Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Papa Bear & Me Storytime: 10/17/17

This Papa Bear & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 17, 2017.

~ It was so great to see so many at Papa Bear & Me Storytime tonight!  It was great to see so many daddies here tonight!!     ~ Mrs. B.


Books:

Be Glad Your Dad... Is Not an Octopus! by Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen, illustrated by Jared Chapman




Daddy Adventure Day by Dave Keane, illustrated by Sue Ramá




Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa, illustrated by Dan Santat




Just Like Daddy by Ovi Nedelcu 


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.

Rhymes:

Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear

Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear, turn around,
Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear, touch the ground,
Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear, reach up high,
Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear, blink your eye,
Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear, turn out the light,
Shhhhhhhh!
Daddy Bear, Daddy Bear, say goodnight!









Each Papa Bear & 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, October 12, 2017

Baby & Me Storytime: 10/9/17-10/12/17

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 9,10,&12, 2017.

Book:

Wild Animals 






Songs:


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

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


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. 


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

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


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

Come along and sing with me,
Sing with me, sing with me,
Come along and sing with me,
On a (chilly) (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday).

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

Along with additional verses, you can also introduce weather and days of the week: 
...on a sunny Wednesday
...on a windy Tuesday
...on the snowy Saturday
etc.



Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.



Rhymes:

When Cows Get Up in the Morning
(a gentle bouncing rhyme)

When cows get up in the morning,
They always say "good day!"

When cows get up in the morning,
They always say "good day!"

"Moo, moo, moo!", 
That's how they say "good day!"
"Moo, moo, moo!", 
That's how they say "good day!"


Help your child think of other animals and their respective sounds 
as you continue this rhyme!



One Little Baby Splashing in the Sea

One little baby rocking in a tree. (adult gently rocks child)
Rock...rock...rock...rock.
Two little babies splashing in the sea. (adult/child make "splashing" motion)
Splash!  Splash!  Splash!  Splash!
Three little babies crawling on the floor. (move hands in "walking" motion in front of child)
Crawl...crawl...crawl...crawl.
Four little babies knocking at the door. (make a fist and "knock" in the air)
Knock...knock...knock...knock.
Five little babies playing hide and seek. (cover eyes with hands)
Don't look!  Don't look!

Until I say...PEEK! (uncover eyes)


Our activity this week was Scarves!











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).

Preschool Storytime: Teddy Bears!

This Preschool Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 11 & 12, 2017.

Each Preschool Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).





Reading:

Tell Me The Day Backwards by Albert Lamb, illustrated by David McPhail


(I love this story for its focus on remembering the past... which, for very young children, means the very recent past!  It can be a fun exercise to help your child understand concepts such as "earlier", "before" and "after" by spending time talking about what has already happened and in what order they occurred.  For many children, a good place to start might be helping them differentiate between what happened before lunch and after lunch. Younger children might tackle 1-3 events (e.g. "Before lunch I got out of bed and I had breakfast!") Older children may remember more detail such as, "I watched the garbage truck go down our street.  Before that I helped you make sandwiches, and before that we went to the store!")








Home Before Dark by Ian Beck







Singing:

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

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



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!)


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

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







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 to play?






Talking:

Our green box this week held multi-colored plastic bear counters and a variety of pattern sheets.  Children were encouraged to determine the pattern and add an additional bear of the correct size and color to continue the pattern.







Writing:
Two activity sheets were made available to families:

Teddy Bear dot-to-dot sheet:
I took a line drawing of a bear, then used white out to take out the lines for its head.  I then added dots and numbers from 1-10.



Teddy Bear tracing sheet:
Activities such as this help children develop their hand and arm muscles as they hold and control their crayon, pencil, or marker.  They also gain experience coordinating their hands and eyes.

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

Toddler Storytime: Teddy Bears!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 11, 2017.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).







Reading:

No Bed Without Ted by Nicola Smee







Teddy Bedtime by Georgie Birkett






Singing:

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

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



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!)


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

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





Rhymes:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, wink your eye.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down, please!





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 to play?








Talking:
Families participated in a graphing activity during Storytime.  Each child received a graphing sheet and a random handful of bear counters.

Adults and children then spent time talking about the colors and number of bears they received.  The graph helped them to organize their counters while using terms such as "less than", "more than", "as many as", "most", "least", etc.




 


Writing:

Teddy Bear dot-to-dot activity sheet


Teddy Bear tracing sheet



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

Pajama Storytime: 10/10/17

This Pajama Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 10, 2017.

Books:

Beep!  Beep!  Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by John Rocco




Playtime? by Jeff Mack 

(I enlisted the children's and dads' help with this story!  Everyone picked out a couple colorful scarves which were used to denote "playtime" (waving the scarves in the air) and "bedtime" (cuddling the scarves as with a blanket).  The book focuses on these two activities as the boy tries, with difficulty, to enforce "bedtime" while the gorilla is more interested in "playtime"!)




Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley 




Daytime Nightime by William Low 





Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb, illustrated by David McPhail

(I love this story for its focus on remembering the past... which, for very young children, means the very recent past!  It can be a fun exercise to help your child understand concepts such as "earlier", "before" and "after" by spending time talking about what has already happened and in what order they occurred.  For many children, a good place to start might be helping them differentiate between what happened before lunch and after lunch. Younger children might tackle 1-3 events (e.g. "Before lunch I got out of bed and I had breakfast!") Older children may remember more detail such as, "I watched the garbage truck go down our street, then we went to the store, then I helped make sandwiches!")







Songs:

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are gray.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away!






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. 








Each Pajama 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).

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Preschool Storytime: Apples

This Preschool Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 4 & 5, 2017.

Each Preschool Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).





Reading:

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington






Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson





Singing:

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

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



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!)


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

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



Rhymes:

Way Up High in the Apple Tree
(To prepare for this activity we all planted our feet firmly on the floor (roots), made our torso straight and tall (trunk), extended our arms (branches), and made two fists (apples)!

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







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 to play?








Talking:/Playing:
Our activity this week focused on the letter "a", as in APPLE!
Each child took a laminated apple tree and a handful of pompoms.





Parents were then encouraged to play a game with their kiddos.  Children who are just starting to identify letters could try to find the lower case a's and cover them with "apples".   Those having had more practice could find additional letters and talk about the sound(s) each makes.  One family was making up silly things that might (not!) grow on the tree!  While the a's were for an apples, the g was for gorillas growing in the tree, the c was for crocodiles growing in the tree. etc.!  Such fun and creative parents and kids!




At the end of Storytime those who could stay got a turn making their own applesauce!













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

Baby & Me Storytime: 10/2/17-10/5/17

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 2,3 & 5, 2017.

Book:
Hugs & Kisses by Roberta Grobel Intrater










Songs:


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

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


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. 


The Shape-Up Song
(tune: "The Farmer in the Dell")

We're jumping up and down.
We're jumping up and down.
We're getting lots of exercise.
We're jumping up and down.

Ideas for additional verses:
Let's bend and touch our toes...
Let's reach and touch the sky...
Let's kick our legs up high...
We're stomping our feet...
We're waving hello...



You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away!



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

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



Rhymes:

Toast in the Toaster

I’m toast in the toaster, (gently bounce)
I’m getting very hot.
Tick, tock, tick, tock, (sway side to side)
Up I pop! (raise baby into the air)



Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly

Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail.
(walk fingers over baby)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the wooden rail.

Quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse!

(run fingers over baby)    
Quickly, quickly, very quickly up into his house!


Our activity this week was Jigsaw Puzzles!











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).