Outreach Storytime: 9/1

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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The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage*
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom*
Still a Gorilla! by Kim Norman*
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”*

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”*

Finger Puppet Glove: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”*

Prop: “Movement Cube”*

Prop: “Song Cube”*

How It Went

The kids absolutely loved the new movement cube/game! We roll it several times throughout the storytime which was a great break from our books. The best books for the day were definitely The Mixed-Up Truck which segued great into the “Down Around the Corner” flannelboard, and Still a Gorilla!. We also had very happy kiddos when we were jumping with the monkeys on the bed!

Toddlers: Music

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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If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera***
Music Class Today by David Weinstone*
Sing With Me! by Naoko Stoop**
What a Wonderful World by Tim Hopgood

Early Literacy Tip
If we always place an instrument or a spoon in a child’s right hand, we unconsciously encourage right-handedness. By alternating hands, we give our children a chance to experience use of both hands.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Wiggleworms Love You***

Featured Track: #11 Wheels on the Bus

Flannelboard: “Old MacDonald”***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Roly, Poly***
  • These Are the Colors Over You***
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom*

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
Today’s storytime was all about incorporating music into our toddlers’ lives. I reminded parents that their voices do not need to be “concert-ready” and that storytime is a great place to add music! We sang a lot in storytime because of this, and I was definitely pushing my voice after my cold. I was grateful for good parent involvement as we sang favorites like “Old MacDonald” with the flannelboard and Jane Cabrera’s book version of If You’re Happy and You Know It!!

Thursday morning (9:30)
What a great day of singing! My voice is back to normal here, and I belted out our songs with gusto. This class had a WONDERFUL time with our wrist ribbons — they’ve really gotten the hang of our songs and rhymes. And they are excellent at doing clean up afterwards. I’m really proud of my kiddos. I also introduced the book Sing With Me! as a great way to share songs throughout the week if caregivers read just a page a night.

Thursday morning (10:30)
This class absolutely LOVED If You’re Happy and You Know It!. And I had a slew of caregivers follow me after class to our songs section which features tons of picture books about songs. The grown-ups were thrilled to see some more popular music books like Pharrell’s Happy and Kenny Loggins’s Footloose.

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 11/11

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The Plan

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Book
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
I had pulled another, newer book for Shake, Shimmy today and I just wasn’t feeling it. I will definitely use that book in the future, but reached for a tried and true favorite with If You’re Happy and You Know It. I know that it definitely lifted my spirits and I hope that it did for my families as well.

Props
Parachute!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
When I Woke Up Today — Laurie Berkner
Get Your Move On — Mr. Jon & Friends
Clap Your Hands — They Might Be Giants
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Popcorn — Joanie Leeds
All You Need is Love — Caspar Babypants
Wheels in the City — Laura Doherty
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

As long-time readers know, I generally do not use the parachute during the school year because many of my preschool and kindergarten friends are not at Shake, Shimmy to help hold it up for our baby and toddler friends. But when Shaky, Shimmy coincides with a day off of school, it’s time to break out the parachute!

Our first song was “When I Woke Up Today” which is off of Laurie Berkner’s new album. I love the positive energy of this song and I have to admit that I do get excited about Shake, Shimmy mornings and seeing my kiddos. Our next two songs: “Get Your Move On” and “Clap Your Hands” are tried and true Shake, Shimmy hits. Also, the kids stomped so loud that our security monitor came upstairs from the Adult Services department to see what was going on!

On to the parachute songs! During “Take the Sun”, we raised the parachute up and down. I normally save the song for raising the parachute as my last song for the day, but decided to change things up. It definitely got the caregivers involved from the beginning! “Popcorn” included my traditional white crumpled paper as popcorn on the chute, but I asked the kids to go underneath and pop the popcorn up. This worked out so much better than just shaking the chute!

