Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/7

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
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
It’s time for another re-launch of the program and I always restart with this title. My friends who have come before know it and participate wholeheartedly. This sets such an awesome example for new friends who have just arrived.

Props
Egg Shakers!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Movin’ Groovin’ — Mr. Jon & Friends
Dance With Me — Fresh Beat Band
Freeze Dance — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Like a Spinning Top — Alison Faith Levy
Shakin’ Everywhere — Jim Gill
Fruit Salad Salsa — Laurie Berkner Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I had a great time with a fantastic relaunch today. I think the most energetic song was “Dance With Me” which includes a “jump, jump, jump and slide” chorus. And “Like a Spinning Top” was the probably the most well-received by the crowd. I was happy to have a new artist for Shake, Shimmy! We had shaker eggs out for both “Shakin’ Everywhere” and “Fruit Salad Salsa”. The crowd cleaned up well afterwards and I had many compliments on the program!

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

Siblings: My Body

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings 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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Show Me! by Tom Tracy (Board)*
All of Me! by Molly Bang (with some pages clipped)
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (Board)*

Early Literacy Tip
If we always place objects 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: The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Props: “Put Your Finger On” (bean bags)

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”*
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”*
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Partnering: “These Are Baby’s Fingers”*
Toddlers were asked to first find baby’s fingers, toes, and belly button. Then they touched each body part during the rhyme and ended with a tickle for baby and a tickle from caregiver to toddler.
These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch stomach)
Round and round it goes! (tickle)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

This was a great session to close out with. My toddlers are always so proud when they can identify their body parts and this theme gives a chance to partner with their baby sibling the whole storytime instead of just during the targeted baby/toddler activity. I will miss these kiddos and the program is kind of up in the air as to whether or not it will be back in the fall. Maybe of my toddlers will be old enough for our preschool time by then! Stay tuned!

Book Bundles: Feelings

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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
  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda ($12.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss ($16.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Hape Expression Eggs Game ($24.99) — Amazon
  • Lakeshore Learning Moods & Emotions Mirrors ($29.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Vinyl Bags ($5.98) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $107.87

All three of my choices are ones that I recommend to caregivers who are working with their children to identify and name emotions. I really think that the interactivity of Glad Monster, Sad Monster is one that can help a child since they can use the masks to “see” the emotions. It’s also another book that I hesitate to keep in the general collection for wear and tear purposes. Also having to inventory the book until return. And I chose the board book of The Feelings Book so that the Bundle didn’t become too heavy.

Hape Expression Eggs is a board book that comes with eggs to match up with their base colors, each describing a feeling. I appreciate the high quality of the materials of this set. I also like that it provided a guided play opportunity while caregivers read the book with their child. Especially because feelings can be hard to understand.

The Moods and Emotions Mirrors were recommended to me by a fellow librarian who has worked with autistic children. The mirrors are a great resource because they provide a photo-realistic image of an emotion and then have a mirror on the opposite side for the child to practice with. I did remove “proud” and “shy” from the set because they are harder emotions and they made the Bundle really heavy for the kids.


It’s the beginning of May and the Feelings Book Bundle has gone out 11 times since launching at the end of November! I am happy with this Bundle and the chances we’re providing for families to work on emotional development at home.

Preschoolers: Zoo

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-zoo

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle*
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall**
Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora**
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: What a Zoo!**

Featured Track: “Wimoweh”*

Flannelboard: Color Zoo*

Flannelboard: Dear Zoo*

Letter of the Day: Z**

Puppets: You Can Hear*

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
Today’s big hit was My Heart Is Like a Zoo. The kids spent time on each page and wanted to count the hearts on all the animals. They also laughed appreciatively as the animals did sillier and sillier things. I think the page that got the most laughs was the herd of hippos drinking apple juice. The Letter of the Day “Z” did trip them up a bit with “zigzag” and “zucchini”. Many of the kids thought that the zucchini was a cucumber. So, it was a great day for new vocabulary!

Thursday morning
I had the very best fake snorers in this group while we were reading Stop Snoring, Bernard. This group also got to get up and practice their American Sign Language with me during our song “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree”. This was also the group that needed to get up and march around the room to the song “Wimoweh”. Or as they prefer to call it, “The Lion King song!”

Outreach Storytime: 5/19

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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Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt*
Charlie Chick by Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield*
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis*
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora*
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Go Away Big Green Monster

Flannelboard: Clickety-Clack

Flannelboard: I Have a Crayon*

Props: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Where Is Thumbkin?”*
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

How It Went

This storytime was full of incredibly well-behaved and attentive kids. I can’t remember the last time I read every single book that I had packed/pulled and still could have kept going if I had had more. Because of the crowd size and my new location, flannelboards really aren’t working. Nearly everyone has trouble seeing the board and there isn’t an opportunity for me to hold it up on a table or pan it around the room. I might need to make a smaller handheld one to take with me for these storytimes. I also COMPLETELY forgot the words to “Where Is Thumbkin?” halfway through the song. Thanks to the caregiver who bailed me out!

