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Parachute Storytime Theme: Interactive Books

10 Nov

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This was our last week of storytime for the fall!  And I had a pretty small group, which really worked with the books I had.  The kids loved Shark in the Park, especially when they got to yell, “SHARK!”  They, of course, loved Polar Bear’s Underwear as well.  Which is not surprising… underwear is always a sure-fire win!  And because the group was so small they were able to get nice and close to look for ladybug in Yoo-Hoo Ladybug.  I’m excited for a little bit of a break from storytime to refresh some ideas and learn some new things to add in – maybe I’ll finally have time to master at least one song on my ukulele!

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Quick reminder – children are more likely to become readers if they see their parents/caregivers spending time reading!

 Book 1: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Transition: “I Like to Hop” Born to Wiggle – Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies

Book 3: Yoo-Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

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Parachute Storytime Theme: Characters with Names that Start with the Letter “C”

4 Nov

cvr9781416979067_9781416979067_lgI’m not really sure what’s happening but every week I have fewer and fewer kids for Parachute Storytime.  It worked out well for this week as I chose extra long books (even though it probably wasn’t the best choice).  All my books had the common theme that the characters’ names began with the letter “c”  The kids really liked seeing The Cat in the Hat even though the book lasts forever!  But, what they really wanted to do was play under the parachute while the adults shook it (which we did)!  And if you haven’t read C. R. Mudgeon, do your self a favor and read it right away!

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Did you know? The library has pulled alphabet, counting, colors and shape books into a separate concept book area for easy access.

Book 1: C. R. Mudgeon by Leslie Muir

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Transition: “Shaky Shaky” Yummy Yummy – The Wiggles

Book 3: Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Parachute Storytime Theme: Zoo Animals

26 Oct

51HMmTI6C7L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_These are some of my favorite books!  And unfortunately, I had a very small crowd to share them, I only ended up with seven kids, and I think I’m picking books that are too advanced for them.  These books would probably work really well with preschool age kids, but my group is definitely on the younger side for the most point, more at the toddler age.  Today, the kids just wanted to run underneath the parachute and get wrapped up in it when we were sharing stories.  It didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but it definitely wasn’t the worst group I’ve had by a long shot.  I’ll just try again next week (maybe with my toddler books instead!)

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Before heading out for a trip to the zoo, check out some books about animals.  When you go to the zoo, refer back to the stories you read so kids connect what they read with the world around them!

Book 1: Zoo Ah-Chooo by Peter Mandel

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: What To Do If an Elephant Stands On Your Foot by Michelle Robinson

Transition: “Going to the Zoo” Singable Songs for the Very Young: Great with a Peanut Butter Sandwich – Raffi

Book 3: Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo by Karma Wilson

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Parachute Storytime Theme: Emotions

20 Oct

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I think overall, my books were a little too old for the group I had for parachute storytime.  But, they did enjoy telling David, “NO!” and were quick to tell me what all the characters were doing that was wrong and how to act correctly, so I took that as a good sign!  They love playing popcorn with the parachute and I think if that’s all we did for 30 minutes, they’d be happy!  They also really liked “We Are the Dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner – we stomped our feet and shook our parachute just like dinosaurs.

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Teaching children ways to deal with frustration will lead to less frustration for both of you!  Try yoga poses!

Book 1: No, David! by David Shannon

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? By Jane Yolen

Transition: “We Are the Dinosaurs” The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Book 3: Here Comes Destructosaurus! By Aaron Reynolds

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Parachute Storytime Theme: Construction

13 Oct

18377674I had a great sized crowd for my parachute storytime on Monday. The kids were really attentive to the stories and pointed out little details that I hadn’t even noticed.  They definitely loved the construction theme and really enjoyed yelling out the colors in It’s an Orange Aardvark.  And as for the parachute play, the kids had such a great time shaking the parachute and even when we tried something new, walking in a circle holding the parachute the kids had a lot of fun!

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Don’t forget – don’t replace difficult words in the stories you read!  Use those rich vocabulary words and explain what it means to your child.

Book 1: Dig, Dogs, Dig by James Horvath

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: Digger Dog by William Bee

Transition: “Spin Again” Jim Gill Sings Do Re Moe on his Toe Leg Knee – Jim Gill (spin around in a circle holding the parachute, stop and shake slow up and down)

Book 3: It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

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