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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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“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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“Now” 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 Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Song: “Tick Tock Yoga Clock” – Karma Kids 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 – Shine by Patrick McDonnell
-breeze – bear twists
– leaf – wide legged standing forward fold/prasarita padottonasana, like a leaf falling
dig a hold – pretend to dig a hole. Ask the kids what they see in the hole.
-worm – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-cloud – bridge/setu bandha sarvangasana. Ask the kids what they see in the clouds.
-rain- seated forward fold/paschimottanasana.
– boat – paripurna navasana/boat Sing “Row your Boat” while in this pose.
– tree- vrksasana
– smell – balloon breath
– song – robin’s breath
– gulp/bite – dynamic child’s pose/bhaktasana. Forward for bite/back for gulp.
– smile – smile
hug- hug and kisses
-moon – seated side bends

Rockin’ Yogis” – Shakta Kaur Khalsa 

Belly Breathing

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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“Babywearing Dance” little ones event

August is a notoriously slow month because kids in Colorado go back to school so early – August 9th this year! I decided to hold an event more for moms and the really little kids not going to school. Many moms got very excited about the babywearing dance event, but our attendance was really poor. The moms that came had a blast though! They asked for a weekly event. If we can get a following, I would love to do so! Special thanks to Super Jes Schultz for teaching her Lady Gaga routine.

 

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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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“Pass It On” 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 – Shine by Patrick McDonnell
-rainbow – adho mukha svanasana/downward dog OR urdhva dhanurasana/wheel
-octopus – ananda balasana/happy baby
-monkey – Dance around like a monkey. Calm down in gorilla/padahastasana
-whale – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-roller coaster- seated forward fold/paschimottanasana. Pretend to slowly go up the hill and then forward fold, hands in the air like a roller coaster
-elephant –  prasarita padottanasana, lifting arms like trunk and spraying like elephant on the way down
– tree- vrksasana
– happy moment fill you up – balloon breath

“Orange you Grateful” game from Kidding Around Yoga
Sit in a circle and pass a ball around using only your feet. If  the kids are old enough and/or coordinated enough, have them say something their grateful for every time they have the 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

Flowers to give away to someone you love

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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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“Space!” little ones event

This month we held an outer space event at the library twice (Tues and Sat mornings) and at an outreach event (Thursday morning). May is sadly a notoriously slow month attendance-wise, but those who came had a BLAST.

We charted our own constellations like this post.

We tied sponges to our feet and walked on the moon in our space shoes.
 

We made rockets that blasted off into space. I modified this post because I didn’t have plastic pipettes. We simply colored 2 rockets and then taped them together leaving a hole at the bottom for the straw. Make sure to tape the rockets together, leaving no holes for air to escape through.

We learned how craters in the moon are formed and how planets orbit the sun.

We studied moon rocks in our outer space exploration suit.

We guided our rocket ships into and out of space safely with our NASA control center from this post.

 

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