Baby Storytime: 2/11/19

Hi Guys, I tried to incorporate a lot of LOOOVE into my baby storytime this week!

Here is what we did this week:

  • Hello Rhyme – Clap and Sing Hello
    • This is a new hello song for me so we will see how it goes. I created a flip-chart with “hello” on one side and “goodbye” on the other. Same words, just sub hello/goodbye.
  • ASL Baby Signs – LOVE / HEART / KISS51ycfx-zxrl._sx474_bo12c2042c2032c200_
    • 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 – Skinnamarink by Six Little Ducks
    • A song that ends with “I love you!” and has simple movements everyone knows.
  • Board Book – Snuggle Puppy! By Sandra Boynton
    • I reserved my boardbooks too late so instead of a Valentines Day one, I went with this fun one by Boynton. I pass out a copy to each caregiver and child to help promote one-on-one reading.
  • Rhyme – 1, 2, 3 Little Hearts
    • IMG_1235This is to the tune of ten little Indians. I may or may not teach the ASL sign for “heart,” when we do it.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little hearts
4 little, 5 little, 6 little hearts
7 little, 8 little, 9 little hearts
10 little hearts and a kiss! 

  • Rhyme/Flannel – Six Little Valentines
    • This is one I learned from a colleague and it is a nice surprise when the animals pop out of the envelopes.

 

6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.”

5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”

4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.”

3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”

2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.”

The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  • Stretch – Little Heart
    • This is such a sweet rhyme, so I thought it would be wonderful to share with the babies.

I have a little heart, (place hand over heart) 
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times) 
It keeps right on beating, 
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times) 
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child) 
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself) 
Credit: The Best Kids Book Site 

  • Song/Sticks – Tapping on my Sticks by Kathy Reid-Naiman
    • I’ve never passed out rhythm sticks before but I have enough of them for my babies and thought I would give it a try.
  • Book – A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy 51lvwcalsql._sx456_bo12c2042c2032c200_
    • Who doesn’t love giving baby lots of kisses near Valentines Day?!
  • Lift – Hug Your Baby
    • This is another sweet one and a lift too! It goes to the tune of row, row, row your boat. I got this one from Jbrary but I switched out “bear” for “baby.”

Hug, hug, hug your baby  
Squeeze him very tight   
Hold him high and help him fly
Then hug with all your might. 

  • Lift/Bounce – Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
    • I love bounces!!!

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 – Dinosaur Rock N Roll by Joanie Bartel
    • Shaker songs stump me. Please send some my way!
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we later use for reading.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Clap and Sing Goodbye
    • We end the same way we started.
  • 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:

We started out with just two babies in this group–darn you weather!–but ended up with a good number. So I ended up readjusting a bit in the beginning and went back to my plan about halfway through. So we were a little frazzled but we definitely loved giving hugs and kisses in this loooove themed baby storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Six Little Valentines

Hi Guys,

With Valentines Day coming up, I was looking for a good flannel board. A colleague of mine recommended “Six Little Valentines.” There are versions of this rhyme posted all over the place, but here is the one my colleague sent.

Six Little Valentines 

6 little Valentines were sent to my house,
The first one said, “I love you, From Mouse.” (Red) 

5 little Valentines in my mailbox,
The second one said, “Be mine, Love Fox.”  (Orange) 

4 little Valentines full of love,
The third one said, “You are sweet, From Dove.” (Pink) 

3 little Valentines just for me,
The fourth one said, “Be my honey, Love Bee.”  (Yellow) 

2 little Valentine’s mailed with care,
The fifth one said, “Here’s a hug, From Bear.” (Purple) 

The last little Valentine, from my friend Jay,
This one said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”  (Blue) 

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I made my envelopes by cutting out rectangles, triangles for the fold and a heart as my seal.

My animals, I just printed, laminated and then tacky glued some felt on the backside of the image.

Super easy! Although, I really have to press my envelopes over top of the animals to get them to stick, but it worked so I’m happy.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 2/4/19

Hi Guys,

Finally back to normal baby storytimes! Darn weather, sickness, etc.

