Time for Twos – Sounds All Around – Friday, January 31, 2014

We are making noise this week with a storytime all about SOUNDS.

As we get closer to springtime, point out how sounds start changing outside.  Can you hear the wind whistling?  Are the birds chirping?  Does it sound different if you walk on snow than the plain sidewalk?

Our books about sounds are:

  The Sounds Around Town (Maria Carluccio)

  Clip Clop (Nicola Smee)

Our action rhyme is filled with sounds from a train yard:

The Choo Choo Train

This is the choo choo train
puffing down the track.
Now it’s going forward,
now it’s going back.

Hear the bell ringing!
Hear the whistle blow!
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere we go!

Our song is Walking Old Joe from Songs for Wiggleworms.

And since we are talking about sounds, we will make musical sounds of our own by singing and playing musical instruments!

Looking for some fun noisy & quiet activities to keep your toddler busy this week?  Check out my Pinterest page for lots of ideas, including some DIY musical instruments ideas that will get your whole family moving and shaking!

~Miss Lisa

Preschool- Teddy Bear Storytime – January 29, 2014

This is a favorite storytime of mine.  The week before I ask all the children  to bring in a teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal to share during storytime.  I use a teddy bear of my own that I hold while I read during storytime.   The children enjoy holding their teddy bears or favorite stuffed while they listen to the stories.  We sing and dance to our opening song “So Happy You’re Here Today” By Hap Palmer.  The first book that I share with the children will be “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems.  It’s about a little girl named Trixie and her daddy.  They take a trip to the neighborhood laundromat.  The story takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes her stuffed bunny was left behind in the laundromat.  knuffle bunny

Next we do an activity with our teddy bears.  We act out

Movement Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear wake up now. (Stretch arms)
Teddy bear, teddy bear take a bow. (Bow)
Teddy bear, teddy bear dance on your toes. (Dance on your tip toes)
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your nose. (Touch your nose)
Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around. (Turn around in a circle)
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground. (Bend over and touch floor)
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your shoe. (Touch your shoe)
Teddy bear, teddy bear I love you. (Point to self, point to audience)
Teddy bear, teddy bear climb the stairs. (March)
Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers. (Put hands together like in prayer)
Teddy bear, teddy bear turn out the light. (Pretend to turn off light switch)
Teddy bear, teddy bear say goodnight. (Pretend to sleep)

The next book I read is called “Best Bear” by Emma Dodd.  It’s a simple book about a boy and his teddy bear getting ready for bedtime, but the boy is prepared to face the dark and sleep safely the whole night through because he has his teddy to hold all night long. best bear

Next we will do a flannelboard story “Ten in the bed” we use little bears to take away.

Ten In The Bed Lyrics and Actions

Here we go!
There were ten in the bed [Hold up 10 fingers.]
and the little one said, [Hold your hands close together, indicating ‘small.’]
“Roll over, roll over” [Roll hands around each other, or each student turns to the right and says, “Roll over! Roll over!”]
So they all rolled over and one fell out. [Everyone rolls to the right and the student in the first chair ‘falls out’ of the bed.]

Nine! [Hold up 10 fingers and then take one away, leaving 9.]
There were nine in the bed [Hold up 9 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Eight! [Hold up 9 fingers and then take one away, leaving 8.]
There were eight in the bed [Hold up 8 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Seven! [Hold up 8 fingers and then take one away, leaving 7.]
There were seven in the bed [Hold up 7 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Six! [Hold up 7 fingers and then take one away, leaving 6.]
There were six in the bed [Hold up 6 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Five! [Hold up 6 fingers and then take one away, leaving 5.]
There were five in the bed [Hold up 5 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Four! [Hold up 5 fingers and then take one away, leaving 4.]
There were four in the bed [Hold up 4 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Three! [Hold up 4 fingers and then take one away, leaving 3.]
There were three in the bed [Hold up 3 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Two! [Hold up 3 fingers and then take one away, leaving 2.]
There were two in the bed [Hold up 2 fingers.]
and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over”
So they both rolled over and one fell out.

