Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Animal Storytime 9/18/18

Book read:
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Dancing Animals (from Librarian Lisa's Storytimes)
This is the way the bunnies hop,
The bunnies hop,
This is the way the bunnies hop,
So early in the morning!
(Other actions can include any other animal and accompanying movement)

Monkey See, Monkey Do (from Perry Public Library)
Monkey see, monkey do,
Little monkey in the zoo,
Little monkey in the tree,
Can you (insert action) like me?

Run Little Ducks (from Athens County Library)
Run little ducks,
Run like a flash! (run)
Jump in the water with a splash, splash, splash! (jump three times)
Paddle your feet all around, (kick feet)
Waddle on home when you hear this sound: Quack, Quack, Quack!

Down in the Jungle (from The Library Ann)
Down in the jungle with a beat in your feet,
Think of an animal you'd like to meet!
Kids call out animal name and make sound

Craft: We used bingo daubers to color a picture of a bear.

Literacy tip of the week: Making animal sounds is a great way to play with sounds and prepare for sounding out words.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Baby Storytime 9/13/18

Book read: 
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

Dancing Animals (from Librarian Lisa's Storytimes)
This is the way the bunnies hop,
The bunnies hop,
This is the way the bunnies hop,
So early in the morning!
(Other actions can include any other animal and accompanying movement)

Popcorn, Popcorn (from Storytime Katie)
Popcorn, popcorn, put it in the pan.
Shake it up! Shake it up! (shake baby in lap)
Pop pop pop! (bounce three times)

Wheels on the bus


I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump twice) 

The horses are walking (from Jbrary)
Horse are walking, they're walking along, (walk or bounce baby)
Walking along, walking along.
The horses are walking, they're walking along.
Woah, Woah, Woah! (lean back)
Other verses: Trotting, Galloping

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

Literacy tip of the week: When you ask your baby questions as you read you are teaching them about conversation and how it works.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Red, White and Blue Storytime 9/11/18

Book read:
The little mouse, the red ripe strawberry and the big hungry bear by Audrey and Don Wood

If you're wearing red today (to the tune of "The Muffin Man", from Green Bean Teen Queen)
If you're wearing red today,
Red today, red today,
If you're wearing red today,
Stand up and say "Hooray!"
(repeat with other colors)

Way up high in the apple tree (modified from Literary Commentary)
Way up high in the apple tree, (lift arms)
10 little apples smiled at me!
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake back and forth)
Down came the apple, (wave hands towards ground)
Boy was it good! 

If you like the color (to the tune "If You're Happy and and You Know It")
If you like the color (name a color)
Clap your hands!
If you like it and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you like the color (name a color)
Clap your hands!
(repeat using different colors and actions. You can stomp feet, wiggle fingers, turn around, etc)

The Waves in the Sea (to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus", from AnnesLibraryLife)
The waves in the sea go up and down, (bend knees up and down)
Up and down, up and down,
The waves in the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The waves in the sea go up and down,
All day long.

Additional verses:
The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap (clap hands)
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (swish hands back and forth)
The boats in the sea go toot, toot, toot, (pretend to honk horn)

Craft: We painted star print outs red and blue. 

Literacy tip of the week: Show your child the cover of a book and talk about the authors. This is a great way to help kids realize how the writing process works.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Baby Storytime 8/9/18

Book read: 
The bridge is up by Babs Bell

ASL sign of the week: Up

Here we go up, up, up (from Reading With Red)
Here we go up, up, up! (reach up)
Here we go down, down, down! (touch floor)
Here we go back and forth! (sway side to side)
And here we go round and round! (turn around)

Roly Poly (from Reading with Red)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Up Up Up! (lift hands high)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly (roll hands)
Down Down Down! (stomp feet)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly,  (roll hands)
Clap Clap Clap! (clap hands)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Lap Lap Lap! (touch lap)

Dump Truck (from ALSC listserv)
Dump truck, dump truck (bounce baby on lap)
Bumping down the road.
Spilling gravel as we travel (rock child back and forth)
with our heavy load.
Dump truck, dump truck (bouncing)
DUMP! (tip child backwards)

Wheels on the bus

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)

Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump twice)  

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

Literacy tip of the week: Songs and books are a great way to teach babies basic concepts, such as "up" and "down".       

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Storytime Rocks Storytime 8/7/18

Book read:
Reading makes you feel good by Todd Parr

Wake up Feet (modified from Jbrary)
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!
Wake up and wiggle in the morning!
(for additional verses use different body parts)

Going to Storytime (with shakers, modified from 2014 ALA conference Guerilla Storytime)
We're going to storytime,
Our friends will be there too!
To read books, sing songs and have some fun it's true!
Shake it, baby, shake it!
Shake it if you can!
Shake it like a milkshake and pour it in a can!
Shake it to the bottom!
Shake it to the top!
Shake it round and round and round,
Until I tell you STOP!

I am a fine musician (from Storytime Out Loud)
I am a fine musician,
That's what people say.
And people come from all around,
Just to hear me play.
My tapping, my tapping,
They love to hear my tapping!
Repeat with other actions like shaking, singing, etc.

Mr. Eric's Jumping Song by Eric Litwin

The Freeze by Greg and Steve on "Kids in Motion" (with scarves)

Craft: We decorated guitar cutouts with torn paper.  

Literacy tip of the week: Share your favorite songs and books with your child. They will pick up on your enthusiasm!



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Baby Storytime 8/2/18

Book read: 
All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

Wake up Feet (modified from Jbrary)
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!
Wake up and wiggle in the morning!
(for additional verses use different body parts)

This Is The Way (with scarves, from Mel's Desk)
This is the way we wash our arms,
Wash our arms, wash our arms.
This is the way we wash our arms,
When we're in the bathtub.
(repeat using legs, tummy, head, etc)


Popcorn Kernels (with scarves, from Jbrary
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels,
In the pot. In the pot.
Shake them, shake them, shake them.
Shake them, shake them, shake them.
Till they pop! Till they pop!

Wheels on the bus

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)

Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump twice)  

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

Literacy tip of the week: Don't worry if your baby won't sit for a whole book. Even a few minutes at a time throughout the day quickly adds up!


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Let's Play Storytime 7/31/18

Book read:
Play this book by Jessica Young

Other book suggestions:
Tip Tip, Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

Play the Guitar (from Storytime Out Loud)
Play the guitar, nice and slow.
Nice and slow, nice and slow.
Play the guitar, nice and slow.
Let's all play together!

Play the guitar really fast,
Really fast, really fast.
Play the guitar really fast.
Let's all play together!
Repeat with other instruments.

"I can shake my shaker egg" by Eric Litwin

Bread and Butter (modified from Project I am Abbey)
Bread and butter, toast and jam.
Shake your shakers as fast as you can!
Other verses: slowly as you can, loud as you can, soft as you can.

Old MacDonald Had a Band

Craft: We made shakers out of toilet paper tubes.

Literacy tip of the week: Handling instruments is a great way to develop the motor skills needed for writing.