Discovery!: STEAM (Body)

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This entire program was inspired by Abby’s Preschool Lab and Amy’s Body Science programs.

(And my apologies for the utter lack of pictures today. It was a day off of school, so in addition to the regular kiddos, I had a ton of extra siblings. I had to call for co-worker back up! The wonderful Miss J came to my rescue for the second week in a row!)

The Plan

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Dem Bones by Bob Barner
My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh

Flannelboard: “My Body”

Flannelboard: “Inside Me” (Link coming soon; you can see a picture of both Amy & Abby’s blogs)

Flannelboards: “X-Rays”

The Stations

Station One: Heart!

I had purchased two new working stethoscopes for our circulating doctor kits. We just tested them out beforehand! The instructions at this station were simple:

  1. Use a stethoscope to listen to your heartbeat.
  2. Do ten jumping jacks!
  3. Listen to your heartbeat again.

Question prompts for parents/caregivers: Which heartbeat was faster? Whose heartbeat is faster — yours or mine? Can you find a heartbeat sound somewhere on your body without a stethoscope?

Station Two: Lungs!

I had paper bags and markers on the table. Here were the instructions:

  1. Write your child’s name on a paper bag.
  2. Breathe in and out of the paper bag once or twice.
  3. Talk about what you saw.

Question prompts for parents/caregivers: How did the bag look when you were breathing? Can you touch your stomach and breath again normally? What happened?

Station Three: Bones!

On this table, I had a piece of paper with a general body outline on it, Q-tips, scissors, and glue. My instructions were:

  1. Use the Q-tips to make some bones on the paper body.
  2. Feel free to cut the Q-tips to make tinier bones!

Question prompts for parents/caregivers: Can you feel bones even though you can’t see them? How many bones do you think are inside of you? What do you think we have bones?

Station Four: Stomach!

I raided our extra summer supplies (we had hosted an edible buildables program and had tons of stuff left over) — marshmallows, pretzels, cheerios, and cheese balls were on the table. Everyone also had a plastic ziplock bag. (I recommend going name brand here for quality.) Miss J stayed at this table to make sure that no one ate our stale food and to help control the mess. Instructions on the table read:

  1. Put some food inside the plastic bag.
  2. Adults: please make sure the bag is sealed tight!!
  3. Mash it up.

Question prompts for parents/caregivers: What is your stomach doing? What colors do you see? Is this hard work? What kinds of food do you think your stomach likes to eat?

I also had a handout and crayons for kids to use to draw what their bag looked like before “digestion” and after “digestion”. Lots of colorful pictures resulted!

How It Went

“My Nose, Your Nose” and “Dem Bones” were both great book choices that really involved the kids. I loved being able to reuse several flannelboards and to even make a new one that was perfect for this program.

I had several planned answers to model for the parents at the different stations (pulse at heart station; how many bones a human body has at bones station; how is the bag moving at the lungs station) and spent a great deal of my time modeling to parents how to ask questions and explain simple body science concepts.

The kids naturally loved the stomach station the very most. Although, the bones station was also very popular. I had one clever young lady who took the labeling idea from our flannelboard and asked to know the names of the bones to write on her paper. Between her caregiver and I, we taught her a lot of new vocabulary that day!

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ALSC: Handouts in Storytime

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Do you give handouts in storytime? I do and my patrons love it! I wrote about handouts in storytime on the ALSC blog here.

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Flannel Friday: P-I-Z-Z-A

It’s a’pizza time! (That is my best Mario typed accent.) This post came from Jen of Jen In the Library!

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This is the clip art I used to create a template. I enlarged it using Publisher to get the slices as big as I wanted them.

Jen’s version of BINGO/PIZZA is below:

P-I-Z-Z-A!
(To the tune of: “Bingo”)
There is a treat that’s good to eat and pizza it its name.
P-I-Z-Z-A! P-I-Z-Z-A! P-I-Z-Z-A!
And pizza is its name.
Oh yum! I’m gonna eat one! (turn one slice of pizza over so the letter is no longer showing)
There is a treat that’s good to eat and pizza it its name.
*clap*-I-Z-Z-A! *clap*-I-Z-Z-A! *clap*-I-Z-Z-A!
And pizza is its name.

I used this in a family storytime all about pizza! The kids LOVED it.


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Babies: Things That Go

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books
For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.

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Faster Faster by Leslie Patricelli**
Freight Train by Donald Crews*
Trucks by Byron Barton*

Early Literacy Tip

Children learn best from their parents/caregivers — you are your child’s first teacher!


Flannelboard: Shape Game

I hid a car from my car set. One little boy really enjoyed it because “car” is one of his words! It was a sweet chorus of “car, car, car, car” for a few minutes there.

