Outreach Storytime: 7/25

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 inventions.

Normally, I’m able to use many of the same books over and over, but not with this theme. I basically created three separate storytimes.

The Plan

Books

inventions

Going Places by Peter Reynolds*
Hoop Genius by John Coy*
Imaginative Inventions by Charise Mericle Harper*
Meeow and the Blue Table by Sebastian Braun*
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires*
Not a Box! by Antoinette Portis*
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beauty**
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Building Blocks”**

Props: “Song Cube”***

Fingerplay: “Five Little Nails”**
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails left to pound.
(count down)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

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

How It Went

Toddlers
Books: Meeow and the Blue Table, Not a Box!, Tip Tip Dig Dig.
Inventions are a hard theme for toddlers! I went with very simple books and some fun rhymes/fingerplays to keep their attention. They really liked acting out all the construction vehicles in Tip Tip Dig Dig and also enjoying “Zoom Zoom Zoom” after I read Not a Box!. (Rabbit imagines a rocketship in the story.)

Preschoolers
Books: Going Places, The Most Magnificent Thing, and Rosie Revere, Engineer.
I would normally do four books with preschool, but Rosie is such a long story that I stuck to three! This group really benefited from my Monarch reading. Two of the titles are current 2017 Monarch Award nominees! This group LOVED “Five Little Nails”!

School-Age
Books: Hoop Genius, Imaginative Inventions, Rosie Revere, Engineer.
I really feel like the School-Age group got the best books. Hoop Genius is another Monarch book and tells the story of how basketball was invented. They were so excited about this book. I have a lot of boys in the school-age group and I could just see their engagement during this whole text. I read out the index (which let me do a little information literacy about how books are organized!!) of Imaginative Inventions and had the kids pick some of the inventions that interested them most. What a fabulous storytime!

Preschoolers: Clothes

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

clothes

How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin*
Hurry Up, Alfie! by Anna Walker*
Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming*
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
Under My Hood, I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Anna and the Cupcakes**

Featured Track: “Shoes”

Flannelboard: Froggy Gets Dressed*

Flannelboard: Socks Match-Up**

Letter of the Day: C**

Props: Crown for a Day*

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
It was a smaller crowd in today’s storytime because of a day off of school. We tend to be a travel for the long weekend library population. The smaller group let me really get to have one-on-one time with each of the kiddos. Each of them got to assist in a special task today! Our best book was Maggie and Michael Get Dressed — the group just loved the silliness of watching Michael try to dress Maggie. And they were also in stitches over “Froggy Gets Dressed” on the flannelboard.

Tuesday morning
I had 100% attendance today; it’s such a rare occurrence that I always feel the need to celebrate it! I did an almost completely different storytime for this group. Clothes is such a great theme full of awesome materials. These kiddos really responded to the “Socks Match-Up” game and were jumping off the floor waiting for their turn to match up a sock. I love letting the kids handle flannelboard pieces now that they’re older. Their favorite book was How to Dress a Dragon.

Toddlers: Shapes

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

shapes

Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert**
Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming***
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong*

Early Literacy Tip
Identify the shapes you see and talk about them with your child. Circles and triangles are often parts of letters. Being able to see shapes will help children later recognize letters.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Rockin’ Red***

Featured Track: #19 Moving in a Circles (scarves)*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”**

Flannelboard: “The Shape Story”

Repeating Extension Activities

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

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
This is the toddler class most in demand this session and it was a very full group to start! I had some great, involved caregivers that were champs chiming in on songs that they were just learning. Both books in this group (Go, Shapes, Go! and Color Zoo) went over well. Many of the toddlers were friends of mine from our Shake, Shimmy, and Dance classes so they were glad to get up and move during Go, Shapes, Go. Also, “Popcorn Kernels” got a ton of smiles and we sang it three times!

