Saturday, November 7, 2015

Autumn Leaves

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on November 4, 2015.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all five of the 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).


See The Green Box below!


Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey, illustrated by Susan Swan


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?

Our Green Box activities included sidewalk chalk and the parachute.

As children and adults arrived I invited them to pick up some of the colorful autumn leaves I had scattered on the floor.  I encouraged them to talk about the colors, shapes, and feel of the leaves.  As I read "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert, I encouraged the adults to talk with their young ones about the wonderful illustrations they were seeing.  A variety of leaves were used to make images reminiscent of fish, birds, butterflies, cows, gourds, and more!  I love hearing parents and caregivers using rich language with their youngsters. 


During Storytime everyone picked up a handful of leaves and used them as we danced to a beautiful piece of music called "The Trees Weep Leaves" by David Huntsinger.

Parachute Play!
The weather was nice enough to take the parachute out onto the library lawn.  We had an impromptu physics lesson which involved figuring out how low we had to hold the parachute so that the brisk autumn breeze didn't take control!

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