Here is what we did this week:

  • Hello Rhyme – Clap and Sing Hello
    • This is a new hello song for me so we will see how it goes. I created a flip-chart with “hello” on one side and “goodbye” on the other. Same words, just sub hello/goodbye.
  • ASL Baby Signs – EAT / THANK YOU / MILK61z-53wzgfl._sy452_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 – Roll Your Hands by Toddlers on Parade
    • This is a simple movement song that is slow and great for babies.
  • Board Book – 123 Counting Fun by Jonathan Litton
    • I don’t know why I don’t use more texture board books in my storytime, but I am going to give this one a try.
  • Rhyme – 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.)

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.

  • Stretch – Fingers Like to Wiggle Waggle

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 do fingers like to wiggle?
(wiggle on different body parts)

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  • Song/Scarves – Scarves On Your Laps by Johnette DowningThis is a great song with simple prompts for moving your scarves around.
  • Book – Get Out of My Bath by Brita Teckentrup
    • I LOVE this one and I thought it would be really neat to do it with the babies in our laps. Move them like you would move the book if you were reading it to them.
  • Lift – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • We lift when we blast off 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.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!

  • Bounce –  I Bounce You Here

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/Shaker – Shake Your Shakers Slowly & Shake it to the East by Kathy Reid Naiman
    • Two quick prompted shaker songs.
  • Song/Bubbles – Took a Bath in a Washing Machine by Jim Gill
    • Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we later use for reading.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Clap and Sing Goodbye
    • We end the same way we started.
  • 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:

This one went well. My idea for the bath book only went so, so. But it was worth a try. I also totally forgot to do our wiggly waggle fingers. Other than that, fun was had!

That’s all for now!

-M-

ASL Storytime: Colors!

Hi Guys,

Today was a very special storytime at my library… a bilingual storytime in both English and American Sign Language. Myself along with a deaf mother and performer, created a program where we worked together to create an inclusive program for both deaf and hearing families.

Here’s what we did:

  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • For this one we taught the group the signs for: more, together, happy and friends. Then we put everything together and signed the rhyme together, getting faster with our signs each time.

The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

  • Introducing Colors51cincq2+hl._sx392_bo1,204,203,200_
    • We talked about a rainbow and what colors are in a rainbow. Then we worked through the signs for: rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. We love the sign for rainbow!
  • Story – Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
    • They way we did this one was that I would ask the questions and my performer would answer. So I would sign, “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” and she would respond, “I see a red bird looking at me.” And we went back and forth until the end of the story.
  • Game – Traffic Light Freeze Game5198qlx1tbl._sy401_bo1,204,203,200_
    • This is you basic traffic light freeze game except, instead of using color signs we used our color ASL signs to indicate what the kids would do. So when we did the color sign for green, the kids moved really fast. When we signed the color yellow, they slowed down. And when we signed the color red, they stopped. We played this for a few rounds and it helped get some of the wiggles out before our second story. BUT it also helped to reinforce our color signs.
  •  Story – White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
    • For this one, my performer signed the story with her interpreter and I accompanied the story with some props. Very similar to this one. I don’t have a picture of mine, so I’ll add that later.
  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • We then finish up with the same rhyme we started with.

The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

How’d it go:

This was a wonderful ASL/English storytime, with a really great turn out. We had both deaf and hearing families and everyone seemed to enjoy the program. The pacing was a little quicker than I was expecting and I think we could have easily added one more rhyme to hit that 30 minute mark. The whole program only took about 20 minutes as is.

Brown Bear is like THE perfect story to do for an ASL storytime. The signs are fairly straightforward and are not that hard to learn even if you do not know sign language. It is also a familiar story for the crowd.

This was such a fun storytime and I can’t wait to plan some more!

That’s all for now!

-M-

STEM Book Club: The Jamie Drake Equation

Hi Guys,

Oh man, I meant to post this one on Friday morning but between sick baby, sick husband, sick mommy and a library comic convention to run… let’s just say, I am beat! Anyway, here you go!

For this months STEM Book Club, I decided to go with a sci-fi/astronomy theme. We will be reading/discussing: The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge.

Jamie Drake is your average boy with one big exception, his dad is an astronaut on the international space station and he is part of a big mission to find life in outer space. Jamie is very proud of his dad but he misses him a lot, especially with his birthday coming up and his dad missing it.

When Jamie stumbles upon a rouge scientist at a dilapidated space observatory, he accidentally downloads something to his phone and starts receiving weird signals. Where could this signal be coming from? Could it really be aliens?

With his dad gone, Jamie doesn’t know who to turn to and decides to investigate himself. But when something goes wrong with his dad’s mission, Jamie knows it is up to him to save his dad from space and all of it’s dangers.

