Summer Storytime: Stop and Go-All Things Transportation

Today was another great Summer Storytime with the theme of Stop and Go: All Things Transportation! It was a blast! Here is what the plan was for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Instruments and Scarves

2.) Book One: That’s How

3.) Song with Instruments: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck

4.) Book Two: Toad on the Road

5.) Book and Number Flannel: Night Light

6.) Song and Flannel: 5 Dinosaurs Driving in Cars

7.) Book Three: We All Go Traveling

8.) Book and Flannel: Old MacDonald’s Things That Go

9.) Book, Song, and Flannel: Seals on the Bus

10.) Song with Instruments: Drive, Drive, Drive Your Car

11.) Book: Down by the Station

12.) Goodbye Song with Instruments and Scarves

13.) Activity: Make a Train

 

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Book1A book with very few words but the kids get a kick out of all the animals in it that make the different vehicles move.  This was more of an identification book for me than a storybook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The kids absolutely LOVED this song 🙂 We used bells to do the ding, ding, ding, part !

 

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This was a great book for the kids to help me with counting.

book7.jpgThis book goes up to 10, so I had a flannel with every number that as it got brought up in the story we would put it on the board.  This is a great guessing book as well due to every other page being blacked out except for the lights of the vehicle on the next page.

 

 

 

 

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5 Dinosaurs

This is one of my favorite songs that I learned during one of my first storytimes.  Here is the link for the song lyrics and also a mp3 edition of the song: http://www.nancymusic.com/Dinocarsplay.htm

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This was a great memory book for the group because every page it goes back through all the sounds and vehicles on prior pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was a very fun book that I made a flannel to go with.  Most of the vehicles I got from a PDF that was shared to me from another blog.  Here is the link to the PDF: https://sunflowerstorytime.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/vehicle-guessing-game.pdf .

The rest of the images I found on Clker.

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This was a super easy book to make into a flannel by finding clip art images and the kids sang along with me throughout the book 🙂

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Song with Instruments: Drive, Drive, Drive the Car

Drive, Drive, Drive, the car all around the town.  Merrily x4.  Up the hills and down.

Turn, turn, turn, the key. Make the engine roar, VROOM! Merrily x4.  Let’s go to the store!

Press,press, press, the pedal. Give the engine gas.  Merrily x4.  Now we’re going fast.

Turn, Turn, turn, the wheel.  That is how we steer.  Merrily x4. Make a turn right here.

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Goodbye Song with Instruments and Scarves

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Then I broke out a train set from our system that had lots of trains, tracks, and accessories to make a little town.  Here is a picture that is similar to what we used(from pinterest)

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Summer Storytime-Day and Night Animals

Today was all about animals that come out in the day and animals that come out at night.  We also did some other activities that went along with Day and Night theme.  Lots of new activities during this Summer Storytime ! 🙂 This was the plan for the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Instruments and Scarves

2.) Book One: Forest Bright, Forest Night

3.) Song-The Apple Tree

4.) Book Two: Go Sleep in Your Own Bed

5.) Book with Flashlight: Whoo’s There?

6.) Song with Instruments: At Night it is Dark

7.) Book and Flannel: It is Night

8.) Book, Flannel, and Yoga: Sleepy Little Yoga

9.) Book and Flannel: Quiet Night

10.) Song with Instruments: The Fireflies at Night

11.) Book: Frankie Works the Nightshift

12.) Activity with Puppets: Nocturnal or Diurnal

13.) Book: Nighttime

14.) Goodbye Song with Instruments and Scarves

 

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Song-The Apple Tree

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At Night It is Dark

Tune of: Farmer in the Dell

At night it is dark x2

The sun is gone, the moon has come

At night it is dark

I can see the stars x2

They twinkle softly in the sky

I can see the stars

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The Fireflies at Night

Tune of : Wheels on the Bus

The fireflies at night go

blink, blink, blink x3

The fireflies at night go blink, blink, blink

Out in the Garden

 

Other verses:

The crickets/Field/Munch

Caterpillars/on the leaves/ munch

Spiders/ in the bus/spin their webs

Worms/in the ground/wiggle and squirm

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Activity with Puppets:

I had a bunch of puppets in my bag, about 8 different animals, that I would pull out and the kids would tell me if they slept during the day or slept during the night.

