Music

Music

The name tags this week were stars and I started the morning with our usual opening song, Hi, Hello.

Picture Books:

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Violet’s Music
by Angela Johnson,
Illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith
Farmer Joe and the Music Show
by Tony Mitton, Illus. by Guy Parker-Rees
if you're happy ten in the bed
If You’re Happy and You Know It
by Jan Ormerod, Illus. by Lindsey Gardiner
Ten in the Bed
by Jane Cabrera

Songs:

Smile
source

It isn’t any trouble just to S-M-I-L-E
It isn’t any trouble just to S-M-I-L-E
So smile when you’re in trouble,
it will vanish like a bubble,
if you only take the trouble just to S-M-I-L-E

It isn’t any trouble just to L-A-U-G-H
It isn’t any trouble just to L-A-U-G-H
So laugh when you’re in trouble,
it will vanish like a bubble,
if you only take the trouble just to L-A-U-G-H

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
He he he he he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho
Haha, Hehe, Ho

We also sang The Ants Go Marching along with a CD the library had, and had wrist streamers

Activity

Meg’s Storytime Band!
each kid had an instrument that the library previously had. sung to Old McDonald

Miss Meg had a band,
e-i-e-i-o
And in her band she had [kids name] with the [instrument]
e-i-e-i-o
With a shake shake here
And a shake shake there
Here a shake, there a shake
Everywhere a shake shake
Miss Meg had band,
e-i-e-i-o

Closing Song

Tickle the Clouds

Tickle the clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
Tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
The stories are over,
Wave bye-bye

Craft

Paper Plate Shaker

I pre-made the shakers leaving one hole big enough for beans or bells. I added three streamers to each one. For older kids you could leave the construction of the shakers to the kids and let them pick their own streamers.

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Materials:

Paper plates (small size)
Stapler
Streamers
Sticker/markers/glitter (whatever you want to have available for decoration!)
Beans or bells for the inside. The smaller the bean the more likely it will be able to fit through the cracks

Colors of the Rainbow

Colors of the Rainbow

This week we started with talking about our favorite colors and getting name tags, which were stars in different colors. Once everyone was seated we started with our normal opening song, Hi, Hello.

Picture books:

baby bear pete the cat
Baby Bear Sees Blue
by Ashley Wolff
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
By Eric Litwin, Illus. by James Dean
brown bear
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Songs and Fingerplays:

Grey Squirrel
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
shake your bushy tail!
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
shake your bushy tail!

Repeat as many times as you’d like using colors the kids choose/they are wearing and shaking your busy tails! This was an easy favorite and was continually requested weeks following.

Mary Wore Her Red Dress

Mary wore her red dress, red dress, red dress
Mary wore her red dress all day long

Substitute using the kids names and what he or she is wearing.

The Colors song on Wee-Sing Games, Games Games

Activity

The library I work at has a lot of storytime materials made by the previous people in my position. This week I used flashcards that were already made that included basic shapes in different colors and had the kids tell me what colors and shapes were on each flashcard. The kids also liked matching up the colors and shapes after the activity.

Craft

Coffee Filter Sun Catcher

This is probably the most simple but most fun craft we have done to date! Basically, you just color with Crayola washable marks on a coffee filter in as many fun colors and designs as you want and then spray the filter with water, which will cause the colors to bleed together. It might be easiest to put the filters in a plastic baggie for the kids to take it home in without causing a mess.

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Materials:

Coffee Filters
Crayola Markers
Paper Plates (to put the filters on when spraying)
Spray bottle w/ water

At the Beach

At the Beach

The name tags were suns in different colors and we started with our normal opening song, Hi Hello.
Since there was a beach or ocean summer reading theme at the library within the past few years there were a lot of beach decorations that I was able to use to transform the storytime room.

Picture Books:

Beach Day
by Patricia Lakin, Illus. by Scott Frazier
All the World
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Illus. by Marla Frazee
How Will We Get to the Beach?
by Brigitte Luciani, Illus. by Eve Tharlet
Beach Day
by Karen Roosa, Illus. by Maggie Smith

Songs and Fingerplays:

Going to the Ocean (“I’ve been working on the railroad”)
source

I am going to the ocean
to the ocean blue
I am going to the ocean
and you can come too!

We could watch the big blue waves
Rising up and rolling down
We could look for pretty sea shells
on the sandy ground

Come along with me
Come along with me
Come along with me to the deep blue sea
Come along with me
Come along with me today!

The Jellyfish
source

The jellyfish lives in the ocean
the jellyfish lives in the ocean
the jellyfish lives in the sea
the jellyfish lives in the ocean
oh jellyfish, swim by me!

