Baby Storytime: 6/17/19 

Baby Storytime: 6/17/19

  • Hello Rhyme – Clap Everybody and Say Hello
    • A little bit of a different take from won of my usually hello/goodbye rhymes.

Clap everybody and say hello,
Say hello, say hello
Clap everybody and say hello,
Say hello today

Wave everybody and say hello,
Say hello, say hello.
Wave everybody and say hello,
Say hello today.

Bounce everybody and say hello,
Say hello, say hello.
Bounce everybody and say hello,
Say hello today.

  • ASL Baby Signs – DIAPER / MILK / THANK YOU    61anghvsukl._sx442_bo1204203200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor 
    • This is such a cute song with simple movements for our babies.
  • Board Book – Cookie Countdown by Matt Mitter
    • I’d done this one a LONG time ago and it was a favorite so I am going to try to do it again. And yes, I did a Cookie Monster voice. I pass these books out to all the caregivers to promote that one-on-one interactive reading with the little ones.
  • Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • This is a simple rhyme to start practicing those little hand movements.

Open and shut them.
Open and shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open and shut them.
Open and shut them.
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep and crawl them.
Creep and crawl them.
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open wide your little mouth,
But do not let them in!

  • Rhyme – Cheek/Chin
    • I got this one from another library system. Great for identifying body parts and a fun lift at the end!

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

  • Song –  Skinamarink by Raffi
    • This one depends on how into the caregivers are. But it’s a fun one to sing and do the movements to. Otherwise, they can just watch me dance ha!
  • Stretch – This is…
    • I love this one. It’s so much fun to make the movements and it actually starts to get the kids thinking about opposites.

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)

  • Book – Piggies by Audrey Wood
    • 51utat56g7l._sx448_bo1204203200_This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, so I have to throw it in there every once in a while.
  • Lift – Up and Down in an Elevator

Going up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Bounce – This is the way the lady rides
    • We love how this one goes faster and faster and faster!

This is the way the lady rides,
Lady rides, lady rides,
This is the way the lady rides.
On her way to town.

This is the way the gentleman rides,
Gentleman rides, gentleman rides,
This is the way the gentleman rides.
On his way to town.

This is the way the doctor rides,
Doctor rides, doctor rides,
This is the way the doctor rides.
On his way to town.

This is the way the cowboy rides,
Cowboy rides, cowboy rides,
This is the way the cowboy rides.
On his way to town.

  • Song/Shaker – Can’t Stop the Feeling by Trolls Soundtrack
    • Just an upbeat song to shake our hearts out to!
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • The eye muscles we use to track the bubbles are the same muscles we use when we read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Clap Everybody and Say Goodbye
    • We end the same way we say hello, except we substitute “hello” for “Goodbye.”
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go:

Goodness! What a crowd! My boom box wasn’t working at a 100% today, so I did most of the singing. Other than that, fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

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Family Storytime – 6/15/19 – SPACE 

Family Storytime – 6/15/19 – SPACE

  • 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!
  • Stretch – Hokey Pokey518kjd0zs0l
    • I like to get us moving before we get into our theme and who doesn’t love a good round of hokey pokey!
  • ASL – SUN / MOON / STARS
  • Rhyme – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • A slow movement rhyme for us to kick off our space themed storytime. This is one everyone know, which makes it a great starting point.
  • Book – Life on Mars by Jon Agee
    • I may end up changing this one last minute because I think it is better as a lap read but I was super picky with my themed books for this storytime and I don’t know why.
  • Rhyme – I’m a Rocket!
    • I adapted this one a little bit from an online post I found. It’s fun for both the babies and the movers and groovers. You can do it with baby in your lap or along with your little one.

I’m a rocket on the ground (crouch down on ground).
Waiting quietly without a sound (say softly and put finger to lips)
The countdown’s starting. (start bouncing)
I’m ready to go… (put hands over head to form rocket point).
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
Blastoff! (Jump into air)

  • Game – Space themed gross motor cubeIMG_2216
    • I always like to include some type of “game” for my older guys. This time I created my own gross motor cube. This is basically a cube or dice with actions on each side. You roll to see what you will do. I told my kids that we were going to Astronaut Academy and we were going train hard to go out in space. Then I let a different kid roll the cube each time.
  • Rhyme/Prop – I’m going out in space
    • For this one we did the rhyme and then I held up a planet for us to identify.

I’m going out in space
I’m going out in space
I think I’ll see a planet there
I’m going out in space

What planet did I see?