Thursday morning (9:30)
I had a great time this morning getting to know so many new faces. My co-worker took over toddlers last winter, so it’s been a year since my toddler times and the kids have mostly transitioned over. I shortened Go, Shapes, Go! in this class; I stopped once the monkey was formed and didn’t read the rest of the book. It worked much better than Monday’s class and I continued it for the second Thursday session. I also used my edit as an extra early literacy tip to empower caregivers to end a book when their toddler is ready vs. when the book actually ends.

Thursday morning (10:30)
The 10:30 class was my most wiggly class. We only got through three animals in Color Zoo, and that’s okay! It did mean that I got to not only do the featured CD track — “Moving in a Circle” by The Learning Groove, but also got to teach everyone “The Elevator Song”. I saw a ton of great smiles from the kids as we sang the song twice. It truly is a magical trick for every storytime presenter’s bag!

Outreach Storytime: 7/11

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 the circus.

The Plan

Books

circus

Circus by Lois Ehlert***
Circus Opposites by Suse MacDonald***
Circus Surprise by Sue Harris*
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell***
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer**
Song of the Circus by Lois Duncan*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Kernels”***

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”***

Props: “Song Cube”***

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”**

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

Song: “Sticky, Sticky Bubblegum”*

How It Went

This is my group with three storytimes:

Toddlers
I went very basic with the toddlers and stuck with Dear Zoo (which I changed to Dear Circus), Circus Opposites, and Circus. These basic books got the theme across very nicely and in an accessible way for the two year olds. I rolled the “Song Cube” a few times in this storytime to help get our wiggles out.

Preschoolers
This group found “Five Little Kernels” to be the most hysterical thing ever. They laughed so hard when the popcorn appeared and loved shouting POP with me. Their favorite book was definitely Olivia Saves the Circus. They loved Olivia taking charge. They also enjoyed doing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes” really fast and slow.

School-Age
I was pretty worried about the circus being a babyish theme for the school-age group. But it wound up being one of the best storytimes because the kids were really engaged and I found a great read for older kids: Song of the Circus by Lois Duncan.

Preschoolers: Dinosaurs

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

dinosaurs

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont**
Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein*
Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds
Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Best of the Laurie Berkner Band**

Featured Track: “We Are the Dinosaurs”*

Flannelboard: Little Dinosaur, Little Dinosaur*

Flannelboard: Ten Little Dinos

Letter of the Day: D**

Props: Two Little Dinosaurs**

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
First week of preschool storytime. I had one kiddo that had trouble separating and did wind up having the caregiver stay in the room. (Afterwards, caregiver told us the child’s birthday and the child was only two and a half, so they signed up for a toddler storytime.) So many of the kids in this group I had in babies and toddlers! I feel old! They loved doing the “Two Little Dinosaurs” rhyme with me and enjoyed washing themselves along with Dini Dinosaur.

Tuesday morning
One of my kids was crying really hard at the start of storytime, but agreed to take my hand and come into the room. By the end, the kiddo was rolling on the carpet with laughter. It was a great experience! This group’s average age is 4.5, so I wanted to make sure to use a more advanced book. And for dinosaurs, there’s nothing better than names and explaining why they are called the way that they are, cue: Inside-Outside Dinosaurs. Interestingly enough, I had a child ask if we could roar softer during “Two Little Dinosaurs” and I was very proud when the whole group obliged!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 8/16

This was a special August edition of Shake, Shimmy, and Dance to help draw a crowd for our first ever Preschool Fair. I hosted this event outside using our portable CD player because our meeting room was set-up for the Fair that started immediately afterwards.

shakeshimmyanddance

The Plan

ifyourehappyandyouknowit
Book
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
If you really want caregivers to participate, you need to bring out this book. The grown-ups were dancing around and helping me build suspense as I prepared to turn each page. The movements vary from large to small and kids love guessing what each animal will do.

