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Make Some Noise Saturday Storytime 1.3.15

Make Some Noise Saturday Storytime 1.3.15

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

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.

3 fish big bad shark

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.

 

So, Jim made his house of seaweed…Seaweed House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowy Saturday Storytime with Miss Amanda

Snowy Saturday Storytime with Miss Amanda

Saturday Storytime 12.21.2013

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.

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Ouch.

Ouch.

This summer I had a two week storytime assignment. I was assigned a different day than I usually have, Tuesday. I tell you this, because I hope it has something to do with my story.

Last Tuesday I was excited about storytime. And by the time it ended, I thought it was a great session. We did the Cha-cha Slide. It was fun, I thought.

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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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Story Time With Dad

Story Time With Dad

 Storytime
attendance: 12
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Family Portraits
fingerplay: Clap Clap Your Lap
Book 1: Just Like Daddy by Erik Brown
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Book 2: Daddy Mountain by Jules Feiffer.  I make sure every repeats the word Catastrophe.  Love it!
 Song: Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert. Everyone loves this one…
Story Card1: We enlarged pages from the lengthy board book Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown. Even the most tired child responded to this one.
Fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock
Story card2: to mix it up a bit: Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Puppet/Flannel Story: Monkey Face by Frank Asch. Love it. We took the story and added Folkmanis stage puppets talking to Monkey.  It worked really well.

We had a craft.  Draw your Own Picture of Dad. From Oriental Trading.

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!

Pizza with Miss Mouse

Pizza with Miss Mouse

Our summer reading club this year was a homegrown program called Pizzeria Read.  It was my favorite SRC in 15 years and in the words of our new director, it was ” simply spectacular.”  High praise indeed.

Our final program for the year was a storytime called Pizza with Miss Mouse and the four full-time librarians presented it.  When we have story times like this, it’s fun to have the story time presenters do a big to-do. We take turns and team up with the stories.  On days like this, story time is book-free, we tell stories.  And in this case, all of the stories are homegrown.  We take classic stories that we are familiar with and re-work them.

Miss Mouse: was hiding behind pizzas.  There were lots of choices: cheese pizza, peppers, pepperoni, sausage pizza, and three different pepperoni pizzas.  (hint: she was behind the pepperoni pizza)
Miss Mouse:  greeted everyone and gave visual clues about what she wanted on her pizza (hint: cheese.  Just cheese. Lots and lots of cheesy visual aids)
Flannel: Make a pizza.  Have you seen our Make-a-pig flannel?  Well, the concept works for many, many things.  This time it was making pizza with cheese and olives and socks and baseballs and all kinds of good things.
Prop story 1:  Little Red Hen:  This is a homegrown story and was my favorite story of the day:  Traci wants to make a pizza and asks her three librarian colleagues for help. Who will help me make the dough?  The three of us, reading books, filing our nails, etc: Not I.  Then when the pizza starts to smell good, and we want in on the action, things change.  The story was filled with props and had  really good, fun feel to it.
Fingerplay: Pizza, Cheese Pizza.  You’ve heard of Peanut, Peanut Butter?  Well, we re-wrote it.
Prop story 2:  Hi Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter. We used our prop door (doesn’t everyone have a prop door?) and the many puppets had pizza boxes and fake mustaches.  Funny.  
Fingerplay:  Roll, Roll, Pizza Dough
Prop Story 3:  The Pizza Man.  Did you guess?  A homegrown version of The Gingerbread Man.  The ending: the pizza man had run away from all sorts of animals and a little old man and a little old woman, but when he got to the librarian, she put him on a “boat”… turns out the boat was a pizza tray and it was lunch time.
My Hands Say Thank you… 
then everyone had a lunch of cheese pizza and grapes.  

The End.

The Singing Chick by Victoria Stenmark

The Singing Chick by Victoria Stenmark

I like this story.  There’s a song in it (I make up a completely different tune in my head each time I tell the story).  It’s fun to do with puppets as well.

As always I will sum up the story and not tell it completely, in respect to the author.

On a beautiful day, an egg lays on the ground.  It hatches, surveys all there is to see then breaks out into song:

The sky is so blue / the sun is so yellow!
The trees are so green / and I’m a hap-py fellow!
Peep – Peep!  Pirrippi! Peep-peep!  Peep-peep!

a happy fellow....

So, the Happy Fellow goes on his way and meets a fox ….

... hello lunch!

The Fox eats the Chick who breaks out into song … by the time he gets to the “Happy fellow”   part, he is terribly confused especially while he skips into the forest.  In the forest he meets up with a…

He has a headache!
Wolf.  Who has a headache and thinks all this singing stuff is for the birds!  He tells the fox to pipe down, but Fox can’t help it.  He bursts into song again.  So the wolf eats the fox.  It was the only thing to do!

It’s nice and peaceful, until the wolf starts to break into song.  And skipping!

Peep-peep! Peep-peep! Pirrippi

right into … a Bear!

He was eating raspberries, when all of a sudden...

Bear was eating raspberries and unhappy when wolf carelessly bumped into him.  All Wolf can say is “Peep!”  After much discussion, Bear eats Wolf and breaks into song!

The sky is so blue / the sun is so yellow!
The trees are so green / and I’m a hap-py fellow!
Peep – Peep!  Pirrippi! Peep-peep!  Peep-peep!

Thankfully, something happens and bear coughs up Wolf , Wolf coughs up Fox, and Fox coughs up Chick. And everyone stopped singing …well, most of them.

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Kay Leigh has the round-up this week.
To learn about Flannel Friday, go see Miss Anne.   She’s got it all organized.
And, Melissa has a handy search tool to find all things story time.

Eggs and Chicks ABC'S Blog Hop

Too Much Noise! Saturday Story Time

Too Much Noise! Saturday Story Time

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.  

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