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Jbrary – A Resource You Don’t Want To Miss

9 Dec

download.pngIf you’re a storytime librarian, a preK teacher, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent, sibling, etc., you have to take some time to explore Jbrary’s website.  Jbrary is the brain child of two children’s librarians in Vancouver, British Columbia and it’s an absolutely amazing resource filled with books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and more.  And the best part is that they film the songs for their YouTube channel, making it so easy to learn (especially for tone-deaf librarians like myself!)

My own storytime has benefited greatly from the resources I’ve found on Jbrary. If you only try one new song in the next year – my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fruit Salad (and Bananas Unite and See the Little Bunnies Sleeping and… you get the idea), basically everything I’ve tried my kids go crazy for!

And you need to stop by and see the 2016 Favorite Storytime Picture Books – all books published over the course of the past year that are tried and true books perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a larger group! What’s great is that there are books on this list for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school, so no one will feel left out! So take some time to check out this amazing resource that just might make life a little easier when planning storytime or sharing time with your favorite little ones!

Blogging A to Z: Rhyming

21 Apr

Letter R (2)

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. My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis
  2. There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann
  3. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk
  4. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
  5. Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
  6. Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim
  7. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  8. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Songs & Rhymes:

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!

“Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill

“Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and the Turtle)” by The Laurie Berkner Band

“Drivin’ In My Car” by Ralph’s World

 

 

Blogging A to Z: Nursery Rhymes

16 Apr

Letter N

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!

Book List:

  1. Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
  2. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales by Mary Ann Hoberman
  3. This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington
  4. Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela N. Dominguez
  5. 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
  6. Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker
  7. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  8. Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

Songs & Rhymes: 

There a number of places to search for nursery rhymes, each with its own variation on the popular nursery rhymes:

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes.com

Little Baby Bum

Songs for Teaching

Enchanted Learning

 

 

 

 

Flannel Friday: The Acorn Song

28 Aug

11911825_10100733802326526_405108303_nI 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)

Flannel Friday 5/22/2015

22 May

IMG_2007[1]Although not a flannel board activity, I absolutely love folder games and rhymes.  They are so great when you have all the pieces in one spot (including the rhyme) which is perfect because you don’t have to memorize the rhyme when you have something like this.  This is a farm themed folder activity.  I found a piece of clip art of a barn (specifically one with a barn door) and printed it a large as I could on a piece of paper and glued it to a folder.  After it had dried, I cut the barn door on three sides so it could be folded down to reveal the animals in the barn.  On the other side of the folder, I glued the words to the rhyme.

Open up the barn door, the spring goes “Boink.”
TIMG_2009[1]here’s a pig in the barn, saying, “Oink, oink, oink.”
Open up the barn door before the clock strikes two.
There’s a cow in the barn, saying, “Moo, moo, moo.”
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day.
There’s a horse in the barn, saying, “Neigh, neigh, neigh.”
Open up the barn door, singing, “Tra-la-la.”
There’s a sheep in the barn, saying, “Baa, baa, baa.”
Open up the barn door, while the sky is blue.
There’s a rooster in the barn, saying, “Cock-a-doodle-do!”
Open up the barn door and don’t get off the track.
There’s a duck in the barn, saying, “Quack, quack, quack.”

These folder rhymes are great for early literacy – IMG_2010[1]this one is perfect for practicing animal sounds, rhyming, and if children get to interact with it themselves, they can practice fine motor skills when opening the barn door.

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