Preschool Storytime- In the Garden 4/1/15

Welcome everyone! The last of the snow melted away and I can see daffodils and tulips trying to come up from the soft, muddy ground.  So I thought this week we will have a storytime about gardening.

Opening song – “So Happy You’re Here” – Hap Palmer

Activity – Talk about gardening and do an activity with the children showing them pictures of things that might grow in the garden and what doesn’t grow in the garden.

Book – Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming – After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Song – “This is the way we plant”
Original Author Unknown

Sung to: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.”

This is the way we plant our seeds,
Plant our seeds, plant our seeds.
This is the way we plant our seeds,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the wind does blow,
Wind does blow, wind does blow.
This is the way the wind does blow,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the rain comes down,
Rain comes down, rain comes down.
This is the way the rain comes down,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the sun shines bright,
Sun shines bright, sun shines bright.
This is the way the sun shines bright,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the seed grows up,
Seed grows up, seed grows up.
This is the way the seed grows up,
Early in the morning.

This is the way we hoe the soil,
Hoe the soil, hoe the soil.
This is the way we hoe the soil,
Early in the morning.

This is the way we pick our beans,
Pick our beans, pick our beans.
This is the way we pick our beans,
Early in the morning.
Credit – http://www.preschooleducation.com/sgarden.shtml#

Book – Jo MacDonald Had a Garden by Mary Quattlebaum – In this version of the classic song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” the farmer’s granddaughter plants a garden which provides a place for birds, insects and other wild creatures to shelter and nest. 
Flannelboard – “The Giant Carrot”

Book – Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres – A garden produces a variety of edible plants, such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down, and tomato vines that twine all around.

Closing song – “Shout and Whisper” – Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Preschool Storytime- Hats Galore – 3/25/15

Hello everyone it’s cold and windy outside and we still have to put on our heavy winter coats and hats, so I thought it would be perfect to do a storytime about hats.

Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here – Hap Palmer

Book – Caps for Sale – by  Esphyr Slobodkina – A peddler walks around selling caps from a tall, tottering pile on his head. Unable to sell a single cap one morning, he walks out into the countryside, sits down under a tree, checks that all the caps are in place, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the caps are gone–and the tree is full of cap-wearing monkeys. His attempts to get the caps back again make this a classic story in the great folktale tradition.

Action Rhyme – What’s a Hat For?

A sailor’s hat for rowing a boat, (Make rowing motions)

A firefighter’s hat to put out a blaze, (Hold fists together, squirting hose motions)

A baseball cap to throw a ball, (Make a fist and pretend to throw)

A safari hat for a jungle maze, (Peek through fingers held in front of eyes)

A cowpoke hat to ride a horse, (Pretend to hold reins, bounce elbows up and down)

A clown hat to make people smile, (Point to face and smile)

And a magic hat to say “Presto Poof!” (Make fists, on Poof! open fingers wide)

Now let’s put our hats away for a while.

(Hold left arm out as if holding a bag , pretend to place hats in a bag , one at a time , saying each hat’s name aloud, for example sailor’s hat firefighter’s hat , etc)

Credit – Kidstuff – A Treasury of Early Childhood Enrichment Materials

Book – This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen- When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened.

Flannelboard – “Little Cat”

This is essentially “Little Mouse” just rhyming cat and hat instead. First, the kids and I talked about different kinds of hats and they helped naming them. Then, I told them I had hidden a cat underneath one hat and we had to guess which one. I chanted, “Little cat, little cat, are you under the _________ hat?”

Credit – http://storytimekatie.com/2012/05/25/flannel-friday-little-cat/

Book – Where’s Mary’s Hat? by Stephanie Barroux – When Mary’s favorite hat disappears, she sets out at once to find it.  Along the way she asks every animal she meets if they’ve seen it.  Each of them has seen something, but what they haven’t seen is Mary’s hat.

Song – “Silly Hat Song” (Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear a hat.  It is such a silly hat That my head will wiggle. waggle to and froWhere else can my silly hat go?(Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.)Credit: SurLaLune StorytimeSong – The Hat by Laurie Berkner (Pass out birthday hats to the children to use with the song)Under A Shady Tree

Goodbye song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Preschool Storytime – “Green” Storytime – March 18, 2015

Hello everyone! The snow is melting, spring is in the air, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week so I thought it was appropriate to do a storytime about the color green.

Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here Today – Hap Palmer

Book – green – by Laura Vaccaro Seeger -Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

Book – Too Many Frogs – by Ann and John Hassett – With rapidly increasing numbers of frogs coming out of her basement, Nana Quimby asks assorted neighborhood children for help, but finally it is up to her to find a solution.

Flannelboard – “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only four speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Four Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only three speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Three Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are only two speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

Two Green and speckled frogs,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there is only one speckled frog,
Glub, glub.

One Green and speckled frog,
Sitting on a hollow log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, Yum.
One frog jumped in the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are no speckled frogs,
Glub, glub.

This song was originally posted at:
http://bussongs.com/songs/five-green-and-speckled-frogs.php

Book – Where is the Green Sheep – by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek – A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

Fingerplay – “Five Fat Peas”

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed
(children hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
(put thumb and fingers up one by one)
They grew and grew
 (raise hand in the air very slowly)
And did not stop,
Until one day
The pod went POP!
(children clap hands together)

Credit – http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-rhymes.htm

Book – Mr. Green Peas – by Judith Caseley – It is a book about a boy named Norman who is sad because he’s the only one in his nursery school who doesn’t have a pet, until one day he gets the most outrageous pet in the world.

