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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!

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Blogging A to Z: Sing-a-long Books

22 Apr

Letter S

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. One is a Drummer by Roseanne Thong
  2. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
  3. Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
  4. Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin
  5. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
  6. There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora
  7. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  8. The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hortgoodrea

Songs & Rhymes:
Five Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)

(count up from 1-5)
Five elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
It all fell in! (knock the felt pieces down)

Are We There, Yeti?

The Hokey Pokey
You put your right foot in
You put your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your left foot in
You put your left foot out
You put your left foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Well, you knock, knock, knock and I say, “Come in.”
You open the door and you take a big spin. Slap your heels and you slap your knees.
Why don’t you do the Head and Shoulders with me?

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. And eyes and ears and mouth and nose, head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Second verse is the same as the first.
Well, you knock, knock, knock and I say, “Come in.”
You open the door and you take a big spin. Slap your heels and you slap your knees.
Why don’t you do the Head and Shoulders with me?

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. And eyes and ears and mouth and nose, head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet. Neck elbows, hips and feet. And thighs and rears and lips and teeth, neck, elbows lips and teeth, lips and teeth.
One more time!

Well, you knock, knock, knock and I say, “Come in.” You open the door and you take a big spin.
Slap your heels and you slap your knees. Why don’t you do the Neck and Elbows with me.

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet. Neck elbows, hips and feet. And thighs and rears and lips and teeth, neck, elbows lips and teeth, lips and teeth.

Neck, elbows, hips and feet (hips and feet). Neck, elbows, hips and feet (hips and feet). Neck, elbows, hips and feet (hips and feet).

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

 

 

 

 

5 Early Literacy Practices: SING

16 Mar

ecrrI’ll be the first to admit that my singing voice is less than stellar.  In fact, it’s downright bad, but that doesn’t stop me from singing in every storytime I offer.  Singing to young children helps them learn so much about language, which is a point I try and make in storytime.

Singing breaks down the language into smaller sounds allowing babies and young children to better understand how their language works.  Singing also stresses certain sounds using rhythm and rhyme making singing a great way to begin teaching your child language and later reading.

So where do you get started?  Lullabies, simple children’s songs, Mother Goose rhymes and finger plays (think 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed) are great places to get started.  If you’re feeling creative try singing the ABCs using a different tune (I can get a few letters in and then always revert to the original tune!) or create your own songs for your kids about what you’re doing.

Teaching kids rhythm early is also teaching them about syllables, sounds, intonation and more so when you see a toddler banging on pots and pans, throw on some music and make it a fun lesson together!  Clapping, marching, jumping and other gross motor skills also practice these skills when used with music which makes music so important to have in the house.  And if you can’t listen to Elmo or Mickey Mouse for one more second – throw on some music you enjoy and have an impromptu dance party in the living room.

Family Storytime Theme: Winter Clothing

26 Feb

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I am so impressed with this group of kids, I’ve chosen some longer books and they will sit through them!  The kids were absolutely giggling over Froggy Gets Dessed this morning and love doing our wiggle song, “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” and really liked jumping to Jim Gills’s “Jumping & Counting” song.  And after storytime a little girl came up to my desk and asked me if I was feeling better (I had to cancel storytime last week due to a stomach virus).  She asked mom to call the library on Monday to see if I was feeling better, which just about melted my heart!  Kids can be the sweetest!  Overall, a great storytime and looking forward to the weekend!

Opening: Hello” with sign language

Hello, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say hello.

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

 Early Literacy Tip: Allow children to sort mitten and gloves – practice matching shapes, colors, sizes and more!

 Book 1: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Transition:5 Little Snowflakes

Five little snowflakes (Hold up 5 fingers.)
Floating by my door, (Move hand in a floating motion.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were four. (Hold up 4 fingers.)

Four little snowflakes
Falling down on me, (Wiggle fingers down to the floor then point to self.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were three. (Hold up 3 fingers.)

Three little snowflakes
Falling down on you, (Wiggle fingers down to the floor then point to children.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were two. (Hold up 2 fingers.)

Two little snowflakes
Having lots of fun, (Make ASL sign for “play”.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were one. (Hold up 1 finger.)

One little snowflake
Lying in the sun, (Form a large circle over your head with your arms.)
It melted away.
SPLOOSH! (Clap hands together.)
And then there were none. (Hold up closed fist.)

Wiggles:Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Blast off!

Book 2: Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney

Transition: “Jumping and Counting” Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill

Book 3: One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George

Closing:Goodbye” with sign language
Goodbye, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say goodbye.

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