Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall 2012 Storytime Registration

Registration begins on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 am.
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For the full schedule, click on the flyer below to enlarge and/or print it.

Food Storytime

School-Age Storytime

Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
   I love this book but it's really long and really detailed so it's best to read it to a smaller group so everyone can see what's going on in the illustrations. The story is awesome and the kids really seemed into it despite it's length.

Eat Your Peas by Kes Gray
   The kids loved this book. They were absolutely shocked that she wouldn't eat her peas even after her mother offered her all that good stuff. Afterwards we talked about what their least favorite foods were and what it would take to get them to eat the foods they didn't like.

Boxes of Doughnuts

Rainbows and Colors!

Preschool Storytime

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
   Great story!

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
   I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It seems like a perfect storytime choice but the kids just didn't seem that into it.

Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry
   Boring story but it's cool how the book is shaped like a rainbow. Each page reveals another color until the entire rainbow is revealed on the last page.

My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
   I'm not a huge fan of this book but the kids seemed to enjoy it. I think it's a mediocre storytime choice.

Begin with fruits of every color on the flannel board. You will need a pot or a box with a cut up rainbow inside. Begin with the apple...

Take an apple, put it in the pot. (Remove apple from flannel board and place in box or pot)
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot! (Use a stick or spoon to stir)
Take it out and what will we see, (remove the red rainbow piece from the box and place on flannel board)
The prettiest red you ever did see!

Continue swapping each piece of fruit with its corresponding rainbow color until your rainbow is complete. The kids will be impressed that you "magically" turned the fruit into a rainbow color!)

(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

If you are wearing red today,
Red today, red today.
If you are wearing red today,
Clap your hands.

Continue with different colors and actions. (stop your feet, spin around, jump up and down...)

Paper Plate Rainbow Mobiles


Toddler Storytime

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Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
   This book seemed like a good choice before storytime but I think it's definitely better for preschool. It was a little too long for my toddler groups. I asked the kids if they were wearing any of the colors in the books to help keep their attention.

Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry
   The story isn't all that exciting but it's cool how the book is shaped like a rainbow. Each page turn adds a color and the last page reveals the full rainbow.

You need 6 different colored houses, hide a mouse behind one of them.

Little mouse, little mouse,
Are you in the red house?
Knock, knock, knock!

Remove the house to see if the mouse is there. Continue with each house until you find the mouse.

Wave colored scarves to pop bubbles.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Food Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
   I love this book!  The kids love to see the different kinds of cupcakes and choose their favorites. They also like seeing the silly objects that go on cupcake.

Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore
    This book is cute. It gets the kids involved because they can yell out whether or not they would eat the different foods mentioned.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
   Great story, short and sweet!

We Are What We Eat!
   I wasn't sure about this one but the kids really liked it! The fruits and vegetables form a little person and they thought that was really cool.

5 Hungry Ants, marching in a line,
Came upon a picnic where they could dine!
They marched into the salad, they marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper,
Uh Oh! That was a mistake!
Ah Ah AHCHOO!!!!!!
(sneeze one ant away)

4 Hungry Ants. . .

Fruit Hats

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bus Storytime

Toddler Storytime

Opening Song:
Clap in Time by Makin' Music

Small Tall

Green Alligators with signs and movements
There were green alligators,
And long neck gees.
Humpty back camels and the chimpanzees.
Cats and rats and elephants,
As sure as your born.
But the loveliest of all was the unicorn!

Speedy Green Alligators

Quiet Rhyme: (with signs)
With our ears we will listen,
With our eyes we wil look,
It's time to read a book!

Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
   I didn't like this for a storytime book, it was too short and kind of boring.

The Wheels on the Bus

The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
   Great book! Although I like it better for preschool kids, the toddlers enjoyed seeing the different kinds of vehicles.


Closing Song:

Bus Hats

Silly Animals Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Funny Ears by Liesbet Slegers
   Even though the text is too young and a bit dull the kids really liked seeing the ears change on the animals.

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
   Great story!  The kids can guess what the rhyming words will be.

Animals should definitely not wear clothing. by Judi Barrett
   This book was over the heads of one preschool group but the other group found it quite hysterical.

My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
   I really like this story and the illustrations and the kids liked mimicking the animals moves and actions. They were pretty impressed that the illustrations were all made out of hearts so we went back through the book to look at some of the illustrations and find the hearts.

Animal Soup by Todd H. Doodler
   This book was a big hit with both groups. The kids thought the mixed up animal names were really funny and it led into our craft.

A Tooty Ta

Mixed Up Animals

Carrot Storytime

School-Age Storytime

Silly Tails by Jan Mark
   A longer story with some fancy vocabulary but I explained/changed some of the words and the kids seemed to enjoy it.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
   Short and sweet, a nice addition to carrot storytime.

The Enormous Carrot by Vladimir Vagin
   A little too repetetive. But the kids liked looking at the carrot feast at the end and talking about other carrot food they could make.

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
   Loved this story!  (At the end of Creepy Carrots we had a creepy surprise; a creepy carrot was peeking through the window on the activity room door, courtesy of Carol.)

Creepy Carrots. The kids all wanted theirs on a fishing pole so they could make it "float" and scare people with it!