Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ocean Outreach

I had just one outreach storytime visit this month.  Ocean was  a perfect theme for a variety of ages...and for summer!

Books

Pre-K

Nugget and Fang
by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Michael Slack



Barnacle is Bored

by Jonathan Fenske

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry



Preschool

Ten Little Fish
by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood

I Spy Under the Sea
by Edward Gibbs

Shark in the Park
by Nick Sharratt

Toddler

Hooray for Fish!
by Lucy Cousins

Fish Wish
by Bob Barner

Song

Three/Five  Little Fishes

3 (5) little fishes swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark "You can't catch me!"
Along came Mr. Shark...as quiet as can be...
And SNAP that fish right out of the sea.

Magnet Board

Little Fish, Little Fish

Little Fish, Little Fish playing hide-and-seek
Are you behind the ___________ (color) shell?
Let's take a peek!

Math in Storytime

Across the state children entering kindergarten are lacking math skills. So this school year we will be focusing on integrating math into our storytimes.  

Now don’t have nightmares about your high school math classes!  Math in storytime will be easy…in fact you are probably doing a lot of math already! 

5 little fishes…one swam away, then there were 4!

However, by being intentional in adding math concepts into our storytimes we will help children be better prepared for school.  As we add math into our storytimes we can add parent tips about incorporating math into everyday activities with children.

The Learning Pathway to Numeracy document and the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines are resources we can use to help us more intentionally add math concepts into storytime.  We need not worry about such terms as cardinality and algebraic thinking, instead we will focus on activities and language skills that will help build math skills.

Easy math activities to use during storytime:
  •  Sort
  • Count (Toddlers: 1-5; preschoolers: 1-10)
  •  Introduce numerals “one” = 1
  •  Use words such as: more, less, same
  • Use counting up and counting down flannel boards/fingerplays
  • Compare items’ length, weight, size using words such as: big, heavy, long, etc.
  • Order items by size: big, bigger, biggest
  • Name shapes
  • Use positional words such as on, under, behind


Take a few minutes to look at how you already incorporate math concepts into your own storytime.  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Baby Storytime

Small group today.  But still fun!

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces
Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
I have a little duck
Tiny Little Babies
Roly-Poly
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Hickory Dickory Dock
Acka Backa Soda Cracker
Parachute

Read Aloud Book

Love That Baby
by: Susan Milord
* Acts of Service

Shared Reading

A variety of Babybug Magazines

Play and Learn

Friday, July 29, 2016

Baby Storytime

A nice group of babies and parents today!

Book

Baby Love
by Angela Di Terlizzi
illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes

*Quality Time
I love seeing Mom and Dad spending time with their little one!

Shared Reading
A variety of Babybug magazines
Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
I have a little duck
Tiny Little Babies
Pat-a-Cake
If You're Happy and You Know It
I'm a Little Teapot
Hickory Dickory Dock

A grandma shared verses for two, three, and four that we will try next time!

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck TWO (clap, clap)
The mouse said BOO
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck THREE (clap, clap, clap)
The mouse said WHEE!
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck FOUR (clap, clap, clap, clap)
There is no more
Hickory dickory dock

Acka Backa Soda Cracker
One Bright Scarf

Play and Learn

I brought in some jumbo foam blocks for the older babies (12 months+)  They really enjoyed them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Colors Storytime

You ever just have "one of those days"?  Well, today was mine.  Storytime wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.  Kids' dynamics were just "off".

Books

Dog's Colorful Day
Emma Dodd

Ellie
by Mike Wu

Songs/Magnet Board

ABC Welcome Song

If You're Wearing...
(tune: Farmer in the Dell)

If you're wearing ____________
If you're wearing ____________
Stand up tall and turn around
And then sit right back down.

Little Bird

Little bird, little bird come out and play
What color nest are you in today?

Play and Learn

Playdough

Colored blocks

Coloring page (box of crayons)

Sorting buttons

Little Bird

Friday, July 22, 2016

Babybug Baby Storytime

Another nice big group today!  Lots of smiles!

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
I Have a Little Duck (though our duck puppet was missing today!)
Tiny Little Babies
The Wheels on the Bus
Humpty Dumpty
Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Read Aloud
I Will Kiss You (lots & lots & lots)
by Stoo Hample

* Physical Touch

Shared Reading
A variety of Babybug Magazines

Play and Learn
Parachute with Jim Gill's Alabama, Mississippi

Egg Storytime

I know it's a little late in the year to do eggs, but I didn't want to do it around Easter to avoid any connection for families who may not celebrate Easter.  Though animals hatching from eggs really has nothing to do with Easter! :)

Books


A Friend for Bo
by Elisabeth Zuniga


Eggs 1 2 3:  Who will the babies be?
by Janet Halfmann; illustrated by Betsy Thompson

Songs/Rhymes

Shaker Egg Song
(tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you're happy and you know it shake your egg
If you're happy and you know it shake your egg
If you're happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're happy and you know it shake your egg.

Additional verses:
Shake it high
Shake it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Shake your egg!

My Hands

Humpty Dumpty

Play and Learn

Humpty Dumpty Craft

Mix and Match Eggs

Straws and Connectors

Puzzles

Shaker eggs and other musical instruments

8/10/2016  I repeated this storytime for another group today.  I subbed the following book for "A Friend for Bo"

The Cow that Laid an Egg
by Andy Cutbill; illustrated by Russell Ayto

We also did the parachute at the end of our play and learn.  We used a beach ball for an egg and tried to keep it on the parachute!