Friday, October 24, 2014

Apples!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 22, 2014.

Books:


Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington






Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson






Songs:

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)

Wesley had a special surprise for me today at Storytime.  When I reached in my apron pocket I discovered an apple!  I quickly realized it wasn't an ordinary apple - there was something inside it!




Apples, Apples

(tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle")

Apples juicy, apples round,
On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple pie and juice and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet,
Apples are so good to eat!


What's in the Green Box?

(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the Green Box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the Green Box,
For us today?



Rhymes:

The Apple Star

Take an apple, round and red,
Don't slice down,
Slice through instead.
Right inside it you will see,
A star as pretty as can be!

Before I began this rhyme, I showed everyone an apple I had brought from home.  As I read the poem, I showed what happens if you "don't slice down"...




but, rather, "slice through instead":



When you pull the halves apart, you can see "a star as pretty as can be!"





Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree,
Two red apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as a I could
Mmmmmm - they were good!




Open, Shut Them!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap!

Waving, waving, waving, waving,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.
Wave to me...I'll wave to you.
Now let's all say goodbye, bye, bye.

We always say this rhyme at least twice, increasing the speed with each repetition!




What's in the Green Box?
(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the green box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the green box,
For us today?

Today I pulled the following things out of the green box:

An applesauce cone:

and a potato masher:

Playtime Activity: Applesauce!

After Storytime we moved out into the Children's area to try our hand at making applesauce.  Everyone pretty much agreed that using the applesauce cone was "A LOT HARDER" than using the potato masher!

This activity proved very popular last year when we made applesauce during one of our Momaha Storytimes.  You can see photos from that event here.

Here are photos from today's applesauce extravaganza:


We went through half-a-roaster-full of cooked apples!




Demonstrating the proper apple-smashing technique!




"Mash 'em, smash 'em!"





















Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby & Me Storytime

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 21 & 23, 2014.

Book:
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church



Songs:

Hello, Friends
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!




Come Along and Clap with Me
(tune: "London Bridge")

Come along and clap with me,
Clap with me, clap with me,
Come along and clap with me,
On a sunny Tuesday/cloudy Thursday.

Additional verses:
Come along and 
tap with me...
dance with me...
wave with me...


Skinnamarink

Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-dink,
Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-doo,
I love you!
Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-dink,
Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-doo,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening,
And underneath the moon, oh,

Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-dink,
Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-doo,
I love you!


Rhymes:

I Have a Little Heart

I have a little heart
And it goes thump, thump, thump.
It keeps right on beating
When I jump, jump, jump.
I get a special feeling
When I look at you.
It makes me want to give you
A kiss or two!



Cuckoo Clock

Ticktockticktock,
I'm a li...ttle cu-ckoo clock
Ticktockticktock,
Now I'm stri-king one o-clock.
Cu-ckoo!


(This rhyme can be said quite slowly, which makes for a gentle rocking motion.  When we slow down our speech we lengthen some of the words, which helps your child hear syllables as well as the cadence of our language.  When speaking, put the emphasis on the underlined words or parts of words.  Cradle baby in your arms or hold him up with your hands under his underarms.    Gently rock child from side to side in rhythm with your words.  When you say "CUCKOO", gently lift your child into the air.  For older children: have child stand and gently rock from side to side in rhythm with the chant.   Invite your child to raise hands above his/her head and/or jump one time for each "CUCKOO" they hear.  Continue this chant, changing the verse to "two o'clock...CUCKOO!  CUCKOO!, three o'clock...CUCKOO!  CUCKOO!  CUCKOO!, etc.)


Our activity this week was Hand Puppets. 

Take a look!

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Each Baby & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Shoes and Boots!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 15, 2014.

Books:
Shoes Like Miss Alice's by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Ken Page




Which Shoes Would You Choose? by Betsy R. Rosenthal, illustrated by Nancy Cote 





Songs:

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)



I Have Blue Shoes, How About You?

(tune: "Skip to My Lou")

I have blue shoes, how about you?
I have blue shoes, how about you?
I have blue shoes, how about you?
Tap your toes like I do!

What other kinds of shoes do you have?
...black shoes
...brown shoes
...flip-flops
...Velcro shoes
...princess shoes
...tennis shoes



Rhymes: 

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe


One, two, buckle my shoe,
(bend and touch feet)
Three, four, shut the door.
(clap)
Five, six, pick up sticks,
(bend down and pretend to pick up sticks)
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
(extend hands out to indicate length)
Nine, ten, * let's do it again!
2nd time: That's the end!



Here is One Foot

Here is one foot, here are two.
Each one wearing a brand new shoe.
So skip and dance all around the floor.
That's what these new shoes are for!

At Storytime we recited this rhyme, then we danced along to "Get Up and Dance", a fun song from Tom Chapin.  At random times I paused the music, which was the children's cue to FREEZE!  They listened for the music to resume, which was their cue to start dancing again!



Open, Shut Them!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap!

Waving, waving, waving, waving,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.
Wave to me...I'll wave to you.
Now let's all say goodbye, bye, bye.

We always say this rhyme at least twice, increasing the speed with each repetition!


Playtime Activities:

Shoe Sole Rubbings
The children and adults were invited to make a rubbing of their shoe soles.  By laying a piece of paper over the bottom of your shoe and rubbing a crayon against the paper, you can get a wonderful image of your shoe print!  


At home, you could make rubbings of your child's various shoes, then have him match each rubbing to the correct shoe.






Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mmmmm, Mmmmm, Good!

This outreach storytime was presented to the Belleaire Head Start classes on October 14 & 15, 2014.

Books:

"Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel


Lunch by Denise Fleming


I showed this book to the students, told them what a fun book it is, then put it back in my basket, saying, "Well, I'm not going to read it to you today."  Naturally I had some very confused and disappointed children - until I told them that instead of reading the book, I was going to tell them the story, with help from my puppet, Squeaky!

Here is a photo of Squeaky:

Yes, he's an athletic sock, (but don't tell him!) 


Here are photos of the fruits and vegetables that Squeaky eats in the story:

Red Apple


Pink Watermelon


Yellow Corn


Blue Blueberries


Purple Grapes


Green Peas


Orange Carrots

I also have a white turnip, which is included in Denise Fleming's story, but after several years of getting blank stares from children who didn't know what a turnip is - (I'll admit that I have never tasted one) - I decided to take it out of my retelling.

As I tell the story, Squeaky "eats" the various foods by putting his head through a hole in each felt piece.  The children often help make a munching sound!  Here is what Squeaky looks like at the end of the story:


During my story I briefly address a couple issues of etiquette when Squeaky burps and when he starts spitting out watermelon seeds!

Here is the post in which I talk about the time I got to meet Denise Fleming!


Rhyme:


Popcorn!

Pop! Pop! Pop!
(clap in rhythm each time you say "pop")

Pour the corn into the pot.
(rub palms of hands together briskly)
Pop! Pop! Pop!
(clap in rhythm each time you say "pop")
Take and shake it 'til it's hot.
(rub palms of hands together)
Pop! Pop! Pop!
(clap in rhythm each time you say "pop")
Lift the lid. What have you got?
(rub palms of hands together)
Pop... pop... pop...
(clap in rhythm each time you say "pop")
POPCORN!
(raise arms and jump into the air!)






Each Outreach Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.i Pizza