Rockin’ Readers-BIRDS

Today during our K-2nd grade after school program we read books, played games, did a craft, had delicious snack, and had some trivia.

We began by doing bird sounds with bird pictures.  Read a FUN book.

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Then we played a relay game where kids had to have a basket full of plastic eggs on their head and get to their team to switch off.  The kids loved it and it was harder than they thought to keep that basket on their head without touching it!! Then we went into our craft where we made a robins egg nest 🙂  It was a similar version to this except we just cut out blue eggs for the nest out of paper.

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After the craft we settled down with their snack, fake mud pudding cups, and read another book.

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After this book I brought out my Audubon birds and had them guess from their knowledge of earlier what birds they were !

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We ended with a very light book.

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Toddler Storytime-Birds

Birds 2016.jpgToday was all about BIRDS and we had a ton of fun 🙂 Here was the plan for the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Maracas and Scarves

2.) Book One: Shake a Leg, EGG

3.) Flannel, Song, and Puppet: The Hen on the Nest

4.) Book Two: BIRDS

5.) Book Three with Stuffed Birds with Sounds: Feathers for Lunch

6.) Song with Egg Shakers: 1, 2 Shake it on Your Shoe

7.) Book Four: Bluebird’s Nest

8.) Book Five and Flannel: Wow Said the Owl

9.) Song with Egg Shakers: Egg Shakers Up

10.) Group Read: Peek a Who?

11.) Goodbye Song with Maracas and Scarves

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I had the kids take turns bringing up the eggs while we sang this song for each egg or two:

The Hen on the Nest (tune of Wheels on the Bus)

The hen on the nest goes cluck, cluck, cluck (x3)

The hen on the nest goes cluck, cluck, cluck

Till she lays an egg. 

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We read this super cute and fun book and as the books came up in the story I had these awesome little birds that make their true bird sound from Audubon.  I bought them on Amazon and they were a hit!

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This was a great book to have participation for.  The kids each took a color or a food that matched the color and during the story as their colors came up they brought them up to the flannel board.

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I was able to get a set of 12 hardcover books of Peek a Who that the group got to come and get and read with a friend 🙂 We read them all together as  a group.

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Next week is all about Teddy Bears 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Frogs

Today was all about ribbet-ribbet …… frogs 🙂 Here was the plan for the morning:

1.) Hello Song with maracas and scarves

2.) Book One: Jump!

3.) Song-Mmm Ahh Went the Little Green Frog

4.) Book and Number Flannel: A Frog in the Bog

5.) Song-Little Tadpole

6.) Book Pop Up: Big Frog Can’t Fit In

7.) Book and Flannel: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

8.) Book and Flannel: One Frog Sang

9.) Book and Flannel: Turtle Splash

10.) Song and Puppet: Tiny Time

11.) Goodbye Song with Maracas and Scarves

 

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I used my number flannel to keep this book interactive.   It goes up to 5.

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Little Tadpole Song to the tune of Frere Jacques from JocoLibrary

Little Tadpole, Little Tadpole,

Lost his tail, Lost his tail,

First he had just two feet, now he has four feet.

Look a frog! Look a frog!

 

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I took pictures of the frogs in this book to make it so that the kids could  interact with the story.  Easy to laminate and attach felt to them.  I had a few sets of five so that everyone could have a chance to play.

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I used the numbers flannel with this book as well and it counts all the way to 10!

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Love this book and activity! Had a frog in it so I brought it back again 🙂 One of my favorites!  I had kids put all the turtles up and grab one animal each.  Then when their animal came up in the story they brought animal up and took one turtle at a time down.

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Song with Puppet

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Next week is all about BIRDS 🙂

Rockin’ Readers-Frogs

Today for our after school program for K-2nd graders our theme was FROGS 🙂

The books we read were:

We played a very fun and interactive literacy game where the kids split up into two teams each had a full sheet with the alphabet on it and each child had to come up with an animal of the next letter when it was their turn.

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We made a fun craft together:

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(didn’t get to take pictures during this so this is an online example)

 

Then we ended with a story and a delicious snack 🙂

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Next week is all about BIRDS 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Monsters!

Today was all about Monsters!!! I have done monsters in the past as a theme but this one I changed it up and added new things to it 🙂  The plan for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song (with instruments)

2.) Book One: The Monster at the End of this Book

3.) Song-Horns and Fangs

4.) Book with Flannel: Ten Furry Monsters

5.) Song-We Wave and We Wave and We Stop

6.) Book and Flannel: Tickle Monster

7.) Book: Snappy Little Monsters

8.) Book with Flannel: Go Away Big Green Monster

9.) Book: Glad Monster, Sad Monster

10.) Goodbye Song (with instruments)

 

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I did the same hello song as usual but I had them all have scarves and instruments so we did ‘We wave and sing hello’ with scarves and ‘We shake and sing hello’ with maracas.