“All You Need is Love” was our third parachute song (if you take the parachute out, make it worthwhile!). I had caregivers place the chute on the ground and passed out foam hearts. The kids walked on top of the chute and passed around hearts to each other. If you ever need a life-affirming moment, I highly recommend this activity. It was a privilege to watch the children sharing representations of love with each other in such an open way.

I should have skipped our last parachute song because we were over time and I could sense that the crowd was nearing its endpoint. It was also a rocky transition to get the kids off of the parachute and to pick it back up to pass around in a circle for “Wheels in the City”. Lesson learned!

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

Preschoolers: Pumpkins & Apples

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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Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon*
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson & Jennifer Rofe*
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Ladybug Green Music**

Featured Track: #2 Apples and Bananas

Flannelboard: Five Little Apples**

Flannelboard: Five Little Pumpkins

Letter of the Day: A & P**

Props: The Pumpkins Are Here**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Movement Cube*

How It Went

Monday morning
I had an AMAZING turn-out for my last class. And a wonderful storytime. The kids were shocked when I said that I had two Letters of the Day because we were talking about two things: pumpkins and apples! They really enjoyed guessing what animal might be coming next to eat the apples during our flannelboard and they had a great time talking about how much of the apple the different animals ate. They also really enjoyed having their own foam pumpkins as we did the rhyme “The Pumpkins Are Here”!

Tuesday morning
Another wonderful class comes to a close. I had a great job using two letters — I had enough objects in my Letter buckets to let each kid hold an object or a letter. They were really excited to be helpers for me. I absolutely love using Tap the Magic Tree in storytime because it’s so interactive and really gets everyone involved. This group had a little bit of trouble settling down after our flannelboard and action rhyme, but it eventually happened!

Outreach Storytime: 8/4

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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The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell*
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*
The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald*
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Clickety-Clack”*

Flannelboard: “Five Little Sandcastles”*

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Everyone Can March”*
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
And now let’s make a stop.
Verses: clap, jump, tap, etc.
Credit: Jbrary

Action Rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes”*
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

A really fun storytime with a mixed age group. Some littles, but mostly bigs. So I played a little bit of something for everyone at this storytime. They were most engaged with If You’re Happy and You Know It and Butterfly, Butterfly. The Squeaky Door was such a great story until a very small one had a crying spurt and I never got the crowd back into the book. We closed it early and moved on to some movement activities.

Preschoolers: Alphabet

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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ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker*
Oops Pounce Quick Run! by Mike Twohy*
Square Cat ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Here Comes the ABCs*

Featured Track: #15 Who Put the Alphabet in Alphabetical Order?

Flannelboard: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom*

Letter of the Day: A*

Props: Foam Letters on the Parachute*

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Movement Cube

How It Went

Monday morning
My storytime crowd was very talkative this morning! One of my kiddos announced that we were reading a ladybug book when I pulled out LMNO Peas and another kiddo immediately said, “No, it’s an ALPHABET book.” I immediately ended the argument by saying, “Well, maybe there is a ladybug, let’s keep our eyes out!” Little did I know! There’s a small ladybug on nearly every page spread in the book and my group had a great time looking for it. We spent a bit more time on this title, but it was time well-spent in my opinion!!

Tuesday morning
No storytime today, sadness! It was election day and our meeting room serves as our local polling place.

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 10/21

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The Plan

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Book
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
A book guaranteed to get kids up, moving, and laughing. I loved watching all of my friends trying to get that pesky bug out of their shirts. Today was a day off of school for some of our districts, so I had more preschoolers and kindergarteners than usual which was great because they understood the humor!

Props
Wrist Ribbons!

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
At the Bottom of the Sea — Ralph Covert
Up & Down — Miss Nina and the Jumping Jacks
De Colores — Old Town School of Folk Music
There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning in My Heart — Laurie Berkner
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

Our first three songs were: “Jump Up! (It’s a Good Day)” that has instructions in the music, “Dance With Me” which we did as a free dance, and “At the Bottom of the Sea” where we pretended to be swimming in the ocean. Today’s activity songs were: “Up & Down” where we practiced waving our ribbons up and down, “De Colores” where we wave our scarves around, and “There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning in My Heart” where we turned our scarves around for the wheel.