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Summer Storytime-Butterflies and Caterpillars

For the summer we are doing ‘Summer Storytime’ which all ages are welcome from Kindergarten and below.  Our first one together was today with the theme of Butterflies and Caterpillars.  Here was the plan for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Instruments and Scarves

2.) Book One: Don’t Worry Bear

3.) Song-Shake Your Shaker

4.) Book Two and Flannel: Ten Little Caterpillars

5.) Song-Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly

6.) Book Three: Waiting for Wings

7.) Song-The Life of the Butterfly 

8.) Book and Flannel: The Butterfly Alphabet 

9.) Song-The Butterfly Song

10.) Book: Goodnight Sweet Butterfly

11.) Book and Flannel: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

12.) Book: Butterfly, Butterfly 

13.) Goodbye Song with Scarves and Instruments

 

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All of the kids got maracas and we sang this song as we shook them 🙂

Shake Your Shaker (Tune of Old MacDonald Had a Farm)

Shake your shaker in the air, shake it in the air. With a shake, shake, here and a shake, shake there.  Here a shake, there a shake, everywhere a shake, shake.   Shake your shaker in the air, shake it in the air.  

Other Verses: Way Down Low, Way Up High

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I took pictures and laminated the different caterpillars and butterflies in this book and each child got to help me tell the story by bringing up their piece when it came up in the story.

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For this song everyone had bells as we sang:

Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly

Tune of Twinkle, Twinkle

Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly

Floating in  the springtime air

Floating by for all to see

Floating by so merrily

Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly

Floating in the springtime air. 

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The Life of the Butterfly

Tune of Skip to my Lou

I’m a caterpillar wiggle with me x3

What’ll I be my darling.

2nd Verse: Chrysalis, now sleep with me

3rd Verse: Butterfly, come fly with me

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Same as the book before, I took pictures of every butterfly per letter and laminated them.  Each child got to have one that they would bring up to the board when it was shown in the book.

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The Butterfly Song

Tune of Up on the Housetop

First comes a butterfly and lays an egg.

Out comes a caterpillar with many legs.

Oh see the caterpillar spin and spin,

A little chrysalis to sleep in.

Oh, Oh, Oh, wait and see x2

Out of the chrysalis, my oh my, comes a pretty butterfly. 

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This has a great Spanish version that you could use in partnership with this book.

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I had just done this book and flannel a few weeks ago but I had to bring it out again because who can’t tell The Very Hungry Caterpillar during Butterflies and Caterpillars week 🙂

I used my Eric Carle Butterfly puppet as well to surprise the kids at the end.

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This is a beautiful picture book with an awesome surprise at the end that the kids loved 🙂

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Next week is all about Day and Night Animals!

Toddler Storytime-Picnic

 

We went on a picnic today at Toddler Storytime! Here was the plan for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Instruments and Scarves

2.) Book One: Picnic

3.) Song with Instruments-Watermelon, Watermelon

4.) Book Two: The Watermelon Seed

5.) Flannel/Song-One Little Watermelon

6.) Book Three: The Beastly Feast

7.) Flannel/Puppet: Five Strawberries

8.) Song-Baby Bumblebee

9.) Book Four: Mouse’s First Summer

10.) Song/Flannel: On a Picnic

11.) Group Read: Jamberry

12.)Flannel-Jamberry

13.) Flannel-Five Hungry Ants

14.) Goodbye Song with Instruments and Scarves

 

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Song-Watermelon, Watermelon

To the Tune of Frere Jacques

Watermelon, Watermelon

On a vine, on a vine

Sweet and red and juicy

Sweet and red and juicy

Please be mine

Please be mine

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5.) Flannel/Song

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I used this flannel along with my numbers flannel and we counted together as each child brought up their watermelon piece and another child brought up their number piece.  After we were all done we then sang:

One Little Watermelon

One little, two little, three little watermelons.

Four little, five little, six little watermelons

Seven little, eight little, nine little watermelons

Ten watermelons in a row!

 

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Flannel and Puppet-5 Red Strawberries!