 

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I had all of the kids put up their monster on the flannel board and as the story read on and monsters started disappearing the kids would each take down a monster.  This was really fun and good for a big group because for one monster you could get two kid’s turns out of it.

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I did this song but I had the kids do ‘wave’ with scarves and ‘shake’ with maracas like our hello and goodbye song.

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This is a Miss Madelyn favorite.  This flannel board was pretty simple to make due to the easy shapes.  The kids love being able to build up the tickle monster and then take him down by tickling!! It is a very interactive story with the accompanying flannel board.  I really recommend it. It changes the whole book to have the flannel go along with it!

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A FAN FAVORITE 🙂

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Another great book to add a flannel to to have the kids be more interactive during the reading of this simple book 🙂

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LOVE love love this book! This is a new favorite of mine.  There are fun masks for every page in this book so every child got to come up and try the mask on for every monster.  Alot of fun 🙂

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Goodbye song. Same as hello song but singing goodbye instead!

Make and Take: Marker Bots :)

I host a Make and Take once a month for all ages and this month was Marker Bots.  This was very simple and fun to make!

The things you will need for each BOT are:

1 Red Solo Cup

1 Motor

1 Battery holder for two triple A with with wires

Lots of Duct Tape

4 Skinny Markers

Paper to Draw on 🙂

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This was our youngest at the program and she did great! All you do is tape the markers on so that it is stable, tape the motor and battery pack on top, and the key is to put a strip of tape on motor stick(part that is moving when wires connect to motor).  This causes the whole robot to move! There are lots of Youtubes that I watched to get the hang of it but it’s really just putting everything together and making sure that the motor hangs off the cup a bit so that the tape flag you make doesn’t hit the cup.

Rockin’ Readers-The Zoo

For my K-2nd graders after school program, Rockin’ Readers, today was all about the Zoo.  We read books, made a craft, had snack, and played some games!

The books we read were:

We made a craft in between of Snake Bookmarks that I found on Pinterest 🙂

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We had animal crackers for snack when last book was read and we ended with a game: Copy Cat.  Where one person is in the center with their eyes closed (The detective) and some one is chosen to be the Cat.  Then the Detective opens their eyes and the group copies the Cat’s motions.  The Detective has to decide who the cat is 🙂  Then once found out the detective is out and the Cat becomes the Detective.

 

I use GoNoodle to get some of the kids energy out during the stories in the beginning.  I used Moosetube and did the Llama on the Loose dance.  It was really fun to see the kids try to say the rhyme as fast as they could 🙂

 

Next week is Science Day!

Toddler Storytime-The Zoo

Today was all about the zoo.  I have done this in the past but I changed it up this time using really FUN Eric Carle Books 🙂 This was the plan for the day:

1.) Puppet Hello Song and with Lamb Chop

2.) Book One: Animal Opposites

3.) Scarf Song-We Wave our Scarves Together

4.) Book Two: Dancing Feet

5.) Book Three with Song: Row Row Row Your Boat

6.) Flannel and Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

7.) Flannel and Song-Five Little Elephants 

8.) Book-We’ve All Got Bellybuttons

9.) Flannel/Book: Panda Bear, Panda Bear

10.) Song-If You’re a Lion and You Know It 

11.) Book/Flannel: Dear Zoo

12.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop

 

 

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A really fun book that had awesome pictures that really engaged the kids !

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Scarve Song-We Wave Our Scarves Together from Jbrary

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This was a really fun book to read because after we read a page together we would then sing each page.  The kids all had their own maracas.

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This is a really interactive book already but I made it into a flannel. I printed out pictures of each of the animals that are behind the slide and finds, laminated them, and put flannel on the back.  Each child was able to bring up their animal when they came up in the story!

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Five Little Elephants in the Bathtub Song and Flannel

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I made this flannel to go along with Jbrary’s rhyme.

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Another Slide and Find book of Eric Carle’s.  I have fallen in love with these books and the accompanying flannels.  These are a HIT with the whole group.  They do take more time than expected though 🙂

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I took pictures of every slide and find animal and printed them out, laminated them, and put flannel on the back.  Here is a picture of something like it that you could use for quickness.

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Song- If You’re a Lion and You Know It

Changed up the original classic song of ‘If You’re Happy and You  know It’ and made it with these verse:

Lion-Make a Roar

Monkey-Jump Around

Elephant-Stomp  your feet

Crocodile-Snap your jaws

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Book and Flannel that I LOVE 🙂

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For sake of time, each child had an animal and we brought them up to the board when they came up in the story.  There’s tons of fun things you could do with this 🙂

 

Here is the file that I got from Teachers Pay Teachers.  It was a free download so I wanted to share it on here.