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Cheek Chin**
  • I Bounce You Here*
  • Pizza, Pickle, Pumpernickel*
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat**
  • A Smooth Road**
  • This Little Train**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
I had eighteen baby and caregiver pairs this morning. SO MANY BABIES. Some days, with a crowd like this, it’s best to just keep everyone moving. We did a lot more activities and I played three songs off of the Wiggleworms CD to keep the group up and dancing.

Thursday morning
I actually have no write-up for this group. Summer time, am I right?

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Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/3

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
Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb
I had never heard of “Tanka Tanka” before coming to my new library and I feel as if I’ve been cheated for my whole librarian life. It’s a great, rhythmic book and I love using it to teach phonetic awareness! I had all of the kids clap along with me for this one. It worked really well, but I left a mark on my arm from clapping my arm since I couldn’t use both hands to clap because of the book.

Props
Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Loud and Quiet — Caspar Babypants
List of Dances — Jim Gill
Get the Sillies Out — Yo Gabba Gabba
Round & Round — Georgiana Stewart
Scarves Up, Down, & Around — Johnette Downing
Rainbow Dancers — Pam Schiller
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I made the biggest of big mistakes today — I spread the scarves out on the tables prior to the kids coming in the room. Needless to say, I did not have their attention and their eyes were squarely focused on the scarves and what was to come. And I think it was for that reason that the song “Loud and Quiet” flopped so badly. The kids were not making animal noises, even with the verbal instructions that I prepped them with. I promised to try the song again later on in the summer. And I vowed to keep the props hidden until it was time for props.

(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: Zoo

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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Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek**
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall*
Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti**
Polar Bear, Polar Bear by Bill Martin Jr.*

Early Literacy Tip

When you read a book to your child, running your finger under the text lets them know you are reading words.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Color Zoo”**

Flannelboard: “Dear Zoo”***

Prop Song: “Where Are Animals?”**
Where is [animal]? Where is [animals]?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.
Credit: Modified from childhood

Action Rhyme: “Monkey See, Monkey Do”*
Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?
(jump around, swing your arms, scratch an itch, eat a banana, screech)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Song: “You Can Hear”**
(Tune: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR! ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo! ROAR! ROAR!
(Elephants trumpeting, zebra braying, monkey eeking)
Credit: Perpetual Preschool

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Dance Your Fingers**
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat*
  • Wake Up Toes**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
“Monkey See” was the most popular rhyme/activity this day! I kept it going for quite a while. “Peek-a-Zoo” was the most successful book with lots of good animal noise participation. And “Dear Zoo” was a great game to play. We did a lot of rhymes this session — a few of the kids were very restless.

Tuesday afternoon
Today was a day for a lot of singing. We had a new registration and the new toddler really shook up our rhythm. But “Where Is Animal?” was a great song and the kids were waiting on the edges of the rug to find out what animal would be next. They enjoyed the song cube so much that I rolled it twice.

Thursday morning
Both books were hits in this storytime — they loved both the flaps and fold-outs. “Color Zoo” was definitely their favorite activity though and it gave my heart such joy since that book is the first book I remember being read to me in the library. This session went by really fast and I couldn’t believe it was over already.

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Discovery!: Parachute

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Parachute Playlist & Plan

1. Introduction & Rules Since this was my first week, I introduced myself to the families and made sure to talk about the program. I had a few simple rules: Do not walk on the chute. When Miss Katie says touch the wall, please touch the wall. (This let me walk over the parachute to collect our materials without worrying about a kiddo lifting the chute up while I was on it.)

2. Warm-Up (A capella): Shake My Sillies Out This needs no explanation. We shook the chute!

3. Warm-Up (A capella): Ring Around the Rosie We walked around the parachute and dropped during “all fall down”.

4. Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It I got this idea from Anne and it was absolutely golden for getting the kids primed for following directions. We sang all her verses: clap your hands, stamp your feet, shake the chute, turn around (while holding the chute), pass the chute (to your neighbor), pull it high (above your head)

5. Book: Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera I had the kids sit on the floor and we rowed our parachute back and forth as I sang this book out loud.

6. I Went Walking by Sue Williams This was a genius idea, if I do say so myself. As we held the parachute and walked around, I read the book. I wanted to have pictures of the animals taped up around the room, but I ran out of time before the program.

7. Recorded Music: Take the Sun by Caspar Babypants We raised the chute up and down.

8. Recorded Music: Old MacDonald by Wiggleworms This idea came from Lisa. I did use a different version of Old MacDonald, but I tossed puppets onto the chute as they were introduced.

