Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 11/16

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
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
This is a great title to get little feet up and moving. Equal parts guessing game and movement book. Lots of different animals to imitate and play along with! The kids had a great time getting up and dancing with me. I was equally happy to have parents and caregivers join us as well.

Props
Activity Scarves!

The Playlist
Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
If You’re Happy and You Know It — Mr. Jon & Friends
Roller Coaster — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Twist and Shout — Fresh Beat Band
Run Baby Run — Caspar Babypants
Mixing Up Colors — Yo Gabba Gabba!
Juggling, Juggling, Juggling Balls — The Wiggles
There’s a Little Wheel A’Turnin In My Heart — Laurie Berkner Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I had an amazing time with the kids today. I loved all three of our scarf songs (Mixing Up Colors, Juggling Juggling Juggling Balls, and There’s a Little Wheel A’Turnin in My Heart) and they were equally well-received by the kids. Telling the room that they can (and are encouraged) to throw the scarves in the air was the single greatest moment of the day — everyone squealed and began “juggling” with their caregivers and friends.

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

Babies Need Words Every Day Blog Tour!

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Babies Need Words Every Day blog tour! This initiative comes from ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) and was created by the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee. A quick bit of background about the program:

ALSC has launched Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play. These shareable resources were designed to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children’s literacy skills. Babies Need Words Every Day resources include eight visually appealing posters that deliver simple, effective rhymes, games and other suggestions for immediate, enriching ways to communicate with babies. – ALSC’s Babies Needs Words page

bnwed_singToday, I get to talk to you about singing! Which is basically perfect for me since I don’t consider my day a success unless I’ve done some loud singing either with babies or in my car. My fabulous poster can be found here, with thank yous to Random House and illustrator Il Sung Na for the amazing artwork! (Seriously, I can’t get enough of the giraffe’s expression!)

Ideas for Encouraging Singing in the Library

  • Use a great resource like Jbrary to learn new songs to teach your patrons.
  • Sing a familiar song to a different tune. One of my favorites tips I’ve ever learned was from Melissa — you can sing the ABCs to “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to break up the potentially problematic LMNOP!
  • Host a Music and Movement program.
  • Play recorded music before storytime begins and afterwards during playtime.
  • Change it up in storytime and sing a book. Some of my favorites are Jane Cabrera books, Brown Bear, Brown Bear to “Twinkle, Twinkle”, The Babies on the Busby Karen Katz, Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley, and If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberley.

Explain Why Singing is Important

  • Singing often breaks up the syllables in each word by assigning each syllable a different note like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” — we sing it “Mar-y had a lit-tle lamb” and that lets babies hear multiple syllables!
  • It’s a great way to bond with your baby and also to calm them down. Make a lullaby part of your bedtime routine.
  • Songs have a different kind of vocabulary than talking or reading; think of nursery rhymes and the great words in them.
  • Singing helps boost memory and attention in children. It can be a great way for a librarian to bring a crowd together during storytime or for a parent to get their child’s attention.
  • Most important, singing is FUN.

My favorite way that we’ve recently highlighted singing was through our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Our November theme (and booklist) was all about song books:

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Some future plans for the Babies Need Words Every Day posters include hanging them up in our restrooms (pending administration approval!), and finding new partners to share them with.

I hope I’ve give you some ideas for embracing the Babies Need Words Every Day campaign and for getting started singing to your patrons. For more information about the Babies Need Words Every Day tour, visit the round-up at Reading With Red.

Building & Engineering!

The Plan

Books

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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Dreaming Up by Christy Hale
Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastian Braun
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Building Blocks

Flannelboard: Red Crane, Red Crane

Flannelboard: Toolbox

Song: London Bridge
London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady
Build it up with god and silver
Gold and silver, gold and silver
Build it up with gold and silver
My fair lady
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do combined classrooms. For this second and third visit of the summer, I saw the toddler classrooms combined (two classes), preschool classrooms combined (two classes) and the pre-k classrooms combined (two classes).

Topic
This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum.

This was the hardest one to choose books for. I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for the Monarch Award reading that I had done in the previous year — the Monarch had two great choices for this storytime: Building Our House and Dreaming Up. For toddlers, I used Meeow and the Little Chairs, Tip Tip Dig Dig, and Dreaming Up with some pages clipped. For the preschool and pre-k classes, I used a variety, but included at least one older title for each group.

