Tag Archives: language

Toddler Storytime Theme: Counting

6 Oct


  • Can You Count Ten Toes? by Lezlie Evans (We counted in English on most of these pages, but I did ask each group if they spoke any of the languages to help us out)
  • Island Counting 1 2 3 by Frané Lessac
  • One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

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:“Gettin’ My Ya-Ya’s Out” by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Just Say Hi!
  • 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”

Story Time Theme: Langauge

28 Jul

BMP_8458_JT.qxdThis is the last week of our summer story time schedule!  YAY!!! We’re crossing things off the summer schedule and I have to say that I’m pretty excited take a little break until the fall session starts.  Overall, even though I had a huge crowd signed up for story time this summer, I usually only had about 10 kids in story time each week.  This week (Week 6) we focused on language.  After five weeks of early literacy skills I wanted to encourage parents to read stories that used other languages so I gave them a few examples.  The kids loved “moo-ing” during our first story.  I think I need to find a way to make Bebé Goes Shopping a little more interactive, but we had a lot of fun with Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? done in sign language.  The kids were doing a great job of imitating me by focusing on the animals signs.  I used a YouTube video to teach me how to sign the story.  It’s not to difficult and you can even just focus on colors or animals rather than signing the whole story.  I really liked all of my story time themes this session and have to start thinking about what I want to focus on this fall…  Let the planning begin!


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: “Rockin’ the Chute” (Shakin’ the Chute: Fitness with a Parachute – Michael Plunkett) & My Wiggles

Puppet: Meet Willy (monkey) and give high fives!

Early Literacy Tip/Story Stretcher: Talk, read, sing in the language you know best. This allows you to have teachable moments with your children easily and fluently.

ASL Sign: sign (using “1” hands pedal hands in front of chest backwards)

Book 1: Everywhere a Cow Says “Moo!” by Ellen Slusky Weinstein


  • Traditional (fine motor): “No More Monkeys” (Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground)
  • Parachute (popcorn): “Sandy River Belle” (Putumayo Kids Presents: European Playground)

Book 2: Bebé Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional (gross motor): “Mbube” (Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)
  • Parachute: “No More Monkeys” (Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground)

Book 3: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (sign language)


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: “Mbube” (Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)

“Ten Best Sentences”

28 Mar

The American Scholar posted their list of the 10 Best Sentences ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Charles Dickens and while all are very interesting and debatably the best, I would love to see a similar list for children’s literature.  What would be on it?

Most likely something from Dr. Seuss, Margaret Wise Brown, C.S. Lewis and maybe others especially from the Newbery list, but what about those books that slide through the “best” list?  What about those books that make you pause and think because the words and rhythm and imagery is so amazing you just have to stop and think?  A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd is one such book.  Lloyd uses beautiful language to create an amazing story to read.

“The way he said her name made my heart cramp. In all my years of word collecting, I’ve learned this to be a tried and true fact: I can very often tell how much a person loves another person by the way they say their name. I think that’s one of the best feelings in the world, when you know your name is safe in another person’s mouth. When you know they’ll never shout it out like a cuss word, but say it or whisper it like a once-upon-a-time.” – A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd

Who (or what sentences) do you think would make the list?


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