9. Recorded Music: ABC Song by Baby Loves Jazz Band And since I also had a package of Lisa’s foam letters, I took Lisa’s ABC foam letter activity! I tossed the letters as I went. The song went very fast, so I had to be very fast!

10. Game: Letter Treasure Hunt I modified this game from the suggestions from Kid Activities. Right after the ABC Song, I got all the letters off the chute and hid them underneath. I sent kids three at a time under the chute to find the letter that their name begins with.

11. Recorded Music: Moving In a Circle by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael It was time for a prop break. I did this in the summer with the parachute and it was a hit again.

12. Recorded Music: Shimmie Shake! by The Wiggles We shook and shook until we nearly dropped.

13. Game: All Change This game came from a List of Parachute Games. I actually wound up skipping it due to time. I’m not sure it would have worked like I envisioned it for preschoolers.

14. Recorded Music: Hot Poppin’ Popcorn by The Wiggles Everyone who has done a parachute program has recommended doing a popcorn one. I used crumpled up recycled paper as our “popcorn”.

15. Game: Cover Up We were all ready for a break at this point and this game from Anne was perfect. Kids sat on the floor and I called out a body part that they needed to cover with the parachute. Funniest part? Nose.

16. Recorded Music: Jump, Jump by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights We jumped and shaked and kids dropped the chute to spin while parents kept it up.

17. Recorded Music: Rolling Ball by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael I bought these soft fleece balls last summer and used them again for this game. When directed, I tossed the balls on the chute and the kids rolling them around.

18. Game: Don’t Drop the Ball For this game from Kid Activities, I added a beach ball on the chute and challenged the kids to keep it up for a minute.

19. Recorded Music: Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner The very last thing was letting the kids run underneath while parents and caregivers lifted the chute up and down to one of my favorite Laurie Berkner songs.

20. Big Finish: Parachute Fireworks This was an idea that Anne didn’t use, but I sure did. As kids arrived in the room, I asked them to color some scribbles and crubmle up a piece of paper. At the end, we counted backwards 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, FIREWORKS to close out the program!

How It Went

This was an amazing program!! It was a great launch to Discovery! and immediately made the kids feel at ease with me when I was crawling around on the floor playing with them. I had a few boys struggle to obey the “touch the wall” rule, but eventually they got it. The kids did get tired of shaking after each song, so I was so happy that I had planned games to break up the dancing/shaking.

Both books were HUGE successes to use with the parachute, although I did have one caregiver say that “I Went Walking” made her a bit dizzy. I’m so very grateful to my co-worker, Miss J, who ran door check and really helped with crowd control. It was so helpful having another staff member’s eyes on the parachute just in case a situation arose.

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ALSC: A Storytime By Any Other Name

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Have you spent long hours talking about what to name your storytimes? I wrote about how my last library named storytime and how my current library re-branded storytime before I arrived in this ALSC post.

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Flannel Friday: Pete the Cat Update!

Since my library is not doing the CSLP theme (we create our own theme; this year’s is Homemade Readers), I’m just going to participate by saying that Pete the Cat is my hero. Or at least one of them. I made this update to my Pete for a co-worker:

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Yep! He’s got his four groovy buttons! Since I already had a Pete cut out and created, I free-handed the coat and buttons on him so it would fit right. My co-worker was tickled by having a Pete for the preschoolers to use to retell the story after she had read the book!


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Babies: Peek-a-Boo

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books
For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.

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Goodnight Faces by Lucy Schultz**
Peek-a-Who by Nina Laden
Peek-a-Zoo by Nina Laden*
Where Is Baby’s Bellybutton? by Karen Katz*

Early Literacy Tip

It’s okay not to be perfect! I had a cold this week (spent all weekend nursing it, but couldn’t shake the stuffy sound in my voice), and let my parents know that I might not be singing as loud as I usually do. But the babies are still gaining valuable literacy moments from our interactions!


Flannelboard: Shape Game

I hid a baby face behind one of the shapes. I pulled the shape back slowly and called out “peek-a-boo” in a singsong voice. The baby face was from my Ten Little Babies pack.

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Colors Over Me
  • Popcorn, Popcorn
  • Roly Poly**
  • This Little Piggy*
  • Tiny Little Babies**
  • Toast In the Toaster**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
All the babies loved “Peek-a-Zoo”. We’ve had “Peek-a-Who” in the collection for the longest time and last fiscal year I had the opportunity to buy some new sets which included “Peek-a-Zoo”! I loved seeing their faces to see a “familiar” book with new pages.

Thursday morning
The babies lost their minds with squeals when I played peek-a-boo during the shape game. This group really got into “Colors Over Me” since I gave each child/caregiver pair scarves to use. I’m still not quite ready to do the parachute with the babies yet, but someday!

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