One! [Hold up 2 fingers and then take one away, leaving 1.]
There was one in the bed [Hold up 1 finger.]
and the little one said,
“I’m lonely…[sigh]” [The one remaining student lays down on the chair, then everyone shouts “WAKE UP!” and the student falls out of bed.] ♫

We move along to our next story called “It’s the bear” by Jez Alborough.  It’s about a boy named Eddie and his mom who go into the woods for a picnic and meet a very large, very hungry bear.  it's the bear

The last book I will read is called “Everybody has a Teddy” By Virginia Kroll.  It’s about a child who describes teddy bears owned by owned by other children in his class.  Some teddies are soft and furry and some are made from socks etc. everybody has a teddy

Lastly we sing a song called “You are my Teddy Bear” (To the tune of You are  Sunshine)

You are my Teddy Bear (Tune: You Are My Sunshine)
You are my teddy bear
My only teddy bear
You make me smile dear
You are my friend
You’ll never know dear
How much I like you
I’m so glad you’re my
Teddy Bear today.

We close with our closing song “Shout and Whisper” by Hap Palmer

shout and whisper hap palmer

– Miss Ellen

Lapsit Storytime – Sounds All Around – Thursday, January 30, 2014

This week’s theme is Sounds All Around.  Sounds can be fascinating to babies, and it’s fun to watch them discover new sounds (and the items that make the sounds).  An easy way to introduce sound to your baby is to place different “noise makers” into a basket or box (just be sure they are babyproof!) and let your baby discover on his own.  Another great way to explore sounds with your baby is through animal sounds.  Read books about animals, or download the free Animal Sounds App from Fisher-Price.

Books this week:

  Maisy Goes to the City (Lucy Cousins) – Babies love the bright illustrations and friendly characters.  In this story, Maisy and her friends discover the sights and sounds of the big city.

  Clip Clop (Nicola Smee) – I just love this story!  Several animal friends get a ride from Mr. Horse.  This will remind you of how excited your baby gets after a horsey-ride from Mommy or Daddy.  Again!  Again!

Bounce Rhyme – Popcorn

Popcorn, popcorn sizzling in the pan.
Shake it up!  Shake it up!
Bam!  Bam!  Bam!

Popcorn, popcorn, now it’s getting hot.
Shake it up!  Shake it up!
Pop!  Pop!  Pop!

The babies will have an opportunity to explore the sensory bottles this week.  We will compare the bottles and learn which ones are loud, and which ones are quiet.  You can make your own sensory bottles to use at home – babies love them!

I have pinned quite a few new “sounds” activities on Pintrest.  One of my favorites is the Do-It-Yourself sound blocks made from recycled materials.

Family Storytime – Xin Nian Luai Le! – Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!  Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 31, 2014, so this week will are reading stories all about this special holiday.

Do you know what year this will be?  The year of the horse!

Our books this week:

  My First Chinese New Year (Karen Katz)

  D is for Dragon Dance (Ying Chang Compestine)

  Bringing in the New Year (Grace Lin)

Each of these stories describes how families celebrate Chinese New Year in their home or community.  One important part of the Chinese New Year celebration is the dragons.  We will celebrate with the dragons through a flannelboard rhyme.

Five Red Dragons

5 red dragons making such a roar,
One danced away, and then there were 4.

4 red dragons dancing around a tree,
One danced away, and then there were 3.

3 red dragons dancing around you,
One danced away, and then there were 2.

2 red dragons dancing in the sun,
One danced away, and then there was 1.

1 red dragon, having lots of fun,
He danced away, and then there were none!

We will also act like dragons using a rhyme much like Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.  And we’ll sing like dragons in If You’re A Dragon and You Know It. 

We also have a craft this week.  Of course, we’ll be making dragons!

Happy New Year!

~Miss Lisa

Time for Twos Storytime – Counting – Friday, January 24, 2014

This week we are talking about numbers and counting.

Our books:

  Night Light (Nicholas Blechman) – I am excited to try this book in storytime!  It’s a counting book, but it’s got a bit of a twist.  Readers see different numbers of lights on each page, and get to guess what is making the light.  Each page is a different type of transportation.  Kids will love guessing what makes the light!

Hootenanny!: A Festive Counting Book (Kimberly Ainsworth) – This is another new-to-storytime book, and we’ll give it a try.  This counting book follows a group of colorful owls as they prepare for a “hootenanny” (a good old time!).  The story is told in rhyme, and the illustrations are very eye catching.