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
The Wheels on the Bus — Mr. Jon and Friends
Freeze Dance — Joanie Leeds
Music Keeps Me Movin’ — Fresh Beat Band
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg — The Learning Groove
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner
Give a Hug — Bari Koral Family Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This was a really fun experiment and I’m glad that I tried it! It was a little weird being outside and not having an enclosed space, but I asked caregivers to have their eyes on their kiddos at all times. There was only one time that a kid left the grass area and their caregiver was immediately on it.

(For an example of the Powerpoint (although this outdoors version did not have Powerpoint!) and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

Toddler Fall 2016 Rhymes, Songs, & Fingerplays

To read more about how I plan and prepare my Toddler Storytimes, please visit this post.

toddlerstorytimes

Each session, I pick some extension activities to repeat from week to week. Most of the time these have nothing to do with my theme of the day and just allow me to add more movement or songs if that’s what the toddlers need that week. Of course, I don’t use every activity every week. I’ll note in the individual theme summaries which activities I used. These are the activities that I had planned for Fall.

This session, I’m trying to use a different manipulative (scarf, shaker, or wrist ribbon) in each storytime and I’ve tied different songs and rhymes to these props.

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: “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes”
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Eyes and ears, a mouth and a nose
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your knees
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down please
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “This Is Big”
This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

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

Lift/Song: “The Elevator Song”
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we open the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
And we turn around.
Credit: Jbrary

Lift/Rhyme: “Tick, Tock”
Tick, tock, tick, tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick, tock, tick, tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock
Cuckoo!
(Count up to three o’clock)
Credit: My co-worker Jane

Props

Scarf Song: “Popcorn Kernels”
Popcorn Kernels, popcorn kernels
In the pot, in the post
Shake them, shake them, shake them
Shake them, shake them, shake them
Till they pop!
Till they pop!
Credit: Guerrilla Storytime (originally from Jbrary)

Scarf Song: “We Wave Our Scarves Together”
We wave our scarves together
We wave our scarves together
We wave our scarves together
because it’s fun to do.
Wave them up high
Wave them down low
Wave them in the middle
Because it’s fun to do.
Credit: Jbrary

Shaker Eggs: “Egg Shakers Up”
Egg shakers up
Egg shakers down
Egg shakers dancing all around the town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed
Credit: Jbrary

Shaker Eggs: “Put Your Shaker On”
Put your shaker on your head, on your head
Put your shaker on your head, on your head
Put your shaker on your head, put your shaker on your head
Put your shaker on your head, on your head
Credit: Modified from co-worker

Wrist Ribbons: “Roly, Poly”
Roly poly, roly poly,
Roly poly, up and down
Roly poly, roly poly,
Roly poly, up and down
(other verses: in and out, left and right)
Credit: Modified from Jbrary

Wrist Ribbons: “These are the Colors”
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Red as a flower, blue as the sea
Yellow as the sun, green as a tree
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Credit: Read Sing Play

Parenting Packs: Visiting the Doctor

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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 and resource guide amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Carrying Tote ($15.99) — The Container Store
  • ABC Doctor by Liz Murphy ($15.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Doctor Ted by Andrea Beaty & Pascal Lemaitre ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Froggy Goes to the Doctor by Jonathan London ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • I’m Getting a Checkup by Marilyn Singer ($16.00) — Baker & Taylor
  • Medical Kit by Fisher Price ($16.99) — Amazon
  • Melissa and Doug Doctor Role Play Costume ($29.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets & Resource Guide ($3.00) — created in-house

Total: $122.94

This Pack is the only Pack that just has books for the kids. I couldn’t really find any parenting books on the subject and that makes sense. I provided four books with a variety of storylines: ABC Doctor is an alphabet book about the doctor, Doctor Ted is a book about a bear being a doctor, and both Froggy Goes to the Doctor and I’m Getting a Checkup are traditional books that explain the doctor visit procedures.

The Fisher Price medical kit and Melissa and Doug costume are excellent ways for families to play doctor at home before their visit. Showing the child was some of the equipment they’ll see looks like may help to ease fears.


