The kids in my toddler storytime adore “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” so much so that I get nervous to leave it out of my weekly plan, but this fall I’m going to try for “5 Little Leaves” instead, just to give myself a little break from the monkeys. This rhyme can be found in a variety of places and I’m not sure who to give credit to, except that I am borrowing it from Boy Mama, Teacher Mama.
I created my leaves using an Ellison die-cut of the leaf and then cutting around a cardstock pattern on the felt. The brown leaf is the stiff felt and was much easier to cut out, but I’m not if it will stick as well on our flannel board. I also happened to have the puffy paints out from my acorn project last week, so I outlined each leaf in puffy paint (didn’t have red) to make the leaves stand out just a little more. I’m hoping my storytime kiddos don’t revolt with a change to the typical plan!
“5 Little Leaves”
Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing in a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town, (whooosh)
One little leaf came tumbling down.
I just came across this adorable acorn song from Jbrary (who else?) and I’m so excited to use during my storytime this fall. I had a few minutes (and just the right felt and puffy paint) to make an adorable acorn for our flannelboard when we sing this song. And he came out so cute… if I do say so myself!
“The Acorn Song”
I’m an acorn small and round
lying on the cold, cold, ground
people always step on me
that is why I’m cracked you see
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut (clack, clack)
Another amazing option for this year’s summer reading program – Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. Rosie like to creates quiet and shy in class, but at night loves to create “gadgets and gizmos.” But when Rosie’s Uncle Zookeeper Fred laughs at one of her inventions, Rosie becomes upset and keeps her inventing dreams to herself. That is, until Rosie’s great-great-aunt Rosie (the Riveter) comes to visit. Great-Great-Aunt Rose has one more goal on her list – to fly and little Rosie dares to dream about ways to make her aunt fly. In the end, Great-Great-Aunt Rose teaches Rosie that a “great flop” is not the end of the world, but a chance to make it even better.
This is a great story to use for STEM programs with a focus on building and engineering and the importance of persisting your passion. It’s a great way to teach kids about a time in history and the important role women played during World War II. I also loved reading this story because it has such a great rhythm and rhyme to it – it’s a lot of fun! It’s also a great story for showing girls that they science is fun too! I definitely plan on using this story during our summer reading program!
Title: Rosie Revere, Engineer
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2014
I wish I would have seen this book before I did a camping themed story time this summer! Yes, Let’s with its rhyming couplets and repetitive “let’s” shows how much fun spending the day outdoors can be! The illustrations are also a lot of fun with things to find and see on each and every spread… hint – find the squirrel who steals the boy’s sock and follow him through the pages.
This picture book also focuses on spending time with the entire family from parents to teens to young children and even the dog! In a world of laptops, tablets, and cell phones, it’s important to spend time together as a family and spend time enjoying nature and all the fun things to do outside!
Take a minute to check out Galen Goodwin Longsteth’s website and from her website I found out she’s a local – living in Philadelphia! Maris Wicks, has been very busy this year, also illustrating the graphic novel, Primates by Jim Ottaviani!
Title: Yes, Let’s
Author: Galen Goodwin Longstreth
Illustrator: Maris Wicks
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
Publication Date: 2013