Category: Lucy Maud the Word Cheerleader

Stinky Storytime

Stinky Storytime

Early Storytime
attendance: 25

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 of Little 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

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

My evaluation:

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.

Meet Lucy Maud, The Word Cheerleader

Meet Lucy Maud, The Word Cheerleader

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.

I’m Lucy Maud! Who are you?

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.

Any other ideas? I’d love to hear them!