Lapsit Storytime – 10/16/17

Hi Guys,

This will actually be my last storytime post for a while. I will be going on maternity leave shortly, but I’ll try to keep up with my book reviews at least.

Here’s a list of what we did this week:

  • 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!
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • Everyone knows this classic. We do it three times, faster and faster each time. By then end, all my sleepy kiddos are ready to go!
  • Song w/ Movements – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a classic and if you are not comfortable singing the song yourself, there are several versions you can download and play the music. This time I used a CD.
  • Lap Bounce – Bumping Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon51a6akqlcol-_sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I did the first two verses of this classic rhyme. Baby bounced on our laps during first verse and during the second, every time we said “axles broken,” we would stop bouncing and dip baby to one side.
  • Story – Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti I did this one a little differently this time. I read each page and flipped the flap and then I had the grownups turn baby toward them and repeat each different peek-a-boo with baby.
  • 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.)

  • Prop – Five Little Pumpkins
    • I made my own gate and pumpkins and taped them to a white board. We then counted out the pumpkins and went through the rhyme together, pointing out each pumpkin as we went.
  • Song – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This is a song with minimal movements, perfect for baby storytime.
  • 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 – EEK! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton51esrqagbml-_sx458_bo1204203200_
    • I love Sandra Boynton and her board books are great. I enlarged this boardbook on our printer and was able to make my own big book to read.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Chugg-A-Lugg-A Choo-Choo by Johnette Downing
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the shakers.
  • Slow down Rhyme – Patty Cake
    • Just a slow easy rhyme to ease on out with.
  • 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? This was a great storytime. We started to run out of time at the end so I nixed Patty Cake but other than that everything seemed to go as planned. We had a lot of late arrivals for some reason, so that sort of interrupted our flow a bit but we made do and had lots of fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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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-

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan is middle grade, realistic fiction chapter book. Amina is a sixth grade, Pakistani-American Muslim who is trying to navigate her way through middle school, while maintaining the traditions of her community.

Amina’s always been shy when it comes to speaking in front of people. She get’s tongue tied and nervous, so she’s always been okay with keeping to the background and hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. But sixth grade feels different. Soojin thinks boys are cute and her best friend is hanging out with someone knew and Amina is afraid she is going to be replaced. At home, Amina’s uncle arrived from Pakistan for a long visit and everyone is on edge, trying to be perfect and impress this very religious and opinionated relative.

When trouble strikes at school and within her Muslim community, Amina is overwhelmed and unsure. Can Amina find her voice and overcome these trying times?

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that really does take into consideration many of this issues kids face today. Building and losing friendships, religious beliefs, hate crimes, parental/familial pressures and expectations, anxiety, pressure and more. Being a kid is tough and every child is different and deals with these differences differently and I think this book portrays this well.

Amina is an interesting main character. Her troubles and fears and completely relatable and yet she is a sweet-natured, well meaning girl. There were several instances where I would have thought most children would have lied but Amina instead tells the truth and continue to fret about her wrongs. She also asks questions when things get too big, rather then keeping her troubled thoughts inside. I like to think this is a realistic 6th grader buuut, I am not totally convinced that a sixth grader would be as sensitive as Amina. I am sure they are out there, I was just surprised by how good natured Amina is.

Amina’s Voice is a book about diversity, tolerance and the trials of everyday life for a middle schooler. Although I think this book would appeal more to girls, there are a few strong male characters as well. Definitely a book I would recommend for someone looking for realistic fiction with diverse characters.

This book gets a high 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

My Many Colored Capes: Folder Story

Hi Guys,

I have a superhero themed storytime coming up and I always like to incorporate some type of flannel or prop into the program. After doing some digging online, I have to say that I was so impressed with a folder story I found on Storytime Katie’s, Flannel Friday. Adapted from Carissa Christner’s script, this wonderful story was turned into a quick and easy folder story, so of course I just had to create my own.

Not wanting steal any images, I drew my own super hero on a colored manila folder. I then cut out the cape so that as I switched the paper in the folder, the cape would seem to change colors. I taped the words onto the back of the folder and ta-da! Such an easy addition to any storytime!

