“Be a Good Ancestor” yoga storytime


Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

We warmed up with this song: “Tick Tock Yoga Clock” by Karma Kids Yoga.

Book – Be a Good Ancestor by written by Leona Price and Gabriell Price and illustrated by Carla Joseph
– water – standing forward fold/uttanasana
– the land– tree pose/vrkshasana
– living things that fly – eagle pose/garudasana
– living things that swim – locust pose/salabasana with swimming motions
– living things that walk – bear crawls
– your neighbors – sukhasana with lotus mudra
– your thoughts – rock and roll pose (for movements and change)
– your words – dandelion breath
– your feelings – butterfly pose/bound angle/ baddha konasana
– yourself – dancer/natarajasana
To be honest, I had a lot of very young children so we stopped at your neighbors this particular storytime.

Song – The Seedy Seeds – “My Roots Go Down
Stomping for roots
Tree – vrksasana
Flower pose

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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Snakes and Scales Storytime

This is a late post, so I apologize, but our October event for the little ones was a reptile storytime. I had been speaking with a lady I met on a local facebook group who had pet reptiles who had offered to bring them to the library for the children. She cancelled the day of the event, but luckily I have a friend who also has a pet snake. She graciously brought Waffles the corn snake for the kids to see, and Waffles was the most well-behaved guest!

We read I Saw an Anaconda by Jane Clarke and illustrated by Emma Dodd before Waffles made his debut.

We then made our own snake friends like this post from Activities for Kids. See a video here.

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“Barnyard Banter” yoga storytime

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Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Old MacYogi had a Farm
Old Mac-Yogi had farm. E-i-e-i-om.
The kids took turns saying what animals were on the farm, and we acted them out in yoga poses.

Walking Old Joe
Walking Old Joe, walking Old Joe
sit with legs stretched out in front, lifting one foot then the other for walking
You’re the best horse in the county-o.
Walking Old Joe, walking Old Joe
WHOA, JOE! Fall back onto mat, legs in air. Come back to seated.
Repeat with trot and gallop.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee
Horse: Downward dog with horse kicks (faster during the clip clop parts)
Cat/cow: cat/cow pose
Dog: puppy pose
Pig: happy baby pose (like pigs rolling in the mud)
rooster – camel/ustrasana
hen – chair/utkatasana
pigeon – pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
mice – child’s pose/balasana
peacock – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana
donkey – donkey kicks
crow – crow pose/bakasana
Cricket – malasana/garland pose
frog – squat and jump

Song: Bari Koral and the Family Band- “Back to the Farm

Chicken Feed
I tossed out “chicken feed” (a bag of pompoms) around the room and had the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls. Normally, this game is called “toe-ga.”

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We pretended we were at the farm. The sun was shining, and we could feel its warmth. The horses were neighing and running. The cows are mooing and chewing grass. The goats were jumping and eating everything. We looked at the rows and rows of food growing and thought about how healthy this food was for us. We thought about how great it was to see life growing around the farm and tried to hold on to that feeling.

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher TrainingMandala coloring

Namaste!

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“Some Questions about Trees” Y is for Yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sergeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Book – Some Questions about Trees by Toni Yuly
– Where do trees live? – tree/vrkshasana
– on the earth – standing forward fold/uttanasana
– sky –urdhva hastasana/extended mountain
– full of friends – robin’s breath
– shy – turtle pose
– heart – anjali mudra
– throw parties – breath of joy
– spring is here – wide leg seated forward fold/upavistha konasana
– fruit – bear twists
– dream of being big – garland pose/malasana to standing
– tallest trees get lonely– warrior III/virabhadrasana III
– moon – standing side bends
– moose – warrior II/virabhadrasana II
– bees buzzed – bee breath
– whoosh – belly breaths

Song – The Seedy Seeds – “My Roots Go Down
Stomping for roots
Tree – vrksasana
Flower pose


Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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“Moving Words About a Flower” Y is for Yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

We skipped the sun salutations today because of the excessive heat and warmed up with this song:Tick Tock Yoga Clock” by Karma Kids Yoga.

