Category: story time plans

Bird Storytime

Bird Storytime

The storytime that wasn’t.  I planned this storytime.  I was looking forward to it.  It made me happy.  Then, I fell…and so severely contused my leg I was wimpering and gasping and truly felt the kind of pain that changes your mood.  It was bad.  On top of it, I’m sharing my story time, doing some training with a new staff member.  It’s one thing to do your own story time not feeling well, but to have to try and impart my (cough) story time wisdom with others was just too much.  

Someone else did this story time, and it made me sad that I didn’t do it.  So, I’m writing it down so I can do it another day.

attendance:
Books:  Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins
Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Birds by Kevin Henkes (I really like this book)
Seven Hungry Babies by Candice Fleming (longish)
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Flannel stories:
Round Robin by Jack Kent
House for Birdie
5 Birds on the Line

Of Monkeys and Trees and Saturday Storytime Things

Of Monkeys and Trees and Saturday Storytime Things

Saturday Storytime 8.3.13
attendance: 44
Miss Mouse was wearing her pigeon dress
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind monkeys. They found her right away so we needed to look for the cheese. Instead of yelling Miss Mouse, Miss Mouse! come out come out come out… We sang “the cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, Hie Ho the deerie oh, the cheese stands alone.”  Until we finally found it.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1:Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard One of my favorite titles
Song: Humpty Dumpty by Wiggleworms 
Book:  It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle. A newer title with just the right bit of scariness.  
Fingerplay:  Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  

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Summer Time Vacation Time Saturday Storytime

Summer Time Vacation Time Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 63
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind picnic items: She was behind the basket
Miss Mouse was wearing a picnic dress. She had a basket filled with good things: cupcake, croissant, cheese (of course), and a carton of orange juice.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1: It’s Vacation Time by by Lerryn Korda.  Delightful.
Song: Ants in your Pants by Johnette Downing.  I’d never heard of Johnette Downing until yesterday’s Flannel Friday roundup. And then this morning I notice Ants in Your Pants song on the iPod, just before story time.  I loved it.  We were having  a grand time shaking the shrew from our shoe, and swarms on our arms when CRASH a kid hits the ground crying.  No mom.  Someone offered to get another librarian.  I stopped the music and went straight to …

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Valentine’s Day 2013

Valentine’s Day 2013

Early Storytime
attendance: 18

Letter of the Day: L
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind hearts
What is hiding in the sock?  Lock
Book 1:  Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson
Fingerplay: hickory Dickory dock
Prop:  Mother’s Chocolate Valentine by Jack Prelutsky. We saved a big chocolate heart box from a past valentine’s day bribe from a book salesman.  It’s great to watch the different reactions to this poem.  Some younger kids really react strongly to eating all the chocolates.  It’s not sharing.
Prop story:  Four Valentine’s in a Rainstorm by Felicia Bond.  Until this very moment, I didn’t know Felicia Bond wrote this book.  It was released a few years ago.
Song: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill.  After doing this song for five weeks, there seemed to be real improvement.
Flannel Board: My Froggy Valentine
Word of the day:  livid.  There are lots of good L words, but they’re generally known: laughter, lavendar, lively.  Livid is a good angry word.
The Alpha Boogie
Craft: 

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Moos, Baas, and La-la-las: Saturday Storytime

Moos, Baas, and La-la-las: Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 33
Miss Mouse was wearing missing. Went to visit her friend groundhog. Sent a postcard
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind farm animals. She was hiding behind the goat
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Prop Song: Interrupted Groundhog in which I didn’t have the bear or the second page of the script. I was winging it.
Song:Knuckles Knees
Fingerplay:Roll Roll Sugar Babies. We clucked our way through it like ducklings.
(a new storytime feature) iPad app: Moo Baa La La La I’ve been wanting to do this in story time for a very long time…. we finally bought an AppleTv. It was a lot of fun. I’ve been doing story time long enough to remember we used to do filmstrips (though I never did)… this was an interactive version of a long held story time tradition
fingerplay: A-Ram Sam Sam A girl — maybe 8 0r 9 — came in today and told me she used to come to story time and do A-Ram Sam Sam and that she taught it to her younger sister. I thanked her for reminding me. It’s like riding a bike, once you A-Ram Sam Sam you don’t forget.
Book: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Song Medley: I’m a Little Teapot/Two Little Blackbirds/Humpty Dumpty by the Wiggleworms
Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It.

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book: The Little Red Hen
Groundhog’s Day and other letter G things

Groundhog’s Day and other letter G things

Early Storytime
attendance:  22

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

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Bears and the Letter B

Bears and the Letter B

Buzz Buzz Buzz said the BEarly Storytime
attendance:  13

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!

Veggie Story Time 1.7.2013

Veggie Story Time 1.7.2013

Early Literacy Storytime
attendance:  21

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.

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A Really Enormous Turnip. The pen is there to show you how large it is! Also, it’s been here since before me, and I do not have a source for it.

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..

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Our “V”eggie Craft…

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:

Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza

Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza

The community where I work has a very active downtown association.  They hold a big, festive event the weekend after Thanksgiving.   And we’re involved in the kick-off.  We hold 2 simultaneous storytimes (one in the library’s meeting room and one in the children’s services program room).  Afterwards the crowd meets on the street (temporarily closed by the police) where Mrs. Claus rides a fire truck behind a marching band. They walk down Main Street for a block to the train station where Santa is welcomed and they light the tree.

Don’t you love it?  There is a small-town feel smack dab in the middle of suburbia.  The whole downtown is focusing on gingerbread this season.

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