Saturday Storytime attendance: 45 Miss Mouse was wearing her very pretty ribbon dress. She was still celebrating the New Year Miss Mouse: was hiding behind party hats. fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap Book 1: The Seals on the Bus by Lonny Hort I was heckled. Instead of errping like a seal a first grader said over and over, “I’m too old for this. I’m too old for this.” It was true. She was there because her little sister was there and her father was a sitting farther away not parenting either of them. As I was turning pages, I leaned in and suggested that maybe she should sit next to her dad. It got better after that. Song: Humpty Dumpty by Old Town School of Folk Music, Wiggleworms Prop story: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. Do you know this folk tale? Peter is tired of his house noises, so he consults a wise man who really confuses things. I use puppets for the animals and instruments for the noise…the tea kettle noise=jingle bells. Leaves on the roof=shaky eggs. bed creaked = tambourines. floor squeaked = clappers. In the end it’s a cacophony of sound and everyone gets to participate. song: Shake Your Sillies Out (Raffi the live version) fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies Book: If you’re happy and you know it by David Carter
Titles I didn’t use but intended to:
Flannel:Mona Mouse’s Party Dress
Book: Moo by David LaRohelle
Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark: a not-a-Flannel, Flannel Friday
Let me just say that we are under construction this summer. Our program room is housing A/V materials, our puppet collections are in file drawers…and my 60+ puppet collection is at home. Nothing is as it should be, but this is such a cool prop story, I wanted to share this for Shark Week. My co-worker Miss DJ made this prop story. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist is about seven years old, hopefully you can find a copy. Momma Fish tells her three little fish, Jim, Tim and Kim to make a home of their own in the deep blue sea.
I hope you enjoy this little (and short) video we made at my library: 5 Little Goldfish Swimming in the Sea. The shark pencil holder came from Raymond Geddes and was one of our summer reading prizes and I kept thinking, we need to do something for Shark Week with these things. We did. I think the librarian who edited it, did an excellent job, don’t you?
Now for the round-up.
Speaking of new formats… Anne from So Tomorrow is sharing her recent Scratch project The Fish with the Deep Smile. She’s going old school with two previously shared posts as well. That Anne, always bringing new technologies into storytime.
Jbrary is sharing a Baby Shark song on their YouTube channel. I decided different formats were okay since this is all about the Shark!
It turns out that this was my last story time for a few months. The library where I work is undergoing a renovation starting in April and the program room will be closed, renovated, or used for storage. I’m sort of glad I didn’t know it was my last storytime….I think I might have gotten emotional about it. What makes it so serendipitous is that March 1 is National Pig Day and piggy storytimes are my favorite storytimes. When I first started working here, I had a lot to learn. My co-worker at the time really knew her storytime stuff and I modeled my programs after hers. Piggy storytimes became my go to, when I needed to pull something together. …
For seven years I worked with a very talented young woman, Miss Amanda. She’s amazing at storytime. Amanda got married and had a baby. And chose to be a working mom. Until she didn’t and resigned from the library to be a stay at home mom. Not one to waste her talent, she applied for a part time job at the Naperville Public Library, where they very wisely snapped her up. She does storytime there. Her kids are older now and her daughter asked her why she doesn’t do storytimes at their home library (the one I work at). She emailed me and asked if we would arrange for her to do a Saturday storytime. I, very wisely, said, “hey, let’s do one together!!” I like to learn from the masters.
This is our storytime. It was fun. The process of putting it together was fun. Watching how she’s grown in her craft was fun. Doing it with her was fun. I don’t think we’ve lost our rhythm. attendance: 44 Miss Mouse was wearing the Pigeon dress. …
For the last few years, the library where I work has been involved with the local downtown association’s Thanksgiving weekend celebrations. It starts out with Gingerbread storytime at the library (that’s us), a parade down Main Street and Mrs. Claus on a firetruck (I think), a marching band, and ending with lighting the Christmas Tree.
This year we had 305 people attend Gingerbread storytime. 205 in the large meeting room and 100 in the program room. There were four of us doing storytime; two in each room. Like last year, we adapted old (and new) storytime favorites and gave them a gingery twist. (These stories are almost exclusively prop stories.) …
Saturday Storytime attendance: 55 Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Thanksgiving food. She was behind he corn — and they found Miss Mouse right away. So we looked for the cheese, singing “The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone. Hie Ho the Deerie Oh, the Cheese Stands alone.” Ultimately Cheesie was behind the Mashed Potatoes (duh). Miss Mouse: told a football joke: Where do hungry football players play? The Supper Bowl fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap. Book 1: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. A sweet little book. …
Saturday Storytime attendance: 33 Miss Mouse was wearingmissing. 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.
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: 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)