BookA Perfect Day by Jennifer Yerkes
– silver raindrops – standing forward fold/uttanasana
– rainbow – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana
– tiny sprout popped up – garland pose/malasana
– gray concrete – pigeon/ eka pada rajakapotasana
– dandelion began to bend – standing side bends
– that evening – five pointed star pose
– sailed on the wild wind – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
– deer – warrior I/ virabhadrasana I
– moose – warrior II/virabhadrasana II
– bees buzzed – bee breath
– whoosh – belly breaths

Song – The Seedy Seeds – “My Roots Go Down
Stomping for roots
Tree – vrksasana
Flower pose


Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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“A Perfect Day” Y is for Yoga storytime

A Perfect Day by Jennifer Yerkes

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sergeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

BookA Perfect Day by Jennifer Yerkes
– day begins – deep breaths in easy seated/sukhasana
– page with flowers and butterfly – baddha konasana/bound angle
– chirp – tree/vrkshasana
– cree! cree! – warrior II/virabhadrasana II and hop to switch sides
– bzzzz – bee breath
– croak – malasana/garland pose and hop like a frog
– whoosh – side bends
– sssss– cobra/bhujangasana
– rah rah – anahatasana/puppy pose
– page with flowers and fox – flower pose
– melody continues – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
– for all the rain pages – Kira Willey’s “Rainstorm”
– symphony – standing twists from side to side swinging arms

Song – Bari Koral – “Fly Like a Butterfly”


Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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“We All Play” Y is for Yoga storytime


Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Song: “Tick Tock Yoga Clock” – Karma Kids Yoga

Book – We All Play kimêtawânaw by Julie Flett
– hop – hop around and then rabbit pose/ shashasagasana
– sniff and sneak – turtle pose/kurmasana
-peek and peep – seated twists and hoo like owls
– We all play too – I had the kids show me how they play.
– swim and squirt – standing forward fold/uttanasana and then come to standing making a noise like a blowhole
– bubble and bend – standing side bends
– chase and chirp – malasana/garland pose
– slip and slither – cobra/bhujanghasana
– rumble and roll – mountain climbers
– wiggle and wobble – rock n roll
– rustle and roost – adho mukha svanasana/downward dog The older kids today wanted to try handstands so I spotted them.
– nudge and nuzzle – lion’s breath
– yip and yawn – puppy pose/anahatasana


Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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“Something Extraordinary” Y is for Yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Song: “The Shimmy” – Kira Willey

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

We talked about letting our hearts shine, about letting ourselves see the beauty in everything around us and being happy.

Book – Something Extraordinary by Ben Clanton
– fly – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
-breathe underwater – seated side bends and twists like octopus arms
– drawings come to life – rock n roll to standing like coming out of a book
– rain in different colors – tree/ vrksasana
– steps with funny sounds – one leg mountain/eka padatadasana Make funny noises when you step down!
– big bushy tail – adho mukha svanasana/downward dog Wag your bushy tail!
– talk to animals – puppy pose/anahatasana
– unusual pet – turtle pose/kurmasana
– wish for many things – 5 pointed star pose
– blow on dandelion – candle breath
– Where did you come from? – robin’s breath
– extraordinary – flower pose

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training


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Rainbows and Prisms event, Loveland style

Since I am at a new library for the first time in almost 11 years, it’s been fun repeating programs I’ve done in the past because I know what worked and what didn’t. It’s also been interesting to see the differences in the community. Things that worked for years in Windsor don’t jive in Loveland, and vice versa. It’s been a fascinating learning period in these two towns right next to each other.

I will be doing quarterly events for little ones, as opposed to the monthly ones I was doing at my previous position. For this event, I combined two past events: the colors program and the rainbows and prisms one.

We made rainbow pasta necklaces. I used this recipe to dye the pasta. Every time I make these, I can’t get over how bright the colors look!

This little girl said she was the Green Lantern.

I also let a coworker take some home for her grandchildren.


We explored rainbows and prisms with CDs, flashlights, and prisms.

We made clouds and rainbows like this post from Preschool Inspirations. The kids really went to town creatively with this. They didn’t feel like making clouds or rainbows, so they just made whatever they wanted.

We sorted colors with stickers like this post from Busy Toddle


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David LaRochelle preschool storytime

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – It’s a Tiger!

We talked about the letter T after this book.

Tony Chestnut
Toe, knee, chest, nut (head), nose, eye, heart, point
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows
Source:  King County Library System

Book – The End

Toes, Knees, Shoulders, Head
Toes, knees, shoulders, head
Shoulders, head
Toes, knees, shoulders, head
Rub your tummy
At the same time as your head
Toes, knees, shoulders, head
Shoulders, head
Source: Adapted Traditional

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
Till it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up, little bunnies!
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies, till I say stop.
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! 

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies hopping
Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we slow them with a merry tune?
Oh so quick
Are they sick?
Go to bed, little bunnies!
Sleep, little bunnies, sleep, sleep sleep
Sleep, little bunnies, sleep, sleep sleep
Sleep, little bunnies, sleep, sleep sleep
Don’t make a peep
Source: Adapted 

Book – Moo!

Song – “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up, Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all over town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed
Source: King County Library System

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early Literacy Tip:
Take a deep breath, man, because it’s all good. Just sing about it! Singing breaks words into individual syllables so sounds are easier to hear. Sing and play music with your child!


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