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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Insects Storytime

This was our second to last storytime. Again, we sat in a circle! Exciting stuff!

Song: Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

Then we played a guessing game with the same insects I used later for "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs" by Johnette Downing. I asked basic questions about each insect/critter (is the slug an insect??) and then put them on the felt.

Chorale Reading: I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown. The kids are getting used to following directions and the parents used to reading along with me. Over the summer, we'll read the same book multiple times. Then the children will start memorizing the words and it will be great!

Book on CD: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Weston Woods and Bob Barner

Song: The Bumble Dance on The Bee's Knees CD "We Share the Earth" Because of lower numbers, we were able to use TWO instruments to dance with!

Book with felt pieces: There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs by Johnette Downing - As i read the story, the children took turns placing their insect on the felt. Each child was able to to do two insects.

Book: I Love Bugs! by Philomen Sturges

Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We sang it through the "correct" way, then replaced rain with snow, sleet, and jellybeans. Then we replaced the word sun with pizza. Then we sang it with rain and sun, again.

Poem: Oh, Fly on page 6 in Jane Yolen's 'Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems'

We ran out of time for the song Head, Thorax, Abdomen on Johnette Downing's CD "Boogie Woogie Bugs"

Goodbye Songs:
We waved buggy parts instead of human parts yesterday :)

Next week is our final school year storytime. We will have a party complete with treats, freebies, and an activity! We will resume again in June. Remember, the whole family is welcome to attend storytime. If you have an older child that might tag along, we always have books to read and other stuff set aside.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jump Around - Storytime May 1, 2013

We sat in a circle today! O joy! O goody! O great job, everyone! Our focus today was anything music and movement.

Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

Book: The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin, Jr.

Book & Song: All God's Critters, illustrated by Kadir Nelson along with Peter Paul and Mary's version on their CD "In These Times"

Song: Head & Shoulders Baby 1 2 3
(point to that part of body and clap your hands when you count)
Head and shoulders baby 1 2 3
Head and shoulders baby 1 2 3
Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders baby 1 2 3
Shoulders, waist
Waist, knees
Knees, toes
Eyes, ears
Nose, mouth
Round the world (make a circle with your hips)
Shoot the Stars (pretend to shoot stars)
Kick the bucket (kick your legs out)
That's all. (quiet and sit down)

Song: Clap Your Hands by They Might Be Giants on the CD Here Come the ABCs

Copycat Game with beanbags: We put our beanbags on various parts of our body, did different dance movies and actions, and held them quietly.

Chorale Reading: I Went Walking - Each child had their own copy of the book and we read along together. We are going to try doing this more and more :) It's all sorts of exciting. It was great seeing the adults reading along and the kids following directions and holding the books themselves.

(We ran out of time for What a Wonderful World illustrated by Ashley Bryan and Willie Nelson's version on his CD What a Wonderful World)

Then we sang our regular goodbye songs with bell shakers, maracas, and jingle bell shakers.

Next week will be all about insects!

We have TWO storytimes left until June.