers for rhythm and cadence. One of my toddlers shouted “AGAIN!” after “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”, so the group obliged! Some of my parents got tripped up during “1, 2, Buckle My Shoe” because of the “open the gate” line instead of the more traditional “lay them straight”. And another group full of Humpty success — everyone pulled him down off his wall!

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Flannel Friday: Baby Animals

A long, long, long, long, LONG ago clip art flannelboard from Melissa at Mel’s Desk!

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Sadly, these adorable clip-art animals are no longer available in Microsoft Office. :(

Melissa has SO MANY IDEAS at her post. I went with the simplest one and the kids helped “guide” me to the right pair in babies storytime.


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Families: Hats, Mittens, & Scarves

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

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Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney**
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Red Hat by Lita Judge
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kushkin*

Early Literacy Tip

It is difficult for children to isolate finger movement. However, it is necessary for holding a pen or pencil to write. That’s why we practice finger plays and rhymes!

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Carole Peterson Stephens’s “H.U.M. Highly Useful Music Kids Can Sing”*

Featured Track: #2 The Mitten Song*

Flannelboard: “Froggy Gets Dressed”*

Flannelboard: “FIve Little Snowmen”*

Prop Song: “Boots, Jacket, Scarf, & Hat”*
(I brought all my winter wear in and put it on prior to singing the song with the kids. It was one of those days in the library when the heat was on full-blast. Yikes, I was warm!)

Repeating Extension Activities

I had four back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I rarely used them, but here they are:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

Everyone laughed so hard when I was getting dressed in my winter wear. One of my little girls was very upset when I was matching the snowmen’s scarves and doing it wrong on purpose. “Little Owl’s Scarf” was a great success and a book that I was glad worked so well in storytime. And as always, there were huge laughs during “Froggy Gets Dressed”!

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Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/31

For the first time in our library’s history, we ran our own summer reading program — Make Some Noise! What better opportunity to do a bi-weekly music and movement dance party? This program was advertised for ages 0-7 and their families.

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The Plan

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Book
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle
This book is a celebration where a little boy gets his whole neighborhood to dance with him. To me, it felt like a giant celebration of the success of “Shake Shimmy” this whole summer. The kids really enjoyed their last chance to dance around with me and this book just embodied that joy.

Props
Parachute! (WARNING: Measure your room before you buy a chute!! This one just fits in our large meeting space, but I almost bought the next size up based on the handles…)

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Fee Fi Fo Fum — Ralph Covert
List of Dances — Jim Gill
Dance, Freeze, Melt — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
Sunny Day — Elizabeth Mitchell
Hot Poppin’ Popcorn — The Wiggles
Parachute Bop — Michael Plunkett
Ring Around the Rosie — Caspar Babypants
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

And with my very last session, I dropped the ball. I have absolutely no notes! I chose to end with the parachute since it was my absolute FAVORITE prop from the whole summer. And I think every song here is one that I’ve used before. Towards the end of the program, I really wanted to use material that I knew worked and so that’s what I wound up doing! I’m taking a break from Shake Shimmy for this fall, but have it back on the schedule in winter and spring sessions. Those posts should be right around the corner!

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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