It’s the end of May and the Visiting the Doctor Parenting Pack has gone out 8 times since launching at the end of November! As a former child who was very scared of the doctor, I hope this Pack has provided some comfort for the kids!

Parenting Packs: Staying in the Hospital

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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 and resource guide amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Carrying Tote ($15.99) — The Container Store
  • Can You Make Me Better? by Ann de Bode & Rien Broere($10.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Do I Have to Go to the Hospital? by Pat Thomas ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Harry Goes to the Hospital by Howard J. Bennett ($14.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • What About Me? by Allan Peterkin ($9.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Your Child In the Hospital by Nancy Keene ($14.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Play Set ($12.99) — Amazon
  • Stethoscope ($19.00) — Amazon
  • True Life X-Rays ($29.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bags (2) ($5.98) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets & Resource Guide ($3.00) — created in-house

Total: $144.78

For the kids books: Do I Have to Go to the Hospital? addresses many of the fears a child may feel prior to going to the hospital. Both Can You Make Me Better? and Harry Goes to the Hospital detail different situations — one talks about surgery and the other title is only about being sick. And very important to me was to also include a book for siblings of children who need to stay in the hospital and What About Me? was the answer to that question.

For caregivers: I found one great book to help caregivers prepare for a child’s visit to the hospital. It talks about so many things that I didn’t even think of like getting doctor records, talking with insurance, arranging tours, and obviously helping the child through the experience. It was an excellent addition to this Pack.

Since there are a lot of different reasons a child might need to stay in the hospital, I wanted to include anatomically correct human body models that addresses organs, muscles, bones, etc.. Luckily, there was the fabulous Melissa and Doug magnetic set that does all the different systems in the body.

I wanted to include real medical equipment and that was done very easily with the stethoscope and x-rays. The x-rays were laminated to keep them from getting scratched up and messing the film. The stethoscope is kept in a vinyl bag to protect it while in the Pack.


It’s the end of May and the Staying in the Hospital Parenting Pack has gone out 3 times since launching at the end of November! I’m happy to see that its circulation is low because I hope that very few of my families will need the Pack.

Parenting Packs: Starting School

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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 and resource guide amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

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Itemized List

  • Carrying Tote ($15.99) — The Container Store
  • Foxy by Emma Dodd ($14.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal by Eisen, Engler, & Sparrow  ($18.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten by Hyewon Yum ($16.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Lil Movers School Bus by Fisher Price ($17.99) — Amazon
  • Ready, Set, School! ($32.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets & Resource Guide ($3.00) — created in-house

Total: $130.88

For the kids books: Foxy addresses school anxiety and that was really important to include. Then, I decided to have one book that focused on starting preschool (Maisy Goes to Preschool) and one book that focused on kindergarten (Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!).

For the caregiver: Just one book on separation anxiety. I know that is one of the major concerns with parents and I thought that the book Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal really made a lot of helpful suggestions.

I included the Lil Movers School Bus because of previous attendance at one of our school’s kindergarten registration. Most of the questions from the caregivers are about taking the bus. “Where does the bus stop?” “How long will the driver wait?” “What if I’m not there to meet the bus?” “How many days a week can they take the bus?” “Who do I call if they’re not going to be on the bus?” Since caregivers are nervous about the bus, I know that the kids will pick up on this. Hopefully the Lil Movers School Bus can be used for some dramatic play to help talk out those concerns.

The “Ready, Set, School!” kit comes with lots of material. I included: safety scissors; dry-erase marker; all of the spiral-bound books; and the shoelace tying kit. I removed the consumables, crayons, and stencils to make this useful for the Pack. These items will let kids practice many of the school-ready skills that they will need.


It’s the end of May and the Starting School Parenting Pack has gone out 3 times since launching at the end of November! This doesn’t surprise me and I expect that this Pack will see a lot more use over the summer and into the beginning of the school year.