My Many Colored Capes

By Carissa Christner, 2009

My cape of bravery
Goes over my head
It makes me feel bold
And its color is __________ (red)

My cape of honesty
Makes villains speak true
And chases out lies
Its color is ___________(blue)

My cape of fairness
Conquers those who are mean
It makes me feel strong
And its color is _________ (green)

My cape of calmness
Makes me feel mellow
It quiets the world
And its color is ____________(yellow)

My cape of wisdom
Helps me to think
And solve tricky problems
Its color is __________(pink)

My favorite cape
Gives me a nice glow
Its all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!!

I like to include some type of interactive element to my stories, so between each of the stanzas of the story, I created a sign and the kids will yell: Up! Up! And… AWAY!

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We’ll see how it goes! I’ll let you know in my next storytime post!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Lapsit Storytime – 9/11/17

Hi Guys,

Took a little blogging hiatus there for a bit, but I will be back with book reviews this week!

It is finally September, which means baby storytime is back in action! Lapsit is my favorite storytime group. This is a storytime for 0-11 months and we always get lots of laughs and giggles.

Here’s a list of what we did this week:

  • 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 – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
    • This is a classic and if you are not comfortable singing the song yourself, there are several versions you can download and play the music.
  • Story – Overboard! by Sarah Weeks 51v4sf5ayrl-_sx443_bo1204203200_
    • This is my favorite baby storytime book to use. It’s full of fun rhymes and alliteration, which is great for phonetic awareness AND whenever I read the word “overboard” the parents dip the babies from side to side. This is really a crowd favorite.
  • 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.)

  • 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 – 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 – Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch 51dkivpew2l-_sx474_bo1204203200_
    • This is just a fun flip the flap book. Easy to read and fun little surprises as each of the animals get sleepy and yawwwwn.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the shakers.
  • Slow down Rhyme – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • We do this one three times, softer and softer each time.
  • 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? This was a whole new crew with lots of fresh faces. Everyone was pretty good at participating and we all had a lot of fun! So happy Lapsit is back!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Back to School Days!

Pretty proud of this one guys! Came up with this idea all by myself. The kids have been killing me with requests for Diary of a Wimpy Kid books all summer; more so than usual. So I figured I needed to do some sort of Wimpy Kid display and voila:

I picked some poses of the wimpy characters out of the books and put my freehand skills to the test. I made sure to laminate everything so they last longer but the darn laminater crinkled my Diary of a Wimpy Kid sign. Was salvageable but still super annoying.

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Anyway, hope you all enjoy!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – Back to School!

Well it is almost that time, so of course I had to do a Back to School themed storytime.

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 – Shake Your Sillies Out
    • I love this song and it’s a great way to get all the giggles and wiggles out before storytime really gets going.

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – School, Bus, Apple & Learn51xigejft2bl-_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 – Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
    • This is an easy, short book with lots of different concepts and first experiences for children.
  • Movement Exercise – Back to School
    • This is a good movement exercise that helps to get those little fingers moving.

Two little houses all closed up tight (make two fists)

Open up the window and let in some light (open fists)

Ten little finger people tall and straight (wiggle ten fingers)

Ready for school at half past eight (walk your fingers)

  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • Going back to school, what fits more than this great movement song!
  • Lap Theater – Mary Had a Little Lamb20170817_195427
    • I created my own lap theater for the classic rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  • 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!
  • Action Rhyme – Ten Little Buses
    • I used the tune of Ten Little Indians and meshed together a few different rhymes to comes up with the following. I used simple hand movements for Honk, Flash and Shout.

One little, two little, three little buses.

Four little, five little, six little buses.

Seven little, eight little, nine little buses.

Ten little buses in a line. 

Now let’s honk, honk, honk our horns.

Honk, honk, honk our horns.

Honk, honk, honk our horns.

Honk them all to school. 

(second refrain: flash those lights ; third refrain: shout hooray)

  • Story – Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean 618rpzbo2wl-_sx389_bo1204203200_
    • I think Pete the Cat is such a good storytime book and this one is fun and everyone gets to hear my lovely voice.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Recess Time by Putumayo Kids
    • I also like to use multicultural songs in my storytime if they have a good beat. This one is perfect to use with shakers and it’s all about recess!

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: Goodness this storytime was packed! We definitely had a full house but it was still a lot of fun. If I did this one again, I would do Pete the Cat as my first story instead of my last, because we sort of lost focus by that point. Mary had a little lamb was also hilarious and we all got a kick out of it because after the first two stanzas no one knew the words and I kept butchering them. But we all laughed and I got a clap at the end. Overall, a fun back to school storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-