Siblings: Play

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings 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

siblings-play

Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli (Board)*
Not a Box by Antoninette Portis
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewis*

Early Literacy Tip
Singing games and playing music in groups encourages social responsiveness. Such activities also help your child learn to feel comfortable in a group setting.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Kids In the City*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Puppets: “There’s Something in the Garden”

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”*
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Partnering: “These Are Baby’s Fingers”*
Toddlers were asked to first find baby’s fingers, toes, and belly button. Then they touched each body part during the rhyme and ended with a tickle for baby and a tickle from caregiver to toddler.
These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch stomach)
Round and round it goes! (tickle)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

I really love using Higher, Higher in storytime, but particularly with babies and toddlers. The story is great for toddlers because it’s a “What do you see?” search and it’s fabulous for babies when you lift the baby up as you say “Higher, higher!” Our parents/caregivers really participate in the refrain and all of the giggling babies really make my day. During our second book, Where Is Tippy Toes?, I had almost all of the toddlers sitting at my feet waiting for me to turn the page. Since our second book is mostly for them, I didn’t mind at all!

Book Bundles: Community Helpers

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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
  • Kitten Red Yellow Blue by Peter Catalanotto ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Whose Gloves Are These? by Laura Purdie Salas ($25.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Elmo’s World: People In Your Neighborhood ($12.99) — Amazon
  • Learning Journey: Who I Am? Puzzles ($12.99) — Amazon
  • Melissa & Doug Town Blocks ($12.99) — Amazon
  • Mesh Bag ($3.99) — The Container Store
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $116.87

The two books that I chose Kitten Red Yellow Blue and Whose Gloves Are These? both feature a variety of jobs and a variety of people doing them. I love the guessing game aspect of Whose Gloves Are These? which really engages readers. And Kitten Red Yellow Blue has a great storyline for kids to follow that doesn’t revolve around just one job. (So many of the community helper books focus on just firefighters or just police officers.

I really wanted to give kids a chance to see real people doing community helper jobs. When most of the books were outdated, I decided to go with a DVD. Elmo is a favorite here and we actually didn’t own this DVD in our collection. So this accomplished my goal and also added a new material to the collection.

These puzzles include a ton of options that are not community helpers (like a wizard) and I just removed those from the kit before circulating. This has been popular because it has a “right” way to do the puzzle, but it can also be used to tell a story about a firefighter-doctor-pilot.

Oh, Town Blocks. I had a set similar to this and it was one of my most beloved toy sets. I think that kids never get tired of playing with blocks and this is a great set to talk about community helpers. It has a lot of cars and building and road signs. It’s great. I did remove some of the blocks from the set and I’ve got them in reserve in case a police car goes missing at some point.


It’s the beginning of May and the Community Helpers Book Bundle has gone out 11 times since launching at the end of November! This Bundle was renewed three times in a row by the same family because they “couldn’t give it up”! I’ve really been enjoying all the feedback that our families have been providing us with!

Preschoolers: Weather

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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Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins**
Rain by Manya Stojic*
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Songs for Wiggleworms**

Featured Track: “If All the Raindrops”*

Flannelboard: What’s the Weather?**

Flannelboard: Ten Little Umbrellas/Raindrops*

Letter of the Day: W**

Prop: Rhythm Sticks*

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
Since my Monday group is smaller, I was able to let them have rhythm sticks and they tapped out different rain beats with me. I love using Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book since it is a pop-up book and I don’t have it circulating in the general collection. This storytime flew by! I felt like we had just gotten into the room and were already starting our goodbye routines. The kids really had our routines down by this week and did excellent direction following.

Thursday morning
I had a bunch of wiggleworms in this group today! Both of the extension activities (Icky Sticky Bubble Gum and Everyone Can March) were both used with this group and did help re-direct the group towards paying attention since I had them stick their bottom to the ground in “Icky Sticky” and ended with “everyone can sit, sit, sit” with “Everyone Can March”. Since the Thursday group is in a room with a window bank, the kids were able to look outside and tell me what the weather was like during “What’s the Weather?” which was a nice change from the windowless room on Monday!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 5/9

It’s back to school and back to the monthly format for Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

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Book
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
This book provides plenty of opportunities to act like animals and get up and move. I also like that I get to sing the book and show caregivers how engaging singing a book can be.

Props
Bells!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Blast Off! — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
Surfin’ In My Imagination — Ralph Covert
Open & Shut Them — Ladybug Music
Fruit Salad Salsa — Laurie Berkner Band
Shaky Shaky — The Wiggles
Ring Them on the Floor — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I welcomed several new families to Shake, Shimmy this week! Our spring session of storytime ended the week beforehand and all of our librarians announced Shake, Shimmy’s May date at the end of their classes. I also brought the bells out of retirement! I tried using the bells during my first summer and they weren’t very successful then. But they were now! We shook our bells to both “Fruit Salad Salsa” and “Shaky Shaky” to practice fast/slow. Our last bell song was “Ring Them on the Floor” to practice high/low, quiet/loud opposites. I had three groups stay as I cleaned up the room just to dance around. It was great to see those relationships continue from our spring session!

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

Siblings: Spring

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings 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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Rain, Rain Go Away by Caroline Jayne Church (Board)*
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott*

Early Literacy Tip
When you enjoy a book, let your children know that you like it and why. Sharing your enjoyment gives them a positive attitude about books.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Rockin’ Red*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “Giddy-up, Giddy-up”
Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)
Credit: Reading With Red

Lift: “Tick Tock”*
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Peek-a-Boo”*
Toddlers had scarves to hold between themselves and caregiver/baby to play peek-a-boo.
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your button nose and your tiny toes
Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

We had two visiting families stop in for storytime today! It makes me so excited when new families discover our programming. Both of our books were equally successful this week and worked well. I do want to find a great transition activity that cues my toddlers to join their grown-ups though other than me just saying, “Find your grown-up” before I can segue into “Tick, Tock”. I think would help reduce the time spent re-directing my friends instead of sharing rhymes, songs, books. (Although that interaction is also important!)

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