attendance: 34 Miss Mouse was wearing a yellow dress with flowers.She was making cupcakes for Mother’s Day Miss Mouse: was hiding behind — too much to do this week. fingerplay: Clap Clap your Lap Song 1: I’m a Little Tea Pot with 2 Little Blackbirdsand since that wasn’t the song I wanted to start with I addedHumpty Dumptyfrom the same CD Book 1: Mommies say Shh by Patricia Polacco Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies Book: Just Like Mommy by Harriet Ziefert. Nice and simple like most Ziefert books… it was the right book for this audience (on the younger side) Song 3: Two For Tea by Jim Gill. I’d wanted to pair this with I’m a Little Teapot… oops. I heard his new CD for the first time yesterday and really wanted to try some songs today. Flannelboard story:Monkey Face by Frank Asch Song 4:Beethoven’s Five Finger Play— another new one. I love the beginning but it lasts a little long for me Book: Stop Kissing Me by Ethan Long. There is a little button that simulates a kissing sound. It’s funny. Song 5!!: M-O-M-M-Y. Kay from Storytime ABC’s included this on her Flannel Friday post yesterday. I loved it and came in early to make up cards for it. It was fun. Song 6: It Takes Some Friends — another new Jim Gill song. It takes some clapping friends to make a clapping song… stomping friends, singing friends to make a happy song. Book 7:If You’re Happy and You Know It by David Carter
On Saturdays when there is no week day story time, we have to come up with our own. Sometimes that is good and sometimes not. I often need one thing to be inspired and then I can come up with a pretty good plan. This week, I didn’t know what to do.
I looked to the Wiggleworms Love You CD for inspiration. Pure Gold. I’ve been wanting to work in traditional songs into my story times for a while… songs we don’t sing anymore. Today was a good start. …
Saturday Storytime attendance: 54 there were all sorts of ages from babies to toddlers with lots of preschoolers. There were far more dads than moms today. I’d say about 75% of the parental units were dads. I like that about Saturday story times.
Miss Mouse was wearing her red and black dress. She showed us the large ♥ box of chocolates. Empty. Miss Mouse: was hiding behind in pockets. This was cute! I’d never used them before and all the elements inside the pockets (save Miss Mouse) were items that start with the letter P: pickles, pjs, popcorn, etc. Who puts a pickle in a pocket? Pickle, pigs, pjs and popcorn all start with P!! Oh, and pizza too! fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap. Book 1: Pouch by David Ezra Stein. I like this story. I had to fill in a few words to make it work as a read-aloud, but a great book. We hopped along in our seat every time Pouch hopped. Fingerplay: Roll, Roll, Sugar Babies Prop Story: Joey by Jack Kent. This is a lap story that a friend made for me years ago. Joey’s mom’s pouch expands as his friends show up. It’s great. Song: Jack Be Nimble. Jumping seemed the only thing to do for this story time. (I still don’t have a source for this song…) Prop Story 2: McGillycuddy Could by Pamela Duncan Edwards McGillycuddy visits the farm and learns his talents for running, jumping, hopping, and boxing aren’t as grand as laying eggs, growing wool, making milk… or is it? I have all the puppets for this, so I turned it into a prop story. (Isn’t it funny how I turn every story time into a farm animal extravaganza?) Fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock Flannel Story: Katy No Pocket by Emmy Payne Fingerplay: Fee Fie Fo Fum Book: Boing by Nick Bruel. This one doesn’t have a lot of words so I did some explaining. Cute. If my audience were filled with lots of young kids it wouldn’t have worked… Finger story: Miss Cat and Mr. Dog Book: If you’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
This was such a fun story time. It was different and filled with things we hadn’t done in a long time!
Saturday Storytime attendance: 52 a young group
Miss Mouse was wearing her yellow dress, hoodie, and pink boa Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Nothing. She was not very happy with me and with the Cat storytime. In fact, she was so unhappy, I had to cover her ears whenever I said the word Cat. I apologized, she forgave me and everyone gave her a kiss good-bye. fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock Book 1: Come Back Kittens by Ormerod Fingerplay: Roll Roll sugar babies. We meowed like kittens, fluttered like butterflies and went supersonic speed! Song:Silly Dance Contest / Jim Gill Lots of wiggles today and it seemed like they needed to get moving Book 2:The Cat Barked by Lydia Monks Mother Goose Flannel: Three Little Kittens who lost their mittens! Prop song: How much is that doggie in the window? (in which I pile up all my dog puppets on the wall and everyone sings along… arf arf) Fingerplay: Clap Clap your Lap Book:Who Says Woof? by John Butler Song 2:Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads. Book: Bark George by Jules Feiffer . Normally I do the prop story for this title, but decided on the book. Book: If you’re Happy and You know it by David Carter. Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Flannel: Scat the Cat (sassy and fat). This group was too young.
