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“The Man with the Violin” Story Explorers preschool book club

 

We read The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson.

We had a special guest play the violin for us: Riley Ann!

 

Check out the video here!

 

I couldn’t find any easy violin crafts, so we made another string instrument: banjos! We used this design from The Craft Train. I hot glued the rubber bands and lids onto paint stirrers before the program.

 

 

 

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“Catch the Wind!” little ones event

For this month’s event, we made crafts and activities all about wind and air, in conjunction with our Clearview Reads event where the author of The Boy who Harnessed the Wind will visit and speak with us.   Our Catch the Wind event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday at the library with a repeat on Saturday.

We made mazes with playdoh and blew cotton balls through them like this post from Raising Dragons .

This girl decided to try to blow a ball of playdoh through, but it was a little too sticky and heavy.
   

We caught clouds like this post from Mama of Littles.

We experimented with what objects the wind can blow and which are too heavy like this post from Little Giraffes. The Lego man didn’t fly, but the feather was everyone’s favorite.

We made a windsock like this post from 1, 2, 3, Homeschool with Me.

We made wind process art like this post from Play to Learn Preschool.

Check out these videos!

 

 

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“Sea Bear” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Sea Bear by Barbara Jean Hicks.  

We melted icebergs like this post from Stay at Home Educator.
 

We made a polar bear face like this post from Crafts on Sea.

We played in arctic sensory bin that I purchased from NatGeo. The morphing matter is amazing!

 

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“Get Me Out of This Book!” 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: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy” 

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

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 – Get Me Out of This Book!: Rules and Tools for Being Brave by Kalli Dakos and Deborah Cholette and illustrated by Sara Infante
king cobra – cobra/bhujangasana
trainer – warrior I and II/virabhadrasana I and II
breathing –  sukhasana/easy seated pose with deep breaths
Shark –  malasana/garland pose and jump up like a shark breaching
Cockroaches – dead bug pose, wiggling arms and legs
Ghosts – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
Ten-foot Skeleton – upward salute/urdhva hastasana
Instead of punching skeleton, we tickled him until he fell apart –  happy baby/ananda balasana
Monster with 7 heads – eagle/garudasana
End in sukhasana with deep breaths

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- “If You’re Happy and You Know It” 

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

This was my biggest yoga storytime yet! 40 people!

 

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“Let’s Play House!” little ones event

For this month’s event, we played house!  This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday at the library with a repeat on Saturday.

We parked our cars in the garage.
   

We shoveled “snow.”

In the kitchen, we made “cookies” out of playdoh.

We also washed dishes.

In the bathroom, we could potty train the baby or give the dog a bath.

We also had to clean the bathroom.

In the bedroom, we had to get dressed.

We also had to wash the clothes, of course.

Or wash the dog in the washer. (Oh no!)

 

 

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“Cookies!” little ones event

For this month, we made cookies!  This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday at the library.

We made homemade thin mints like this post from Averie Cooks. The kids found it easier to make little sandwiches than to dip it in the chocolate.
 

We made no bake 3-ingredient treats like this post from the Seasoned Mom.

We decorated sugar cookies with frosting, sprinkles, and edible markers.

Some kids enjoyed their creations right away, and some took them home.

 

 

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“Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks.  

We made disappearing monsters like this post from Toddler Approved.

We painted with broccoli like this post from this post from No Time for Flashcards.

 

Then we ate veggies!

Mmmm

Happy Halloween!

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“Costume Party!” little ones event

For this month, we made costumes out of paper bags, paper headbands, and paper plate masks. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

I put a sign out on the table for inspiration, but I left no actual instructions. I wanted people to use their imaginations.

 

 

 


 

I bought a photo backdrop and made a photo booth.

 

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“Squeak!” bedtime 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)
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 

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart) 

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

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 – Squeak!  by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee
breeze through the mountains – mountain/tadasana
mouse – child’s pose/balasana
chipmunks – tree/vrksasana
trout – salabhasana/locust
elk – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
bear – bear walk
wolves – upward facing dog/urdhva mukha svanasana with howl
bighorn sheep – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with kicks
bison – warrior II/virabhadrasana II

Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Kissy knee – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana while kissing knees goodnight

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

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

Namaste!   

 

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“Abner and Ian Get Right-Side Up” 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: Kira Willey’s “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 – Abner and Ian Get Right-Side Up by Dave Eggers
For this book, I had the kids jump up and down when it says to shake the book. We just did a different pose everytime the characters got mixed up.
First pose: Triangle/trikonasana on right side
Second pose: (Upside down) Downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana
Third pose: (characters in the gutter of the page) happy baby/ananda balasana
Fourth: (world is upside down) legs up the wall/viparita karani
Fifth: (kid is doing this on purpose) eagle/garudasana
Sixth: (nope! again!) goddess pose/utkata konasana
Seventh: (like a gorilla!) eagle/garudasana on the other side
Eighth: (Hm) malasana/garland pose
Ninth: (this looks familiar) trikonasana/triangle on left
Resting: sukhasana/easy seated pose

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- “Crazy Monkey” 

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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