Letter of the Day: G Miss Mouse: was hiding behind letter Gs…other g things were hiding too What is hiding in the sock? guitar Miss Mouse: She wanted to know what words starting with g describe today: gloomy and gray. Book 1: Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox Fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap Puppet song: The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Greg and Steve Song 1:Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill. They’re getting better and better at this each week. Prop story: Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller Song2:Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner Let’s talk about the Letter G: Gloomy and glad are the words I came up with. Also, we had grapes, and green and go. Craft: G is for Goat
Letter of the Day: B Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Bears. Today she was hiding behind a Koala, which isn’t really a bear, but … What is hiding in the sack? a banana fingerplay: Clap. Clap Your Lap. “You forgot the words.” Which is true…so I got the words out and we did it together. Book 1:Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. Between Bear and badger there were lots of b words to watch out for. Song: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill. We’re getting better at it. Book 2:Bear in Underwear by Todd Doodler Book 3:Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris fingerplay: roll roll sugar babies Prop:Imogene’s Antlers by David Small song 2:My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean by Jim Gill using our letter Bs … great fun! Even the adults played along.
Juicy word of the day:Brilliant. Also Imogene’s Antlers used the word Bravo, so I used that one too. Craft: Bears like honey. who makes honey? Bees… we stretched a bit and made Bees
I really enjoyed this story time… everything came together rather nicely. It was a small group, but there were enough supplies that the adults could participate. Overall, a bodacious and brilliant time!
Letter of the Day: V Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Vegetables: She was behind the carrots What is hiding in the sack? a volcano fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap. Book 1: The Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClelland Song:Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill. Great rhyming and a really good stretch Flannel/Prop: Lunch by Denise Fleming Prop Story:The Great Big Enormous Turnip. We have a very large plush turnip. I used parents as the animals. It’s great fun.
Book 2: Soup for One by Ethan Long nnel:Ten Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel The Word of the Day: Vivid The Alpha Boogie Craft: letter V with a carrot and celery..
Can I just add, what is up with all the Pea hate in children’s books? Too many canned peas as children, I guess. We must stop the pea hate!
Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Book: Little Pea by Rosenthal (made in to story cards)
Letter of the Day: S Miss Mouse was cleaning her floor, such a mess. We divided up the pieces to thing to keep and things to throw away. What is hiding in the sock? Sun. fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock. Book 1: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas speaking of rhyming, I have a rhyming fingerplay Fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap. I made flannel cards for this, to show the words. They were too heavy and kept falling. Grrr. Will fix for next week. Tip:I actually worked in a literacy tip: Singing elongates vowel sounds: When you sing you’re really singing the vowels. It helps children hear them. Book 2: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont Prop story/song: Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson. Yuck Song:Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi. I like the live version. Book:Yuck by Mick Manning Flannel: Tail ofLittle Skunk by Marsha Arnold Lucy Maud’s Favorite Word: Scarlet. “My glasses are scarlet red.” Other S words we liked: snake, sun, and slide. The Alpha Boogie Craft: We made a Skunk tail out of the letter S.
Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Book: Slop Goes the Soup by Pamela Duncan Edwards. it has lots of juicy onomatopoeia.
Cows and the Letter C: Our First Early Literacy Storytime
Early Literacy Storytime attendance: 23 (12 kids + 11 adults)
Letter of the Day: C Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Cows What is hiding in the sock? A car (we have objects we’re hiding in a sock. Before story time starts, we have kids feel the object without telling us what they think it is. This is the time we talk about the different things in the sock. Everyone pretty much knew it was the car.) fingerplay: Clap, clap your lap. Book 1: The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy There’s a lot of goodness in this book. First, it’s silly, which is paramount. There are delicious phrases in it too: pleased as punch and other goodness. Also, great for predicting and asking questions. Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies… also, we moo moo moo-moo-moo’d our way through it! Book:A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas Song : Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Book: Wow, It’s a Cow! by Trudy Harris Lucy Maud’s Favorite Word: Caterpillar. (We placed the word on the flannel board) Then she asked the kids what their favorite C word was. The consensus: cupcake The Alpha Boogie: You put your C up, you put your C down, you put your C in the middle and you shake it all around …. Craft: We made a simple paper cow
I’d give us a C+(pun intended). I think it was a good first effort. There are a few things I’d like to coordinate better. But as a first attempt, it was pretty good.
Last winter I purchased my own Whatnot. A Whatnot is a Muppet Workshop creation from FAOSchwartz. Traci, our new librarian, went to NYC for the day before starting at our library and came back with a Whatnot Muppet. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted one! I wouldn’t stop creating them until I found the exact Whatnot for me. It was really fun.
I hemmed and hawed and hemmed some more, then I just bought it. When I opened the box, I was so excited — my own Whatnot. But then I looked. Oh no, I hated it. They did something wrong and she wasn’t what I pictured. A few phone calls to customer service, a bit of drama … and I ended up with Lucy Maud in a cheerleading costume. Ugh.
At first I didn’t know what to do with Lucy Maud. She literally sat in her cardboard box until August. I rued the day I purchased her.
Our library doesn’t have an official early literacy storytime. We focus on the joy of the literature and bringing books, songs, and silliness to the kids in our community. But with a new director comes new things. I volunteered to help create an early literacy storytime, using many of the techniques and ideas I’ve learned from Flannel Friday.
One day it came to me: we’re working on building vocabulary to the preschoolers in our community. New words and new experiences help children become better readers (as I understand it). So, in our experimental new early literacy story time, Lucy Maud will come out at the end of story time and discuss the letter of the day. Then, she will think very hard and declare her favorite word that starts with that letter. I think she’ll use it in a sentence. Then, if there is time, Lucy Maud can ask other boys and girls their favorite words that start with the Letter of the Day.
This is a new experience for me. I normally don’t have a puppet talk to me (Miss Mouse only whispers in my ear). I have to develop a voice for Lucy Maud. But, I’m pretty comfortable with her and the concept of being a Word Cheerleader.
Now? Now I think she’s kind of cute. And I’m glad I bought her.
Open Storytime attendance: 63 Hand Out: Ellison S Miss Mouse: was hiding behind socks. She was behind the bedazzled red M sock Miss Mouse was wearing her fancy pink dress wearing sunglasses. It’s sunny today. Sunglasses, sunny and storytime all start with the letter S fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap. Flannel 1:Scaredy the Squirrel. We have the puppet from MerryMakers Inc. Someone on staff turned this story into a flannel and I have to say, as much as I like this book, it doesn’t work for me to tell it. Most people on staff have no problem with it. It’s a personal preference. finger play 2: Hickory Dickory Dock Song:Simon Says with Greg and Steve Book 1:New Socks by Bob Shea. I love this book. His enthusiasm for his orange socks makes me laugh. I really enjoy books written in first person.� Finger Play 3: Roll Roll Sugar Babies Flannel 3:the Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown. Do you know it? It’s great and makes for a fun flannel Flannel 4:I spy the Letter S. This was created in house. We took all sorts of pictures of S words and put them into categories. Food: strawberries, spaghetti, and soup. etc.� Story Card: an in house story called Sammy the Snake.
Things I didn’t use but intended to:
Prop:Jenny’s Socks by Carol Murray (a rookie reader turned into a flannel/prop story)