 Here are our discussion questions for this book:

  1. What is this book about? What themes are found throughout? 
  2. (Page 39/179) – What is the Jamie Drake Equation? Why do you think the author used this at the title of the book?
  3. (Page 2) – What is the Goldilocks Zone? How does earth fit into this zone?
  4. In 1977, NASA’s Voyager launched the Golden Record. Do you know what this is? How would you attempt to reach out to intelligent life?
  5. (Page 5) – “Invent an Alien.” This was Jamie’s school assignment. Take a minute and think about what type of Alien you would invent and why?
  6. How would you deal with a famous parent/sibling? Jealousy, admiration… what could be potential issues? What issues did Jamie have?
  7. (Page 88) – What is the Fibonacci Sequence? What do you think about this?
  8. What did you think of Buzz, the aliens in this book? What about their Hi’ive mind? Have you ever thought about there being aliens like this in the universe?
  9. How did Jamie save his dad? Is there a lesson here? 
  10. Jamie had this idea of a Goldilocks family—the perfect family structure? What might be wrong about this idea? Is there such a thing as the perfect family? 

 Then we get into our STEM activity:

DIY Spectroscope 

Supplies: 1 paper towel tube; two 4”x4” and two 1”x3” squares of aluminum foil; Masking tape; 1” diffraction grating square;  

Instructions: 

  • Take one of the 4″ × 4″ pieces of foil and tear or cut a small hole in the center of it — a hole that is smaller than the square piece of diffraction grating. 
  • Being careful to handle the diffraction grating only by its edges, tape it over the hole. Tape only the edges of the grating, not across the middle. 
  • Center this foil-mounted grating over one end of the tube, taped side in, and tape it to the outside of the tube at its edges. Look at the room lights with the grating installed, to see the effects of the grating before the spectroscope is finished. 
  • Assemble the slit end on the table. Take the other 4″ × 4″ piece of foil and make a hole in the center as before. The diameter of the hole should be smaller than the diameter of the tube, to avoid gaps and tears. 
  • Carefully fold each of the two smaller strips of foil (the 1″ × 3″ pieces) in half along the length. Make a sharp crease at the fold of each. Lay them over the hole in the larger piece of foil so that their creased edges face each other with a very small gap between them (no more than the width of a toothpick, or the thickness of a coin). Tape the two creased pieces of foil in place over the hole, and make sure not to cover the slit with tape. 
  • Place the foil-mounted slit over the open end of the tube, taped side in, and wrap the foil around the end of the tube to hold it in place. Don’t tape the slit end to the tube, but you may secure it with a rubber band if you wish. 
  • Align (precisely adjust) the spectroscope. We want to align our slit with the diffraction grating so that we get a wide spectrum, which will be easy to see. 

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  • Hold the spectroscope so that you can look through the diffraction grating end (the plastic square should be about as close to your eye as your glasses’ lens or as close as you would put a microscope). Point the slit end of the spectroscope towards a light source – this can be a light in the room or if you are outside, at the SKY, but NOT the SUN! Look for a rainbow in the spectroscope, probably a little bit off to the side or up or down (you should be able to see regular light from your source coming through the slit, but the rainbow will be off center). 
  • Never look directly at the Sun with the spectroscope or your naked eye! It can result in permanent eye injury! 
  • While still pointing your spectroscope at the same light source and holding the tube steady, twist the slit around until the rainbow is as “fat” or “tall” as you can make it. (Conversely, you can twist the tube while holding the slit end steady – either is equally effective.) Once you are satisfied, tape the foil of the slit end into position. That is it! 

**Adult supervision required**

The Science: 

The diffraction grating in the spectroscope separates light into the different wavelengths (colors) that the light is made of. The Sun’s (or the incandescent bulb’s) spectrum shows all the usual colors of the rainbow. Sunlight is white light, meaning it includes all wavelengths of visible light. The different colors seen inside the tube represent different wavelengths of light, but all are in the visible range.

