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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!


  • 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)

Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2017

30 Dec

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I had a great year on my blog this year with a lot more views than I was expecting and many on some older content that keeps popping up! Im hoping during the course of January, I can revisit some of these topics and create an updated booklist or make some new recommendations. If you missed any of these great posts, take a second to check them out and thanks for visiting Literacious this year!

10. Storytime Theme: Imagination Station

9. Storytime Theme: Imagination & Pretend Play

8. Storytime Theme: Polka Dots

7. Storytime Planning, so much more than just books!

6. Storytime Theme: Say “Hello”

5. Programming for Millennials

4. Flannel Friday: Bubble, Bubble, Pop

3. Life Size Chutes & Ladders Game

2. Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics

1. Storytime Theme: Jungle

Picture Book Month: Lions

24 Nov

24It’s important to follow the rules, especially in the library. One day, when a lion comes to visit the library, the librarian, circulation assistant and patrons are all a little nervous, but soon the lion becomes a valuable member of the library team, helping dust the encyclopedias, lick envelopes and be used as a step ladder to reach the high shelves (his favorite part of being in the library was storytime). But, when the lion has to break the rules to help the librarian, he doesn’t think he’ll ever be allowed back in. What’s a library lion to do?
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Sharing Picture Books with Preschool Teachers

27 Oct

This week, I got the chance to speak in front of preschool teachers during an in-service day about children’s literature trends and share some great new titles that have been published in the past couple of years. The preschool reached out to the library looking for some sort of presentation during their in-service day. And I decided, rather than talking about brain development and the importance of early literacy (which is always important) I wanted to offer these teachers valuable information that they could take back to the their classrooms and implement almost immediately. Continue reading

Early Literacy At Its Finest

6 Jul

There’s a great article on the School Library Journal’s website about the positive effects of storytime on young children. Storytime began in the late 1800s and has changed drastically over the years from a time when children were expected to sit quietly and listen to an adult read books to today’s version of storytime that includes a wide variety of actions, senses, books, songs, dances and more.

I don’t think any librarian out there would argue that storytime is unhelpful to children, but there have been few studies to show the actual effects storytime has on PreK children. I think children’s librarians are also hesitant to say they are experts in the field as many don’t have a child development background and feel uncomfortable telling parents what they should be doing at home. New studies show that being intentional at storytime about early literacy skills makes a difference. Honestly, many of the early literacy skills I’ve shared with parents and caregivers in the past are things they already do, I just give it a name and explain why it’s so important.

I found this article to a fascinating read and really enjoyed learning more about research being done in the public library field. I’d love to see more research focused not only on early literacy, but on public libraries in general. We do far more good than people realize and we need to make ourselves known.

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