My favorite memory of this storytime day was watching all the teachers immediately request the titles of each of the books I had chosen. One of the teachers (who’s in charge of books & curriculum) was so thankful to learn about Dreaming Up since it was exactly the book she had wanted and couldn’t find. Librarian win!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 10/12

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
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
Today was a day off of school for many of my older kids, so I turned to a favorite book and decided that I’d brave the parachute as our special prop for the day. “If You’re Happy and You Know It” is a fantastic read-aloud and I did sing the book. I invited families to participate and the volume in the room got noisy fast! I did skip a few pages so that the book didn’t go too long.

Props
Parachute!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump Up (It’s a Good Day) — Brady Rymer
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Reach for the Sky — Fresh Beat Band
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Freeze! — Michael Plunkett
Falling — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I had such a great time in SSD today. I wasn’t feeling 100% since I had a busy weekend and the program really lifted my spirits and got me energized to be here for the rest of the week. During “Jump Up”, I had kids high five each other for the line “making friends”. I demonstrated with one of my regulars at the front and then had a line of kids who wanted to high five me. We had to take a high five break. I dropped leaves on the parachute for “Falling” and stayed underneath for a lot of it to make sure that the leaves fell towards each of the kids. A perfect autumn treat!

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

Flannel Friday: Bears!

Both flannels today are inspired by previous Flannel Fridays! First up, Melissa from Mel’s Desk’s: “Five Bears”.

Melissa has the template available for download. I did use embroidery for the eyes since these pieces are handled by kiddos. But I used a rhyme from Anne at So Tomorrow with Melissa’s bears. (I did tweak it a bit since I didn’t have a teddy bear. You might notice that grizzly bears and black bears have a lot in common…)

All Types of Bears
To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Grizzly bears are big and brown, big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown, and live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white, soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white and live where it’s cold.

Panda bears are black and white, black and white, black and white,
Panda bears are black and white, and live with bamboo.

Koala bears have great big ears, great big ears, great big ears.
Koala bears have great big ears and live high in a tree.

Black bears are big and tall, big and tall, big and tall.
Black bears are big and tall, and live in the woods.

And next, from Kari’s My Storytime Life:

Kari based her flannelboard on a book. I used her rhyme and told the kids that we were looking for the three smallest balls for Jack to juggle. I kept switching balls out until all the right little balls were on the board. The kids were enamored with this one!


There is no round-up today due to the holiday, but I made a resolution to post EVERY Friday this year and I’m keeping it! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Fairy Tales!

The Plan

Books

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The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf, and Grandma by Diane and Christyan Fox
The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway
Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali
The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Knights In Shining Armor”

Props: “The Three Little Pigs”

Puppets: “Two Little Dragons”
Two little dragons sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, one named Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(Cloud/quiet & loud; Pole/fast & slow)
Credit: Modified from childhood

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do two storytimes and each group has their own theme/storytime. Today’s group was the Pre-K and school age classrooms. I read to 45 people total.

Topic
This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum.

This theme is rich in books for older kids. I highlighted some new to me titles (Snow White and the 77 Dwarves which they LOVED) and revisited some old favorites (Waking Beauty). By far, the most successful part of the day was when I did a Three Bears trio with the Barton book, the The Great Fairy Tale Disaster and the storytelling prop from Melissa & Doug. They had a great time hearing the tale multiple ways and then retelling the story to me using the prop.

Flannel Friday: Community Helpers

Two Community Helpers activities for you today!! I used them both in Staying Safe! outreach storytime.

“What Is My Job?” Sung to: “Are You Sleeping?”
What is my job?
What is my job?
Can you guess?
Can you guess?
[_________________]
[_________________]
Who am I?
Who am I?
*Other verses: I help people get well (doctor). I make meals for you (chef). I keep your pets healthy (veterinarian). I put out the fires (firefighter). I grow food for you (farmer). I help you cross the street (crossing guard). I can help you stay safe (police officer).
Modified from: Preschool Education, Music, & Songs

I bought the clip from Etsy shop PaperiePixel.