Dear zoo story mats- complete the sentence

 

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Goodbye Song with Lambchop

 

Next week is all about Monsters 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Library Day

Today was all about our favorite place in the world, THE LIBRARY 🙂 Here was the plan!

1.) Hello Song with Puppets

2.) Book One: Read it, Don’t Eat it

3.) Song with Instruments-Read, Read, Read a Book

4.) Book Two: Library Day

5.) Scarf Song-Wave Your Scarf 

6.) Book Three: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

7.) Song with Instruments-Zoom, Zoom, Zoom 

8.) Flannel/Book Four: L is for Library

9.) Song with Instruments-ABCs 

10.) Book Four: Kevin Goes to the Library

11.) Flannel Activity: Little Cat, Little Cat

12.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop

 

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See previous post of my hello song from 4/5.

 

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Song with Instruments

I couldn’t find the lyrics to this song so I added some of my own 🙂

The kids had maracas and we sang:

Read, Read, Read a book

Travel anywhere

I will help you pick a book

If you will read to me!

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Scarf Song from Jbrary

Wave Your Scarf

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Song with Maracas-Zoom, Zoom, Zoom from Jbrary

You can travel anywhere with books…even to SPACE!!

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Flannel/Book:

Each of the kids got letters that they could bring up to the flannel board as it came up in the book, L is for Library .  This was a great book to incorporate into storytime because it goes through the whole alphabet and relates each letter to something in the library 🙂

 

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Sang the ABCS with maracas 🙂

 

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Flannel: Little Cat

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Goodbye Song with Lambchop

Toddler Storytime-Pajamas/Bedtime!

Today was all about being in pajamas and getting ready for bed! I had lots of fun activities and songs all planned out and it went really well! Here was the plan:

1.) NEW Hello Song!!!!!!

2.) Book One: A Recipe for Bedtime

3.) Song/Flannel-Five in Bed/Blue Ted

 4.) Book Two: Goodnight Tractor

5.) Song with Scarves-This is the way we wash our face-Jbrary 

6.) Book Three with Flannel: Goodnight Moon

7.) Book Four with Flannel: Nighty Night Little Green Monster

8.) Book Four: Monsters Go Night-Night

9.) Song with Puppet from Jbrary: Tiny Tim 

10.) Flannel: 5 Elephants in the Bathtub

11.) Song-Skinamarink

 

1.) NEW HELLO SONG

I braved it and did a new hello song that the kids enjoyed! They didn’t know the words but they helped me with animal sounds.  I will continue this a few more weeks with different animal sounds.  I got it from jbrary, When Cows Get Up in the Morning.  I used five different puppets: Frog, Sheep, Dog, Bear, and Frog.

 

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Song with Flannel: 5 In Bed/RED TED

 

There were five in bed and Blue Ted said roll over, roll over.  So they all rolled over and YELLOW fell out.

Now there are four….

There were four in bed and Blue Ted said roll over, roll over.  So they all rolled over and GREEN fell out!

Go forward for 3-2-1. Till only Blue Ted is left over with all the bed space!

 

I used the bears I had laminated for candy storytime.  I found these cuties from clker.com

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Song with Scarves-This is the way we wash our hands from Jbrary.

We used scarves to pretend to wash up.  I just edited the lyrics a bit to say so late in the evening.

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We read Goodnight Moon with a special activity.  There is this awesome flannel board set that you can buy on Amazon (click to see).  It was a ball and made the story so much more real for the kids 🙂  The kids each had a piece and would bring it up to the flannel board as it came up in the story.

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I made a fun flannel to go along with this book.  Each of the kids got to help build the monster and then take down the monster.  A very easy and simple flannel to make that the kids all love!

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Song with puppet-Tiny Tim from Jbrary

I did this with a turtle puppet and then did the motions from Jbrary with the kids for the 2nd and 3rd time through.

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Flannelboard Story

5 Elephants in the Bathtub-Jbrary

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Goodbye song- Skinnamarink from Jbrary

 

Next week is all about the LIBRARY 🙂 ❤

Rockin’ Readers-Waffles/Breakfast

Today during our after-school program for K-2nd graders, Rockin’ Readers, our topic was all about WAFFLES and breakfast! The kids got a special treat out of it!

First the kids mixed and measured homemade mix for waffles!

Then we settled down and read some fun stories and did some Go-Noodle when the waffles were being cooked 🙂

We did the slo-motion machine Go-Noodle and the kids loved it ! Here’s the link to it: Click Here!

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Then it was time to eat the WAFFLES 🙂

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Next week we are having a special guest coming in!