Saturday, June 30, 2018

Libraries Rock! Family Storytime

(from June)

Dancing Feet!
by Lindsey Craig; illustrated by Marc Brown

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean

My Family Plays Music
by Judy Cox; illustrated by Elbrite Brown

I passed out all the instruments that the girl plays in the book and when we got to that part of the book the child played that instrument.  Since I had such a small group each child got to play multiple instruments.  If my group was bigger than the number of instruments the girl plays, I had extras of some of the instruments so each child would have something to play!

I skipped lines 3 & 4 of each stanza on a page to make the book shorter.  For example:
This is my mom.
She plays fiddle in a country-and western band.
When I play with her, I play the tambourine.


I've Changed My Mind
by Jim Gill
Danced with ribbon streamers

Action Rhyme

One Bright Scarf

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Wiggle it high
Wiggle it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Hide it behind your back
Where'd it go?
Here it is!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Baby Storytime--Mother's Day through Father's Day

Our theme for Baby Storytime for five weeks (between Mother's Day and Father's Day) was parental love.  Here is some of what we did

Read Aloud Books

Hand in Hand
by Rosemary Wells

Mommies are Amazing
by Meredith Costain; illustrated by Polona Lovsin

by Emma Dodd

Everything You

by Elizabeth McPike; illustrated by Jay Fleck

Daddies are Awesome
by Meredith Costain; illustrated by Polona Lovsin

Special Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Puppet Play

I found a new puppet poem to use with the puppets I have that don't really"have a sound".

My (puppet) is looking all around
My (puppet) can sniff the ground
My (puppet) is sleeping in his bed
My (puppet) is sitting on my head
My (puppet) is looking at my toes
My (puppet) can kiss me on the nose
My (puppet) can hide behind me

But wherever I go, my (puppet) will find me!

Puppets used:  Dolphin, hedgehog, polar bear, turtle

Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo
Acka backa soda cracker
I love you!

Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo
Acka backa soda cracker
Up goes you!

Tony Chestnut

Tony Chestnut  (point to: toe, knee, chest, head)
Knows I love you.  (point to: nose; then hug)
Tony knows  (point to: toe, knee, nose)
Tony knows  (point to: toe, knee, nose)

Tony Chestnut  (point to: toe, knee, chest, head)
Knows I love you.  (point to: nose; then hug)
That's what Tony knows!  (point to: toe, knee, nose)

Heart Flannel

A _(color)____ heart, a __(color)____ heart, a __(color)_____ heart I see
Now help me count them...1, 2, 3!

Shared Reading

Mom Hugs
by Michael Joosten

Hug You, Kiss You, Love You
by Joyce Wan

I Love You Through and Through
by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sensory Play: Messy Learning and Fun

A colleague and I created a STARS class (for child care providers and parents) all about Sensory/Messy Learning.  It was A LOT of work, but so, so much fun!!  We mostly focused on touch, sight and smell but also addressed taste and sound. 

Books Display about the five senses and messy play
including:  Edward Gets Messy; The Power of Play; Loose Parts

We had a nice turn out for our program.  We had an hour long powerpoint presentation about the WHY and the HOW of messy play; then participates got to experience stations with messy play!

Shaving Cream!

Ratio: 6 Baking Soda to 1 hair conditioner 

Clean Mud
TP, shredded Ivory bar soap, and warm water
(ratios: 1 to 1 to 1)

Ratio 1 Cornstarch to 1/2 water

Water Beads


Packing Peanuts

Shredded Paper

Fun/Random items on Contact Paper

Cloud Dough (Ratio: 1 baby oil to 8 flour)
Another fun silky smoothly dough (Ratio: 1 Palmolive or Dawn Dish Soap to 2 Cornstarch) 

We did run into a few problems was concerns with state regulations in regards to using "food items" as "play items"--beans, rice, flour; and soap that can go rancid.  From our own research we didn't find anything that strict--just not things like painting with pudding, playing with cooked spaghetti (ready to eat items).  So we encouraged them to talk to their coaches about specifics.

We will probably be doing this class again in 2019.