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Parachute Storytime: Hats Off!

7 Mar

 

I got a chance to do two parachute storytimes yesterday and it’s fun to see the kids who really love the parachute get a chance to release some energy with lots of movement. A few kids come in with much more trepidation, but most will stay and just observe. This was a stand alone storytime program, although we have offered this in a six-week session and kids will often become more comfortable after seeing the parachute week after week. My first group of kids had a lot of energy, so the books were harder to get through, but they loved the activities. My second group of kids is an integrated storytime with families as well as a small group of children from our early intervention services program from the county – this group was a little bit older and they all did an amazing job listening to not only the stories but also the directions. At the beginning of parachute storytime I teach the kids that when I say “FREEZE!” our parachute is placed on the floor (which works well for a little classroom management). Overall, the kids had a ton of fun playing with parachute, releasing some winter energy and the adults were having a great time watching their kids, taking pictures and enjoying themselves as well!

Books:

  • A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Rob Hodgson
  • You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Rhymes & Songs:

  • Introduction: Hello Parachute (Jbrary)Hello parachute, hello parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Oh so grand, oh so grand
    I can lift you, I can lift you (lift parachute)
    With my hands, with my hands
  • Song: “The Tempo Marches On” by Jim Gill (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee)
  • Rhyme: Grand Old Duke of York
    Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
    He had ten thousand men,
    He marched them up to the top of the hill (raise the chute)
    And he marched them down again (lower)
    And when they’re up, they’re up (raise)
    And when they’re down, they’re down (lower),
    And when they’re only half-way up, (raise half-way)
    They’re neither up nor down (raise, lower). 
  • Song: “Battu” by Angelique Kidjo (Putumayo Kids: African Playground)“Popcorn” with balls tossed on the parachute
  • Rhyme: 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!
  • Song: “Aves” by Guillermo Anderson (Putumayo Kids: Animal Playground)
  • Closing: Goodbye Parachute
    Goodbye parachute, goodbye parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Time to go, time to go
    I can help you, I can help you
    Parachute low, parachute low (bring the parachute to ground)
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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: 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.

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