Saturn, Mars, Earth, Moon…

  • Rhyme – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • This is one I’ve used several times before. And of course we end with a BLASTOFF! so lift those babies or jump up high!61myq77luql

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 rocketship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1… BLASTOFF!

  • Book – Sheep Blast Off! by Nancy Shaw
    • I love the sheep books and they have such a nice rhyme. The book itself is a little small but I am going to work with it.
  • Rhyme – If You’re Going to the Moon…
    • I’ve never done this one before but I am going to give it a try. It is to the tune “if you’re happy and you know it.”

If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)

…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)
…wear your gloves (clap, clap)

  • Song/Shakers –  Rocketship Run by The Laruie Berkner Band
    • For this one, I pass out shakers and we just get the last of those wiggles out.
  • 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 was actually the kick off for Summer Reading as well, which is why I went with a space theme. Everything went really well, even the gross motor dice. Let’s all blast into reading!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Baby Storytime: 6/3/19 

Baby Storytime: 6/3/19

  • Hello Rhyme – Clap Everybody and Say Hello
    • A little bit of a different take from won of my usually hello/goodbye rhymes.

Clap everybody and say hello,
Say hello, say hello
Clap everybody and say hello,
Say hello today

Wave everybody and say hello,
Say hello, say hello.
Wave everybody and say hello,
Say hello today.

Bounce everybody and say hello,
Say hello, say hello.
Bounce everybody and say hello,
Say hello today.

  • ASL Baby Signs – MORE / ALL DONE / PLEASE    51MVTC7uKrL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands by Toddlers on Parade
    • Such a slow, easy song for the babies with simple movements.
  • Board Book – Play! Play! Play! By Douglas Florian
    • I was on the fence about this one but I thought it have a nice rhyme and I love the repetition of the words for the babies.
  • Rhyme – Baby Hokey Pokey
    • I got this one from KCLS and it is so cute! Put baby on your lap and help them with the movements.

You put your arms up,
You put your arms down,
You put your arms up,
And you wave them all around
And you tickle, tickle, tickle
And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
That’s how baby hokey pokey goes!  (clap in rhythm)
You put your legs up…
You put your baby up…

  • Rhyme – Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • I tend to lean toward this classic because it is just sooo cute when the babies start mimicking these movements!
  • Song –  Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes by It’s Toddler Time
    • This is a slow-ish version of the song and it is great for doing body part identification.
  • Rhyme – Fe Fi Fo Fum 51nc8mg2ddl-_sy497_bo1204203200_
    • This is a finger stretch we can use to begin to develop our dexterity.

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.)

  • Book – Clip Clop! by Nicola Smee
    • I haven’t done this one in what feels like forever but it is so fun for the babies. I have the caregiver put baby on their lap and they bounce baby every time I say “Clip Clop.” And of course they get to dip baby to the side when they all fall off.
  • Lift – Toast in the Toaster
    • This is a fun one for babies. You put them in your lap and do little bounces and get faster and faster until you “pop” and lift them into the air.

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot!
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Up you pop!

  • Bounce –  Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
    • My crew loves this one the best out of all my bounces/lifts.

Giddy-up, giddy up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)

  • Song/Shaker – Mr. Sun by Raffi
    • Whenever I am stuck on what shaker song to do, I always fall back on this one.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubble Bath by Joanie Bartels
    • The eye muscles we use to track the bubbles are the same muscles we use when we read.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Clap Everybody and Say Goodbye
    • We end the same way we say hello, except we substitute “hello” for “Goodbye.”
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go:

It was so good to get back to baby storytime! It is crazy to see how much my regulars grew in just one month away! This was just a simple one with a few new rhymes to kick things off. More fun to come this summer!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Family Storytime – 5/18/19 – FOOD 

Family Storytime – 5/18/19 – FOOD 

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • 61ajpd9lpcl._sx409_bo1204203200_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!
  • Stretch – Simon Says
    • We did about three rounds to help get us warmed up.
  • ASL – EAT / MORE / DRINK
  • Rhyme – Toast in the Toaster 
    • This is a fun one for babies and my more mobile kids. For babies you keep them in your lap and for the older ones you let them jump up at the end.

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot! 
Tick-tock, tick-tock

Up you pop! 

  • Book – Hannah’s Tall Order: an A to Z Sandwich by Linda Vander HeydenThis is a newer one for the library and I sort of love it. The rhyme is very familiar, almost Dr. Seuss and I love when she sends the sandwich back at the end. Also a fun way to learn about new foods.
  • Rhyme/Scarves – Popcorn Kernels  
    • I’ve done this one with my babies before. Use a scarf and it is even more fun.