There is something about “There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning in My Heart” that really gets me choked up. I have to actively avoid thinking about what I’m saying when I’m leading the group in the song! The kids LOVED swimming in the room. I had such enthusiastic friends during that number! And excellent jumpers during “Jump Up! (It’s a Good Day)”.

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

Toddlers: Construction

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

construction

Busy Builders, Busy Week by Jean Reidy
Construction by Sally Sutton
The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage**
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia**

Early Literacy Tip
Scarves are very versatile and can be almost anything. Sometimes we pretend they are popcorn, sometimes we pretend they are falling leaves or rain. All of this pretending encourages imaginative play and growth.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: More, Please!**

Featured Track: #5 Rocks and Flowers

Flannelboard: “Red Crane, Red Crane”**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • The Elevator Song**
  • Everyone Can March
  • Popcorn**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • We Wave Our Scarves Together**

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
Monday morning’s storytime didn’t happen! I was home sick with a cold.😦

Thursday morning (9:30)
My first storytime back at work. I was really nervous about my voice giving out, but I managed! This group was so happy to see the scarves again and to do our first set of repeating rhymes. I’m really glad that I incorporated a weekly manipulative and that I’m repeating the rhymes/songs every three weeks. Their favorite book was definitely Tip Tip Dig Dig.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Seriously, I’m so glad that this theme was so excellent because I don’t know if I could have done back-to-back storytimes without an awesome theme. This group was ENTHRALLED during the flannelboard “Red Crane, Red Crane, What Do You See?” which is basically Brown Bear, Brown Bear using the characters from Tip Tip Dig Dig. I let both groups know that the cadence is different, especially during “blue dump truck” so when they were chanting with me everyone was prepared for the speedier rhythm. Their favorite book was The Mixed-Up Truck for sure. I had several boys who kept shouting “Noooo!” when I asked if trucks made cakes.

Outreach Storytime: 8/4

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was Epic Explorers.

The Plan

Books

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Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson**
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle***
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera***
Shark in the Park! by Nick Sharratt**
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin*
The Woods by Paul Hoppe***

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Campfire Hokey Pokey”*

Flannelboard: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”***

Prop: “Song Cube”*

Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree”**

How It Went

This theme ABSOLUTELY stumped me until I reached out to my librarian cohort and got suggestions for It’s a Tiger, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Shark in the Park!, and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. So the moral of the story is you’re never too experienced to stop and ask for help! All three of these storytimes were great. I was able to share many of the books across the three different age groups. Their favorite books were Shark in the Park! and It’s a Tiger!.

Preschoolers: Farm

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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Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! by Anne Vittur Kennedy*
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig**
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera**
Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee**

Featured Track: #11 – Back to the Farm

Flannelboard: B-I-N-G-O

Flannelboard: Open Up the Barn Door**

Letter of the Day: F**

Puppets: When Animals Get Up in the Morning*

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Movement Cube*

How It Went

Monday morning
A smaller group this morning, but it was Halloween and I know that my families have a lot of things going on in the community. Most of our schools do a costume parade during the morning which did create conflicts if families had older children. But because the group was smaller, we got through THREE books at storytime! The kids had a great time reading me the story of Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! by telling me the animal noises. And they really enjoyed guessing what animals would be coming up next in Old MacDonald Had a Farm.

Tuesday morning
It was another great day with my preschoolers. I’m so proud at all the progress this group has made over the past few weeks. Several of my kids ran into the room and hugged me/told me they missed me last week. (I was home sick with a head cold.) It was really lovely and made me feel very important. This group was the group that I specifically picked out Punk Farm for. They LOVED it. They thought it was the best, most hilarious book ever. They were several requests to read it again. This group also really loves to sing, so “When Animals Get Up in the Morning” was another hit.