Tag: Saturday storytime

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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Underwear Saturday Storytime

Underwear Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime September 1, 2012
attendance: 35
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Underwear…
Miss Mouse was wearing her pink chocolate dress and toting a magnifying glass. She wanted to tell everyone that Miss Mouse Mysteries have started. Find three clues and answer the question for a sticker!  Good times!
fingerplay: Clap, Clap, Your Lap.
Book 1: Bear in Underwear by Todd Doodler
Song:  Started what I thought was “Humpty Dumpty” by the Wiggleworms.  Oops, it was I’m a Little Teapot/2 Little Blackbirds.  Followed up by Humpty Dumpty.
Book 2:  Chicken Cheeks by Ian Michael Black.  Well, this is a fun book. Multi-syllabic synonyms for the business end of animals.  Perhaps my favorite: Duck-billed  platypus Gluteus Maximus.
fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Book 3:  The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach.  A fun look at the undies zoo animals might wear.
Song 2: Shake My Sillies out, the live version
Flannel: Dress the Pirate.  The dread pirate is in his underwear… let’s dress him!
Story cards: Underwear Do’s and Don’ts by Todd Parr.
Book 3: 
If You’re Happy and You Know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book: Silly Sally by Audrey Wood (big book)
  • Book: Mrs. Wishy Washy (big Book)
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
Kangaroos Saturday Storytime 2.18.2012

Kangaroos Saturday Storytime 2.18.2012

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 Hides Inside of Pockets

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!  

Sheep Storytime 1.6.2012

Sheep Storytime 1.6.2012

Miss Mouse looking spiffy as a Lamb

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.

Barnyard Dance

Barnyard Dance

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 47
Miss Mouse was wearing a pretty yellow dress and told a joke:

Knock Knock
who’s there?
Cargo who?
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.

Animal Sounds 10.16

Animal Sounds 10.16

Perhaps my favorite storytimes revolve around farm animals…

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 20
Miss Mouse was wearing her red and black ruffle dress
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind farm animals.  Not the kitty.  She was behind the rooster.  When she came out she told a joke:
What is a cow’s favorite pie?  Lemon Moo-ringue
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Book 1: The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Moo by Jonathan Allen
Song: Jack Be Nimble.  Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, ten times jump the candlestick.
Flannel: Make a Pig.  In which there are many different parts of pig and we try to put it all together.  You want a nose? How about a goose beak? No, elephant’s trunk?  Oh you are so picky.  And up goes the snout.  Great vocabulary builder because the kiddos need to use words to tell me why it’s wrong.
Prop: I had a Rooster and the rooster pleased me.  I methodically purchased puppets for the purpose of doing this song in storytime.  When the crowd is right, the kiddos hold the puppets.  And sometimes, it’s just the storyteller doing all 7 or 8 puppets to avoid tears. Puppets needed: rooster, pig, cow, horse, chicken, dog, lamb, baby. It’s fun and it’s takes a great deal of time up distributing the puppets, putting people in order and then singing the 5 minute song!
Book: Animal Soup: a mixed up animal flap book by Todd H. Doodler
Book: If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.
Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Prop: Bark George
  • Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day Weekend

    Open Preschool Storytime

    May 29, 2010

    Attendance: 13 (grandparents, moms,  dads and kiddos ranging 7 mos. to six years old.)
    Miss Mouse Hides behind insects (she was behind the bumble bee)
    Miss Mouse was getting ready for a picnic.  With strawberries!
    fingerplay Clap. Clap your Lap.
    book 1 The Little Mouse, the Big Hungry Bear, and the Red Ripe Strawberry by Don Wood. Everytime I read it outloud, I remember how really wonderful it is.
    fingerplay Hickory Dickory Dock.
    book2: Honk by Chris L. Demarest. What a fun little lift the flap book.
    speaking of honking….
    Song: Drivin in my Car by Ralph’s World.  Our new librarian introduced this song to us.  It’s so much fun!  And since I spent 10 years + “driving all the way to Minneapolis in my car” over Memorial Day weekend, it made sense to sing it today.  Beep Beep Beep Beep, Honk, Honk, Honk, Honk.Swish, swish, swish swish, swish, swish, swish swish, swish, swish, swish swish!
    Book3: Good Thing You’re Not an OCTOPUS  by Julie Markes
    Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick. Jack Jump Over the Candlestick!
    Song2  Jack Be Nimble .  Three times over the candlestick! One, Two, Three. (I still don’t know who sang this song…)
    book 4 I Aint Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont.  I don’t always repeat books in storytime. I find there is value in re-reading a book, but there isn’t always time.  I make the time for this book.  (One boy hid behind his grandmother… I think he was nervous ♥.
    The sky is so blue, and there are no clouds today …
    Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw. An oldie but a goodie. And the little cut out clouds are fun to guess.
    Book5: If You’re Happy and You know it by David Carter.  Dear Scholastic, please re-release this book!

    Good-bye Song: My Hand Says thank you

    Saturday Storytime

    Saturday Storytime

    attendance: 24
    I don’t want to talk about it. This was probably the worst story time I’ve had in 10 years. I ended early.

    Also, can I just say I didn’t think I’d need to pre-read Little Bo Peep but apparently I should have.  Lesson  learned!

    Piggy Storytime

    Piggy Storytime

    I didn’t think today’s storytime would be well attended.  The parking lot was filled and the department seemed empty.  Ha. Was I wrong!

    Attendance:  50
    theme: piggies!  When I don’t know what to do, piggies storytime is my stand-by. So much fun.

    Miss Mouse:  Miss Mouse was hiding behind Famous Mice.  (Ralph Mouse, Stuart Little, Angelina, computer mouse). Someone found her right away (rarely happens) so we had to locate the cheese so we sang the chorus “The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, hie-ho the derrie-o, the cheese stands alone”  until we found the cheese. (Miss Mouse was behind Ralph Mouse and the Cheese was behind Maisy.)

    Miss Mouse:  was wearing her beautiful Madamoiselle de Pompe Mouse dress.  She was getting ready for a party in her basket.  The Piggies were coming!

    Book:  Piggies by Audrey Wood

    Fingerplay:  Clap, Clap your Lap.

    Prop Story:  Three Little Pigs.  With audience participation. We huffed and puffed and blew some houses down.

    Song:  Jim Gill’s List of Dances.

    Flannel: Build a Pig. This is my favorite flannel board. It’s flannel pieces of piggie (head, body, nose, eyes, ears, tail and legs) but there are bunny ears and elephant nose and geese parts.  The laughter and confusion and language skills abound.

    Fingerplay:  Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  We oink oink oink oink oink oinked our way through it.  oh, and a new one, over the head! 

    Book:  Pig a Boo by Dorthea Deprisco. Fun.

    book:  If you’re happy and you know it by David Carter. I like to end all my Saturday storytimes with this book.  It’s a good way to start a busy Saturday!