Thursday, December 13, 2012

Toddler Storytime - The Animals' Christmas

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Thursday, December 13, 2012.


Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee
(The children and adults helped me with this one...shaking their jingle bells whenever the animals took off on their sleigh ride!)

Lunch by Denise Fleming
(I did a Christmas-themed retelling of this story, using the puppet and props I made for use with this story.  See my post on Denise Fleming for more information!)


Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
jingle all the way.
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a
one-horse open sleigh! (2x)

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go,
Laughing all the way!
Bells on bobtail ring,
Making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

The Reindeer Pokey
(tune: The Hokey-Pokey")

You put your reindeer hoof in,
You put your reindeer hoof out.
You put your reindeer hoof in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your red nose in…
You put your antlers in…
You put your tail in…

Storytime Has Ended
(tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")

Storytime has ended, has ended, has ended.
Storytime has ended 'til we meet again.

(Children wave to each other as we continue)
'Til we meet, 'til we meet, 'til we meet, 'til we meet.
Storytime has ended 'til we meet again.


Our Hands Say Hello!

Our hands say hello with a clap, clap, clap.
Our feet say hello with a tap, tap, tap.

Clap, clap, clap,
Tap, tap, tap.
Turn around and take a bow.
Sit right down. It's Storytime now!

Throughout the month of December I have been sharing some insights with parents and caregivers about the importance of talking to and with their children. This month will offer many opportunities to introduce rich vocabulary as you describe some of what your child is seeing, hearing and experiencing: "crispy, crunchy snow" (if and when it comes!), "twinkling lights", the deep resonating "Ho! Ho! Ho!" of Santa at the mall, the "stiff, prickly pine needles on the tree", etc. Children will delight in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the holidays, especially when they experience it with you!

Next Thursday, December 20 will be our last Toddler Storytime for the year.  We will resume on January 10, 2013!

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