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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stories in the Park: Ha Ha Very Funny

Trying to tickle a few funny bones today with some of my favorite silly books....:) I adore the Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto duo! Since I couldn't decide which of our books was my favorite I just did them both!
Here's what we read:

Being a Pig is Nice: A Child's Eye View of Manners by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Ills. by Dan Krall
The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill; Ills. by Russell Ayto
The Cow That Was the Best Moo-ther by Andy Cutbill; Ills. by Russell Ayto

I've already professed my undying love for Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto, but Being a Pig is Nice is also a favorite of mine. For more funny favorites check out our Funny Picture Books list on our website. Child home sick? There's nothing better (besides love :) than a funny book to cheer your little one up when they are feeling yucky.

Another thing that might work is Alligator Pie. What? You've never heard of that remedy?? I do think it's a funny chant :) Here it is:
Alligator pie! Alligator Pie!
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die!
You can take away the grass
You can take away the sky...
But please don't take away my Alligator Pie!

But, if you're feeling healthy and need to do a few calisthenics, you could try The Grand Old Duke of York. March those men!
Oooohhh, the Grand Old Duke of York (I like to draw the "Oh" out :)
He had ten thousand men. (Get your ten [thousand] men up - hold ten fingers out!)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (March them up with tippy toes!)
and he marched them down again! (March them down to the ground!)
And when they were up they were up! (Quick - back up!)
And when they were down they were down. (All the way down!)
And when they were only halfway up (Just in the middle...)
They were neither up nor down! (Then quick up, then down again!)

It's hard to believe that there is only 1 more Stories in the Park for this summer! I hope to see lots of you next week, and by the way, for our last Stories in the Park we have a special treat lined up for you: BALLOONS! Cayuga Twister will be there to twist up your favorite shapes at the end of our program.

Also of note, this Saturday will be our last Summer Family Storytime for the session. This was a new endeavor, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Basically, every Saturday at 11:00 we have had a storytime (in the Thaler/Howell programming room) which very closely echoes the previous Stories in the Park, but with a craft or project. I started it to serve families who couldn't make it to Tuesday Stories in the Park programs due to scheduling constraints, but who still wished to have some regularly scheduled, early literacy fun at the library. For the first two weeks we only got a couple of families, but after a while the attendance grew to 25 - 35 or so, and we have had a lot of fun! I am trying to dream up something a little extra fun for this Saturday, (think PUPPET THEATER :) so hope to see some folks there!

Miss Kelly

Friday, August 19, 2016

Baby Storytime Highlights

It was a beautiful day outside!    After our opening song and rhymes, we started with this book...

Wild Backyard by Kate Riggs

....and shared this little fingerplay:

The Rabbit from this site

I saw a little rabbit come hop, hop, hop!
I saw his two long ears go flop, flop, flop!
I saw his little nose go twink, twink, twink.
I saw his little eyes go wink, wink, wink.
I said, "Little Rabbit, won't you stay?"
Then he looked at me, and hopped away.

....and little fun little lapsit:

Frisky Squirrel from Miss Katie's Story Time Wiki
Tune: The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, frisky little squirrel
He gathers nuts and seeds.
He hides them for the winter months
So he'll have all he needs.

Oh, up-up-up he goes
And down-down-down he comes.
He runs around - goes up and down.
His work is never done.

Early Literacy Tip

Children learn by repetition. The more stimulation a child receives, the more connections between brain cells s/he develops. Singing the same songs and reading the same books over and over strengthens these connections!

Next we read...

Who’s Hiding by Sebastien Braun

...and some puppet friends joined us for a version of "Where Is Brown Bear?"

We then learned the baby sign for "cat" with our weekly baby sign song and shared this little rhyme:

I Have Fur

I have fur upon my back
I have whiskers just like that
I have ears–I flick them twice
I have paws for catching mice!

Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church

I Can
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet
Go stomp, stomp, stomp…

I can make my arms
Go up and down…

We finished with scarves and our weekly songs and rhymes.  Hope to see you all next week!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Stories in the Park: Dogs!

First,  I have to admit something: I called it wrong!!! I put up the "It's wet out here!" sign in the park, anticipating showers, but, they didn't happen! It didn't rain, and, in fact, it was warm (let's be honest - steamy) and only partly cloudy : / So sorry to folks who may have been misplaced or confused! I can't completely accurately predict the weather - I go by the better-safe-than-sorry method - so, we had our program inside today!

Who doesn't love dogs? We definitely had some dog lovers with us today! And while it was a busy room today, with so many packed in, there was a lot of audience participation, typical for this group :) AND, since we were indoors, we got to check out the craft that would have been saved for Summer Family Storytime on Saturday, which was a simple origami puppy. Lots of folks stayed for that :)
Well, to the books!
Digger Dog by William Bee
One Pup's Up by Marsha Wilson Chall; Ills. by Henry Cole
Old Mother Hubbard illustrated by Jane Cabrera
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (our big office ref version)

Does anyone remember last week's DINOSAUR program? I almost used Digger Dog for that S in the P, but I decided to save it for today. Dogs, heavy equipment and dinosaur bones - it doesn't get much better than that for some kids :)
I've often used One Pup's Up for dog themes  - it's just so darn cute! And you get some counting in, too. Jane Cabrera's version of Old Mother Hubbard is a wonderful book, too. I really love her bright, childlike illustrations. Check out some of her other versions of popular songs and rhymes.
And last, but not least, our big book version of Where's Spot? It's a fun, lift the flap guessing game, and I love to see how the older kids' (who already know the book) eyes light up when I bring it out, and are still not too old to tell us all about where Spot isn't as we go through the book :) Such a good book!

Check out the link to last year's Dog themed Stories in the Park for our doggy songs and rhymes:
You'll find words to my two favorite dog songs there :) 

You know how sometimes, when folks have a litter of puppies or kittens they want to give away, they will sometimes bring them to a farm market or fair where they know lots of people will be? Today we did a 'Down Around the Corner' math felt board with that in mind. As someone comes up with a dollar, a puppy is taken off the board, and a dollar put in it's place. As you count the puppies down from 5 to 1, the bills add up from 1 to 5. Check out this link for more information on the Down Around the Corner options, and credits, from one of our Family Storytimes.
Today's version went like this:
Down around the corner at the Farmers Market stall
There were five little puppies and that is all!
Along came someone with as dollar to pay,
They took the puppy home and loved it every day!

Down around the corner at the Farmers Market stall
There were four little puppies and that is all!
(and so on, until all the puppies are gone and five dollars are left on the board.)
5  4  3  2  1
Here's to a not-too-steamy week! See you next time!
Miss Kelly