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“Ocean Meets Sky” Story Explorers preschool book club

 

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft.

We read Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers.

We created these paper plate boat scenes. I made my boat sail in the sky instead of the water, like it does in the book, but you can choose to sail your boat wherever you please. 🙂

 

 

 

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Sensory storytime

We started a sensory storytime for kiddos with special needs last year. It has been slow to take off, but I had a parent tell me about a facebook group for moms of kids with special needs, so hopefully the word will spread.

Visual Schedule

Storytime Helpers
Each kid can take a sitting dot like these and a manipulative like these.

Opening Song
This is the way we
read our books,
read our books, read our books
(open hands like book)
this is the way we read our books, at the library.
(make “L” sign in circle motion)
– turn the page (lift upper corner of page in turning motion)
– listen to stories (cup hand to ear)
– check out books (slide hands across table)
Source: King County Library System

Book- Let’s Make a Cake by Heide Schrack
This is actually a local author, and one of the characters in the story uses a wheelchair.

Therabands
Some kids don’t like these because they use them in physical therapy so I may rethink this one.

Book – Look. Look Again.  – Agnese Baruzzi
We have 10 copies of this board book so all of the families can hold a copy and read together.

Sensory Playtime
We have sensory tiles like these, kinetic sand, and water beads. We only get out one sensory toy for playtime per storytime.

Twinkle Twinkle Flannel
I give each kid a flannel star to place on the feltboard while we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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

Good-bye with ASL
The more we get together,
Together, together.
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
‘Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
Source: Skokie Public Library

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“The Rabbit Listened” Story Explorers preschool book club

For our final book of this session of Story Explorers, we read The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld.

We learned about emotions by rolling the dice like this post from Sweeter than Sweets.

We played with blocks.

We made our own Book of Thumbprint Emotions like this post from St. Louis Center for Play Therapy Training.

 

 

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“I am Love” 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

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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. 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 – I am Love by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
-Going through a storm: Uttanasana/forward fold like rain coming down
– Sun disappears: Tree/vrksasana with crazy arms like wind blowing
– Hands on heart : tadasana, close eyes, deep breath
– Love is comfort: flower pose
– Love is taking care of me: dancer/natarajasana
– Love is understanding: child’s (devotional pose)/bhaktasana
– Love is effort: candlestick
– Love is remembering: candle breath
– Tiny gestures: puppy pose/anahatasana
– Connection: star pose

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- This Little Light of Mine”

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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“Lemonade in Winter” Story Explorers preschool book club

We read Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins and G. Brian Karas.

We explored money like this post from PreKinders. Nobody really wanted to sort the money, but they LOVED looking at it through magnifying glasses and our microscope. We also had crayons and paper for money rubbing art.

 

We also made lemonade in a bag like this post from Education.com. They LOVED this activity!

 

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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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