Book – Go Away, Big Green Monster! – Ed Emberley – Die cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.

Closing song –Shout and Whisper by Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Preschool Storytime – Sweet Things- 3/4/15

Hi everyone! The weather outside is cold and snowy and so I thought we should have a storytime about sweet things like cupcakes and candy.

Welcome song –So Happy You’re Here Today – Hap Palmer

Book – Bunny Cakes – by Rosemary Wells – Max makes an earthworm cake for Grandma’s birthday and helps Ruby with her angel surprise cake.  At the store, the grocer can’t read all of the shopping list, until Max solves the problem by drawing pictures.

Flannelboard – A Cake for Barney – by Joyce Dunbar – When bullies try to take his property, a young bear learns how to stand up to them in a nonviolent way.

Cover of: A cake for Barney by Joyce Dunbar

Book – If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff – A series of increasingly far-fetched events might occur if someone were to give a cupcake to a cat.

Rhyme – “Five Little Candies”

Five little candies on the shelf at the store.
CRUNCH [I act like I’m eating one and then put it behind the felt board]… and then there were four. 

Four little candies, sweet as could be.

CRUNCH… and then there were three. 

Three little candies, red, pink, and blue.
CRUNCH… and then there were two. 

Two little candies, melting in the sun.
CRUNCH… and then there was one. 

One little candy, looking so yummy. 
CRUNCH… they’re all in my tummy! 

http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/2011/02/sweet-storytime.html

Song – “If All the Raindrops”

Book – Whopper Cake – Karma Wilson – Grandad bakes Grandma a whopper of a birthday cake.  Includes a recipe and directions for chocolate cake.

Closing song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Preschool Storytime 2/25/15- Dogs

Welcome back everyone to our second winter/spring storytime session!  This week we will have a storytime about dogs.  There are a lot of books out there about dogs it was so hard to decide but I decided to do some funny ones.

Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here Today – Hap Palmer

Book –Katie Loves the Kittens – by John Himmelman- When Sara Ann brings home three kittens, Katie the dog’s enthusiasm frightens the kittens away, until she learns that quiet patience is needed to begin a friendship.

Fingerplay: “Ten Little Doggies”
Ten little doggies went out one day, (hold up ten fingers)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play. (dig, slap knees on each ‘play’)
Five were spotted, and five were not, (hold up one hand, then the other)
And at dinnertime they ate a lot! (pretend to eat)
Credit: Story Time Secrets

Flannelboard/Fingerplay – “Five Little Puppies”
Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.)
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Book – Bark George – Jules Feiffer – A funny book about a dog who makes animal sounds when he is supposed to bark.

Book – The Doghouse by Jan Thomas – Mouse, Pig, Cow, and Duck are playing a carefree game of ball when (horror of horrors!) their ball gets kicked into . . . THE DOGHOUSE. Who will risk a run-in with scary Dog to get it back.

Song – BINGO

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
(clap)-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
And Bingo was his name-o.

Credit – http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/bingo.html

Book – Wiggle – by Doreen Cronin -Rhyming text describes the many ways to wiggle.

Closing  Song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Time for Twos – 2/12/15 – I Love You!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  This week we celebrate the friends and family that we love – the people who make us feel special and cared for.

Our Books:

     Mouse’s First Valentine (Thompson) – Mouse’s sister is making something special – what could it be?

     Kitty’s Cuddles (Cabrera) – Kitty learns how many different animals cuddle.  Which one is his favorite?

Action Rhyme – I Have A Little Heart

I have a little heart (place hand on heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump. (Pat chest 3 times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump!
I get a special feeling when I look at you (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two (Hug child or yourself).

Song – I Love You (Barney’s song)

My kids grew up with Barney, and his “I Love You” song has become infamous!  There’s no mystery why – the simple song gently affirms affection.  This song was always a bedtime favorite at my house.

Try at Home:

Lots of Valentine’s activities on Pinterest, including some great snacks!

And on a personal  note…

This week is my last week doing storytime at the Allentown Public Library.  I’ve accepted a position at another library, where I will be be overseeing the entire Youth Services program.  I feel so lucky to have met so many great families here at the Allentown Public Library – I will miss you all!

~Miss Lisa

Lapsit Storytime – 2/12/15 – I Love you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  This week we celebrate the friends and family that we love – the people who make us feel special and cared for.

Our Books:

     All Kinds of Kisses (Tafuri) – Different mommy and baby farm animals share kisses and affection.  Tafuri’s gentle illustrations appeal to both babies and parents.

     I Love You Through and Through (Rossetti-Shustak) – Rhyming story about unconditional love featuring a toddler and his teddy bear.

Bounce Rhyme – Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka Backa soda cracker,
Acka Backa boo!
Acka Backa soda cracker,
up goes you!

Acka Backa soda cracker,
Acka Backa boo!
Acka Backa soda cracker,
I love you!

Song – I Love You (Barney’s song)

My kids grew up with Barney, and his “I Love You” song has become infamous!  There’s no mystery why – the simple song gently affirms affection.  This song was always a bedtime favorite at my house.

Try at Home:

Lots of Valentine’s activities on Pinterest, including some great snacks!

And on a personal  note…

This week is my last week doing storytime at the Allentown Public Library.  I’ve accepted a position at another library, where I will be be overseeing the entire Youth Services program.  I feel so lucky to have met so many great families here at the Allentown Public Library – I will miss you all!

~Miss Lisa