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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Polar Bear Day

Not only did we get to use our new carpet squares (thank you, Friends of the Library!!), but we continued our exploration of sea-related animals. I must have been on a sea and math kick when I planned out our storytimes for this month :)

Hello, How Are You? by Dr. Jean

Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson

Polar Bear Poem (made up by your's truly)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
Oh so tall.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
I see you crawl.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
I hear you growl (GRRRR!!!)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
You can smell fowl.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
Eat your meat.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
Sun is a treat.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
Splash in a wave.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear,
Sleep in a cave.

Bear Play by Miela Ford

Bear Went Over the Mountain by Dr. Jean

Baby Polar Bear by Yannick Murphy

Then we talked about how tall Polar Bears are at their shoulder when they walk on all fours and how tall they are when they stand on their hind feet.

We measured ourselves against a large piece of paper up on the wall that is 6 foot 6, the average height of a polar bear when he is on his hind feet.

And guess what? I am about the same height as a polar bear standing on all fours: 5 foot 3.

A few children and adults were a bit too shy to be measured, but that is quite okay! They still were able to see how tall a polar bear is :)

Then we danced with scarves as we listened to Aurora Borealis on the CD La Bella Stella.

Goodbye songs: It is Time to say Goodbye
Wave your paws goodbye.
Wave your bottom paws goodbye.
Wave your whiskers goodbye.
Wave your tail goodbye.
Wave your fur and say "goodbye!"

Next week, March 6, we will explore mystery stories!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In The Sea Storytime

Today we explored the sea and those animals who live there.

Hello, How Are You? song

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Sea

Song: Octopus by Charlotte Diamond We acted out the song while felt pieces "ate" each other.

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

Baby Sharkie song

How Deep is the Sea? by Anna Milbourne & Serena Riglette

Seahorse Song - - used a puppet and acted out the words
(to the tune of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
Seahorses are very tiny.
Seahorses are very small.
Don't you ride on a seahorse
Because seahorses aren't very tall.
Don't ride,
Don't ride,
Don't ride on it at all, at all.
Don't ride,
Don't ride,
Don't ride on it at all.

Using printed photos and crepe paper cut to the length of sea creatures, we discovered how long some sea creatures are. We compared our body parts to the crepe paper and even lie down on the ground to see how many children are the same length as some animals. The children played with the crepe paper after this activity.

Angel Fish

Bullet Tuna

Sea Turtle


Length of a dolphin

Length of a sea turtle

Some sharks can be "really, really, really big!!!"

Playing with the crepe paper after Storytime

Size of an Angel Fish
Talking to each other about how long this one is.

Next week we are going to read about polar bears!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Big & Bad Storytime February 6

Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

Eek! There's a Mouse in the House by Wong Herbert Yee

Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree handmitt

The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch story and felt pieces

Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley

Then we played Follow the Leader just like in the previous book!

Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly

Then we were monsters during Laurie Berkner's song Monster Boogie

Then we sang our goodbye songs: "So Long" and "Wave Your Hands"

Next week we will explore our feelings!

Coming soon.... I will tell you more about our Baby Duck reading program.

Blind Date with a Book

Valentine's Day is fast approaching.... how about spending it with a blind date? Your date might be tall, dark, and handsome. Or full of mystery. Or a romantic at heart. Or a cartoon. Your date could be a NAZI, or a chef, or a superhero!

Stop by Fall Creek Public Library today through February 15 to grab your blind date with a book! Inside each secret-wrapped up book is a little treat for during your date.

Books are labeled by genre...some are even a complete surprise!

Come get your date today - one per person per day! We have selected juvenile, young adult, and adult books for your dates.