Thursday, July 20, 2017

SLP 2017: Butterflies Storytime: "Let's Get Moving!"

This Butterflies Storytime, for toddlers and preschoolers, was presented at Bellevue Public Library on July 18, 19 & 20, 2017.

Each Butterflies 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 – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing  – 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).

Jumping Day! by Barbara Juster Esbensen, illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Action Rhymes:

I Have Ten Little Fingers

I have ten little fingers
(show fingers)
And they all belong to me.
(point to self)
I can make them do things
(dance fingers in front of body)
Would you like to see?

I can wave them up high,
(reach high to wave hands)
I can wave them down low,
(reach low to wave)
I can make them hide...
(quickly hide fingers in pocket, behind back, etc.)
And I can fold them, so.
(fold hands in lap)

The children in storytime love saying this rhyme several times, each time increasing the speed!

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!"


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!)

Shake My Sillies Out
(by Raffi)
Listen to the song on YouTube by clicking here

I'm gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

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

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

Home Activity:

Children have a natural drive to MOVE!  Sometimes the challenge is keeping up with them! Today's stories focused on JUMPING, DANCING, and BEING SILLY!  Along with encouraging physical well-being, being active helps children develop decision-making skills, while sparking creative thinking and comprehension.  Try playing games with your child such as "Red Light, Green Light", "Freeze" games, and "Charades".

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

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