Saturday, July 11, 2015

Baby & Me Storytime ~ July 8 & 9, 2015

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on July 8 & 9, 2015.

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











Songs:

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Whenever you sing this song (or any other classic children's song!) to your child, remember that he or she is just starting to learn and enjoy it!  Give your child the added dimension of a tactile experience as you sing or play music.  You might enjoy rocking your child in rhythm with the song, patting your hand on Baby's back or chest, helping your child to do "bicycle legs" in the air as you sing, let your child experience "up and down" or "side to side" movement while he/she listens to the music, etc.


Rhymes:


As I Went Walking to Town One Day
As I went walking to town one day,
Oh it was a sunshiny day. 
As I went walking to town one day,
I met a cow along the way.
And what do you think that cow did say?
Moooo!

(repeat using other animals and sounds)

Pudding on the Plate
Pudding on the plate, pudding on the plate,
(sway gently from side to side with your child)
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble,
Pudding on the plate.

Candies in the jar, candies in the jar,
(shake* or bounce gently with your child)
Shake them up, shake them up,
Candies in the jar.

Candles on the cake, candles on the cake,
Blow them out, blow them out,
Candles on the cake.
(gently blow in your child's face!)

*  Always remember that any playtime activity that involves shaking should be done very gently.  One way to let your child experience the feeling of shaking is to gently bounce him on your lap.

Our activity this week was Scarves!

































Our play time with scarves took on a "heroic" theme this week, which was perfect for our summer reading program theme, "Every Hero Has a Story"!























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).

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Heartland Heroes Storytime ~ The Hero in All of Us!

The 2015 Summer Reading Program, entitled "Every Hero Has a Story", has given Michelle and me a great opportunity to highlight the wonderful work done by many men and women in our community.  We decided to call our main storytime "Heartland Heroes Storytime" as a way to honor and feature a variety of professions that might be of interest to children.  Each week we will invite two Heartland Heroes to be our guest at Storytime, where they will answer questions from the children and chat with them informally about the work they do.



Rhyme:

Superhero, Superhero!

Superhero, Superhero, turn around.
Superhero, Superhero, touch the ground.
Superhero, Superhero, put on your suit.
Superhero, Superhero, put on your boots. 
Superhero, Superhero, jump up high!
Superhero, Superhero, fly, fly, fly!



"Superhero, Superhero, turn around!"




"Superhero, Superhero, touch the ground!"


Military Heroes

This week, our focus was on heroes: the hero is all of us!  Our guest on July 8 was Tracey Andreasen, a wife, mom and patron of our library.  Michael Batchelder, a reporter with The Bellevue Leader, joined us on July 9. 


Books:
Used for Tracey Andreasen's visit:



Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer






Supersister by Beth Cadena, illustrated by Frank W. Dormer








Books:
Used for Michael Batchelder's visit:

Telephone by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jen Corace




Activity:


 Extension Activities:
We played a game of "Telephone".  We were discussing the importance of reporters reporting correct information so Miss Michelle set up the scenario: A robber stole doughnuts and she whispered what he was wearing to one child:  Blue pants, stripped shirt, brown hair.  That info was whispered from child to child until it arrived at the last child who reported being told: "A man with pants had messy hair."!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Stories & S'mores ~ June 29, 2015

We had wonderful weather and a great turnout for our 2nd S'mores event of the summer!
I shared four stories with our guests, including a couple which required some audience participation!


The Stories:
I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi





Fortunately, Unfortunately by Michael Foreman






Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex


Learn more about Mac Barnett here!




Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by Henry Cole



Learn more about Henry Cole here!



The S'mores:
Following the stories we gathered around the (only slightly) hot charcoal grill.




My thanks to one of our teen volunteers (lower right) and a couple adults 
for using some extra lung power to fan the flames! 




Eventually the coals got hot enough to roast marshmallows and make s'mores!


Mmmmmm!

S'mores perfection!




A beautiful evening, a soft blanket, and a great book!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Baby & Me Storytime ~ June 24 & 25, 2015

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on June 24 & 25, 2015.

Book:
Where is Baby's Yummy Tummy? by Karen Katz











Songs:


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

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


I Can Make My Hands Go Clap
(tune: “Muffin Man”)

I can make my hands go clap,
Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands go clap.
They're a part of me!

Additional verses: 
I can make my:
...feet go tap...
...eyes go blink...
...arms go hug...
...hands go wave...
...lips go kiss...

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Whenever you sing this song (or any other classic children's song!) to your child, remember that he or she is just starting to learn and enjoy it!  Give your child the added dimension of a tactile experience as you sing or play music.  You might enjoy rocking your child in rhythm with the song, patting your hand on Baby's back or chest, helping your child to do "bicycle legs" in the air as you sing, let your child experience "up and down" or "side to side" movement while he/she listens to the music, etc.


Rhymes:

I Saw a Snake Go By One Day
(© Lois Simmie)  

I saw a snake go by one day (make snake motion with arm)
Riding in his Chevrolet (hands on steering wheel)
He was long (extend arms to show "long")
And he was thin (arms show "thin")
And he didn't have a chin. (point to chin)

He had no chin,
But what the heck (shrug)
He had lots and lots and lots of neck! (touch or tickle baby's neck)

Our activity this week was Hand Puppets!



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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).

Baby & Me Storytime ~ July 1 & 2, 2015

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on July 1 & 2, 2015.

Book:
Peek-a-Boo! by Karen Katz






Songs:

Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

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



Wave Your Bells in the Air!
(tune: "If You're Happy and Your Know It")

Wave your bells in the air, in the air,
Wave your bells in the air, in the air.
Wave your bells in the air and
Wave then way up there!
Wave your bells in the air, in the air.

Shake your bells up and down, up and down.
Shake your bells up and down, up and down.
Shake your bells up and down, oh,
Shake then all around.
Shake your bells in the air, in the air.

Rhymes:

Kissy, Kissy Fingers
Kissy, kissy fingers, kissy, kissy toes.
Kissy, kissy baby, on your kissy, kissy nose.

I love to kiss your fingers, I love to kiss your toes.

I love to kiss you baby, on your kissy, kissy nose!


Our activity this week was Musical Instruments!











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).