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“Anywhere Farm” Story Explorers preschool book club

We talked about farms. I asked them what was on a farm. They mentioned animals and plants. I asked them if a farm could be in the city. They said no, and I told them this book shows otherwise.

Read Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root.

We counted with corn like this post from Modern Preschool.

 

We stamped with vegetables like this post from Craftulate.

While I was chopping vegetables, I found this carrot that looks like a finger. Weird.

We planted rows of crops like this post.

We explored herbs like this post from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Herbs are very yummy, says this girl.

Getting rosemary tickles.

I love that this boy at first said that the herbs smelled “gross,” but then he made a “salad” and stayed at this station the longest.

I gave them carrot tops to take home and regrow like this experiment from Laughing Kids Learn.

This boy also liked his carrot top so much, he took one home for every member of his family, and he decorated his cup with the vegetable stamps.

 

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“Reading and Libraries” preschool storytime

preschool reading

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 – Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss 

Song – “I Know a Chicken” – Laurie Berkner (with egg shakers)

Felt Board – Bookworm
5 felt books in 5 different colors – red, blue, green, black, purple
1 felt worm. Hide the worm behind one of the books.
“Bookworm, bookworm, playing hide and seek.
Are you behind the ____ book? Let’s take a peek!”
Source: Jbrary

 Put Your Hands in the Air
Put your hands in the air,
And touch the ground.
Put your finger on your nose,
And your tongue all around.
Put your hands on your shoulders,
And your elbows on your knees.
Put your chin in your hands, & say,
“Read me a story please.”
Source: King County Library System

 Book – Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn 

Song – Jim Gill’s “Can’t Wait to Celebrate 

Story Train
Story train, story train
Chugging down the track.
If you want a story, hook onto my back.
Story train, story train chugging all around,
If you want a story then we’ll all sit down!
Source: King County Library System

Read your Books (Row your Boat)
Read, read, read your books,
Read them every day.
Books are fun (jazz hands!)
And make us smart
(point to your amazing brain)
In every kind of way (swoop arms around!)
Source: King County Library System

Open the Book, Close 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 – Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Dinosaurs Used to Stomp
Dinosaurs used to stomp
Dinosaurs used to roar
But now they’re quiet
And quite still
Because they exist no more
Source: I could have sworn I got this from KCLS, but nothing is coming up in a google search. While I would love to take credit for it, I’m certain it didn’t come from my head. If anyone knows a source for this, please pass it along! 

Felt Board – Five Enormous Dinosaurs

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: READ EVERY DAY!
Make reading fun. Use voices and gestures to bring stories to life.

 

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“Cows” toddler storytime

toddler cow

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.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book – There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch by Clare Beaton

Who said Moo?
I went to a farm when I was two,
And on that farm, I heard a moo!
Who said moo? Horse, did you?
No way! Horse said, neigh!
Who said, moo? Lamb, did you?
No ha-ha! Lamb said,baa!
Who said, moo? Cat, did you?
He didn’t know how. Cat said, meow!
Who said, moo? Dog, did you?
That would be tough. Dog said, ruff!
Who said, moo? Hen, did you?
No suck luck. Hen said, cluck!
I was feeling so sad, I wanted to cry,
When a black and white cow, Came walking by.
Do you know what she said? I think you do.
Let’s say it together: The cow said: MOOOOOO!!!
Source: King County Library System 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on his farm he had some cows,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a moo moo here,
And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!
Hens…cluck
Pigs…oink
Sheep…baa
Source: Traditional  

Can You Shake Your Egg with Me (with shaker eggs)
(tune: London Bridge)
Can you shake your egg with me,
Egg with me, egg with me
Can you shake your egg with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
(Repeat with head, tummy, etc.)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Wow, It’s a Cow! by Trudy and Jay Harris 

This Little Cow
This little cow eats grass (wiggle thumb)
And this little cow eats hay (index finger)
This little cow drinks water (wiggle tall)
And this little cow runs away (wiggle ring finger)
But this little cow does nothing (wiggle pinkie)
But just lies down all day. (tap pinkie)
We’ll chase him and chase him (tickle child)
And chase him away.
Source: King County Library System

When Cows Get Up in the Morning
When cows get up in the morning, they always say good day.
When cows get up in the morning, they always say good day.
They say moo moo moo moo, that is what they say.
They say moo moo moo moo, that is what they say.
Source: Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

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: Talk to your baby, even though she doesn’t understand you yet. Have conversations throughout the day–during feeding, diapering and bathing, on errands, and during other daily routines. When you talk, use words to tell your baby the names of objects, to point out and describe what is happening, and to explain what will happen next. By talking, you explore the world together, teach your baby the sounds, rhythm, and purpose of language, and make a loving connection
Source: PBS

 

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“Farm Friends” toddler storytime

toddler farm friends

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 – Clip Clop by Nicola Smee 

Walking Ol’ Joe
Walking Ol’Joe, walking ol’ Joe
You’re the best horse in the county-o
Walking ol’ Joe, walking Ol’ Joe
WHOA, JOE!
Other verses: Trotting ol’ Joe
Galloping ol’ Joe
Source: Intellidance