Sources:

https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/educators/programs/au/docs/sessions/Session_5.pdf 

How’d it go:

I was so excited for this STEM activity and it went really great. I’ve got a few kiddos who don’t like to follow along with the group and needed a lot of help. But other than that were all able to successfully create our own spectroscopes. Wooo!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime – 1/7/19

Happy New Year everybody! I cannot believe it is 2019 but I am happy to be getting back to baby storytime. To celebrate the new year, I am going to try a few different things. Let’s see how it goes:

  • Hello Rhyme – Well Hello Everybody
    • Isn’t Jbrary just fabulous! I thought this would be a great one to warm up to. It has simple movements and should be great for baby and grown-up to interact together.
  • ASL Baby Signs – HELLO / MORE / ALL DONE51mW6VDuwFL._SX444_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 – Roll Your Hands by Toddlers on Parade
    • This is a slow song with simple movements for baby.
  • Board Book – Yawn by Sally Symes
    • I like to pass out a board book to each of my baby/caregivers. This way we can promote one-on-one reading. I read up front and they read with me.
  • Rhyme – Row, row, row your boat41-op1MQclL._SX364_BO1204203200_
    • I haven’t done this classic in such a long time. So we are all going to row together with baby on our laps!
  • Book/Prop – My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael HallWe didn’t have this book in our system, so I made my own sort of popsicle stick story with the figures on the pages.
  • 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)

  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus by Toddlers on Parade
    • Who doesn’t love this song!
  • Book – A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes51jy03nPWOL._SX486_BO1204203200_
    • I’ve been trying to pick a lot of new to the library picture books lately, spice things up, and this is one of them. I also have an elephant puppet, which I’ve been dying to break out.
  • Lift – Up, Up, Up
    • This is one I made up and I think it’s fun!

Up, up, up (lift baby up)
Down, down, down (bring baby back down)
Up, down, up, down (up and down motion)
And tickles all around (tickle baby)

  • Lift/Bounce – Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up
    • I love bounces!!!

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 – Put on my Dancing Shoes by Kathy Reid-Naiman 
    • Time to break out the shakers and what better song to shake to!
  • Song/Bubbles – I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine by Jim Gill 
    • Kids love bubbles and they are great for strengthening the eye muscles that we later use for reading.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Clap and Sing Goodbye
    • This is a new goodbye song for me so we will see how it goes. I created a flip-chart with “hello” on one side and “goodbye” on the other. Same words, just sub hello/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:

Wow, such a big group to start off the new year! Overall, everything went great. We love our bounces and our lifts. Not sure about introducing the three ASL signs, instead of doing the rhyme, but I am going to give it another few weeks.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Hello Winter!

Hi Guys, it is now officially winter and so let’s all say hello to winter in this family storytime for all ages!

  • 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 – Simon Says
    • This is a great way to get the kids up and moving.
  • ASL – SNOW / COLD / WINTER
    • I always 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 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.
  • Book – Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks OR Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
    • I haven’t decided which one of these I am going to use yet. I am going to gauge my audience the day of.
  • Rhyme – Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky
    • Another fun one from Jbrary with simple movements and a nice rhyme.
  • Song – Snow on the Rooftops by Kathy Reid-Naiman
    • IMG_0664This is an easy one to add movements to as you follow along.
  • Magnet/White Board – The First Day of Winter by Karma WilsonFor this one, I am going to draw my snowman body on the white board and add my magnets as I “sing” the story to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. This should be interesting.
    • This is a game my mom taught me. You put the kids to sleep by saying: “sleeping, sleeping a9780688170530_p0_v2_s550x406ll our friends
      are sleeping. Game – Sleeping, Sleeping… And when they woke up they were _____.” And you can wake them up as anything you want, bears, cats, dogs. And keep putting them to sleep and waking them up. But don’t forget to turn them back to good little boys and girls at the end!
  • Book/Puppets – Oh! by Kevin HenkesI’m getting more into puppets, which is perfect for this book because it is a little small. So the puppets will add nicely to the story.
  • Rhyme w/props – The Winter Hokey Pokey
    • I intend to bring in mittens and gloves and add on each garment as we do that part of the hokey pokey.

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  • Song/Shakers – Jingle Bells
    • Why not shake to Jingle Bells, that is the question.
  • 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 cracked me up! First, I changed up my intro and exit a bit and tried some random rhymes I found the other day. I’ll post about them later. And then I totally butchered The First Day of Winter with my singing and everyone was cracking up with me about it. The kids might have been confused but the parents got a kick out of it. ALSO, the kids kept stealing my magnets so my snowman didn’t come out quite right.

Finally, a woman after the program came up to me and asked me if I was an opera singer because I was SO LOUD! hahahahahaha! Made my day.

All and all, this was a really fun storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-