Monthly Archives: January 2016

“Dreaming Up” Pre-K Book Club

dreaming up

Read Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

Station One: Light Table
I set up the light table with colored plastic cups and geometric shapes for stacking.
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Station Two: Build with Marshmallows and Uncooked Spaghetti
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Station Three: Building with Craft Sticks
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Station Four: Practicing with a Hammer (motor skills)
The hammer was “women’s-sized,” so it was lighter and shaped for smaller hands. We hammered colored golf tees into sheets of styrofoam. Safety goggles a must!
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“Letter J” preschool storytime

letter j

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

Alphabet Monster (with puppet)
I’m the Alphabet Monster
And nothing tastes better
To the Alphabet Monster
Than eating a letter.
Today I will eat a “J” if I may
With the million more letters
I munch every day.
I’m hungry now. What shall I do?
I think I’ll eat a “y” an “o” and a “u” . . . . . . That means YOU!
Source: Storyblocks (adapted)

Book – Jump! by Scott M. Fischer

Jumping Joey
Jumping Joey went a jumping joyfully to town
Jumping Joey got so tired
Jumping up and down
Jumping Joey asked his mother,
“Could I have a ride?”
Jumping Joey’s mother answered,
“Sure, just jump inside!”
Source: King County Library System

Song – Jim Gill’s “Jumping and Counting

Book – Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Jack in the Box
Jack in the box
Stays down in his box
il somebody opens the lid
SURPRISE!
Source: King County Library System

Whoops, Johnny!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins

Song: The Learning Groove’s “Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song

Peanut Butter and Jelly
First you take the peanuts
And you crunch ’em,
You crunch ’em
For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take the grapes
And you squish ’em,
You squish ’em
For your peanut, peanut butter
And jelly
Peanut, peanut butter
And jelly

Then you take the bread
And you spread it

Then you take your sandwich
And you eat it
Source: Traditional

Jello in the Bowl
Jello in the bowl,
Jello in the bowl,
Wibble, wobble,
Wibble, wobble,
Jello in the bowl.
Cookies in the tin, cookies in the tin,
Shake ‘em up, shake ‘em up,
cookies in the tin
Candles on the cake, candles on the cake,
Blow ‘em out, blow ‘em out,
candles on the cake.
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: Cumulative stories (like The House that Jack Built, or Jump, Frog, Jump!) give your child a chance to join and build the story as you go. This is a wonderful way to show the print has meaning when you run your finger under the words that are being repeated.

 

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“Unpoppable” yoga storytime

Unpoppable

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 

Song – Kira Willey – “The Shimmy

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. 

Book – Unpoppable by Tim Hopgood
Standing on the balloon – Stand on 1 leg, then the other
Tree – tree pose/ vrksasana
Dance among the aerials – dancer/ natarajasana
Chimney – extended mountain pose/ urdhva hastasana
owl – seated twists, saying “whoo” like an owl on each side
stars – star pose, standing side stretch on each side for around the moon,
unpoppable falling back to earth – standing forward fold/ uttanasana

Parachute activity
We put a handful of pompoms on the parachute. First we tried to keep the pompoms on the parachute, and then we tried to bounce the pompom off.

Balloon Breath
We talked about how like the unpoppable in the story, we are filled with light and color and creativity inside of us. Sometimes when we are mad or sad, we don’t feel very filled with light, but we can use our balloon breath to fill us back up and make us unpoppable again.

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were floating like a balloon, over the trees, next to birds, through the clouds, into the stars. We felt light and free and unpoppable. (60 second meditation).

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

Hot air balloon craft
We made ours into gratitude balloons. Every day, draw or write something that makes you happy. Put that item in the basket of the hot air balloon.

Namaste!

 

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“Press Here” Story Explorers book club

Movement Game
I used a version of this game from Homegrown Friends. I cut circles out of sticky-backed craft foam in white, black, blue, red, and yellow and placed them on the floor of the library meeting room. I used the following commands:
Hop to a yellow circle.
Twirl to a white circle.
Tiptoe to a red circle.
Crawl to a black circle.
Hop on 1 leg to a blue circle.
Shake to a yellow circle.
Walk backwards to a red circle. (Be careful of your neighbor!)
Gallop to a white circle.
Dance to black circle.
Wiggle to a yellow circle.
Slither to a blue circle.
Stomp to a yellow circle.
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Read Press Here.

Mix colors
I gave the kids clear cups of water. We used red, blue, and yellow food coloring to make green, purple, and orange water.

