Family Storytime: Music & Dance

Hi Guys! So we are back to our summer schedule for storytimes, which means no weekly baby storytimes for a bit 😦 BUT I am still doing my family storytimes and this week I thought I’d go along with the summer reading theme of Libraries Rock! and revolve my theme around music and dance.

Here’s what I planned:

  • SONG – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • HELLO RHYME – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • MOVEMENT STRETCH – Simon Says…
    • Who doesn’t love a good round of Simon Says? I figured I could throw in some music themed actions and help us get warmed up.

Then we get into our theme:

  • ALS – MUSIC / DANCE / CREATE
    • I also teach my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with every theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communicatio51hey-mzijl-_sx497_bo1204203200_n with each other. We have a large deaf community near my library so learning just a few signs are great! I usually use Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language.
  • BOOK – Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma WilsonI love this one for the rhyme and for the fun sounds we get to make as we read this one.
  • ACTION RHYME – The Finger Band is Coming to Town
    • Another Jbrary gem! We get to use our fingers to pretend play lots of instruments.
  • FREEZE DANCE – Can’t Stop the Feeling from The Trolls Soundtrack
    • A music themed storytime is perfect for a game of freeze dance and this is the perfect song to get into funny dance positions with.
  • BOOK – Violet’s Music by Angela JohnsonThis is a great storytime book–a little long but worth it for it’s diversity and the lesson learn. A book all about finding staying true to who you are and eventually you will find your niche. 51t6gqshrzl-_sx388_bo1204203200_
  • RHYME in the Round – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • I am going to TRY to introduce the concept of singing in a round. I am going to split the room into thirds and I am going to point when each group should start singing and then we will talk about how we just make music together. We’ll see how it goes!
  • SONG w/ SHAKERS – Happy Feet from Dancin’ Magic by Joanie Bartel
    • You can’t have a music themed storytime without breaking out those shakers!

Finally, we finish up with:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This one was a lot of fun! I probably could have used a shorter second book but I sort of summed it up, instead of reading every word and all was well. We loved doing Simon Says and the freeze dance was awesome!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

 

 

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Summer Read & Learn

It’s that time of year, where schools start wrapping up their classes and close their doors for three glorious months. For the library, our busiest time of the year is about to start!

Today, is the first day of Summer Reading at my library. Our doors will open and we will be flooded with kids and caregivers looking to sign up and get started on all the fun things the library has to offer. Time to gear up and get ready for questions, troubleshooting, and lots and lots of readers advisory!!!

To help spruce up the children’s room, I created a few signs and displays to go along with the “Libraries Rock!” theme.

Window displays, like from my last display post.

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Other window displays that are a bit more interactive.

We plan on letting the kids write their names on paper music notes and adding them to our scales. Hopefully, they will be able to add a sticker to their note as they progress through the program.

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Oh and I can’t forget my bulletin board! A little homage to the other meaning to “rock.”

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I also made a quick sign to show patrons where they can access our computers in order to sign up for summer reading, while they are at the library.

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And finally, I added a little flare to our program flyers. Who doesn’t love a border of gold stars!20180608_165531

Pair all this with awesome book lists, really great incentives and raffles and some awesome summer programming—the library is going to be the place to be this summer!

Let’s keep those brains sharp this summer and continue to read and learn, all while having fun!

What are you doing to get ready for summer reading?

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Libraries Rock!

Hey Guys,

I finally got my summer reading display up and it came out better then I’d hoped! The theme for summer read and learn this year is “Libraries Rock!” Of course I had to do a music themed window display!

I tried to go a little retro with my music, creating an electric guitar, a boom box and some vinyl records.

My drums have the theme verbiage and lots of fun music notes. Everything was crafted, freehand using construction paper and markers. I laminated everything to make it last.

I am super proud of my piano. I knew I wanted my piano to look like it was sort of moving, so I cut out the keys and attached them, using tape, to fishing line. That was each section of keys could bend.

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I like this theme a lot and hopefully the display will last the whole summer!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 5/21/18

This is my last baby storytime before summer, where we take a break and only do family storytime, along with our other special programs. And for this one I chose all of my favorites!

Here’s what I had planned this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • Since my group has been big lately, I have switched to this easy rhyme as an intro. It goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

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  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toe and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This one of my favorite movement songs for babies.
  • Board Book – Alphaprints Fun in the Sun! by Roger Priddy 
  • Finger Play – Fe Fi Fo Fum
  • Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb-one finger per syllable.)
    See my fingers. (Hold up four fingers.)
    See my thumb. (Hold up thumb.)
    Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb again.)

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…

I bounce you here, I bounce you there
I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
I tickle you here, I tickle you there
I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
I hug you here, I hug you there
I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Flannel Story – Dear Zoo20160812_170127
    • I love this story and it is one of my favorite flannels that I’ve made.
  • Movement Song – Skidamarink
    • Simple movements and a fun song everyone knows the movements too.
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • love this one and it is probably the thing we do that gets the most smiles out of the babies!
  • Book – Piggies by Audrey Wood51ulzlzj9zl-_sx436_bo1204203200_
    • This was a book my childhood librarian shared with me and so I shall now pass on my love of it to the babies!
  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady RidesIf I am doing my favorites then I can’t forget this one! We go faster and faster with each verse until we are bouncing right off our laps!
  • Song w/ Shakers – On The Road Again by Joanie Bartell
    • This song just makes me happy.
  • Stretch – This is Big Big Big…

This is big big big Hold (arms out to side)
This is small small small (cup hands together)
This is short short short (hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (nod)
This is no no no (shake head)

  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The perfect song to play while blowing bubbles.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Clean Up
    • Any good clean up song, since the babies (and the grownups) seem to love to help me clean up!
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: This was a really fun storytime but bittersweet! Most of my regulars will be aged out of this storytime by the time we start back up in the fall. But hopefully, I will get lots of visits during the summer!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – We’re NOT Afraid of Monsters!

This week it was my turn to do family storytime. This is a storytime for all ages, so we do a little bit of everything. Last time, my theme was Robots so this time I went with monsters but with a twist. Our theme is “We’re NOT Afraid of Monsters!” So all my storytime activities will be about funny monsters or being brave.

Here’s what we did… I always open and close with the same routine:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • I like to do a good warm-up before getting in to my theme. We do this one three times, faster each time.

Then we get into our theme:

  • ASL – MONSTERS / SCARED / BRAVE61e3aqma2bl-_sx456_bo1204203200_
    • I like to incorporate American Sign Language into my storytimes. We have a large deaf community in my area and it is a great way to help foster communication in and outside of the community. We always choose three signs that go with our theme.
  • Book – The Great Monster Hunt by Norbet Landa
    • This is a new book for me and a bit long but it is funny and it sort of feels like we are playing the telephone game by the end.
  • Action Song – Games Monsters Play by Sesame Street: Monsters a Monster Monstrosity
    • This is a funny little song that you start around 00:00:39. Grover and Elmo and all of the Sesame Street monsters teach you how to be a monster. 20180509_115237
  • Rhyme w/ Finger Puppets – Ten Little Monsters
    • As I mentioned in my earlier post, my monster finger puppets were too big for my hands so instead I will have them march across my flannel board to the rhyme.
  • Felt Board Story – Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
    • This is the perfect story for a felt board. I even found the template here.
  • Action Rhyme – Monster, Monster, Turn Around!
    • A themed take on Teddy Bear Turn Around. Thanks to Storytime Katie for this one.
  • Book – The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone61g8cli07xl
    • I just love a good picture book where I can use voices and involve the audience!
  • Song w/ Shakers – The Monster Mash
    • I believe I got this one from Kidz Bop Halloween. But I figured it would be the perfect one to pass out shakers to.

Finally, I always end with the same routine:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This one was really fun. We learned that when things seem scary we can laugh at them or tell them to go away and they won’t be scary any more! Lots of fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 5/14/18

Only a few more baby storytimes left until our summer break! This is a storytime for 0-12 months with lots of fun bounces and rhymes.

Here’s what I had planned this week:

  • Welcome Rhyme – Welcome, welcome
    • Since my group has been big lately, I have switched to this easy rhyme as an intro. It goes to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun. First we’ll clap our hands just so. Then we’ll bend and touch our toes. Welcome, welcome everyone. Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!

  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toe and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This one of my favorite movement songs for babies.
  • Board Book – Where’s the Giraffe? By Nosy Crow51oulf6k3al-_sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I love these new flip-the-flap board books where the flaps are actually felt. They last so much longer and add a texture element. I pass these out individually, so we can practice one-on-one reading.
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers

Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY UP HIGH! Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle. Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle WAY DOWN LOW! How else to fingers like to wiggle? (wiggle on different body parts)

  • Rhyme – Trot, Trot to Boston…
    • For this classic rhyme we bounce and then pretend baby falls through our legs at the end.
  • Folder Story – Scat the Cat20170703_170107
    • This is a fun folder story, using color and rhyme.
  • Movement Song – The Hokey Pokey
    • An easy fun some for identifying body parts.
  • Lift – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • At the end of this one we BLASTOFF and lift baby up in the air. Simple movements with a fun countdown at the end.

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!

  • Book – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli51chadzju3l-_ac_us218_
    • I just love the expressions of the alligator in this book!
  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides…
    • A fan favorite and one of my favorites where we bounce faster and faster.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Can’t Stop This Feeling from The Trolls Soundtrack
    • I love this song and it has a really good beat to shake to!
  • Rhyme – If Your Happy and You Know It
    • A nice easy rhyme to start wrapping things up with.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The perfect song to play while blowing bubbles.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Clean Up
    • Any good clean up song, since the babies (and the grownups) seem to love to help me clean up!
  • Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
    • Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.

How’d it go: Well I had to nix my board book this week. I didn’t get enough of them in on time in order to pass them out. Teaches me to use a new one. Instead I pulled out a classic big book — The Carrot Seed — and we read it all together. I also had to nix Scat the Cat. The colors worked for the little ones but the story was a bit too long for the babies. Other than that fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Ten Little Monsters

Uggg, I don’t know what happened to this post but I had it all typed out and poof! Now only the featured image remains. Quickly recreating this…

I am doing a monster themed (we’re not afraid of monsters) storytime later this week and what better way to incorporate a prop than with finger puppets!

My monster finger puppets are going to go to the rhyme of Ten Little Monsters:

One little, two little, three little monsters.

Four little, five little, six little monsters.

Seven little, eight little, nine little monsters.

Ten little monsters can’t scare me!

To create my puppets, I used felt, tacky glue, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and marker. For these, I cut out the felt and once I had everything positioned where I liked it, I glued the sides shut and secured them with paper clips while they dried. For a longer lasting puppet, I could have sewed the edges but I didn’t feel like lugging out my sewing machine.

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Once everything was dried, I drew on my faces and ta-da! Monster finger puppets!

Soooo these came out awesome but I am going to have to have them just march across my felt board because there is no way I can put all ten on my itty bitty fingers and be able to move at all. I didn’t really think of the scale. BUT they are still cute and I will use them!

Fun, easy and something you can definitely tweak for other themes.

That’s all for now!

-M-