Flannel Friday: Down in the Jungle

Flannel Friday: Down in the Jungle

For my bath & bubbles storytime this week I had used a jungle themed rhyme from Let’s Play Kids Music!
The kids really loved yelling out the name of the animal and at the end of storytime I let them play with them.

Down in the Jungle | Miss Megs Storytime

Down in the jungle where nobody goes,
There’s a big fat elephant washing his toes,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his toes!

Down in the jungle where there’s nobody there,
There’s a great big lion washing her hair,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she washes his hair!

Down in the jungle, if you look in the trees,
There’s a cheeky monkey washing his knees,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his knees!

Down in the jungle if you care to check,
There’s a very tall giraffe washing his neck,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he washes his neck!

Down at the river, if you look underneath,
There’s a great big crocodile brushing his teeth,
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way he brushes his teeth!

Down in the jungle, if you care to take a peek,
There’s a colorful bird cleaning it’s beak
With a rub-a-dub here, and a rub-a-dub there,
That’s the way she cleans her beak!

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This weeks flannel friday is hosted by Storytime Katie

DIY Books!

DIY Books!

I wanted to make books for my youth writers group.  But, I wanted them to be nice books, and I did not want them to fall apart easily.  I also wanted them to be able to customize them.

With that being said, apparently everything was in my favor when I happened upon PVA glue at a garage sale.  This is the brand I got but I am sure there are other brands that work just as well… Although the price in that link isn’t too bad (not as good as $2 at a garage sale though!)

In the book assembly I took a stack of looseleaf paper and put it in between two pieces of construction paper, with all the edges lining up on one side.  I think took a skinny piece of construction paper to make the “spine”.  I put the glue on the spine paper and put it around the stacks of paper, along the edges that were lined up.  I then put the book under something heavy so they would dry nice and tight.

book

The books turned out great and the kids loved decorating them!  This also saves me on having to keep track of all their stories on looseleaf paper!

Flannel Friday: What am I Fruits and Veggies

Flannel Friday: What am I Fruits and Veggies

This is a felt set I made to What Am I? rhymes.  I do not remember where I got some of the rhymes, but some I made up by myself.  If you know who to give credit for the idea please comment with that information!

What Am I: Fruits and Veggies!

I am orange and I grow underground
When you munch on me you make a loud sound, CRUNCH!
What am I?

CARROT

carrot

You always see me in a bunch
I come in purple and green and I’m great with lunch!
What am I?
GRAPES

grape

I am yellow and grow in a field
It’s fun to eat me off of the cob!
What am I?
CORN

corn

You and monkeys love me most
I am a fruit that is yellow
What am I?

BANANA

banana

There are many different types of me but most are green
Some people saw we go together like two what in a pod?
What am I?

PEAS

pea

I grow on trees and am usually red
But sometimes I am green or yellow
What am I?
APPLE

apple

fruit and veggies

This weeks Flannel Friday is hosted by Katie at Storytime Katie

Fruits and Veggies Storytime

Fruits and Veggies Storytime

Fruits and Veggies Storytime!

This week we enjoyed these Picture Books:

orangepearapplebear
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
hungry caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
baby food
Baby Food by Saxton Freyman and Joost Elffers
creepy carrots
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown
I nearly have this book memorized from reading it so often, it is easily my favorite read aloud!

This week we enjoyed these Songs and Rhymes:

Vegetable Song (tune: Twinkle Twinkle)source

Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
For my snack and in my lunch
Veggie sticks are great to munch
Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me!

Fruits and Veggies
source: storytime sparks

These are the things we like to eat,
Like to eat, like to eat.
These are the things we like to eat,
Cause they’re good for us

Strawberries so ripe and red,
Ripe and red, ripe and red.
Strawberries so ripe and red,
Will satisfy our tummies.

Oranges so big and juicy,
Big and juicy, big and juicy.
Oranges so big and juicy,
Make us wipe our chins.

Pears that are plump and ripe,
Plump and ripe, plump and ripe.
Pears that are plump and ripe,
Picked from the tree.

Pumpkins that are big and fat,
Big and fat, big and fat.
Pumpkins that are big and fat
Go in a pumpkin pie.

Herman the Worm

I was sittin’ on my fencepost, chewing my bubblegum
(chew, chew, chew, chew)
Playin’ with my yo-yo,
woo-woo!

When along came Herman the worm
And he was this big (make a motion as if measuring a tiny worm)
And I said: “Herman? What happened?”
“I swallowed an orange!”

 Repeat verse three times each time Herman gets bigger,
Second verse….broccoli
Third Verse…Pineapple
Fourth verse…pumpkin
Fifth verse he gets really small again and he Burped, ‘scuse me!

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We also did a felt activity which I will feature this week in my Flannel Friday post.  I will link to the post when it is up!

Craft

creepy carrots

This weeks Early Literacy Tip:

Be interactive: Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child’s questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child’s responses.

More Fruits and Veggie Links

Jbrary’s Fruits and Veggies pinterest board
What Happens in Storytime with Miss MollieStorytime Katie
The Show me Librarian

Youth Writers Group- Rock Stories

Youth Writers Group- Rock Stories

One of the programs I inherited when I came into my new position was a youth writer’s group.  This was a group of 5th & 6th grade girls who met once a week, shared their stories, and had open writing time.  I was excited about taking over this group because I used to love writing and I wanted to really help these girls expand on their writing skills– while still having fun!

First, I changed our meeting time to twice a month (ever other week).  I felt like the girls were relying on me too much to lead and I really wanted to give them independence.  So, for the “off” weeks, they are still meeting, just at a separate table near my desk.  They have only had one day like this so far and instead of writing their stories they wrote me letters, and I did have to ask them to quite down a few times, but I think overall it was a good experience and we will continue.

The off weeks are for sharing their stories, critiquing each others stories (nicely), and to free write. The weeks that I meet with them will have more writing exercises and learning new writing skills.

One of the first writing prompts I made for them was adapted from this Stories Stones idea.  Basically, I just went outside and found about 30ish large rocks and washed them.  I then wrote down one word or phrase on each rock.  I was mostly writing down random words but I did make sure I had a variety of people, places, things, ideas, and actions.

Rock Stories

I then had each girl pick one rock out of the pile and then they free wrote for a half an hour making up a story incorporating those words. After free write they shared their stories. I loved hearing how vastly different each kids story was even though they all started from the same place!

 

I will be writing more posts about my youth writers group in the future! :)

Flannel Friday: Lots of Cars

Flannel Friday: Lots of Cars

Last weeks theme was Transportation!

I found this song via Nancy Music and turned it into a flannel activity :)

There are lots of cars driving down the street (pretend to have a steering wheel)
Tell me what color do you see? (place color car on felt board)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep!
There are lots of cars driving down the street!

cars

I added the numbers on the cars so we could go through and count them and the kids could begin recognize the numbers.
This could be easily used for a colors story time as well since we talked about the colors of each car as we saw them driving down the street.

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by: Catch the Possibilities!  Thanks Amy!

For more information check out the Flannel Friday Facebook page or the website!

Transportation Storytime

Transportation Storytime

Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Automobiles, Planes, oh my! Things that go! Transportation Storytime! There are a TON of related books and songs/fingerplays for this week but I found it difficult to find a craft (and I SCOURED pinterest!). All in all though, everything turned out great!

Picture Books:

Who is Driving
Who is Driving by Leo Timmers
Red Truck
Red Truck by Kersten Hamilton, Illus. by Valeria Petrone
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems (always a favorite!)
Smash! Crash!
Smash! Crash!
by Jon Scieszka (another favorite!)

I really wanted to find a cute picture book about bicycles but I couldn’t find one that either wasn’t outdated or had nice pictures… Would love any recommendations!

Songs and Extension Activities:

Go, Slow, Stop
(don’t know the source sorry!!)
Green says go!
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says slow.
Slow. Slow. Slow.
And red says stop!
Go, go, go!
Slow, slow, slow.
And stop!

Go Slow Stop

The Wheels on the Bus

I’m not going to type out the words because we all probably already know it :)

Lots of Cars
source
There are lots of cars driving down the street (pretend to have a steering wheel)
Tell me what color do you see? (place color car on felt board)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep!
There are lots of cars driving down the street!

I will have the pictures and more info for this in a flannel friday post later today or this week :)

I’ll Drive
source
I’ll drive a dump truck, dump truck, dump truck
I’ll drive a dump truck all day long
1. school bus 2. bicycle 3. mini van 4. semi truck 5. airplane