Family Storytime Theme: Say “Hello”

19 Dec

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I don’t know if it’s Adele’s new song, but I decided to try out a “Hello” storytime this morning and it was awesome!  I really liked all the books (and so did the families) as well as all the fun activities I chose as transitions and fillers.  The kids had a great time chasing bubbles, we did all of our songs twice to practice the words and motions and the families did a great job interacting when they needed to.  Bananas Unite continues to be a favorite and Jbrary really helped me out with great movement songs, a hello song and a goodbye song.

Opening: Hello” with sign language
Hello, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say hello.

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

Early Literacy Tip: Songs are a great way to teach children the smaller sounds in words!  Don’t be afraid to sing with your kids!

Book 1: Say Hello! By Rachel Isadora

Transition: “Hoya Hoye” by Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground (bubble activity)

Wiggles:Bananas Unite
Bananas unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
Go Bananas!
Book 2: Say Hello by Linda Davick

Transition: The Elevator Song
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.

Book 3: Hello Baby! by Mem Fox (flannel board)

Closing:We Clap and Sing Goodbye
We clap and sing goodbye,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing goodbye!

We stomp and sing goodbye…
We turn and sing goodbye…
We stretch and sing goodbye…
We jump and sing goodbye…


6 Responses to “Family Storytime Theme: Say “Hello””

  1. thislibrarianslife December 19, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    This is crazy bananas adorable! I also love Say Hello by Rachel Isadora 🙂

    • literacious December 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

      Thanks, Sarah! I only stumbled over the Arabic “hello”, but managed to not mangle the other languages too badly 🙂

  2. crishamilton December 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Your program sounds very fun, no matter what, but it’s particularly extra fun since one of your authors (Linda) is a friend. Who is very fun. :):)

    • literacious December 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      That’s awesome! Her book went over fabulously today! The kids really enjoyed it!


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