Story Yoga

Hi Guys,

A while ago I had to develop a STEAM program without any funds or supplies. We were at the end of our supply budget for the year, so we wanted to see what we could come up with that would still fall under the STEM or STEAM category but take very little materials.

I came across Cosmic Kids Yoga one day and thought this would be perfect. Cosmic Kids Yoga has a ton of awesome videos and lesson plans and just some really great goodies for making yoga fun for kids. Seriously check it out.

I was totally sold when I saw a lesson plan for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. This is a storytime book we use all the time and I thought the repetition would be great for getting the kids used to the moves as we got further along in the story. This lesson plan has all of the moves laid out for you and even comes with some picture poses, so even a novice yogi will be able to do it with the kids. 51r454qvsal-_sy440_bo1204203200_

I changed a few things around in the lesson plan, but for the most part stuck with the majority of the poses. When promoting this program I targeted it for kids 2 and up and said that yoga mats are welcome but optional.

I started out by getting everyone to gather around and we all sat on the floor. I told them what we would be doing today and explained how we were going to combine our love for books with some fun yoga moves. (The parents were pretty impressed!) Then we read through our story first, to give the kids a feel for the story. From there I asked if we were ready to give the story a try with some yoga poses.

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We started out real slow and each move we did together while repeating the line before moving on to the next one. There was quite a mix of ages so I wanted to make sure that the little ones were getting it before we moved on. Then, as we started to get familiar with the story and the poses that repeated, we were able to move a little faster. By the end we were laughing and the kids were asking for more.

That was really all I had planned and when I practiced it took a lot longer. Only 15-20 minutes had gone by and everyone wanted to do some more yoga, so we repeated some of our moves from the story and sort of played follow the leader, while I told them what to do.

I am doing this program again next week, so I am definitely going to tweak a few things to prepare to make it longer. I think I will start off with the story again, then the lesson plan all-but a little slower, and then I am going to show one of Jamie’s 15 minute videos and we can all do it together.

Overall, this was a really fun and pretty easy program with plenty of room for adjustment.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Time For Two’s: Transportation

Hi Guys,

For this storytime I pretty much recycled the transportation family storytime I did back in October, so this post may seem familiar.

I started out with:

  • 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.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

From there we went on to our theme of transportation.61adayapugl-_sy424_bo1204203200_

  • ASL Rhyme – I taught the group the ASL signs for Red, Yellow & Green. For the rest of the storytime anytime we used these colors the kids did the signs.
  • Story – I’m Dirty by Kate & Jim McMullanYou have to be really expressive with this one in order to make it fun. Shorten if you have to but throw a little swagger in when you read it.
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • Just a classic movement song.
  • Feltboard – Cars & Colors 20160917_154101
    • Basically, I just told the kids that “There are lots of cars driving down the street. What color do you see? Beep, Beep, Beep.” For the colors we knew signs for we did them while shouting out the colors. We also practiced our counting by counting out the cars as we went.
  • Game – Stoplight freeze dance
    • I created red, yellow and green circles on popsicle sticks.
    • When I held up the green, they’d drive their cars. Yellow and they would drive in slow motion. Red and they would have to freeze in place.
    • I showed them in different orders and at different paces to make it more fun. A freeze dance for cars!
  • Movement exercise – Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
    • Put baby on your lap and sway back and forth with the music. Or just sway with the older kids.

Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboard, a sailboat

Have you ever seen a sailboat waving its sails.

Wave this way, and that way. 

This way and that way. 

Have you every seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails!

  • Story with puppetDon’t Let The Pigeon Drive The 20161007_155100Bus! by Mo Willems
    • I created a pigeon puppet and instead reading the 51bi6f3mrll-_sx496_bo1204203200_story, I told the kids that no matter how much the pigeon begged, they couldn’t let him drive the bus. So I was the pigeon and the kids kept telling me no every time I asked. It was really fun.
  • Movement Rhyme – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

    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.

    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLASTOFF!

  • Song with Shakers – Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Choo
    • Always a risk, but I passed out shakers and we shook our fanny’s off to the song.

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. We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • 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:

One of our other branches recently closed for a refresh so I wasn’t sure how many people to expect in this one, but it wasn’t that bad. We had a good crew and for the most part all two year olds, which is unheard of! Lots of participation, which makes storytime so much more fun. Overall, this was a good group of twos.

That’s all for now!

-M-

LapSit Storytime – 4/10/17

It’s time for another LapSit Storytime! This is our last LapSit until September. We take a little break in May to make school visits and over the summer we only do Family Storytime, along with other programming.

Here’s a list of what we did:

  • Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
    • This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.

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 – Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill
    • We follow along with the lyrics and do the movements.
  • Movement Rhyme – Patty Cake1100072
    • I went with a lot of classic movement rhymes this time. Get those little hands moving to work on dexterity.
  • Story – Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming
    • This is a great one to work on phonetic awareness. We get to make fun animal sounds and then put them all together in the end into one big gobblygook.
  • Movement Rhyme – I’m a Little Tea Pot
    • Another classic. We do allo of these rhymes twice because repetition is important for the little ones.
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • I planned quite a few songs this time because my allergies have all but taken my voice. So what’s better then playing a song with easy movements.
  • Bounce – Trot Trot to Boston
    • This one is so much fun. You put baby on your lap and then bounce, bounce until the end, where you open you knees and baby “falls” through.