Make your own Press Here book.
Using colored office stickers like these, we made our own versions of Press Here. One little boy made himself the book and put the stickers on his forehead. Depending on which sticker you pressed, he would dance or wiggle or move however he chose!
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See more photos from this event here!

 

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“The Letter I” preschool storytime

letter i

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

Alphabet Monster (with puppet)
I’m the Alphabet Monster
And nothing tastes better
To the Alphabet Monster
Than eating a letter.
Today I will eat an “I” if I may
With the million more letters
I munch every day.
I’m hungry now. What shall I do?
I think I’ll eat a “y” an “o” and a “u” . . . . . . That means YOU!
Source: Storyblocks (adapted)

Book – If by Sarah Perry 

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til 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
Source: Check this ukulele version by Miss Mary Liberry!

Song – Jim Gill’s “Poison Ivy

There’s Something Soft and Fluffy
There’s something soft and fluffy
And icy and cold
It’s very nice to look at
But much too cold to hold
Whether you are on an outing
Or spending time at home
You cannot eat this with your hands
So we put it on a cone!

Felt Board – Ice Cream
Five ice cream cones at the ice cream shop
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top
One little icecream took some time to think
He mixed in some bubblegum and turned himself pink
A kid came along and took that yummy ice cream home

Four ice-cream cones at the ice cream shop
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top
Then one little ice-cream knew what he should do
He mixed in some blueberries and turned the color blue
A kid came along and took that yummy ice-cream home.

3 little ice creams at the ice cream shop
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top
One little ice cream was a smart little fellow
He mixed in some lemonade and turned himself yellow.
A kid came along and took that yummy ice cream home.

2 Little Ice Cream cones at the ice-cream shop
But no one wanted to buy them with vanilla on top.
One little ice-cream got an idea in his head
He mixed in some raspberries and turned his color to red.
A kid came along and took that yummy ice-cream home.

One little ice-cream at the ice-cream shop
But no one wanted to buy it with vanilla on top
Alone and sad, he really wanted to go,
So he mixed in all the colors and made himself rainbow!
Source: Mama Bee from the Hive

Book – It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle

Song – Boogers – “Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Monkey
The itsy bitsy monkey
Climbed up the coconut tree.
Down came a coconut
And hit him on his knee—OWWW!!!!
Out came a lion
A-shakin’ his mighty mane—
Annnnd—
The itsy bitsy monkey
Climbed up the tree again!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Inside Mouse Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George 

If You Want to be a Mouse
If you want to be a mouse
Eat some Cheese
If you want to be a mouse
Eat some cheese.
If you want to be a mouse,
If you want to be a mouse,
If you want to be a mouse,
Eat some cheese
Source: Adapted traditional 

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: Encourage your child to try to “write” on his/her own. Let her use crayons and markers while she is writing a note or making a shopping list. Let him draw with finger paints in the bathtub before having a bath. Scribble with big pieces of chalk on the sidewalk outside your house. Let her “type” on Mom’s computer. Talk about what she is doing. Ask questions that help keep kids involved in all pre-writing activities.
Source: Early Literacy Learning

 

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“The Letter H” preschool storytime

letter h

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

Alphabet Monster (with puppet)
I’m the Alphabet Monster
And nothing tastes better
To the Alphabet Monster
Than eating a letter.
Today I will eat an “H” if I may
With the million more letters
I munch every day.
I’m hungry now. What shall I do?
I think I’ll eat a “y” an “o” and a “u” . . . . . . That means YOU!
Source: Storyblocks (adapted)

Book – I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Tall Hat, Small Hat
Tall hat, (arms overhead)
Small hat (hands on head)
Big hat (arms outspread)
Cap (hands on head)
Let me take them off again
(repeat motions in reverse)
And put them in my lap.
(fold hands in lap)
Source: King County Library System

Felt Board – A-Hunting We Will Go

Book – My Heart is like a Zoo by Michael Hall

Song – They Might Be Giants “Clap your Hands

Take Care of Your Heart
Tune: “The Farmer In the Dell”
Take care of your heart.
Exercise today.
Jump and jump and jump
When you’re out at play.
Source: Preschool Express

Here is a Beehive
Here is the beehive (hand in fist)
But where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Soon they’ll come creeping out of the hive.
Take one finger out at a time, while counting
One! Two! Three! Four! Five!
BZZZZZZ!!!!! (tickle the kids)
Back in the hive bees! (hand in fist)

Book – Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

Song – Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken 

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: One way to practice blending is to play a guessing game called Secret Code. The parent could turn an illustrated word face down and say its body and coda, e.g., ha-t. When a child blends the phonemes and guesses the word, the parent shows the picture.
Source: Reading Rockets

 

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