Saturday Storytime attendance: 30
Miss Mouse was wearing her lamb outfit Miss Mouse: was hiding behind snowflakes. Purely wishful thinking on her part. Flannel Nursery Rhyme #1: Mary Had a Little Lamb Flannel Board: Mary Had a Lot of Lambs Book 1: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox. Afterwards, my Green Sheep came out and said hello. This is possibly my favorite book. It’s great for rhyming and the repetition is just wonderful for audience participation. Fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap. Song: Jack Be Nimble Book 2:Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw fingerplay:Roll, roll sugar babies. We baa’d like sheeps, used our feet, and went super-sonic fast. Flannel Nursery Rhyme #2: Baa Baa Black Sheep Book 3:The Napping House by Audrey Wood Song 2:Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads. Flannel Nursery Rhyme #3:Little Bo Peep Book:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
On Saturdays when we’re in story time session, we use the materials used in story time from that week. Since I’d done a story time with these materials, I wanted to mix things up a bit as well. Many of these books will look just like last Monday’s material. It’s cause they are! attendance: 40: half adults, half kids. The kiddos were all over the place in age from 7 to 18 months or so Miss Mouse: was hiding behind fall leaves… and was baking pumpkin pies. fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap. Book 1:Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson. I love Mouse. She’s so sweet. Also, it was fun trying to find Mouse’s sister when she hid in the leaves. Fingerplay:Roll Roll Sugar Babies Flannel: Mouse and the Apple. I love pausing to wait to see if the apple falls. I’ll ask the group, “did it fall yet?” By the end we’re all sitting around, whistling and waiting. Song: Jack Be Nimble. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, three times jump the candle stick. One. Two. Three. This is a great little tune that someone found and now we can’t find the original. Book 2:All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin. Mrs. Cat makes a pie, everyone eats it… there’s a slice leftover. All the mice get a slice of that slice… leave a crumb. All the ants eat the crumb. Fun, cooperative, pie. Delish. Song 2:Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone looked tired this morning, and it seemed mean to make them stand up. Story Cards: Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelly. Fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock Book 4:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter. Titles I didn’t use but intended to: (so many this time around)
Flannel: Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin. I just found this flannel yesterday and really wanted to use it, but the age of the participating children was pretty young (actually all over the place, but pretty young) and thought it might be too scary.
Saturday Storytime attendance: 47
Miss Mouse was wearing a pretty yellow dress and told a joke:
Car go beep beep beep.
fingerplay: Clap. clap your lap. Book 1:Chickens to the Rescue. by John Himmelman. We practiced saying “Chickens to the rescue”. It was too much for one boy who cried at the noise, so we toned it down.It’s such a funny book. Prop Story:Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. An oldie but a goodie. I like audience participation, so I’ve worked the story to include instruments:
The bed creaked? tambourines
The floor squeaked? clappers
The leaves falling on the roof? rattles
Tea kettle whislting? jingle bells
After the instruments have been passed out, we practice a bit. Usually it’s a cacophony of sound, which is okay, the point is these things are noisy. I tell the story, using puppets as the animals the wise man counsels Peter into getting. I love this story. Song:Drivin’ in my Car by Ralph’s World Book 2:Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry. I like throwing in a book that has nothing to do with the week’s theme… it mixes it up. Have you seen this title? When the pages unfurl, the mystery of that little seed is revealed. Story Card and Song:: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. We photocopied the book to make it large enough for crowds to see. It’s one of my favorite Boynton books; I love the cadence. We somehow have the music to this as well. And we tried it out. Too hard to do in preschool storytime. I’d almost like to do it with grade school kids. Book 3:Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman. So Chickens to the Rescue ends with the pigs running in to help the Greenstalk family. We had time, so I read this one… but those piggies are not nearly as helpful as the chickens. I like the chicken book better and will not be doing both books in one storytime. It’s too much. Fingerplay 2: Roll roll sugar babies. Book 4:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
Saturday Storytime attendance: 40 Which is pretty good for a Memorial Day weekend.