Trot trot to Boston

Trot trot to Lynn

Trot trot to Grandma’s house

But don’t fall in.

  • Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
    • This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.

This is the way the lady rides

Lady ride, lady rides.

This the way on her way to town. 

Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.

  • Song – Old MacDonald Had a Farm
    • I broke out my puppets and walked around the room while the song played and we make our own animal sounds.
  • Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

Up and down in an elevator

First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!

  • Story – Barnyard Dance By Sandra Boynton31314
    • For this one I have my grownups and little ones keep a beat by slapping their knees and clapping their hands. Then I “sing” the song.
  • Song w/ Scarves – Let’s Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the scarves. They’re my personal favorite.
  • Movement Rhyme w/ Scarves – Toss Your Scarves
    • We decided to use our scarves twice this time.

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.

  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • 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? Other than the fact that I kept having to stop for water, this was a great storytime. I actually had a Lapsit where all of my kiddies were babies, which was great because we did so many rhymes and movements targeted for babies. Overall, fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Time for Two’s: Camping

Time for Two’s can be a rambunctious storytime. I was prepared this time with lots and lots of wiggle songs!

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.
  • ASL – Hello FriendsI 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!
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes51r454qvsal-_sy440_bo1204203200_
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – SkidamarinkIt’s a classic, I know you all know it!

Then I get into my theme. This time we did all things camping!

  • Story – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Micheal Rosen
    • This one is great for repetition. The kids almost know the words before you reach the end. You can throw in some movements too, which helps because it is a little long.
  • 20170315_081042Song – Do Your Ears Hang Low
    • We love to sing around the campfire right? First we practiced the words using a flip chart and then I put on the song for us to dance to.
  • Flannel – Five Little KernelsThis is just a simple flannel that you can work on counting with. It is also fun to go POP! and pop goes the kernel.
  • Rhyme – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    • This is a classic. I asked the kids if they ever look up at the stars when they go camping and then we do you simple movements to the rhyme. Repeat twice.
  • Song – The Ants Go Marching
    • I used Freegal to download a decently paced version of this song. We only let it play to 5 ants marching.
  • Story – Scare a Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin51tkyenhdcl-_sx487_bo1204203200_
    • Our library didn’t have a copy of this one so I had to get it from ILL. But it was a great one because the rhyme was fun and at the end I pulled out my bear puppet and all the kids got a chance to scare him!
  • Song w/ Shakers – Chug-a-lug-a Choo Choo
    • We just shake our shakers and dance. By this point in storytime we just need to dance!

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:

Overall, things went pretty well this time. We did just enough to keep us happy and not too much to get all fidgety. I was glad I had all my songs prepared because this is a loud group, so anytime I don’t have to sing/shout over the kids, I’m happy. I do need to find another version of Do your hears hang low; the song was a little too fast for us, so we mostly just swayed to the music.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Numbers

For this family storytime we focused on all things numbers!

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.number
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – SkidamarinkIt’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Numbers 1-10
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language. This time I taught the kids how to sign the numbers 1 through 10. And quite a few adults and kids tried to do the signs throughout storytime!
  • 20170325_171827Joke – Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate (8) 9!
    • I couldn’t resist sneaking this little numbers joke in. The parents laughed and I laughed at myself.
  • Story – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin61ofo4wiwnl-_sx387_bo1204203200_
    • This was such a good story! You can work on number identification, counting, subtracting and colors. It also has such a good moral: “Buttons come and buttons go. But do we cry? Goodness no!”
    • I am totally making a Pete the Cat puppet next time!
  • Song – The Ants Go Marching
    • I used Freegal to download a decently paced version of this song. We only let it play to 5 ants marching.
  • Flannel Board – Woosh Went the Wind
    • This was a flannel I made a while ago. Basically, the dandelions get blown away one by one.
  • Game – All the Children Were Sleeping61gm5ygvsvl-_sy404_bo1204203200_1
    • 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.
  • Movement Exercise – 10 Little Bubbles
    • We do this one to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.” The kids all help me “pop” the bubbles at the end by clapping their hands.
  • Story w/ Flannel – Turtle Splash! by Catheryn Falwell20170318_172340
    • So for this one I created a flannel of the turtles on the log and then I got my puppets out to represent the different animals who scare the turtles away.
    • During storytime, I passed out my puppets to the kids and they had to run up to the flannel board and scare my turtles away.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • Always a risk, but I passed out shakers and we shook our fanny’s off to the song.

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 storytime started out really great but got a little boisterous once we got to Turtle Splash!. I think this group was just a little too big to pass out puppets. Once the puppets were out there, there was no getting them back and no focusing. It was worth a try but I think I’d only ask for volunteers in a smaller storytime, going forward. Other than that, not bad.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Five Little Kernels

I’ve been working on two flannel boards this week. One super easy and one a bit more complicated. This is the easy one and boy was it easy!

Anyone can do this one. You just need white and gold felt. I even used some gold crayon to make my popcorn look like it had butter on it.

This one is for a camping themed storytime I have coming up. I got the idea from Storytime Katie.

Five Little Kernels

Five little kernels sizzling in the pot

All of a sudden, one went POP!

(Repeat until all your kernels are popped)

A fun, easy, quick flannel board!

That’s all for now!

-M-