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Thursday, July 25, 2013

I Dig Up, Down, All Around

We had a smaller crowd yesterday, probably due to the amazing weather and the fact that I had been out ill for a few days. But we still had fun and even had some new faces!

Hello, How are You? Welcome Song

Scarlette Beane by Karen Wallace

Then we played a few parachute games as we listened to Tom Pease's song Turn the World Around.

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Song Corn, Beans, & Squash on the CD Pickin & Grinnin by Music for Little People. I passed out photos of corn, beans, and squash and we danced around.

Subway by Anastasia Suen

We ran out of time for Find Rain Forest Animals: Up, Down, Around by Janice Behrens. (Sorry, Ms Behrens.)

We finished up with the poem Skies and Seas by Amy LV and it can be found here. I split it up into a two person poem and called for an adult volunteer to help me read it aloud. The highlighted and underlined sections denote who read which section, with some parts being read by both people.

Skies and Seas

A boat and an airplane fell in love
From afar and away and afar
but the boat couldn't fly
and the plane couldn't swim so
They stayed where they were they are.

The plane looked down
And the boat looked up
Writing love letters on the blue
In wisps of white and watery waves.
I love you. I love you. I love you.

Minutes months and decades passed.
They grew old in love and apart.
The plane swam skies.
The boat flew seas.
Each with a broken heart.

Next Wednesday is our final Storytime until our Storytime with Teachers on August 21 and 28. Join us July 31 for I Dig for Treasure as we read about pirates, treasure, and more! Each child will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and go home with a special surprise as a thank you for an amazing session of Storytime. We had records numbers at storytime all summer and we hope to see you during the school year as much as possible!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I Dig Big Rigs Storytime - July 17

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

Poem: Three Loud Trucks from Truckery Rhymes by Jon Scieszka I had a picture of three semis, whenever I held the picture up, we shouted "THREE LOUDS TRUCKS!"

Demolition by Sally Sutton

Then we danced and played instruments to "Momma Don't Allow No Tractor Songs" from the CD Crazy About Tractor Songs

The Ugly Truckling by David Gordon

Then, using an example of the craft we made at the end of storytime, we sang
Bumpin up and down in my little orange tractor,
Bumpin up and down in my little orange tractor,
Bumpin up and down in my little orange tractor
All through the big corn field.

Then we made up verses on our own. I believe they were:

1. Green truck in a flower field.
2. Purple dumptruck in a pumpkin field.

We finished up with our craft.

Next week: I Dig Up, Down, All Around

We have only two storytimes left: July 24 and July 31. The final two Wednesdays in August will feature local school teachers during 9:30am Storytimes.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10 Storytime - I Dig Gardening

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

Fingerplay: Plant a Little Seed
Dig a little hole (dig with hands)
Plant a little seed (place "seed" in ground)
Pour a little water (pretend to pour)
Pull a little weed (pull "weeds" up)
Here comes the sun (arms in circle)
Warms seeds below (hug self)
Up springs the seed (jump to feet)
See it grow grow grow (reach up high)

One Mole Digging a Hole by Julia Donaldson

Song with large felt and construction paper leaves: The Garden Song from Rosenshotz's CD Rosenshotz Tickles You

Rabbit and Squirrel: A Tale of War & Peas by Kara LaReau

Then we did our chorale reading selection, The Carrot Seed, using an audio-recording of it.

Chicken Said "Cluck" by Judyann Ackerman Grant

Parts of a Flower by Dr. Jean - after Jenna's flub of the actions, we got it under control!

Poem: 4 Seeds in a Hole
4 seeds in a hole.
4 seeds in a hole.
1 for the mouse
1 for the crow
1 to rot
and 1 to grow!

Then we repeated Plant a Little Seed

Goodbye Songs

Next week: I Dig Big Machines!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Storytime Setlist Update

June 19 - I Dig Getting Dirty

Welcome song: Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

Fingerplay: 1 Little 2 Little 3 Little Bubbles
1 little 2 little 3 little bubbles. 4 little 5 little 6 little bubbles. 7 little 8 little 9 little bubbles. 10 bubbles in the air.
10 little 9 little 8 little bubbles. 7 little 6 little 5 little bubbles. 4 little 3 little 2 little bubbles. 1 bubbles on the ground. POP!

I'm Dirty by Kate and Kim McMullan

Felt: 5 Pigs so Squeaky Clean
5 pigs so squeaky clean.
Cleanest pigs you've ever seen.
Wanted to go outside and play
1 jumped into the mud,
Landed with a great big THUD
Now there are 4 pigs squeaky clean.

Splish! Splash! Animal Baths by April Pulley Saye

Chorale Reading: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Song with Scarves: Dirt by Phish (if you have not listened to Phish before, please be aware that many songs are not public library children's program appropriate)

10 Dirty Pigs, 10 Clean Pigs by Carol Roth (i did cut this one out as we ran out of time)

Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka

Repeat the Bubble Song - tried blowing bubbles at the kids, but it was all sorts of wrong as my bubble wand did not work well. On the list for purchase: a bubble blower!

Poem: Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein

Goodbye Songs

June 26 - I Dig the Earth

Welcome Song: Hello, How are you? by Dr. Jean

Fingerplay: Wiggle Worms
1 little 2 little 3 little wiggle worms. 4 little 5 little 6 little wiggle worms. 7 little 8 little 9 little wiggle worms. 10 wiggle worms in the ground. 10 little 9 little 8 little wiggle worms. 7 little 6 little 5 little wiggle worms. 4 little 3 little 2 little wiggle worms. 1 wiggle worm in the ground.

No Place Like Home by Jonathan Emmett

Song with scarves: Oh Groundhog on Catch the Moon by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell

A Look Inside a Burrow by Richard Spilsbury

Chorale Reading: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Next, i brought out a child's play tunnel wrapped up in brown packaging paper ("soil") and we took turns crawling through it as everyone sang this song:
I can be a bunny.
I can be a mole.
Isn't it funny
Crawling through a hole?

We had SO many friends at the Library, we ran out of time for Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.

Then we repeated the Wiggle Worm fingerplay.

Goodbye songs

This Wednesday, our theme is "I Dig Gardening" See you at 9:30am!