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (Squish your scarf up in your hands!) 
In the pot, in the pot
Shake them, shake them, shake them! (Shake them up!) 
Shake them, shake them, shake them!
‘Til they pop! ‘Til they pop! (Throw your scarf up in the air and catch it on the way down!) 

  • Song/Scarves – Spaghetti Legs by Raffi 41hrfxf3r0l._sx342_
    • We continued to use our scarves to identify our body parts with this song.
  • Book – Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 
    • This is a small book for a big group but great for a food theme because it turns our favorite foods on their heads. Candy is icky and Spinach is deeeeelish!
  • Song – On top of spaghetti by Tom Glazer 
    • I am making my crew use their voices with this one. We are going to do it as a repeat after me. I will sing the line and then they sing after.
  • Rhyme – Apples and Bananas  
    • Then we sang this gem of a song. Which is great for phonetic awareness for the littler guys and for learning about vowels with the bigger guys.
  • Book – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli 
    • I LOVE doing this one because you can really get into the acting side of things. I love pretending that I’ve swallowed a watermelon seed and am freaking out. I may have more fun with it then my audience.
  • Rhyme/Puppets – Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? 
    • I did this one with puppets. I had my cookie jar (box) and my animal puppets inside. Then I brought each one and the crowd helps me find the cookie thief… hint- It’s the dinosaur!

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
______________ stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
“Who me?”
Yes, you!
“Couldn’t be.”
Then who?

  • Song/Shakers –  Happy Feet by Joanie Bartels 51knirgafgl._sx399_bo1204203200_
    • I like to break out the shakers at the end of storytime otherwise I have to scream over shakers the whole time. But boy, do we love our shaking!
  • 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:

The parents indulged me with their singing, so I only forced them to do three verses of the meatball song. They sounded like I was torturing them, so I nixed the second half. Ha! I thought it was only fair for them to sing since I am the one always doing the sing/shouting. Other than that this was a great storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 4/29/19

Baby Storytime: 4/29/19

  • Movement Rhyme – Wake Up…
    • This is a fun stretch to get our bodies moving before storytime. And it is great for babies because it helps us identify our body parts. I got the lyrics from Jbrary but I’ve seen this one around before.
  • Wake up feet, wake up feet
    Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
    Wake up feet, wake up feet
    Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

    (Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.)

  • ASL Baby Signs – MORE / ALL DONE / PLEASE51budem4cql._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • I’ve decided that for the babies, instead of teaching them a rhyme in sign language, that I am going to start teaching three vocabulary words each time. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song – Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • I use this one a lot but it is just perfect for the babies and has such a good rhythm.
  • Board Book – Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim
    • Simple rhyme and another way we can incorporate identifying our body parts and counting. I passed this one out to encourage one-on-one reading.
  • Stretch – This is…
    • I love this one. It’s so much fun to make the movements and it actually starts to get the kids thinking about opposites.

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)

  • Rhyme – The Itsy Bitsy Spider 513ymb9ynrl._sy433_bo1204203200_
    • A classic but I love it when my regulars go from staring at me like I am crazy, to actually doing the movements.
  • Board Book/Puppets – Ten in the Bed by Gill Guile
    • I am SO excited to try this one. I am going to set up ten puppets on a cart and actually have them fall off as I read the story.
  • Song –  The Wheels on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade
    • My little guys all love this one.
  • Rhyme – I’m a little tea pot
    • This can be a fun one for babies because we tip them from side to side at the end.
  • Book – All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler
    • This is another one I found while I was weeding the other day. It’s got repetition and can be interactive with baby and caregiver.
  • Lift – Tick Tock, Tick Tock
    • This is a fun lapsit rhyme with a lift at the end as we “cuckoo!”

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two and three o’clock.

  • Bounce –  I Bounce You Here51ov7kguhdl._sx497_bo1204203200_
    • I love this that this one ends in a hug!

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

  • Song/Shakers – Mr. Sun by Raffi
    • We do this one a lot. You know it. You love it. Shake to it!
  • Song/Bubbles – Splish Splash by Mr. AI
    • Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we later use for reading.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye
    • This is to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. I’ve seen it on a couple of sights and it is a nice one to end to. I think we will probably do the ASL sign for “goodbye” with it.

Now it’s time to say goodbye,
Say goodbye,
Say goodbye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye,
I’ll see you all next week.

