Read for the Record

27 Oct

rftr2016_headerToday is Read for the Record Day, a national campaign created by Jumpstart as the world’s largest shared reading experience to promote reading to preK children and to highlight how many children are not prepared for Kindergarten when they reach  their first year of school. Last year  2.2 million children and adults from around the world shared Not Norman: A Goldfish Story written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

21965059This year’s choice – The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach about a bear’s wonderful adventures, a missing sandwich and a fun twist you won’t be expecting.  Both of our storytimes today will be reading for the record and we’ll be recording our attendance on the Read for the Record Day website!  You can to, just stop by the website and register to read!  Then, take a few minutes today to snuggle with your little ones and read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich or check it out at Brightly where they created a brand-new aspect of their site – Brightly Storytime, just in time for Read for the Record! This is perfect for families who don’t have a copy of this book in their home library and it’s a great chance to share technology together as a family.  Plus, Brightly has a TON of great information about books, reading and families, so take a few minutes to see what’s new!

Toddler Storytime: All About Me

26 Oct


  • Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn
  • My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Fingerplays, Flannelboards, Rhymes & Songs:

  • Song: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”
  • Fingerplay/Flannelboard: 5 Little Monkeys “No More Monkeys” by Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground
  • Flannel Board/Movement Song: “A Yellow Squash” based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)
An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash
A yellow squash, a yellow squash
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

  • Song:“Shake Your Body Down” by Laurie Berkner, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection

  • Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a car
One named Near and the other named Far…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and the other named Loud…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a mast
One named Slow and the other named Fast…

  • Puppet Show: “Shake Your Sillies Out”

Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books for Halloween

25 Oct

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There are probably a billion Halloween books for little ones – some a little more scary than others, but these are some that I think are great to share with kids as this fun holiday and celebration nears!  Check them out at your local library or independent bookstore!

  1. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara
  2. Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
  3. Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak
  4. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  5. Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals
  6. Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
  7. The Monstore by Tara Lazar
  8. Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  9. Alpha Oops! H Is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
  10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/24/16

24 Oct

This was a strange week in terms of reading – I’m still struggling my way through Start With Why by Simon Sinek.  For whatever reason, I’m not drawn to pick this book up, but when I do, I enjoy reading it.  But, I did get a chance to read The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow which was a lot of fun and the first in a series, so I’m interested to see what happens next.  And I read (nerd alert!) The Weeding Handbook: a Shelf-by-Shelf Guide by Rebecca Vnuk, and yes although its completely nerdy, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to using it to update our collection development plan.

For the week ahead, I finally got my hands on a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and as happy as I am with how the series ended with book seven, my curiosity is still piqued to read the script.  I’ve also got a new middle grade book in hand for this week – Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur.

imwayrJoin Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Screen Time – When, What, How Much?

21 Oct

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a new report on screen time for young children.  And although it definitely is a change from what was originally suggested, there are a lot of similiarities, but with the ability to adjust your screen time as a family for what makes sense for you.

The basic results included:

  • screen time is now defined as “time spent using digital media for entertainment”-CNN
  • For children from birth – 18 months old screen time is still discouraged expect for video-chatting with family and friends
  • Limit screen time to one hour for children from ages  2 – 5 and focus on educational programming where parents and caregivers interact with the child throughout the program
  • And do to results from using media during certain times during the day – create a media-free meal time and no screens at least one hour before bedtime

For more information, check out the AAP’s online publication. And if you’re looking for more information about screen time and the effects on your family or how to create a media plan for you family, check out the Media and Children Communication Toolkit.

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