Fast & Slow!

The Plan

Books

fastandslow

Faster, Faster by Leslie Patricelli
I’m Fast by Kate McMullan
Max on His Tricycle by Max Genechten
Slow Snail by Mary Murphy
Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “The Tortoise and the Hare”

Flannelboard: “Green Says Go”
Green says, “Go!” (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
Slow…slow…slow
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go! Go! Go! (march fast)
Slow…slow…slow (march slowly)
and STOP! (stop)
Credit: Toddler Storytime

Action Rhyme: “This Is Big”
This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Action Rhyme: “We Can Jump”
We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stop, stop, stop
We can nod our heads for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And we can sit down really slow
Credit: 1234 More Storytimes

Fingerplay: “Two Little Snails”
Two little snails sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(cloud/quiet & loud, pole, fast & slow)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I’ve had this snail craft pinned on Pinterest since my very first Pinterest week.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Hot & Cold!

The Plan

Books

hotcold

Hot Cold by Apple Jordan
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
Today is Cold by Martha Rustad
Today is Hot by Martha Rustad

Extension Activities

Flannelboard Song: “Sunny/Snowy” (Sung to: “BINGO”)
There was a day, when it was hot and sunny was the weather
S U N N Y
S U N N Y
S U N N Y
And sunny was the weather.
Other Verses
There was a day when it was cold and snowy was the weather.
Credit: Preschool Education

Action Song: “Mister Sun”
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, hiding behind a tree
These little children are asking you to please come out so we can play with you
Oh, mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me
Credit: Childhood

Nursery Rhyme: “Pease Porridge Hot”
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot nine days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot nine days old
Credit: Childhood

Puppet Song: “The Penguin Went Over the Iceberg”
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
To see what he could see,
To see what he could see,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg
To see what he could see.
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
Was all that he could see,
Was all that he could see,
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
Was all that he could see.
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (though they appear to have taken down all their songs…)

Craft

I got this idea from A Cupcake for the Teacher and was thrilled to find that she had a pattern available on Teachers Pay Teachers.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Pancakes!

The Plan

Books

pancakes

Chew, Chew, Gulp! By Lauren Thompson
Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Who Wants a Pancake?”
Who wants a pancake, piping hot?
“I’ll take the one with butter on top.”
Who wants a pancake, fresh off the griddle?
“I’ll take the one with butter in the middle.”
(More toppings: syrup, blueberries, strawberries, sugar)

Action Rhyme: “Mix a Pancake”
Mix a pancake;
stir a pancake;
pop it in a pan;
fry a pancake;
toss a pancake;
catch it if you can!
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Pat-a-Cake”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake
Pancake man!
Make me a pancake as fast as you can
Roll it and pat it
And mark it with a “B”
And put it in the pan for baby and me!
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Song: “The Pancake Man” (Tune: Muffin Man)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I got this idea from Mollie at What Happens In Storytime and the original idea came from EstherStorytimes.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Robots!

The Plan

Books

robots

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Junkyard by Mike Austin
Robots, Everywhere by Denny Hebson
Sometimes I Forget You’re a Robot by Sam Brown

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Noisy Robots”
Five noisy robots in the big toy shop,
Shiny and tall with antennae on the top.
Along came a girl with a penny one day.
Bought a noisy robot and took it away.
(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1 noisy robots)

App: “Toca Robot Lab”

Action Rhyme: “I Am a Robot”
I am a robot (march in place with ‘robot arms’)
I am a robot
Clank Clank (bend forward and back at waist)
Clank Clank (bend side-to-side at waist)
ZZZZZZZrt (Raise arms up while shaking them)
CRASH (Either fall, or ‘lose power’ or clap)
Credit: Future Librarian Superhero

Song: “If You’re a Robot”
If you’re a robot and you know it
Clank your coils (clap hands)
Clunk your gears (stomp feet)
Press your buttons (“Beep beep”)
Credit: Future Librarian Superhero

Craft

This was a craft kit from Michaels that I bought on clearance a few years back.

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways.

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Money!

The Plan

Books

money

Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells
The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen
Out and About at the Bank by Nancy Attebury
You Can’t Buy a Dinosaur With a Dime by Harriet Ziefert

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”

Fingerplay: “Three Little Dollars”
Three little dollars in a wallet new,
I bought a box of crayons,
And then there were two.
Two little dollars, and before the day was done,
I bought some cookies,
And then there was one.
One little dollar, I heard it plainly say,
“I’m going into the piggy bank for a rainy day!”
Credit: Can Teach (was originally “Three Little Nickels”) via What Happens In Storytime

Song: I Had a Shiny Dime (to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
I had a shiny dime, (hold up right index finger)
I had a shiny dime,
I put it in my piggy bank, (make circle with thumb and fingers of left hand, put index finger into opening)
To spend another time.
Credit: Ready to Read at ALPL

Craft

How It Went

Well, it didn’t! This was a planned storytime from before I left my old job. I thought since I did the work and made the plan that I would just go ahead and post it anyways. I did have plans to paperclip the non-fiction book “Out and About at the Bank” though, since it was probably going to be too long for storytime.

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In Case You Missed It: Spring 2014

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Welcome to the Spring Edition of “In Case You Missed It”! Now that we’re clearly in summer, I thought it was time to do the round-up!


    Early Literacy

  • 4.7.14 Lisa at Libraryland has a truly enviable project going on — early literacy kits. I am so excited for her and her patrons — what a great idea! Also see: round two.
  • 4.8.14 Brooke at Reading With Red updated part of her library’s section to include an early literacy alphabet station!
  • 4.21.14 & 4.22.14 Marge and Brooke tag-teamed and wrote a two-part series on how they updated their early literacy area.
  • 4.24.14 Lisa at Libraryland completely revamped her Parent/Teacher collection and I love it!

