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“The Bear in the Book” Story Explorers preschool book club

The Bear in the Book CLEL Bell awardis a winner in the ECRR2 category of READ. Read The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks. 

We talked about how bears stay warm in the winter during hiberation. Then we did a science experiment showing how fat keeps bears warm like this post from I Can Teach my Child.

Then we made bear dens like this post from Funky Fresh Firsties.

I love how this boy added more animals in the forest.

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“Bugs” toddler storytime

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Creepy Crawly
Once there was a creepy crawly
(Creep hands up from toes.)
Climbing up the castle wall-y.
Weather changed to stormy, squally
(Arms up, sway like a tree in the wind)
And the rain began to fall-y.
(Flutter fingers down)
Down from the castle wall-y
Fell the little creepy crawly.
Flump! (Hit the floor.)
Source: SPL Children

Insects on Me
To the tune “The Farmer in the Dell
A fly is on my face
A fly is on my face
Heigh-ho just watch me go
A fly is on my face.
Other verses:
A gnat is on my nose,
A hornet is on my head
A bee is on my back
Source: King County Library System

The Itsy Bitsy/Big Humongous Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

The big humongous spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the big humongous spider climbed up the spout again!
Repeat with fast and slow, teensy weensyhttps://smile.amazon.com/Geekper-Bubble-Machine-Automatic-Durable/dp/B072Z9R4X6/ref=sr_1_8?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1508357312&sr=1-8&keywords=bubble+machine
Source: Adapted Traditional

Book – Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards 

A little flea went walking
A little flea went walking
To see what he could see.
But all that he could see,
Was baby’s little tummy!
(Tickle baby’s tummy)
Source: King County Library System

Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
Hidden away were nobody sees
Watch and you will see them come out of their hives,
One, two, three, four, five,
Buzz, buzz, buzz.
Source: Tradtional

Bubbles – Trying  a new bubble machine

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy Tip: Repeat, repeat, repeat. Babies learn through repetition because it gives them many chances to “figure things out.” When babies tell you they are interested in a book or even in a picture in a book, give them as long as they want to look at the picture or to hear the story over and over.

 

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“Tough Boris” Story Explorers preschool book club

Tough Boris is one of my favorite storytime books. Not only is it about pirates (always a hit), it has great vocabulary (massive, scruffy, greedy), and it explores the deeper topic of emotions. No matter how massive or scruffy you are as a pirate, even pirates cry when sad events occur. We first did a felt bored with faces with different emotions from King County Library System.

Read Tough Boris by Susan Middleton Elya. 

Song: Jim Gill’s “I’m so Mad…

We made parrots out of circles like this post.
  

We old-fashioned newspaper pirate hats.

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“Backwards” preschool storytime

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

Book – The End by David LaRochelle

Felt Board – Mr. Lou’s Mustache

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

Tall 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

Book – Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb

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 

Song: “Listen” – Greg and Steve

Book – This is a Ball  by Beck and Matt Stanton

 Andy Spandy Sugar and Candy
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop up! (stretch tall)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop down! (crouch down)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop in! (hug yourself)
Andy Spandy, sugar and candy
All pop out! (jump up with arms outstretched)

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

Early literacy tip: Make hats for your shoes!

  • Cut a toilet paper roll in half.
  • Cut out two circles from heavy-duty paper.
  • Glue one half of each toilet paper roll onto the paper.
  • Decorate to look like a jazzy top hat.
  • Attach elastic cord to each “hat” by poking holes into opposite sides of the paper circle and tying the elastic to both sides.

Put the hats on over your shoes and do an “Upside Down Dance.”

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“La Madre Goose” Story Explorers preschool book club

To kick off October’s Story Explorers book club, we talked about the importance of nursery rhymes in teaching the rhythm and cadence of a language.

Read La Madre Goose by Susan Middleton Elya. I only read a few of the rhymes: Peter Peter; Three Little Gatoncitos; Hey Diddle Diddle; The Little Cerdo went to Market; Little Boy Azul; Little Juan Ramon; One Potato, Dos Papas,  and Twinkle Twinkle Small Estrella. 

