7/11/19

L is for Laundry: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Rhyme with Magnet Board: "Llama, Llama, playing hide and seek--are you behind the [red] door? Let's take a peek!"


Book: Sock Story by CK Smouha OR Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems



Hardcover Knuffle Bunny : A Cautionary Tale Book


Before our first song, let's stand up and act out some things we can do that start with L: We can LIFT. Pretend you're LIFTING a LLAMA. They can weigh up to 450 pounds! We can LATHER. That LLAMA needs a bath. Let's LATHER it up with soap! We can LOVE. Let's give the LLAMA a big loving hug! We can LEARN. Yesterday I LEARNED that baby LLAMAs are called crias. Did you know that before? Then YOU LEARNED it today! And you LEARNED it by LISTENING!

Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red

Book: Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks



Song: "I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine" by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes

[have kids clap to the beat on the guitar chord part--"I took a bath--clap clap clap clap--in a washing machine--clap clap clap clap--then twist side to side and finally spin faster and faster towards end]


Book--selections--if time: Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
Image result for clothesline clues to jobs people do

Song with Scarves: "The Walrus Washes His Winter Coat"

 
Song with Scarves (if time): "Freeze Dance" by Hap Palmer

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with L." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: lion! lollipop! locomotive! (lemur, lemon, labradoodle)


9/4/18

W is for Wild West: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Book: Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
















Action Song: "I'm a Little Cowboy / I'm a Little Cowgirl" [Repeat song using "Cowgirl" the second time. Show images of and discuss function of spurs and chaps beforehand]

I'm a little cowboy,
here's my hat [touch head]
Here are my spurs [touch heels]
and here are my chaps [touch thighs]
As soon as I get up [stretch arms as if just rising from bed]
I work all day,
get on my horse [mime getting on horse]
and ride away.


Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red

Book: Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash


















Action Rhyme: "Ten Little Horses" [first slowly, then a little more quickly, then wordless]


Ten little horses galloped into town
Five were black and five were brown
They galloped up; they galloped down,
and then they galloped out of town.

Action Song with Scarves: "Did you Ever See a Lasso?" [show image of lasso first]
[first verse, swish scarf from side to side--second, swish scarf up and down]

Did you ever see a lasso swing this way and that way?
Did you ever see a lasso swing this way and that?
Sit tall in your saddle
while roping the cattle.
Did you ever see a lasso swing this way and that?

Second verse: "Did you ever see a lasso swing this high and that low?
Did you ever see a lasso swing this high and low?"

Song with Scarves: "Freeze Dance" by Hap Palmer

Book if time: She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain 
by Jonathan Emmett and Deborah Allwright


















Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with W." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: wet warthog! Wicked witch! Woodpecker! (weasel, whale)

11/27/17

S is for SING! Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Book: Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin [have seated kids stomp their feet to the beat while they sing refrain]


















Action Song [sitting] "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" two ways (one singing, one just doing the motions)

Action Song [standing]: The Elevator Song
(video: Jbrary) 


Song, Standing, a cappella: Teach phrase "a cappella." Sing “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red a cappella


Book: Little Wolf's First Howling















Action Song [standing]: "I'm Very, Very Tall"
(with below second verse)
I stretch my arms out wide,
and now my arms will hide.
Wide....hide...and now they're by my side.

Songs with Shaker Eggs: 
First, "We shake and we shake and we stop" to practice close listening
Then "Don't Wake it Up" with animals that start with S 
Then "The Milkshake Song" by Anne-Marie Akins a cappella

Eggs Away rhyme: 
Shake your egg up high!
Shake your egg down low.
Shake your egg really FAST!
Shhaaakkkkeee yyyooouuuurrr eeeggggg reaaallly slowwww.
Shake your egg over your head.
Get ready to put your egg to bed.

Book [if time] : The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Image result for seals on the bus

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "S. Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Superhero! Snake! Sasquatch!

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Alternatives:

Book: Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz 

Action Song: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", Wiggleworms-style

Action Song [with scarves]: "The Walrus Washes His Winter Coat"

Song with Scarves: "Let It Go" from Frozen [singing along and throwing our scarves in the air at "Let It Go"]

9/26/17

S is for Space: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Book: Life on Mars by Jon Agee












OR 

Book: If I Were an Astronaut by Eric Braun
















and/or 

Book: Out There by Tom Sullivan

Action Song: "Five Little Astronauts Bouncing 'Round the Ship"
[talk first about gravity, "falling up," and how the impact might make you bite your lip]

Five little astronauts bouncing 'round the ship
One fell UP and bit his lip
Mama called the doctor and the doctor FLIPPED [as in "flipped out"]
"No more astronauts bouncing 'round the ship!"

Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red

Book: Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go! by Susan Lendroth


Action Song [standing] "We're Blasting Off to Space" (var. on "We're Going to the Moon")

Zzzzipp up your spacesuit, we're blasting off to space.
Tug on your boots; pull your helmet over your face.
Climb aboard the spaceship and buckle up real tight (CLICK!) 
["Let's check it. Is it tight enough (pulling on seatbelt)? Good."]
Now here comes the countdown; let's count with all our might:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 BLASTOFF!

OR 

Action Song [standing]: "If You're Blasting Off to Space" 
If you’re blasting off to space, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re blasting off to space, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re blasting off to space, you'll need this to keep you safe
If you’re blasting off to space, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)...grab your lightsaber [vwwommmm]

Song w/or without scarves: "Rocketship Run" by Laurie Berkner


Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "S. Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Superhero! Snake! Sasquatch!
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Alternate Book: Sheep Blast Off  by Nancy Shaw
Alternate Book: portions of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty

Alternate story: tell story "Go Away, Sun!" 


Alternate Action Song [especially for eclipse storytime]: "The Earth Turns Around" (Tune: "Farmer in the Dell"--verses progressively slower, as each takes more "time")

The earth turns around, the earth turns around,
every day, once a day, the earth turns around.
The moon goes round the earth, the moon goes round the earth,
every month, once a month, the moon goes round the earth.
The earth goes round the sun, the earth goes round the sun,

every year, once a year, the earth goes round the sun.


Alternate Song, a capella, with Magnet Board: "Five Little Aliens"

Two aliens went out to play

over the moon and far away.
They had such enormous fun,
they called for another alien to come:

[Raise hands to cup mouth, and call all together] Oh, Alllliennn!
[Slap hands on thighs to make sound of alien running to join]
Three aliens...four aliens...five aliens...
They had such enormous fun, they played all day 'til the day was done.

9/13/17

W is for Wolf: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Talk: Mention that wolves are (mostly) nocturnal and are carnivores. Ask if these are new words to group. Define, ask about other creatures that are carnivores or nocturnal--talk about carnivore vs omnivore vs herbivore, nocturnal vs diurnal; then do below rhyme:

Bread and Butter, marmalade and jam!
Let's say "nocturnal" as slowly as we can.
Noccccturrrnnnal.
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam!
Let's say "nocturnal" as quickly as we can.

[Repeat with "carnivore"]

Book: Little Wolf's First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky











OR

Book: The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza














Action Rhyme: "Two Little Timberwolves" [Variation on "Two Little Blackbirds". Talk about how plural is "wolves," not "wolfs"--say both slowly, ask kids to try to hear the difference. A timber wolf is a different name for a gray wolf]

Song:  Dance, Freeze, Melt by The Learning Groove from their album Rockin' Red

Book: Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around by Claudia Rueda 












OR

Book: Wolf's Coming! by Joe Kulka













Action Song w/Magnet Board [seated]: "Two Timberwolves Went Out to Play" (inspired by Mel's Desk[Talk about how plural is "wolves," not "wolfs"--say both, ask kids to try to hear the difference. A timber wolf is a different name for a gray wolf] 

Two timberwolves went out to play
Under the moonlight far away
They had such enormous fun,
They called for another timberwolf to come.
Ohhhhh, timmmbberrwollff!
Three timberwolves, etc.
Five timberwolves...
They had such enormous fun
They played and played til the night was done.

Action Song [standing]: "Wolf Pokey"
You put your claws in, you put your claws out, etc.
That's what it's all about--aaaaooooo! [wolf howl ends every verse]
Repeat with right paw [foot], left paw, tail, and fangs ["Grrr" every time you put your fangs in or out]

If time, recorded song with manipulative ("Beanbag Song" or similar)

Before Closing Song: Review new words we learned today: nocturnal ("Who remembers what it means?"); carnivore.

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with W." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: wet warthog! Wicked witch! Wild wildebeest! (woodpecker, weasel, whale)

4/19/17

S is for Spring: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Book: Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand [Have group do Bear's snores and rap rap rap etc with Mouse]













Action Rhyme: "Little Seed"

Little seed in the ground [crouch down],
quiet and still.
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! [jump up]

Action Rhyme: "Spring"

Showers (Move like rain falling to the ground.)
Flowers (Move like something growing from the ground.)
Trees (Sway in the wind.)
Bees (Buzz and fly.)
Sun (Make a circle with arms.)
Fun (Jump up and down.)

Song:  Dance, Freeze, Melt by The Learning Groove from their album Rockin' Red

Book: Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott



Songs with Shakers: "I Know a Chicken" by Laurie Berkner [new babies in Spring]

Book: Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting




Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "S. Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Superhero! Snake! Sasquatch!

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To add or swap in:

Action Song: “Ten Little Flowers”
One little, two little, three little flowers
Four little, five little, six little flowers
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers
Ten little flowers in the spring.
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
So they’ll grow up tall!

[ACTIONS: count on fingers, fingers coming down for rain, arms circled above head for sunshine, reaching high for growing tall]

Book: Except If by Jim Averbeck
Book: The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend