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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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-

Family Storytime – Robots

Family storytime is for all ages, so I try to find themes, books and activities that would be suitable for a large audience. This month I went with Robots! Who doesn’t love a good robot?

Here’s what we did:

  • 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:

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  • Pass Out – Power Buttons
    • As the kids came in I passed out red ON/OFF buttons. These are our very own robot power buttons and can be used to “power down” if we are too loud or to “power up” if we are doing a stretch or movement exercise. I also have a few rhymes that use the button.
  • ASL – Robot / Science / Electricity
    • I also teach my kids some American Sign Language to go with my theme each week. This is a great way to promote communication within our community and any way we can help ease the frustration when learning to speak is helpful.
  • Book – Boy + Bot by Ame DyckmanThis one is a little long but I think it works well with the theme and has a little humor to it.
    • Don’t forget to have your robots power down before61nvajggm7l-_sx408_bo1204203200_ the story so the room will be nice and quite! 🙂
  • Song – If You’re a Robot and You Know It from ScholasticWe received a book called “If You’re a Robot and You Know It” that has pull tabs. The book is too small to use but Scholastic had a free download of the song, so I decided to use it as one of my songs.
  • Rhyme – I’m a Little Robot
    • There are lots of versions of this, I’m a Little Teapot, robot remix. Google and you’ll come up with a ton!

I’m a little robot, short and strong. (Stand up straight). Here are my handles, (One hand up. One hand down) just turn me on. (Press our ON buttons) When I get all warmed up, (Shake in place) watch me go. Sometimes I’m fast (move robot arms fast) and sometimes I’m slow. (move robot arms slow)  

  • Felt Board – Building a Robot with Shapes20180416_145715
    • I decided we would talk about shapes by building our own robot. I created a lot of felt shapes and I asked the kids to help me pick out the perfect head, arm, etc. by picking shapes and colors.
  • Rhyme – The Gears on the Robot
    • This is to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus” and it is one I created on my own, with inspiration from one of our pages. Please credit me if you use it!

The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind 
Grind, grind, grind. Grind, grind, grind. 
The gears on the robot go grind, grind, grind all day long. 
(move hands in a circle) 

The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop. 
Beep, boop, bop. Beep, boop, bob.
The circuits on the robot go beep, boop, bop all day long.  
(use pointer fingers to press invisible buttons) 

The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble 
Rumble, rumble, rumble. Rumble, rumble, rumble.
The motor on the robot goes rumble, rumble, rumble all day long. 
(jump up and down) 

The robots all around say “do the robot!” 
“Do the robot!” “Do the robot!” 
The robots all around say “do the robot!” All day long. 
(Do the robot dance!) 

  • Book – Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce51c2azzsh5l-_sx260_
    • I haven’t read this one in forever and it was great to get nostalgic!
  • Song w/ Shakers – Rockin’ Robot by the Mother Goose Club Rhymes for Kids

I always like to end the same way:

  • 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 was a really fun, themed heavy storytime. Haha! Maybe almost too themed heavy. But we liked our robot buttons and we thought some of the songs were super silly. I maybe wouldn’t do the felt board with such a big group because the kids really wanted to pick out the shapes themselves. But overall, fun was had!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Día De Los Niños

Hi Guys!

In celebration of Día De Los Niños, I decided to try my hand and a semi-bilingual storytime. Día De Los Niños or Children’s Day/Book Day is “a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30.” (ALA) Many libraries plan bilingual storytimes to celebrate, which is what I did.

Not being a Spanish speaker, I practiced with a colleague of mine prior to the storytime to get my pronunciation as close as possible and to become more comfortable reading my bilingual books.

Here is what I had planned:

  • 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
    • I love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Song – Skidamarinkidink
    • A great warm up song to get moving and excited for storytime. Simple movements and it gets everyone on their feet.
  • ASL – Celebrate / Read / Book61qc5hF9ghL._SX497_BO1,204,203,200_
    • I also teach my kids some American Sign Language to go with my theme each week. This is a great way to promote communication within our community and any way we can help ease the frustration when learning to speak is helpful.
  • Book – Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora
    • My first book is in both Spanish and English and teaches us about Día De Los Niños. This was my longest book.
  • Active Rhyme – We Can Jump

We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop.
We can clap, clap, clap.
We can stop, stop, stop.
We can shake our heads for yes.
We can shake our heads for no.
We can bend our knees slowly
and sit down just so!