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee
All the way home.
Source: Traditional 

Ten Galloping Horses
10 galloping horses came through the town
5 were white, and 5 were brown.
They galloped up, and they galloped down
10 galloping horses came through the town
Source: King County Library System

Book – Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting

Song (with egg shakers)- Laurie Berkner “I Know a Chicken 

Chicken in the Barnyard
Chicken in the barnyard
Staying out of trouble
(draw a little circle in child’s palm)
Along came a turkey
(slowly creep fingers up arm)
And . . . “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”
(tickle underarm, or move in for a gobble on child’s neck)
Source: King County Library System

Song (with puppets) – The Learning Groove “Old MacDonald 

Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck
Mr. Turkey went out one day (one hand comes from behind back and makes a beak)
In the bright sunshiny weather
He met Mr. Duck along the way (other hand comes from behind back and makes a beak)
And they stopped to talk together.
Gobble, gobble, gobble (hands “talk” to each other)
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack.
And then they both went back. (both hands behind back)
Quack!
Source: King County Library System 

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 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:  Social-Emotional Development The development of strong attachment relationships with family and primary caregivers may be the central task of infancy. It is in the context of warm, loving relationships that infants learn to trust, to feel safe exploring their worlds, and to develop a sense of competence and confidence in their own ability to master new skills. This growing sense of self-esteem and personal identity prepares them for later success as communication partners, readers, and writers.
Source: Zero to Three

 

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“Old MacYogi had a Farm” yoga storytime

clipclop

 

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: cat pose
Dog: puppy pose
Pig: happy baby pose (like pigs rolling in the mud)
Duck: Malasana (yogic squat) to waddle like a duck

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 Training

Mandala coloring

Namaste!

 

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“Chickens” Toddler Storytime

Toddler chickens

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- Cock-a-Doodle-Moo! by Bernard Most

The Hens in the Coop
(The Wheels on the Bus)
The hens in the coop go
Cluck, cluck, cluck,
Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck
The hens in the coop go
Cluck cluck cluck all around the farm.
The chicks in the yard go cheep…
The rooster on the fence goes cock a doodle doo…
Source: Harris County Public Library 

Five Eggs
Five eggs and five eggs
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is Mother Hen
Cluck cluck cluck Clap hands
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
Yellow as can be.
Source: Mel’s Desk

Book – Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting

Song: “I Know a Chicken” – Laurie Berkner

Shake, Shake, Shake
(Do your Ears Hang Low?)
Can you shake your egg up high?
Can you shake your egg down low?
Can you shake it side to side?
Can you shake it by your toe?
Can you shake it really fast?
Can you shake it really slow?
Can you shake your egg?
Source:  Storytimes and More

1, 2 Buckle My Shoe
1, 2 buckle my shoe
3, 4 shut the door
5, 6 pick-up sticks
7, 8 lay them straight
9, 10 a big, fat hen!
Source: Traditional

 Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 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:   Young children love to make noise, and rhythm instruments can satisfy this desire while also exposing kids to music, patterns (early math), and rhythm (early speech and language learning). Make your own “egg shakers” using uncooked rice or beans in a child-proof prescription bottle!

 

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Barnyard Fun Toddler Storytime

toddler barnyard

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 – Clip Clop by Nicola Smee

A Farmer went Trotting
A farmer went trotting upon his grey mare,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
With his daughter behind him so rosy and fair,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
A raven cried “Croak,” and they all tumbled DOWN,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
The mare broke her knees, and the farmer his crown,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
The mischievous raven flew laughing away
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
And he vowed he would serve them the same the next day,
Lumpety, lumpety, Lumpety, lumpety, Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
Source: Traditional

Bell Horses (with bells)
Bell horses, bell horses,
What’s the time of day?
One o’clock, two o’clock,
Time to go away.
Little bell, little bell,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
Source: Traditional

Tap Your Hand (Row your Boat)
Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Tap the beat – of the song.
Tap your bell this way.
Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Let’s make music with our hands
Then put our bells away
Source: Preschool Express

Book – Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Ten Galloping Horses
10 galloping horses
came through the town
5 were white and
5 were brown.
They galloped up and
they galloped down
10 galloping horses
came through the town
Source: King County Library System

I Have a Little Pony
I have a little pony
(bounce child on knees)
His name is Macaroni (keep bouncing)
He trots and trots and then he STOPS! (long pause on stop)
My funny Mac-a-RO-ni!
(bounce and jiggle on “RO”)
Source: King County Library System

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 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:  Communication and Language Development: Print, spoken language, and gesturing are all strategies human beings use to communicate. In the first 3 years, infants and toddlers begin acquiring the first of thousands of words they will use throughout their lives. Simultaneously, children are learning the rules of grammar as well as absorbing the social conventions that exist around communication in their community. When adults respond sensitively and consistently to infants’ and toddlers’ attempts to communicate, children develop a sense of their own competence and self-efficacy.
Source: Zero to Three

 

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