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A to Z Challenge Survivor

1 May

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I survived the Blogging From A to Z Challenge of 2016!  Although it was a lot of work, I am so glad I got a chance to participate and really focus on writing a number of posts for future dates.  I wrote all of the posts in advance, the first half before April even started and the second half once I got back from PLA in Denver.  It was a great way for me to switch things up a little bit and I’m excited to get back to writing on a more regular basis.

Blogging A to Z: Yoga

29 Apr

Letter Y

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff
  2. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power
  3. You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
  4. My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids by Baron Baptiste
  5. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde
  6. Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford
  7. Stretch by Doreen Cronin
  8. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates

Planning Resources:

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help You Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger by Helen Garabedian

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your ChildGrow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better by Helen Garabedian

Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story by Sydney Solis

Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Blogging A to Z: Letter X

28 Apr

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. A Fox: The Sound of X by Alice K. Flanagan
  2. My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McCallister
  3. Xavier Ox’s Xylophone Experiment by Barbara Derubertis
  4. Fix-It Duck by Jez Alborough
  5. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  6. Sitting In My Box by Dee Lillegard
  7. A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj
  8. Mighty Max by Harriet Ziefert

Songs & Rhymes:

What Begins With X?
What begins with x?
What begins with x?
We all know, we’ll tell you so.
What begins with x?
(Xylophone, X-ray, Xavier)

What ends with x?
What ends with x?
We all know, we’ll tell you so.
What ends with x?

A Taxi Is a Car
A taxi is a car,
A taxi is a car,
You tell the driver where to go,
And then you ride that far.

The Fox Is In the Box
(To the Tune of: The Farmer In the Dell)
The fox is in the box
The fox is in the box
The fox is in the GREEN box
the fox is in the box.

The fox is under the box
The fox is under the box
The fox is under the YELLOW box
The fox is under the box.

The fox is above the box
The fox is above the box
The fox is above the BLUE box
The fox is above the box.

The fox is in front of the box
The fox is in front of the box
The fox is in front of the RED box
The fox is in front of the box.

The fox is to the right of the box
The fox is to the right of the box
The fox is to the right of the ORANGE box
The fox is to the right of the box.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the box
sits so still
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!

Blogging A to Z: Vegetables

26 Apr

Letter V

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre
  2. The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
  3. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  4. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
  5. Carrot Soup by John Segal
  6. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  7. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables From A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  8. Lunch by Denise Fleming

Songs & Rhymes:

Vegetables
(To the Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
We are pumpkins, big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.

We are string beans, green and fine…..
Growing on a vine.
We are onions, round and white….
We make soup taste right.
We are carrots, orange and long…
Help us sing our song.
We are cabbage, green or red….
See our funny head.
We are corn stalks, tall and straight….
Don’t we just taste great.

When the Pod Went Pop!
Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed,
One grew , two grew, and so did all the rest;
They grew…and grew…and did not stop,
Until one day the pod went…POP!

Making a Fruit Salad
(To the tune of Ten Little Indians)
For our last activity, I like to encourage color skills in tandem with the vocabulary from the theme. I had printed out lots of yellow bananas, purple grapes, green pears, blue blueberries, and red strawberries, and I laminated them and attached little Velcro dots to the backs. Each kiddo got three pieces of fruit, and together we put them on the felt board one type at a time. Again as per Abby the Librarian, we sang a little song as we put our fruits up on the board:

Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Mmm, Mmm! It tastes so good!

Fruit Salad
Watermelon, Watermelon, (big circle with hands)
Pa-pay-a, pap-ay-a, (chop air in front of body on each syllable)
Ba-a-a-a-nana, Ba-a-a-a-nana, (swing arms down like rocking a baby)
Fruuuuit Salad, fruuuuit salad! (dance it out!)

Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Pomegranate
Tomato, tomato, tomato,
Pineapple, pineapple, pineapple
Fruit salad, fruit salad, fruit salad

Blogging A to Z: Umbrellas

25 Apr

Letter U

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. Rain! by Linda Ashman
  2. Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
  3. Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
  4. Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee
  5. Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
  6. The Umbrella by Jan Brett
  7. Un-brella by Scott E. Fanson
  8. Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Songs & Rhymes:

Rain is Falling Down
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap once loudly)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap once loudly)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
[Repeat until kids are worn out.]

If All the Rain Drops

Making a Rainstorm
This is such a simple activity, but always fun.  I ask the kids to do what I’m doing in order to make a rainstorm.  First we rub our hands together, then click our tongues (to sound like drops of rain), then clap our hands, then slap our knees, then stomp our feet.  Finally I have them all stand up, and we all jump at the same time to make a thunderclap, and then we do all of the actions in reverse to make the rain “stop.”

Little Moon
Oh no, some rain clouds are hiding the moon!  We tried to find the moon by chanting, “Little moon, little moon, are you behind the _______ cloud?”

This game is a favorite in storytime, and the kids were especially good at finding the little moon.

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