Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/21

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

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Book
Monsters Love Covers by Mike Austin
A classic favorite of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance! I’ve been trying to not overuse books, but I can’t help it with this one. Tons of movements, color identifications, a surprise rainbow at the end? They love it! I also like the different kinds of movement (both gross and fine motor) can be done with this book. I make “dance” and “wiggle” large movements, but “squish” and “squash” are smaller hand gestures.

Props
Parachute!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump Up (It’s a Good Day!) — Brady Rymer
Dance With Me — The Not-Its
Clap Your Hands — Old Town School of Folk Music
Wheels in the City — Laura Doherty
No More Monkeys — Asheba
Under a Shady Tree — Laurie Berkner
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

The group REALLY enjoyed Monsters Love Colors today and I’m happy that I chose it. Both “Jump Up” and “Clap Your Hands” have instructions built into the song. “Dance With Me” was our free dance for the day — there are instructions if parents want to listen, but it was a lot of movement.

I love the first time that I pull out the parachute every session. It’s such a magical experience watching the kids who know and love it squeal, AND watching the first-timers eyes widen as the colors get bigger and bigger. Our parachute songs were: “Wheels in the City” where we held the parachute and walked, making a wheel; “No More Monkeys” which included five stuffed monkeys jumping on the “bed” aka the parachute; and “Under a Shady Tree” which the grown-ups made a “tree” for the kids to run under.

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

Book Bundles: Time

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • Maisy’s First Clock by Lucy Cousins ($14.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Telling Time by Jules Older ($7.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Munchkin Math: Telling Time ($16.98) — Amazon
  • Lakeshore Learning: Time Match-Up Puzzles ($9.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Clock ($14.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bags ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $77.83

With the book, I wanted to provide an easy book and a harder book. I don’t know of any easier books than the Maisy series. Great to introduce concepts in an easily understood way. I was also thrilled that Maisy’s First Clock also has a movable clock embedded in the board book. Telling Time is my older book and covers both analog and digital time telling.

I struggled with what else to provide as manipulatives in this Bundle and was happy to find the Munchkin Math: Telling Time DVD. It makes learning to tell time fun and engaging for kids.

And then just like the books, I wanted to provide an easy puzzle and a harder puzzle. The Melissa and Doug Sorting Clock is great for the little kids because the shapes help guide the child into choosing the correct place for each number. It’s also nice to have a working clock. And my harder puzzle is the Time Match-Up Puzzles. These puzzles match digital and analog clocks that display the same time together. It’s also self-checking!


It’s the middle of May and the Time Book Bundle has gone out 10 times since launching at the end of November! I’m surprised that this one has gone out so many times — pleasantly so!

Book Bundles: Shapes

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle ($5.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Round Is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong ($7.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Lauri Shape and Color Sorter ($14.99) — Amazon
  • Melissa and Doug Lace & Trace Shapes ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bags (2) ($5.98) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $72.87

The book choices for this Bundle were so easy. These are all favorites and in particular Color Zoo has a large fanbase here in our storytimes. I also like that all of these books talk about a variety of shapes — Round is a Mooncake focuses on circles, squares, and rectangles while Color Zoo talks about so many different shapes from a circle to an octagon.

The Lauri Shape and Color Sorter was a FIND for me. I was looking for some lighter manipulatives to go in this kit since I knew it was going to have three books. Being about to have a foam shape sorter that detaches to store nicely in one of our vinyl bags? Priceless!

And of course, Lace and Trace Shapes. I love these kinds of toys for fine-motor development and tactile exposure. And because this is a Melissa and Doug product, I could trust it immediately to withstand the normal kid wear and tear. And I know that I’ll be able to buy it again in case pieces go missing.


It’s the middle of May and the Shapes Book Bundle has gone out 10 times since launching at the end of November! This Bundle is probably one of the lightest ones that we have.

Preschoolers: Jobs

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

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Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin
Guess Who? by Margaret Miller*
Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto**
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Growing Up**

Featured Track: “I Got a Job”

Flannelboard: Five Brave Firefighters*

Flannelboard: Little Cat, Little Cat**

Letter of the Day: J**

Props: Community Helper Puppets

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Everyone Can March

How It Went

Monday morning
Oh, the kids were so sad that today was the last class! I had so many long faces and hugs at storytime today. Both books (Kitten Red Yellow Blue and Trashy Town) were equally successful with this group. I think that we played “Little Cat, Little Cat” probably five or six rounds since the kids were enjoying it so much. And we had one last song of “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” to get them ready to start class.

