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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Toddler Storytime: Last One for the Session: Let's Move!

Wow! Toddler Storytime was a blast today! Our energetic toddlers really went for it! And making it even more special was having a few siblings come along, since this is Spring Break for the local schools. We read, sang, wiggled, danced....and it all started with books! Here's what we read:

Stretch by Doreen Cronin; Ills. by Scott Menchin
If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre; Ills. by Jackie Urbanovic
You Are a Lion by Taeeun Yoo

~All great books to move to! Also a wonderful resource: our own Don't Just Sit There! booklist, which is listed under Just For Fun as "Interactive Picture Books". Check it out when it's time to get things [like your babies and toddlers] movin'!

Here's a fingerplay for your toddler's busy fingers - do the actions! (Don't forget to count those fingers first :)
I have Ten Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers
And they all belong to me!
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight
Or open them wide!
I can put them together
Or make them all hide;
I can make them jump high
Or make them go low.
I can fold them quietly
And hold them just so.

 Another fun poem that we did with bean bags can be used with stuffed animals or puppets. See it here on Jbrary. I've said it before, I'll say it again: We love JBRARY!!

Puppet Fun
(Sing to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Put your puppet on your heart, on your heart!
Put your puppet on your heart, on your heart!
Put your puppet on your heart, what a lovely way to start!
Put your puppet on your heart, on your heart!

Put your puppet on your knee…
You’ll both be filled with glee…
Put your puppet on your toes…
Now move it to your nose…
Put your puppet on your head…
Put your puppet straight to bed…
Give your puppet a big hug…
Make it snug as a bug in a rug!

Finally, I want to share our "Little Dancers" song. It is an iteration of "Sleeping Bunnies" which we did a couple of weeks ago at the "Bunnies Froggies Duckies Chickies" Family Storytime :) The tune is loosely based on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and we used scarves to express our movement joy - only AFTER we sang "Wake up soon..."! Until then, the children gamely pretended to sleep soundly on the floor...with lots of giggles...

 Little Dancers
See the little dancers sleeping ‘til it’s nearly noon!
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune.
Oh, how still! Are they ill?
Wake up soon….

Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!
Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!
Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!
Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!

Many of our toddlers' siblings were especially up for this! They showed us all how it's done :)


Next Saturday is our last Family Storytime for the session. We will be having a DIA inspired, multicultural special, with songs, stories, puppet theater, project and snacks! A few of our volunteers and patrons will be helping me read and sing and tell stories in Chinese, Spanish and Swahili! Don't miss it!
 I am also considering having Family Storytime on Saturdays over the summer, which is something I've never done before. This would directly coincide with Tuesday Stories in the Park themes. I  would like to see if those who can't make it to Stories in the Park due to work/scheduling constrictions would still like to have an early literacy storyime to bring their children to, so it will be a bit of an experiment!

Hope to see you for our DIA celebration on Saturday!
Miss Kelly


Family Storytime: Earth Day Themes

There are so many good books for Earth Day themes - it was really hard to pick just 3 or 4! But I narrowed it down and went with these:

A Fairy Went A-Marketing by Rose Fyleman; Ills. by Jamichael Henterly
Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward and T.J. Martin; Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler
Mama Built a Little Nest (excerpts from) by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Steve Jenkins
Tweedle Dee Dee by Charlotte Voake
Four books in one day! O.K., maybe I was pushing it a bit :) I did fly right through Mama Built a Little Nest as some of us were ready for take off by the time I started reading it (excuse the pun:) When you have time, sit down with your little one and explore this amazing book about birds and the many different kinds of nests they build - it's really cool! Sometimes I get so excited about a book that I really want to share it, but it may be too long, or just not attention-getting for our youngest program attendees, so I'll try just doing part of the book. That's what I did for this book, but this truly is a book worth sharing, so please check it out sometime!
Somewhere in the Ocean is another such book - a little too long for storytime, so again, I read only about half of it. I hope you'll share it in it's entirety sometime with your curious toddler!
A Fairy Went A-Marketing was suggested to me by my colleague, Adelle, a long time ago. It is one of the sweetest fairy books there is and the story is a commentary on consumerism that your little one may not comprehend at this stage, but it is a wonderful approach to life.
Finally, Tweedle Dee Dee is a variation on a traditional folk song "The Green Leaves Grew Around" and it even has a musical score in the back! We used hand motions to bring the song to life.

Here is a beautiful poem from Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig Van derWater. You might have your little one point to the body parts that correspond with the senses mentioned in this poem:
I heard
a pinecone fall. (Point to your ear!)
I smell a spicy breeze. (Now your nose!)
I see (Point to your eyes)
wildly waving
rows of
friendly trees.... (Be the tree :)

I'm here.
Come visit.

What a wonderful book - full of sweet nature poems :)
After we read Somewhere in the Ocean, we sang a rendition of "Old McDonald Had a Farm" that I call "Old MacDougal Sailed the Salty Sea" in which many puppet sea creatures are featured. You may have noticed I love to play with traditional songs - I think it's an occupational hazard :) but you can do the same to teach your children more about different animals around the world!

I had Kate feature a song by Rob Reid for the Toddler Storytime Earth Day Themes last Tuesday. Here's another one of his songs that I absolutely adore and wanted to share with our kids today. They really got into it! Any woods-loving parent or caregiver will recognize the central theme of this song :) Thanks so much, Rob!!

We’re Taking a Walk in the Woods!  
By Rob Reid (with a little tweaking by Kelly! Sing to the tune of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow")

We’re taking a walk in the woods
We’re taking a walk in the woods
We’re taking a walk in the woods
On this gorgeous day.

We’re taking a hop in the woods…
We’re doing a dance in the woods…
We’re running around in the woods…


We’re taking a walk in the woods…….on this gorgeous day!

I so enjoyed watching your kids romp around to that one :) Mr. Reid is a genius.

I will conclude this post with another announcement for our DIA Family Storytime next Saturday, the 30th. It is happening at our usual 11:00 start time. We have several cultures to showcase. I wish I could do more, but we only have so much time! Our awesome volunteer and patron, Kai, has agreed to read a Chinese/English book with me about sounds in other languages featuring a little hedgehog, which I will attempt to put to the theater :) Another truly wonderful patron and helper, Lucia, will be singing Sue Williams' "I Went Walking" with me in Spanish! Also, our dear friend Aloja has agreed to share some African drumming with us as background to a Swahili book about counting! I am SO excited! Did you know that everywhere, the cow says "Moo!"? Well, we'll also do some theatrics to prove that on Saturday. I hope you can come and help us celebrate some of the many cultures we see around us every day.

See you!
Miss Kelly