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

preschool-jobs

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

itsatiger
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.

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/7

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

shakeshimmyanddance

The Plan

fromheadtotoe
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

siblings-mybody

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.