We played two rounds of hot potato while reciting the One Potato, Dos Papas rhyme.

We made star sensory bags like this post from Playground Park Bench.

We used Tube Locks to make horns for Little Boy Azul.

We practiced our fine motor and early math skills sorting and making patterns for the mitoncitos for the three little gatitos.

 

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“The Napping House” Bedtime Yoga

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 

Song: Mr. Eric’s “ Canon in D Major

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 – The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
bed – reverse table 
granny – gate/parighasana to the right
child – gate/parighasnana to the left
dog – puppy pose/anahatasana
cat – cat/cow
mouse – child’s pose/balasana
flea – dead bug. Wiggle arms and legs when the flea bites the mouse.

If the kids are into it, repeat all the poses everytime you say the animals/people.

Toe-ga – I tossed out “fleas” (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.”We put all the little fleas back to bed so they couldn’t wake anyone else up.

Forward folds
Forward folds are very calming and grounding. Here we moved from standing to sitting to folding in ourselves for even more of a centering effect.
uttanasana
paschimottanasana
baddha konasana with fold

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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“Breathe” 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 

Song: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

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 – Breathe by Scott Magoon
breathe – belly breaths
play all day- crabwalk to the front and back, then crabwalk to the middle and high five    each other with feet
swim – locust/shalabasana
dive – forward fold/uttanasana
explore– simple seated twists
swim – cat/cow (like a whale spurting out of the blowhole)
listen – neck stretches like listening to the sea
sing – let heart sing in camel/ustrasana
Breathe – bear walk
But fear not – pause in bear walk
Find another way up – reverse swan dive to tadasana
love and be loved – anjali mudra

Wolf howling at the moon – urdhva mukha svanasana/upward facing dog with howling
Rock a bye baby
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Balloon breaths

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sJust Be” 

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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“How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh?” preschool bookclub

Read How Much Does a Ladybug Weigh? by Alison Limentani

Our first station was measuring how tall you were and marking it on the wall.

We measured how far we can jump.

We compared weights with a balance scale. I used these cards from the STEM Laboratory from Playdoh to Plato.

We built towers and used rulers and tape measures to measure how tall they were.

And some started measuring other objects in the room.

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“Feeling Scared” 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 – Time Now to Dream by Anna Kang

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: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)

All My Fingers Go to Sleep
Tune: “London Bridge
All my fingers go to sleep
(open hands wide)
Go to sleep, go to sleep
(slowly curl fingers into a fist)
All my fingers go to sleep.
Now wake up! (quickly open hands again)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Snip! Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman

Song- Mr. Eric’s “I can Shake My Shaker Egg

Shake Your Shakers
Tune: “London Bridge
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake it here, shake it there
Shake your shakers in the air
Shake your shakers.
Shake it high and shake it low
Shake it yes, shake it no
Shake it up and shake it down
Rub your shaker on the ground
Shake it near and shake it far
Drive your shaker like a car
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Shake it stop, shake it go
Source: Jbrary

Shake It to the East
Tune: We’re Going to Kentucky
Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.
Source: Jbrary

Book – I am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it one bit
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: Shel Silverstein/King County Library System 

Song: Jim Gill’s “The Nothing Wrong Song

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: Exploring emotions through stories and books is a safe way to process potentially fearful situations and feelings. Kids can feel safe when reading these stories with trusted adults while at the same time still developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to navigate unknown situations.

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“”More-igami” preschool book club

I asked the kids what folding was. They gave me examples like folding paper, folding clothes, and folding sheets. One kid said you could fold a pizza, but he didn’t like to eat his like that. I talked about how we can fold our bodies to look like things. We could sit with legs straight out to look like an “L.” We could do a downward dog twist to look like the letter “A.” I then talked about folding paper to look like other objects we see.

Read More-igami by Dori Kelber and illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

I set up four stations with origami activities ranging from easiest to most challenging.

Our first station was a paper fan station like they mention in the book. I liked the addition of the craft sticks from this post.

We made paper accordian snakes.

We folded origami fish.

The last station was a do-it-yourselfer. I displayed a couple of our easy origami books for kids to choose from. Some kids just created for themselves.

 

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