Category: singing in story time

Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots! a Flannel Friday Guest Post

Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots! a Flannel Friday Guest Post

I’m so pleased to offer this guest post from Nichole King of the Morgan Hill Library, Santa Clara County Library, in Morgan Hill, CA.  I wasn’t supposed to host Nichole’s entry to this year’s Guest Post Palooza. The blogger who was paired up with Nichole was unavailable and I was the back-up, so this feels a little like fate.  When Nichole planned her blog post, I don’t think she knew that I am a participant in the blog Robot Test Kitchen.  This isn’t about Robot Test Kitchen, rather it’s about adapting old storytime favorites using current and contemporary themes.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Mollie is hosting the Guest Post Palooza.  Please visit her blog for the whole Guest Post Palooza round-up.  Enjoy, Sharon 

Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots!

Idea #1

As a staple for storytime I’m always looking for a way to use the “B-I-N-G-O” tune with my current theme. For this specific storytime we used R-O-B-O-T. I used our Ellison machine to cut out circles and letters to create the flannel and I made up the words:

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Shark Week Flannel Friday Round-up for 8.15.14

Shark Week Flannel Friday Round-up for 8.15.14

Welcome to Flannel Friday, Shark Week Edition.

FF shark week little


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!

Kathryn from Fun with Friends at Storytime shares Old Man Skipper Went to Sea. The shark reference here is loose, but we’re running with it!

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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
He’ll Be Coming Christmas Eve (an original song by me)

He’ll Be Coming Christmas Eve (an original song by me)

Ho Ho

A few years ago, I was looking at the incoming picture books.  I read She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmett.    I loved how the verses told a story and it inspired me to write something similar for our Holiday Family Fun Night. We focus on all three December holidays and I needed a grand finale.

I personally loved it. It made me laugh and I had dreams of one day sending it to a publisher.  (But I know the chances of getting published are ridiculously difficult.) I shared the first verse with the Gingerbread Festival story time and someone asked for all eight.  I suppose that if I want the world to enjoy it, this is as good a venue as any.  If I wait for publishers to pick it up, I’ll be old.

I hope you enjoy this little song. Think of me when you use it in your library programs.  Tell your friends, co-workers, patrons you got this from Flannel Friday, the great community of librarians.

These are on story cards, with clip art and the text of the echo for audience participation…

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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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Mommy! Saturday Story Time

Mommy! Saturday Story Time

Saturday Storytime for May 11, 2012

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 Blackbirds and since that wasn’t the song I wanted to start with I added Humpty Dumpty from 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 Friendsanother 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

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book:  Clothesline by Alborough
  • Book:  Is Your Mama a Llama? by Kellogg
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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Must Be Santa: a Flannel Friday Extravaganza Presentation

Must Be Santa: a Flannel Friday Extravaganza Presentation

I just learned that Must Be Santa was originally covered by Mitch Miller, which means it’s older than I thought it to be. I use the Raffi version found on Singable Songs for the Very Young but apparently Bob Dylan has covered it as well. If you are unfamiliar with it, this is a call and response song; the singer/leader sings a question and the chorus answers.

(PS:I made this flannel, a rarity. My favorite parts? The beard and I used a soft, red fleece for the hat and suit … it’s yummy to feel!)

Let’s Begin:

Who's got a ...

… beard that’s long and white?

Santa's got a beard that's long and white!

Who comes along on a Special Night?

Santa comes along on a special night!

Special Night, Beard that’s White…
Must be Santa! Must be Santa!
Must be Santa, Santa Claus!

Boots! And a suit of red!
A long cap on his head!

Cap on Head! Suit of red
Special Night! Beard that’s white!

a Great Big cherry nose!
Laughs this way....

Ho ho ho! Cherry nose!
Cap on head! Suit that’s red.
Special Night. Beard that’s White.

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Who will very soon come our way? (I do a little wave)

8 Little Reindeer pull his sleigh

Reindeer sleigh. Come our Way.
Ho ho ho! Cherry nose!
Cap on head! Suit that’s red.
Special Night. Beard that’s White.

Must be Santa! Santa Claus!!!

(I just noticed the moon is upside down!! Oops.)

Library Quine has the Extravaganza Round-up! . It’s a big-un this week!