Thursday morning
The kids in Thursday’s group were very involved in talking about the different jobs that boys and girls can have. I had to do a lot of redirected speech, “That’s a mail person” or “That’s a firefighter’s hat” to hopefully get the point across that jobs are equal and everyone can do the job that they would want to. I think that Kitten Red Yellow Blue really helped with that because it does feature many different gender/job pairings. I also used Guess Who? here which I would love if they’d release a new edition of with updated photographs!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/14

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

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Book
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
I don’t remember if I’ve used this book before, but it’s a great way to get kids up and moving. Then love running from the tiger and climbing and swimming to get away from him. This was a great success although I did do a fair amount of panning the book around the room so that everyone could see the details. I’m wondering about maybe getting a projection system set-up in the future…

Props
Wrist Ribbons!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Reach for the Sky — Alison Faith Levy
Get This Party Started — Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
Wimoweh — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Jumping and Counting — Jim Gill
Colors — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
One, Two, Three, Whee — The Learning Groove
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This week I saw a lot more regulars back at Shake, Shimmy since it was the official launch for all of our school-age programming this week. I was glad that I had a bright shiny new prop for them to use. Both “Reach for the Sky” and “Jumping and Counting” are direction-based songs — perfect for music and movement programs. I let the kids have a free dance with “Get This Party Started” and we all practiced sleeping and roaring during “Wimoweh”. Both “Colors” and “One, Two, Three, Whee” were our prop songs this week. My boss came in and took video and pictures during this. It’s my first real record of how music and movement works here!

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

Outreach Storytime: 6/2

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Eliot*
Hurry Up, Alife! by Anna Walker
I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen*
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert*
Quackers by Liz Wong*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Go Away Big Green Monster*

Flannelboard: Little Mouse, Little Mouse

Flannelboard: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt*

Props: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with prop faces

Props: “Song Cube”*

Fingerplay: “Little Turtle”*
There was a little turtle (put hands on top of one another)
He lived in a box (make box)
He swam in a puddle (swimming motion)
He climbed on the rocks (climbing motion)
He snapped at a mosquito (clap)
He snapped at a flea (clap)
He snapped at a minnow (clap)
And he snapped at me (clap)
He caught the mosquito (cup hands together)
He caught the flea (cup hands together)
He caught the minnow (cup hands together)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake finger “no”)
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Old MacDonald”

How It Went

For this outreach storytime, I pulled mostly books off the new books shelf for a bit of variety instead of from my storytime collection. The kids really enjoyed Quackers because they liked the humor of mistaken identity. And they also responded well to the interactive movements in Dig In!. For our bear hunt, I hid a bear puppet in my bag and pulled him out at the end. Lots of shrieks of delight since it was a mostly preschool crowd. I admit I wouldn’t do that with toddlers or lower!

Book Bundles: Nursery Rhymes

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear by Steven Lenton ($8.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Nursery Rhymes (Twin Sisters Productions) ($7.99) — Amazon
  • Kids Preferred Amazing Baby Nursery Rhymes Flash Cards ($21.95) — Amazon
  • Lakeshore Learning Storytelling Lapboard ($9.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Nursery Rhymes Felt Pieces ($16.29) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $96.09

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear is a soft-covered squishy board book that’s great for reading a page or two at a time. It’s also brightly colored and a younger nursery rhyme collection that I’m very happy with. Then, to satisfy older readers, I went with You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You which is perfect for beginning readers or two voices (older siblings/caregivers).

I really want to have a Nursery Rhymes CD because it’s important to have nursery rhymes read aloud. It’s better for listening to the rhymes, cadences, and sounds of different letters. Think about reading “Jack Be Nimble” versus hearing it chanted aloud as a jumping rhyme.

The toddlers and preschoolers are obsessed with the flannelboard at this library. Normally, they don’t get a lot of opportunities to interact with the felt pieces and the board at storytime. The circulating Bundles were a perfect chance to let them play to their heart’s content with the flannelboard.