  • Rhyme w/ Scarves – Toss Your Scarves

Toss your scarves, toss your scarves
Toss them way up high.
Toss your scarves up in the air,
‘til they reach the sky.

Wave your scarves, wave your scarves,
Twirl them ‘round and ‘round.
Twirl your scarves one more time,
Then let them, all fall down.

  • Book – Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena51npbYKbrUL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_
    • This was a book in English with Spanish vocabulary throughout. This was a lot easier to read and a great one for someone who wants to do a bilingual book but is shaky with the language.
  • Song w/ Scarves – De Colores from !Vamos a bailar! Let’s Dance! The Dora the Explorer Music Collection
    • This is a bilingual song about color. Dora sings the Spanish and Backpack does the English. th
  • Rhyme w/ Scarves – Hokey Pokey
    • Since we had our scarves anyway, why not do the Hokey Pokey!
  • Book / Flip Chart – Te amo, sol, te amo, luna = I love you sun, I love you moon by Tommie DePaola
    • This was my last bilingual book. I had the big book in English and the Spanish on a flip chart. This was actually a great way to go because the audience could practice saying the Spanish with me. 51QMRITGpaL._SY443_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Song w/ Shakers – La Bamba by Joannie Bartel – Dancin’ Magic
    • Literally all the songs from Dancin’ Magic are awesome. But this one was a familiar song and entirely in Spanish.
  • 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.th
  • 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: Well, I didn’t get any cat calls screaming out that I was butchering the Spanish, so I take that as a success. For my first really bilingual storytime, I thought it went really well. I felt like I had a good balance of Spanish and non-Spanish activities to keep everyone interested.

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Family Storytime: Bubbles & Bathtime

Back to work and back to storytimes! My theme for this week was Bubbles & Bathtime–mostly because I got a bubble gun and just had to use it! This was also a super special storytime because my mom brought my new baby 🙂

So what did we do…

I like to open and close my storytimes the same way.

  • 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, Shoulder, Knees & Toes

Then we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Bath, Bubbles, Duck
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Rhyme – Tiny Tim

I had a little turtle;
His name is Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water
And ate up all the soap.
Now he’s home and sick in bed
With bubbles in his throat!
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, POP!

  • Book – Get Out of My Bath! by Nosy Crow
    • This is such a fun book and can be very interactive. I have the kids shake side to side to make waves in Ellie’s tub.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Splish Splash!
    • Classic song and a fun one to shake to.
  • Flannel – Five Little Elephants in a Bathtub
    • Counting, colors, bathtime and elephants… what more can you ask for.
  • Rhyme – One, Two, Three Little Bubbles

One little, two little, three little bubbles
Four little, Five little, Six little bubbles
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little bubbles
Ten little bubbles go pop, pop, pop, pop, pop
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles
Pop those, pop those, pop those bubbles

  • Book w/ Puppet – The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
    • I made this puppet ages ago and bring him out every once in a while. I also made a cardboard bathtub for the pigeon to bath in.
  • Song w/ Bubble Gun – I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles by The Hit Crew
    • Who doesn’t love bubbles! Trying out this bubble gun, if the kids get too crazy I may need to nix it for Family Storytime.

To close I usually finish with:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It20161007_155100
    • 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: I was pleasantly surprised that the kids listened to me and didn’t go crazy with the bubbles. It actually was really nice, so we will definitely have to invest in a bubble machine that goes further because mine didn’t shoot very far. Other than that, we had a good time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Family Storytime: SUPERHEROES

Hi Guys,

I was really excited about this storytime! I just had an urge to do something with superheroes.

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • 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.
  • Song – Skidamarink
    • It’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Strong, Brave, Smart, Fly61bvkptglul-_sy431_bo1204203200_
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story – Be A Star, Wonder Woman by Michael DahlThis is a new one for our library and it is so great! Showing the kids how their actions are just like superheroes. If you just read the story and not word bubbles there is a great flow. I totally used my superhero narrator voice!
  • Finger Play – Five Brave Superheroes
    • I got this one from Storytime Kate. It’s your standard counting down from five rhyme with some movements thrown in.

Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers)
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’)
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back)
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’)

 Count down from 4, 3, 2…

One brave superhero
Ready to save the day.
She flies off to chase a villain
Up, up and away!
Hooray for superheroes! (clap hands, shout hooray!)

  • Song – Dancin’ with Spiderman and Friends by The Hit Crew
    • 20170914_173259Just a fun song with a few movements to break things up. I stopped mine around 1:50.
  • Folder Story – My Many Colored CapesCheck out my post on this one for more information!
  • Game – Superhero Action Poses
    • I always like to include some fun movement/imagination game. For this one I had the kids put on their disguises, using their hands to make glasses. Then I would prompt them to become a superhero! Between each superhero pose they would put their disguises back on.
      • Fly like Superman; Run like Flash; Jump like Spiderman; Climb like Catwoman; Lasso like Wonderwoman. 513-iqwsj9l-_sy498_bo1204203200_
  • Story – Supertruck by Stephen Savage Very Clark Kent meets cars. A garbage truck by day a super truck by night. Another one you can use your superhero voice for!
  • Action Rhyme – Two Little Superheroes

Two little superheroes, (hold up 2 fingers)
Brave and true.

One wears yellow,
And the other wears blue.

Fly away yellow zip! (one hand behind back)
Fly away blue, zap! (other hand behind back)

Come back yellow. whoosh! (bring first hand out)
Come back blue. zoom! (bring other hand out)

  • Scarves w/ Song – We R Super Heroes by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine
    • I figured superheroes wear capes, so I passed out scarves and we waved them around to this song. It’s a quirky little song but it worked.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

 

  • 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 went great! We were able to be in a bigger room this time, which allowed up to all move around a lot easier. A fun time was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – ART!

For this storytime I really wanted to use my folder story of Scat the Cat, so I decided to go with an Art theme. Similar to my Imagination theme of a few months ago but I mixed it up with different rhymes and books.

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • 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.
  • Song – Skidamarink
    • It’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Art, Colors, Paint & Fun61uefap5vjl-_sy497_bo1204203200_
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story – Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
    • This is a cute one that talks about colors and what to do when the best intentions go wrong. I also love how it looks like paper!
  • Movement Exercise – If Your Wearing Any…
    • I sort of adapted this from a few site, here’s how mine goes:

If your wearing any red, if you wearing any red, if you’re wearing any red… stand up and touch your HEAD!

If your wearing any blue… bend down and touch your SHOE!

If your wearing any green… stand and bow to the QUEEN!

If your wearing any black… reach back and pat your BACK!

If your wearing any brown… just turn yourself right AROUND!

If your wearing any color… jump up and shout HOORAY!

  • Song – The Color Song from Parachute Express20170703_170420
    • Just an upbeat song to shake our sillies out to.
  • Folder Story – Scat the Cat!
    • I found this one online and I LOVED it! It was also a really big hit! You can look at my how to post here.
    • I would definitely recommend making a sign with the chorus on it. I had a volunteer hold up the sign for me and this was a big hit.
  • Game – All the Children Were Sleeping
    • This is a game my mom taught me (she’s a nanny). You go “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping. And when they woke up, they were ____.” Lions, tigers, bears. You get the kids to act out different movements and sounds. It’s a big hit for my kids. Remember to turn them back to boys and girls at the end.
  • Action Rhyme – This is the way… art version61syrqojfnl-_sx425_bo1204203200_
    • You can get the words here.
  • Story – Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! 
    by Karen Beaumont

    • I passed out scarves and we pretended that our scarves were our paintbrushes and while I sang the story, the kids painted their arms, legs, heads…
  • Scarves w/ Song – De Colores from Dora’s World Adventure CD
    • We went through two verses of this one, so we got the Spanish and English versions of the son.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

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  • 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: We had a couple of screamers in this storytime but overall it went pretty well. The parents put up with my singing and they all loved participating in Scat the Cat. About 80 people in total.

That’s all for now!

-M-