&

“Little Cat”
Little Cat, Little Cat,
Are you under the (farmer’s) hat?

I got the template from Making Learning Fun. I used the cat from my Farm Pack set.


Mary is hosting the round-up today! You can also check out our website, Pinterest, or Facebook!

Families: Balloons & Bubbles

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family 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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Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka*
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett Krosoczka
Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid*

Early Literacy Tip
Help your children see shapes all around them, even if they are not standard shapes like circles, triangles, and squares. Even babies can see shapes! Shapes are the precursors to letters!

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Yo Gabba Gabba Music Is Awesome!*

Featured Track: #13 Bubbles*

Flannelboard: “Five Bubbles”

Flannelboard: “The Great Hot Air Balloon Race”

Props: Bubble Machine

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Ants Go Marching
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree
  • Green Says Go*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Two Little Blackbirds
  • Way Up High in the Apple Tree

How It Went

I was pretty terrified to let the large group of kids each have a turn to roll the dice for “The Great Hot Air Balloon Race”, but they were amazing and patient and all took their turns. I did have a few very small toddlers who loved to pick up the dice and bring it to me, but since we do so much passing in/out at our storytimes they are always prepared to give it back to Miss Katie. Our music CD started skipping at the beginning of class, but thankfully our track was working fine. The favorite book of the day was definitely Bubble Bath Pirates!

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 9/14

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

shakeshimmyanddance

The Plan

musicclasstoday
Book
Music Class Today! by David Weinstone
If you lead a music and movement program, you need to get your hands on this book! It talks about all that goes on during a music class: shaker eggs, rhythm sticks, scarves, singing, dancing, etc. I chose to read it at this particular session because I always get a different crowd during the school year than I do during the summer. This crowd tends to be younger and this book has a wonderful reassuring refrain about deciding when YOU (the child) wants to join in. The kids who were familiar with the format of my program just acted out the book with me.

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Sunny Day — Elizabeth Mitchell
Get Your Move On — Mr. Jon & Friends
Rocketship Run — Laurie Berkner
Silly Dance Contest — Jim Gill
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg — The Learning Groove
We’re Going to the Market — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shake Your Sillies Out — The Wiggles
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This was a great “opening” session. I had so many friends from the summer come back and I made so many new friends too! Our most successful song for today was definitely “Rocketship Run”. I had a lot of toddlers and older babies in this class and it works both as a great lift song and a great jumping song for preschoolers. I did wind up skipping “Silly Dance Contest” because we were running short on time and that song works much better with older kids.

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

Toddlers: Hide & Seek

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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Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na
Peek-a-Zoo by Marie Cimarusti Torres**
Where’s Lenny? by Ken Wilson-Max**
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill**

Early Literacy Tip
By developing an awareness of the designs and shapes that bodies can make as well as where the bodies are in space, children also gain an awareness of others and the world around them.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Wiggleworms Love You***

Featured Track: #29 Peek-a-Boo (twice with scarves)***

Flannelboard: “Dear Zoo”***

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Elevator Song***
  • Everyone Can March*
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Thumbkin*
  • Wiggle Your Fingers & Stomp Your Feet*

How It Went

Tuesday morning
This group couldn’t get enough of Where’s Spot?. It was like there were watching live news coverage and couldn’t turn off the TV until Spot was found. (Okay, that might have been a really bad analogy, but there you have it.) They also really enjoyed when I hid the dog from my “Dear Zoo” flannelboard under the shapes and let them guess where it was!

Thursday morning (9:30)
I did this storytime with Where’s Lenny? and Peek-a-Zoo. I loved watching their reactions and hearing their animal noises during Peek-a-Zoo! This class has several patrons with multiple kids under age two and they were SO EXCITED to hear that I will be doing a new storytime this winter for siblings since our baby and toddler programs are marked “no siblings, please” for fire code.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Oh, “Elevator Song”, I pledge my undying and never fading love to you. You magically bring every toddler to their caregiver in under two seconds and then reward me with excited squeals, happy faces, and tons of laughter. May I never forget the words to you, oh “Elevator Song.” This group also loved Where’s Spot? and I might need to add it to my personal storytime collection!

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