Miss Mouse was wearing her Pink Chocolate dress, pink feather boa, chef’s toque. She was getting ready to make breakfast. Miss Mouse: was hiding behind eggs of course. She was behind the zebra egg. fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap. Book 1: Bear’s Busy Morning by Harriet Ziefert. Bear is having an active morning, can you guess what he’ll do next? Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies Prop Song: Flip Flap Jack. If you’re unfamiliar with this little ditty, SoTomorrow did a flannel version of Flip Flap Jack. Song 2:Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads. prop story:Imogene’s Antlers by David Small. Breakfast themed? Yep. They hang doughnuts on her antlers. Song:The Freeze Song. There are so many versions… this is the one that says, “Listen closely to the freeze!” I think Greg and Steve did it Book: Chick by Ed Vere. Okay… this egg hatched into a chick… but it was an egg, so yes, Breakfast themed… Book:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
Saturday Storytime attendance: 51
Miss Mouse was wearing Green Apple dress and she had an elephant on her nose. Miss Mouse: was hiding behind umbrellas. She was behind the teal one. When she came out she was wearing her elephant nose. She asked if we noticed the special thing she was wearing. We said we saw she had an elephant nose on. She told us that wasn’t it. She had on a rain hat… which made me wonder why that was special. She said normally she’d have an umbrella but this rain hat kept her hands free for other things. Like elephant noses? fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap. Book 1:I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems Is this perhaps, the funniest one yet? Thinking maybe. Song:Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one… even the dads. Flannel: Elephant Never Forgets Book 2: Simms Taback: Safari Animals Fingerplay: Roll roll Sugar Babies And now for something completely different: Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin. I like to break up my themed story times with something non-themed. Fingerplay: I had a moment of panic and brain drain. I intended to do An Elephant goes Like This and Like That. but all I could think of was An Elephant … then Never Forgets kept popping in my head. I Completely Forgot It!! So we did A-ram Sam Sam instead. (later a grandma came up and said, “I think it goes” … and with, “like this and like that,” I remembered every word. Let’s blame the allergies.) Book:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter. Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
I heard Alabama Mississippi by Jim Gill for the first time yesterday. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted my Saturday story time to be filled with music. Saturday Storytime
Miss Mouse was wearing her pink sweater, yellow dress and talked about how many people were here on this cold rainy/snowy Saturday!!
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind family portraits. She was behind the fish family. I kind of zoned out and didn’t do a fingerplay here — which i normally do. Book 1: Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj. Fun book — we enjoyed meowing, purring, and most of all napping like kitties. Song 1: Five Little Monkeys jumping on the Bed. I can’t find the version: they thought and thought and said, let’s hop, turn around, jump outside. It’s cute. Book 2:I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. It’s such fun and great with predicting the rhyme! Song2:Alabama Mississippi by Jim Gill. I got the tambourines out. We shook them to Alabama, Mississippi. Mississippi, New Orleans. Alabama, Mississippi and then we shook them down to New Orleans. Fun. Fun. Fun. This is a new song in my bag and I really really REALLY like it. Book 3: Fiddle-i-Fie by Will Hillenbrand. The group was too young and big to really have fun with this! Finger Activity: Miss Cat and Mr. Dog Miss Cat and Mr. Dog invite each other to lunch going up and down hills and across the river. It involves like of hand movements including mouth noises for each action (hard to describe, sorry). When we finish I tell them, “congratulations, you just told a story.” It’s good. Book:If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter. Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Storycards: Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. We scanned the book and put the pages on story cards. This would have been an excellent addition to the day, but I think there were too many people. Maybe next time I have a Saturday storytime….
Flannel:Boom Boom Aint it Great to Be Crazy. The Raffi song in pictures. I didn’t use it because at the last minute I discovered the elephant was not in the envelope. Drat not checking my materials more than 10 minutes before 60 people show up!
Song:Old McDonald Had a Band by Raffi. Not enough instruments. This is best done with ab0ut 25 people, which is what we average on Saturdays…
In short I had good intentions to have a music music music storytime, I just didn’t think through the order of things.