  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go:

I picked a lot of my favorites here because Baby Storytime is going to take a month long break in May while we do school visits and get ready for the summer. So you may see me posting a little less next month but I will still try to get some fun things up.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Toddler Storytime: Farms

Toddler Storytime – 4/24/19 – FARMS

  • Hello Rhyme – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  •  Song – Fingers, Nose and Toes by Cedarmont Kids
    • This is a new one for me, so we will see how it goes. Seems to have some fun stretching and movements.
  •  Transition Rhyme – Ten Fingers
    • I haven’t done a purely toddler storytime in a while, so I wanted to have a transition rhyme. I can’t find where I got this one from, so if it’s you, let me know!

I have ten fingers hold up both hands, fingers spread
And they all belong to me, point to self 
I can make them do things
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight make fists 
I can open them wide open hands
I can put them together place palms together
I can make them all hide put hands behind back 
I can make them jump high hands over head
I can make them jump low touch floor
I can fold them up quietly fold hands in lap
And hold them just so.

  • ASL – COW / PIG / DUCK / SHEEP 51a5mwwtdml._sy498_bo1204203200_
    • In getting into a theme, I like my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with the theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communication 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.
  • Rhyme – When Cow Gets Up in the Morning 
    • I may or may not break out the puppets for this one.

When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
And what do they say? Mooooooooo
And that is what they say.
(Ducks, Pigs, etc.)

  • Book/Puppets – The Cow Said Neigh! By Rory Feek
    • If I don’t use the puppets for the previous one, I may use it here. This is a newer book and is so much fun about the animals mixing up their sounds.
  • Rhyme/Magnet – Whose in my barn? IMG_1258
    • I did this one a while back. I basically added magnets to different animals and hid them behind my bars. Then I described the animals and let the kids should out the answers.
  • Song – Old MacDonald Had a Farm by The Hit Crew
    • I’m not sure if we will clap or sing or what but you can’t have a farm theme without this gem!
  • Rhyme – Ten Fluffy Chicks
    • Really breaking out the magnet board this week. This is one from Sunflower Storytime and it has a nice rhyme but also works with counting.

Five eggs and five eggs  (Add a clutch of eggs each time you say “five eggs”)
And that makes ten 
Sitting on top  (Add the hen)
Is Mother Hen 
Cackle cackle cackle   (Clap hands as you say Cackle!)
What do I see? 
Ten fluffy chickens   (Switch eggs for chicks.)
Yellow as can be. 

  • Book – Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw 61ztgpwqfdl._sy495_bo1204203200_
    • Who doesn’t love these silly sheep! A small book but that just means you have to be more expressive.
  • Rhyme – BINGO
    • We are going to do this the classic way, replacing a letter with a clap each time.
  • Song/Shakers – The Shimmie Shake! by The Wiggles
    • Thank you Wiggles for this one. It’s perfect to shake to!
  • Rhyme – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I also like to end my storytimes with this rhyme to see how happy everyone is.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • I like to start and end storytime with versions of the same rhyme. We use the same words as when we said hello, except we exchange “hello” with “goodbye.”
  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
    • Clean up time!
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go:

Man, haven’t done a purely toddler storytime in a while. I would probably change a few things next time and maybe add another song, since we got a little restless. But other than that, all went well.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Holy Sister

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence is the third and final Book of the Ancestor.

Sometimes, it is the long game that matters most.

Nona Grey was saved from execution as a young girl and brought to the Convent of the Sisters of Sweet Mercy. But Nona did not learn to lead a life of pray, instead she learned to reach the path and the way of the blade an the fist. She was raised to be a warrior, for warriors are what is needed as the corridor closes and the end nears.

Now Nona must become the convents fiercest warrior. She must harness every skill she has learned in order to protect the home she has come to love as well as the friends she has made. But destiny and prophecy can be funny things.

Will Nona have the strength to do what must be done? Will the Sisters of Sweet Mercy be able to weather the coming storm? Everything has lead up to this moment and win or lose…. there will be blood.

Seriously, I just LOVE this series. I am so bummed it is over. Lawrence just has such a knack for detail when it comes to those epic battle and fight scenes, I don’t know how he can both picture it and get it down on paper so well! You thought Nona kicked but in the previous books, well you ain’t seen nothing yet.

There is just a wonderful mesh of story and action that go so well with each other. And pretty much all the paths lead to the final moment. You get this surprising conclusion where all the pieces come together without being told every little detail. And yet, there are still things to wonder about.

One day, I am going to listen to all three of these audio books back to back to back because I think you’d really get all those little connections better that way. Regardless, thank you Lawrence for your mini recap in the beginning. Totally appreciated that!

This was just a series that was right up my ally. I don’t know if it is for everyone but I really enjoyed it. 5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-