I put all five strawberries up on the board and Brown Bear came out and he was HUNGRY! Bear ate every strawberry during this rhyme:

5 red strawberries. Sweet to the core.  Bear came up and ate one and then there were 4. 

4 red strawberries.  Growing near a tree.  Bear came up and ate one and then there were 3.

3 red strawberries, for you and you and you.  Bear came up and ate one and then there were 2.

2 red strawberries, sitting in the sun.  Bear came up and ate one and then there was 1.

1 red strawberry left all alone.  Bear came up and ate it and then there was none!

 

8.) Song-Baby Bumblebee

I’m bringing home my baby bumblebee

Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.

I’m bringing home my baby bumblebee.

OUCH! It stung me!

I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee.

Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.

I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee.

Ew! Yucky!

I’m wiping off my baby bumblebee

Won’t my mommy be so proud of me

I’m wiping off my baby bumblebee

Yay! All clean!

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I didn’t get to this but by using the flannel pieces I already made I wanted to sing this song and have each child bring up a different flannel food piece to the board.

On a Picnic We Will Go 

to the tune of Farmer in the Dell

On a picnic we will go. On a picnic we will go.  Let’s fill out picnic basket up. On a picnic we will go.

(Name of child) brings a (food item).  Let’s fill our picnic basket up. (Name of child) bring s a(food item)

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I was able to get a kit that had enough books for the whole group and we all read Jamberry together!

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Then I did a flannel that I got from Jbrary and added a bit to it.  I used my numbers flannel along with this new one so that every child had something to bring up to the board.  Below is the video of Jbrary doing this flannel song/story!

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Below is the flannel board I printed from ‘Literary Hoots’ and below that is Jbrary’s version of this song that I sang along with this flannel board.  This was a hit for the kids, especially the ACHOO part 🙂

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Toddler Storytime-Food and Healthy Eating

Today was all about food and healthy eating! We had lots of fun singing and playing with different activities today all together! Here was the plan for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Scarves and Instruments

2.) Book One: Yummy, Yucky

3.) Song-I am Hungry

4.) Book and ABC Flannel: Eating the Alphabet

5.) Song-1,2,3,4 _________’s at the Kitchen Door

6.) Book and Flannel: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

7.) Song-Chop, Chop, Choppity, Chop

8.) Book-To Market, To Market

9.) Song and Flannel: The Soup is Boiling Up 

10.) Book and Flannel: Food Fight

11.) Scarf Song-Popcorn Kernels

12.) Goodbye Song with Scarves and Instruments

 

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I handed out maracas to the kids and they shook them through the whole song and sang after me for every verse.  Giving them instruments was perfect because it kept them focused on the song!

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As we read through this book the kids helped me by bringing up the letters as they came up in the story! Then at the very end we sang our ABC’s together 🙂

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This was a great song to do with this group because I have never really done a personalized song before with the kids names in it so they were super excited! It took some time but everyone was engaged the whole time!

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A favorite story of mine! The kids loved being apart of the story by bringing up the different foods to the board as the hungry caterpillar ate them in the story!

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I changed up this rhyme a bit from Jbrary and did Chop, Chop, Chippity, Chop and had the kids pick what we were chopping up before we sang together.  Each child had one hand as their cutting board and their other hand as the chopper.  By having the kids pick what we were chopping up they were excited to be doing the hand movements!

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This was a new one to me and I LOVED it and that transferred to the group ! The excitement was there and they may all be future chefs in the future!  I had laminated food pieces that each child received and they would bring them up to the pot as we sang. All of the kids had imaginary pots as well that they were stirring as we sang.

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The Soup is Boiling Up (from Miss Sarah’s)
..to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell
The soup is boiling up, (flutter your fingers up above the pot)
The soup is boiling up.
Stir slow, around we go, (pretend to stir)
The soup is boiling up.
Who has the broth?? Bring it up to the pot!
First we cook the broth,
First we cook the broth.
Stir slow, around we go,
First we cook the broth.
Who has the carrots??? Bring them up to the pot!
Now we add some carrots,
Now we add some carrots.
Stir slow, around we go,
Now we add some carrots.
Who has the broccoli?? Bring them up to the pot!
Now we add some broccoli
Now we add some broccoli
Stir slow, around we go,
Now we add some broccoli
Who has the tomato?? Bring them up to the pot!
Now we add some tomato
Now we add some tomato
Stir slow, around we go,
Now we add some tomato
The soup is ready now,
The soup is ready now.
Stir slow, around we go,
The soup is ready now.

YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!! (pretend to slurp the soup)

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The kids all got food pieces directly from the book that they brought up to the board when their character was shown in the story!

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Next week we’re going on a PICNIC!

Mad Scientist Club-Rockets

In my monthly club for K-2nd graders we focused on rockets! There is a lot that you can teach about rockets but oh so much FUN you can have with rockets too!! First the group built their rockets from these materials:

1 Paper Towel Roll

2 pieces of construction paper

masking tape

1 straw

1 balloon

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After the rockets were put together as shown in this video below we then had teams that held string tightly so we could race two rockets at one time.

So the steps that we did were:

1.) Make your own rocket by using construction paper, masking tape, and adding straw to the top

2.) Have four volunteers to hold two lengths of string about 5 feet long

3.) Have two rockets go at one time on two different lengths of string by blowing up two balloons and attaching them to the rocket along the bottoms with masking tape (only after blown up).

4.) Release both balloons at same time so that the rockets can race!

 

We talked about Newton’s third law to tie in the science of the rockets.

Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object

Toddler Storytime-Cats

Today was all about one of my favorite animals…CATS 🙂 We had a great time reading, singing, and playing with cats! This was the plan for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Scarves and Maracas

2.) Book One: Top Cat

3.) Song with Bells-I’ve Got a Cat on my Knee

4.) Book Two: Cookie’s Week

5.) Book with Flannel: Cat the Cat, Who is That?

6.) Song-Hey There Pete, You’re a Real Cool Cat

7.) Book Four: Pete the Cat Loves his White Shoes

8.) Flannel: Little Cat, Little Cat

9.) Book Five: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

10.) Song with Stuffies: Five Little Kitties Jumping on the Bed

11.) Book Six: Skippyjon Jones Shape Up

12.) Goodbye Song with Scarves and Maracas

 

 

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I used bells and we sang this song together when shaking the bells on the parts of our bodies that we sang about.

I’ve Got a Cat on my Knee (Tune of Skip to my Lou)

I’ve got a cat on my knee, I’ve got a cat on my knee, I’ve got a cat on my knee.  Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow.

2nd Verse: On my Foot 3rd Verse: On my Shoulder 4th Verse: On my Hand

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I also used numbers so that all the kids could get a turn to bring something up to the board.

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We then sang a song about Pete the Cat with instruments.  I changed up Jbrary’s version of Hey there____ you’re a real cool cat, to be just about Pete the Cat 🙂 It was a lot of fun.

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Flannel-Little Cat, Little Cat .

This is a really fun interactive flannel where Little Cat is hidden and the kids chant with me, “Little Cat, Little Cat, Where are you?” Then guess where Little Cat is and say, ” Little Cat, Little

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Book and Flannel:

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Five Little Kitties Jumping on the Bed-Song

Five little kitties jumping on the bed.  One fell off and bumped his head, mama called the doctor and the doctor said, ‘No more kitties jumping on the bed’.  4-3-2-1.  

 

I used this adorable set of 5 kitties in a cat bed and took one kitten out at a time during the song.

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Teen Puzzle Lounge

I have been looking to do a teen program that is focused but can be a time for teens to do their homework, ask questions, and get more chances to use our iPads.  I found it! The Teen Puzzle Lounge is perfect for all of the above.  We have a 1,000 piece puzzle that the teens are beginning to create but they have also been using the time once a week to ask questions about their homework and get to use the iPads for schoolwork or projects they have begun in the past that they want to continue.  It is a stress free program that is perfect for the teens.

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Rockin’ Readers-RAPTORS!

This week we had very special guests from the Cornell Raptor Program.  These special guests were not dinosaurs 🙂 That was the first guess from the kids of what raptors were.  They were different birds of prey! We had some amazing presenters who made the kids wonder and discover lots of amazing facts about birds of prey and get to see 6 birds of prey IN PERSON!  It was epic! Here are some cool photos from the event.   This was also our last Rockin’ Readers program until school starts again in September so each child got a free book to keep!