Flannelboard:

The Sharks in the Sea
source
Download Printable Here!
I cut these out separately, laminated them, and put velcro on the backs to use on the feltboard.

The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp
chomp, chomp, chomp,
chomp, chomp, chomp.
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp
All day long.

The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
The whale in the sea goes squirt, squirt, squirt
The clams in the sea go open and shut
The octopus in the sea goes wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
The seahorse in the sea rocks back and forth
The kids in the waves jump up and down

Craft:
Since the library already had a lot of Beach-themed craft supplies I just set them all out and let the kids go crazy with making a beach picture.

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Here is a pictures of the set up for Beach week:

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All The World

All The World

This week’s theme of the World may have been a bit ambitious because there is just so much to do . Regardless, I took this opportunity to use multiple languages and talk about how everyone is different but we are all special.

Opening Song, Hi Hello
Hi, Hello, and How are you, how are you, how are you? (wave)
HI, Hello and How are you, how are you today?

Hello [insert kids name] how are you, how are you, how are you? (wave)
Hello [insert kids name] how are you today?
Give child a change to answer how they are doing that day

All the World Picture books:

all the world
All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon, Illus. by Marla Frazee
Dora Around the World
things that are most
Things That are the Most in the World
by Judi Barrett, Illus. by John Nickle

Songs and fingerplays:

Walking Through Africa in English and Swahili (with puppets or felt board)

Walking through Africa what do I see?
I see a tumbili (monkey) looking at me!

Walking through Africa what do I see?
I see a tembo (elephant) looking at me!

Walking through Africa what do I see?
I see a Dubu (bear) looking at me!

Walking through Africa what do I see?
I see a Chura (frog) looking at me!

I Can Count in Spanish and English
flannel board activity.
Download Printable Here!

One, Two, and Three
Four, five and six.
Seven, eight, and nine,
I can count to Ten!

Uno, dos, y tres,
Cuatro, cinco, seis
Siete, ocho y nueve
Cuento hasta diez!

I am Different

I am different from my head to my toes
I am different from my eyes to my nose
I come from a place that is far and wide
A place where we smile instead of cry
I am very different as you can see
But I still have a lot of love in me!

Here is my set up for All the World:

ABC’s and 123’s

ABC’s and 123’s

We start each storytime with the toddlers getting their name-tags. Today’s name-tags were the letters of the alphabet and they were to find the first letter of their name.

Once everyone was sitting down we did our weekly Opening Song, Hi Hello.
Hi, Hello, and How are you, how are you, how are you? (wave)
HI, Hello and How are you, how are you today?

Hello [insert kids name] how are you, how are you, how are you? (wave)
Hello [insert kids name] how are you today?
Give child a change to answer how they are doing that day

Picture books about the alphabet and counting:

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LMNO Peas by Keith Baker Ten Naughty Little Monkeys by
Suzanne Wiliams, Illus. by Suzanne Watts
The Sleepy Little Alphabets
by Judy Sierra, Illus. by Melissa Sweet
Pete The Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons
by Eric Litwin, Illus. by James Dean

Fingerplays, felt board activities, songs, rhymes:

One, Two, How Do You Do?
1, 2, how do you do?
1, 2, 3, clap with me
1, 2, 3, 4, jump on the floor
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, look bright and alive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, I give my ice cream cone lots of licks
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, look up to heaven
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, turn around and wait
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, get in line!

Name Song
Meg begins with ‘M’
Meg begins with ‘M’
Two claps for Meg (clap clap)
Meg begins with ‘M’
[do with each child’s name]

Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Five enormous dinosaurs,
Letting out a roar,
One went away
And then there were four.
Four enormous dinosaurs,
Munching on a tree,
One went away
And then there were three.
Three enormous dinosaurs
Didn’t know what to do,

One went away
And then there were two.
Two enormous dinosaurs
Having lots of fun,
One went away
And then there was one.
One enormous dinosaur
Afraid to be a hero,
He (she) went away
And then there were zero.

Craft

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We spelled out our names and wrote our ages using caterpillars. I used the head template from DLTK and then let the kids write out the letters by themselves or with their caregivers on the rest of the circles.

Materials:
Printed paper
crayons or markers
glue sticks

Hello world!

Hello world!

This site is obviously still in the “under construction” phase while I work to get all of my ideas in one place and still keep on top of my school work.

I will probably just start with some storytime themes with books and crafts and a couple book reviews and then when I have more time I will include more information for reading to children and early literacy.