Our action rhyme is:

Ten Little Fingers

I have 10 little fingers
They all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
would you like to see?

I can shut them up tight.
I can open them wide.
I can put them together.
I can make them all hide.
I can make them jump high.
I can make them jump low.
I can fold them up quietly,
And hold them just so.

We will be doing some simple math activities as well.  You can easily do these types of activities at home.  I have many pinned on Pintrest, or you can create your own with Microsoft Word clipart.

To get you started, here are the adorable ladybug counting cards we are using in storytime.  The Measured Mom has great resources on her blog!

Lapsit Storytime – Count with Me! – Thursday, January 23, 2014

This is Week #2 in our Winter Storytime session, and we are reading about numbers today.

Why are we talking about numbers to babies and young toddlers?  Because we want to build those early math and reading skills!  We don’t expect babies and young toddlers to be able to count with fluency yet, but when we read books about numbers, we are helping them learn concepts like counting, one-to-one correspondence (that when there is a picture of one teddy bear, we count 1), and more/less.

Try to incorporate numbers into your daily routine with your child.  Count fingers and toes during bath time, count Cheerios on the tray of the highchair, or count the stairs as you go up or down.  My Pintrest page has lots of activities you can do with numbers, including quite a few mealtime counting activities!

Our books this week:

  Ten Tiny Tickles (Karen Katz) – I adore Karen Katz’s books for babies!  The illustrations are so sweet and colorful.  Parents will love the sweet, family-centered text.  Babies will love being tickled!

  Who’s Counting (Nancy Tafuri) – This simple book is great for introducing counting/numbers, as well as talking about animals.  Kids will enjoy the illustrations of the animals, and finding the puppy on each page.

We will be using Baa Baa Black Sheep as our nursery rhyme this week, and our bounce rhyme is Tick Tock:

Tick Tock

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
Now it’s one o’clock.

Repeat for two and three o’clock.

Cats and Dogs – Preschool Storytime

Welcome to our second week of story time.  We had a great turnout for story time last week.  This week we will be having stories about cat and dogs.  The children really like this story time because they like to share stories about the pets they have at home.  We start out with our opening song by Hap Palmer “So Happy You’re Here Today”  We start out with our first book called “Oh, Tucker!” By Steven Kroll.  It’s about a dog who causes chaos as he bounds through the house, knocking things over.  His owners find it difficult to scold him because he is such a nice dog.  TuckerNext we will do a fingerplay called “Five Little Puppies”

Five Little Puppies
Five little puppies were playing in the sun.
(hold up hands,fingers extended)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (bend down first finger)
This one saw a butterfly,and he began to race. (bend down second finger)
This one saw a cat,and he began to chase. (bend down third finger)
This one tried to catch his tail,and he went round and round. (bend down fourth finger)
this one was so quiet,he never made a sound. (bend down thumb)

The second book I will do is called “Kitten’s First Full Moon” By Kevin Henkes.  It’s about a kitten who mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk and ends up tired, wet and hungry trying to reach it .Product DetailsNext we will do a flannelboard story called “The Three Little Kittens” a Mother Goose Rhyme.  The children are eager to see how the rhyme unfolds and what happens to the kittens.

Product DetailsThe third book “Bark George” by Jules Feiffer the children enjoy listening to.  It’s about a dog named George who says “Meow” and his mother takes him to the vet and the vet reaches deep down inside George and much to everyone’s surprise, pulls out a cat, and many other animals.

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Next we will wiggle around with  a song called “If You’re a Kitty and You Know It”

If you’re a kitty and you know it, say meow.

If you’re  a kitty and you know , say meow.

If you’re a kitty and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re a kitty and you know it, say meow.

Lick your paws, show your claws, swish your tail, do all four.

The last book that I will read will be “The Doghouse” by Jan Thomas.  It’s about Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse who are afraid to get their ball that rolled into dog’s house, but when they enter his house they are pleasantly surprised.  It is a very entertaining and suspenseful story.doghouse We end our story time with our closing song by Hap Palmer called “Shout and Whisper”

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– Miss Ellen