    Recognizing AMAZING Colleagues!

  • 3.11.14 Bryce at Bryce Don’t Play has the best, most amazing tribute to moving-and-shaker Cory for her awesome idea of Storytime Underground and Guerrilla Storytime. Guerrilla Storytime is my ABSOLUTE favorite part of conference now!
  • 3.27.14 Dana and Lindsey at Jbrary celebrated ONE YEAR. What would we do without you ladies teaching us all the bounces, songs, rhymes, tickles, and more? (I, for one, would cry.)
  • 5.13.14 Marge reminds us to nurture ideas and each other.

    Preschool Programming

  • 3.20.14 Marge at Tiny Tips for Library Fun and the rest of the amazing staff members at La Crosse Public Library celebrated the THIRD BIRTHDAY of “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” — their community has read 257,200 books!!!
  • 3.25.14 Meg at Miss Meg’s Storytime hits a slam dunk (in my opinion) with her Pete the Cat party! I’m toying with the idea of doing a book celebration once a month in the fall and you can bet I’ll remember this Pete party.
  • 6.10.14 Brooke at Reading With Red writes about the biggest baby shower ever: a community outreach program. I can’t even believe the awesomeness that is going on here.
  • 6.11.14 Angie at Fat Girl, Reading knocks everyone’s socks off with her description of her library’s Music and Movement program — aka BABY DANCE.

    School-Age Programming

  • Thrive Thursday round-ups for March, April, May, & June!
  • 3.13.14 Lindsey at Jbrary hosted a spring break Superhero Training program! For everyone planning to do the 2015 CSLP theme, bookmark this now!
  • 3.31.14 Angie at Fat Girl, Reading completely revamped her library’s American Girl program and she tells you how in a follow-up post!
  • 4.1.14 Marge at Tiny Tips for Library Fun shows us how an Elephant and Piggie party is really done!
  • 4.7.14 Anne at So Tomorrow’s Dr. Seuss celebration is absolutely wonderful and creative and I just love it so very much.

    STEAM Programming

  • 4.7.14 Abby at Abby (the) Librarian has some weather science in her Preschool Lab.
  • 4.8.14 Lisa at Libraryland has a way cool and inventive science program — Peep Science.
  • 4.22.14 Abby at Abby (the) Librarian is also growing things at Preschool Lab!
  • 6.10.14 Abby at Abby (the) Librarian has one more Preschool Lab for us this ICYMI — ocean animals!


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Flannel Friday: Rhyme Wheel

This prop was created by the amazing Melissa of Mel’s Desk and I…um, I kinda of ran with it.

I started using this rhyme wheel in my Pajama Storytimes as a way to teach nursery rhymes and songs in a participatory way. Since I didn’t want to buy hundreds of the cake circles, I instead laminated the rhyme/song and taped it to the cake circles. That way I can change them out depending on the day and the rhyme.

Pictured above, I have “Baa, Baa Black Sheep” and “Hey Diddle Diddle”. I’ve also made “Five Little Ducks” so far and then…well, I went and got a new job so I stopped temporarily.

The kids and parents really enjoyed these rhyme wheels and I’m glad that I got to teach them some of the nursery rhymes and songs that I grew up on!

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

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Flannel Friday Round-Up 6/6

This week’s round-up will be using a linking tool again! Though it is a thumbnail version on the site, you still need to click through to see it since I’m a WordPress.com hosted blog.

Borrowing instructions that Andrea shared: To share your Flannel Friday post, please click “Add Your Link” by the cute blue frog. Please enter the URL for your post rather than your website and label your post as “Post Name (Blog Name)” i.e. “Rockets! (Storytime Katie)”

If there are any tech problems, I will be around on Twitter (@katietweetsya) and you are also welcome to leave a link if the linking tool doesn’t work! Looking forward to everyone’s amazing submissions!

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Flannel Friday: Seven Continents

Travel the world in this Montessori-inspired flannelboard:

I first got this idea from Pinterest, which led me to Living Montessori Now. I used one of the templates that they provided.

This flannelboard has no rhyme to go along with it — I used this in Number Seven storytime and talked with the kids about the continent that we live on and what the other continents were called. We found where approximately Chicago was and pointed to it. The kids and I had a good time talking about the world and I loved working some geography into storytime!

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

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Languages!

The Plan

Books

languages

Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks
Everywhere the Cow Says Moo! by Ellen Slusky Weinstein
Say, Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Braille Match

Flannelboard: “Ratoncito, Ratoncito”

Action Rhyme: “My Hands Say Thank You” (Sign THANK YOU)
My hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap
My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap
My head says thank you with a shake, shake, shake
My heart says thank you with a kiss to take
Credit: American Library Association

Song: “Frere Jacques”
Frère Jacques, frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous ? Dormez-vous ?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Ding, daing, dong. Ding, daing, dong.
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Los Pollitos Dicen”
Los pollitos dicen, pío, pío, pío,
Cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frío.
La gallina busca, el maíz y el trigo,
Les dá la comida, y les presta abrigo.
Credit: Library School

Craft

I put out foam stickers and let the families spell out whatever words in whatever languages they wanted to!

How It Went

Thursday morning
This was a bittersweet storytime because it was my very last at my old job. It was an amazing theme to go out on, and I was so proud of the materials I found and used. Our favorite book was “Where’s Spot?” — which I had on the easel so I could sign the book as I read it. I did focus a bit more on Spanish since that’s our largest language population. I really enjoyed singing in French and Spanish — I could have also done Latin or German, but I figured they didn’t want to hear Carmina Burana or Stille Stille Stille!

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