It’s the middle of May and the Nursery Rhymes Book Bundle has gone out 9 times since launching at the end of November! I’m okay with this one being a low circulating kit because it’s still an important concept for kids to know.

Preschoolers: Spring

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

preschool-spring

Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek**
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
Split Splat by Amy Gibson*
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: More, Please!**

Featured Track: “Take the Sun”

Flannelboard: Five Little Ducks

Flannelboard: It Looked Like Spilt Milk**

Letter of the Day: S**

Props: Five Little Bunnies*

Props: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Everyone Can March*

How It Went

Monday morning
This storytime went amazing. I really feel like we hit our groove just before it’s about time for session break (this was week six out of seven). The kids really enjoyed Split Splat and the different noises that I made to go along with it. I did have one child who chose not to take a butterfly prop and say our rhyme with us, but he sat quietly while the other kids participated. This group LOVED “Five Little Bunnies” and were excellent at hopping around!

Thursday morning
I had to manage a crying child in today’s group (an outside issue not relating to storytime) and that did interrupt the flow of our first story When Spring Comes. We took a moment to take about our rain boots since they come up in the story while the caregiver checked in with the child and was able to get him to calm down and rejoin the group. The kids were really engaged today with the flannelboard in Thursday which isn’t always the case. But none of them guessed cloud until I asked them to look out the window!

Book Bundles: My Body

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh ($16.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Steady, Ready, Jump: Preschool Fitness Fun ($13.99) — Amazon
  • Lakeshore Learning: Let’s Get Moving! Activity Mats ($49.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • My Body Match-Up Game & Puzzle ($8.99) — Amazon
  • Mesh Bag ($3.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $121.88

I chose From Head to Toe because it’s a classic and identifies body parts, but also because it encourages the reader to get up and do some moving: “Can you do it?”. This is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get up and do some exercise. To balance it out, I chose My Nose, Your Nose because it talks about body differences in a positive way and also identifies parts of the body that From Head to Toe does not cover.

Since Shakes, Shimmy, and Dance is such a positive class at the library, I knew I wanted to include a music CD to carry that fun home. The Georgiana Stewart CDs provide prompts for movement and are really a great help for caregivers (and librarians!) who might struggle with helping a child do a specific dance.

The Let’s Get Moving! Activity Mats are one of my favorite purchases. I only include five in the circulating Book Bundle, but I’ve used the others in programming often. These are a great way to get kids up and moving. It’s also a backdoor way for me to publicize the Book Bundles. When we used them in Discovery!, I made sure to let caregivers know that they could bring some home if they checked out the Bundle!

Sadly, the My Body Match-Up Game and Puzzle is no longer being sold. It’s a great manipulative since it can be used two ways: as a memory game and a floor puzzle which involves a lot of movement to put together. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the families keep track of these pieces since I can’t replace it anymore. Or that the company starts selling it again!


It’s the beginning of May and the My Body Book Bundle has gone out 10 times since launching at the end of November! This includes a stint where it spent about two weeks on my desk because I was trying to track down the correct copy of From Head to Toe — a library copy was inside the Bundle instead of the Bundle copy.

Preschoolers: Opposites

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

preschool-opposites

Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek**
Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt*
Black White Day Night by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Best of Laurie Berkner**

Featured Track: “Fast and Slow”**

Flannelboard: Big, Bigger, Biggest*

Letter of the Day: O**

Props: Green Says Go**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Everyone Can March

How It Went

Monday morning
I enjoyed playing with this group and the book Animal Opposites today. When the words were “heavy” and “light”, I pretended like the book was heavy/light and let the kids call the words out and I would react. I did the same with a few other page spreads and it really engaged them. This group really appreciates the flannelboard as a different kind of story, so I do my best to always use it with them. And of, course, they loved the shaking the parachute to Laurie Berkner’s “Fast and Slow”.

Thursday morning
And if Monday’s group loved shaking the parachute, I don’t have a word to describe the group on Thursday’s enjoyment. One of my “omigosh” moments came this week though as I realized that I would have to explain long and short vowels concepts because I was doing the letter O as the Letter of the Day. Thursday’s group definitely grasped the concept better, though I do have two six-year-olds in the class that missed the kindergarten cut-off.

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